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File #: 2021-0248    Version: 1
Type: Motion Status: Lapsed
File created: 6/29/2021 In control: Budget and Fiscal Management Committee
On agenda: Final action: 2/1/2022
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: A MOTION requesting that the King County executive consult with the King County prosecuting attorney's office to condemn City Hall park.
Sponsors: Reagan Dunn
Indexes: Executive, King County, Parks and Recreation, Prosecuting Attorney, Seattle, City of
Drafter
Clerk 06/22/2021
Title
A MOTION requesting that the King County executive consult with the King County prosecuting attorney's office to condemn City Hall park.
Body
WHEREAS, City Hall park is located directly adjacent to the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle, and
WHEREAS, throughout the past year, City Hall park has been the location of violence and criminal activity, including drug trafficking, firearm trafficking, assault and homicide, that negatively impact pedestrians, courthouse employees and people experiencing homelessness, and
WHEREAS, recent violent crimes committed at City Hall park include a fatal stabbing that occurred at 4th Avenue and Jefferson Street on June 17, 2021, and
WHEREAS, a survey of two hundred twenty employees conducted by King County prosecuting attorney's office resulted in one hundred sixty comments expressing concerns about courthouse safety, and
WHEREAS, in recent months, the King County prosecuting attorney's office has received two to five assault reports each week from courthouse employees regarding activities within City Hall park, and
WHEREAS, the current conditions at City Hall park make it impossible to be used as a public gathering place and park, and
WHEREAS, RCW 35.80A.010 allows for the condemnation of blighted properties if the property constitutes a threat to the public health, safety, or welfare as determined by the executive authority of the county, city, or town, or the designee of the executive authority, and
WHEREAS, RCW 8.08.010 grants counties in Washington state the power to condemn properties for general county purposes;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT MOVED by the Council of King County:
A. The council requests that the King County executive make a finding that City Hall park constitutes a threat to public health, safety, or welfare under RCW 35.80A.010, and initiate the process of condemnation or acquisition of the property from the city of Seattle as a hazard or nuisance.
B. In condemn...

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