The next step along the path to a Master Development Plan
that now includes student housing at Shoreline Community hits the mail today,
March 22, 2012.
“As required by the City of Shoreline, we are sending
notices of two public meetings that will be hosted here on campus,” said Daryl
Campbell, Vice President for Administrative Services at the college. “We’re
excited to show the community what we’ve got in mind and to get feedback to see
how it might be even better.”
The city requires meeting notices be mailed to all
residences within 500 feet of the college, but Campbell said the college is
trying to let everyone know about the open meetings. “We want to share with our
neighbors and the larger community and hear what everyone has to say,” he said.
The meetings are actually part of the city’s required
process for a Master Development Plan. The college did such meetings in
December, 2010, but at that time, student housing wasn’t anticipated. Since
then, a private investor group came forward and put housing in the mix. Because
of the time delay and the added project, city officials asked for new public
At the April 9 meeting, attendees will get an overview of
the city’s planning and review steps, including the Master Development Plan and State Environmental Policy Act
(SEPA) processes. Officials will describe projects anticipated to be developed
in the next 10 years. They will also ask for comments and discuss how feedback will
be used to inform decisions.
At the April 23 meeting, officials will review and respond
to comments received at the first meeting, then describe the process moving
forward in review of the Master Development Plan.
Both meetings will be from 6-8 p.m., in the 9000 Building
(PUB), Room 9208. City staff, college officials and college consultant staff
will be on hand. The meetings will be recorded.
The student housing project that is now part of the proposed
Master Development Plan is proposed to include 400-beds. It would be sited in
the general area of the current soccer field at the north end of the campus.
“Student housing is becoming an increasingly important part
education delivery for community colleges,” Campbell said. “Shoreline has a
number of programs – automotive, machining, nursing, dental hygiene, film, our
terrific science offerings and others – that draw students from outside the
area. In addition, our international-student numbers are growing. This past
fall, we swamped the existing supply of homestay options for international
Campbell said that if approved, the housing project would be
first-come, first-served. “This project will be available to help all our
students,” he said.
The idea for student housing came in 2011 when local
resident David Lee approached the college with an idea for a privately funded
and operated project. Shoreline President Lee Lambert met with David Lee and
investors in China in September, 2011 to sign a memorandum of understanding
that opened the way for further talks. In February, 2012, Campbell updated the
college Board of Trustees on the project, and in December, 2012, Lambert signed
a more definitive memorandum of agreement with the investors.
On Feb. 13, 2013, officials from the college, the State
Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), the state Attorney
General’s Office and the investors met to discuss details of the proposal. Because
the project is proposed on state-owned land, the SBCTC must give approval and
the state Attorney General’s Office works out the details of the lease. Both of
those items are proceeding.
On Feb. 14, immediate neighbors to the college and other
interested parties were mailed a notification as required under Washington’s
State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). That notice said the college intends to
amend previous planning documents adopted in 2003, 2006 and 2011 to include the
proposed housing project. The notice also said that the proposed housing
project won’t have significant environmental impacts beyond those already
anticipated in previously approved and adopted planning documents.
“These public meetings on our Master Development Plan are
the next steps toward a project that we believe will help our students and our
community,” Campbell said.