Food Lifeline eyeing Nickelsville property
The homeless encampment known as Nickelsville has hit another snag. This time, it isn't flood waters threatening to make folks out, it is a pending real estate deal.
The 10acre parcel of South Seattle land where Nickelsville now sits has caught the attention of the largest hunger relief organization in the state of Washington.
"We're currently outgrowing the facilities that we are in, and we are starting your project to construct a brand new hunger solution center locally," said Linda Nageotte with Food Lifeline.
Food Lifeline want to buy the bit of property from the Town of Seattle, and turn it into its new headquarters.
The problem is that doing this would involve displacing Nickelsville and every one abercrombie pas cher of its residents.
"We're really concerned about the problem, and want to ensure that when there is possible that a winwin solution can be found, we attempt to help make that happen," said Nageotte. "There could be an alternative site that could be identified for that residents of Nickelsville, those meals Lifeline could secure the parcel."
KING 5 spoke to several Nickelsville residents, all whom were well aware of the looming move.
"What we're hearing is certainly in the next 4 months, we're going to be from here," said Aaron Burkhart.
If you think they're angry with Food Lifeline, though, you're wrong.
"Food Lifeline is not really the enemy," said David Abercrombie, who has lived in Nickelsville for around nine months.
Instead, he along with other residents are hopeful the conversations they've had with Food Lifeline will result in a brand new, and maybe better place for their camp.
"I'm just hoping that we are capable of finding an appropriate place for us to visit, that's precisely what I hope," said Burkhart. "The actual space here's pretty rough because we're next to a trash processing plant, so there's lots of rats. I'm all set to go elsewhere."
The town of Seattle hasn't yet decided to sell the home, but a choice is anticipated in the next couple of weeks.
Food Lifeline is asking its supporters to make contact with their council members, and express their support of the sale.
Meanwhile, the Highland Park Action Committee, now, sent instructions to Mayor McGinn and people in Seattle City Council. HPAC represents the Highland Park and Riverview Neighborhoods in Southwest Seattle, and is asking for the residents of Nickelsville to be evicted by June 13th.
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