Federal guidelines outline priorities that must be balanced at the sites of military
installations closed under the Base Realignment and Closure
Act (BRAC) process. For Fort Lawton, this means including open space, wildlife
habitat, market-rate homes and housing for formerly homeless individuals and families.
The ultimate vision for the future of the Fort Lawton site is to create a livable
and diverse mixed-income community that fits into the surrounding neighborhood.
Open space is essential to the vitality of any neighborhood. Open space, whether
that means retaining current open space or creating new open space, will be part
of the Fort Lawton reuse plan.
One of the priorities in the redevelopment of Fort Lawton is preserving and protecting
wildlife habitat, particularly for the great blue heron. These birds are listed
as a priority species by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and
are particularly vulnerable to disturbance because of their tendency to aggregate
during the breeding season, as well as the limited availability of suitable nesting
areas remaining within Seattle. The City and its partners, including the
Cascade Land Conservancy, will be taking great care to ensure habitat for
this priority species is balanced with other needs at Fort Lawton.
Along the lines of creating a mixed-income neighborhood, a portion of the housing
that will be included in the redevelopment plan will consist of market-rate housing.
When federal property is surplused, federal law requires homeless housing be a part
of the reuse plan. The City has chosen
Archdiocesan Housing Authority and the YWCA
as our partners in developing housing for formerly homeless
individuals and families at Fort Lawton. United
Indians for All Tribes will also be involved in providing culturally sensitive
services to this population.
Other resources for information about homeless housing:
Self-help housing (Habitat for Humanity)
Habitat of Seattle/South
King County is committed to building decent, affordable homes for families
in need. Habitat is not a giveaway program. Homeowners invest hundreds
of hours of their own labor - sweat equity - into building their Habitat house and
they pay a no-profit, no-interest mortgage.
page last updated: April 25, 2008
Army Schedule to Vacate Fort Lawton
As of March 2008, the Army plans to relocate 19 units to a new center at Fort Lewis, while two newly formed units will remain at Fort Lawton until August or September 2011. See below letters for further detail
- Dec. 6, 2008 Army letter
- Feb. 20, 2009 City's response
Final Plan Submitted
City Council approved the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan on Sept. 22, 2008. The entire package was submitted to the Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Oct. 13, 2008.
A hard copy of the entire package submitted to DOD and HUD is available for public review at both the Central Library and the Magnolia Library.
Where is Fort Lawton?
- View Discovery Park aerial photo/map
- View Fort Lawton aerial photo
- View Fort Lawton map
- View zoning map
To receive updates via email about the Fort Lawton redevelopment planning process,
including public meetings, please email Laurie Ames.