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Frequently Asked Questions
What is happening to the properties inside the park that have housing
These actions are taking place because in 1990, Congress adopted legislation requiring the military to be more entrepreneurial in how they deal with their real estate holdings. The U.S. Navy has sold much of its Puget Sound-area housing to a developer, American Eagle, in an arrangement that will allow for housing to be upgraded and replaced at Bremerton and Whidbey Island, for new housing to be built at Everett or Marysville, and for disposal of other housing, including the Capehart housing at Discovery Park.
The parcels affected by these actions are:
2. The non-commissioned officers’ housing (also known as the “900 area” and the “Montana Circle Housing”), which includes 13 units on 3.5 acres.
3. The officers’ housing (also known as the “600 area”). These 13 units are on a 5.5 acre parcel in a historic district with views of Puget Sound.
What will happen to each of the properties?
What protections will be in place for the historic properties?
Section 106 was established to identify historic resources affected by federal actions, and to identify ways to lessen the impact of actions that may have an adverse effect on those properties.
The U.S. Navy, the Washington State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO,) and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) are signatories to an amendment to an earlier 2004 Programmatic Agreement among those parties, the City of Seattle, and American Eagle, who were Invited Signatories. For more information on Section 106 and the ACHP, please go to http://www.achp.gov/.
The amendment to the 2004 Programmatic Agreement identifies specific measures, in addition to those identified by the original agreement, that include identifying a review authority and allowing the City of Seattle to seek delegation of those responsibilities from the SHPO. Friends of Discovery Park has also been invited to be a consulting party to the amendment. In addition to the protective measures included in the Programmatic Agreement, a Historic Preservation Covenant will be conveyed with the deed on the properties.
The Commander, Navy Region Northwest website contains the Conditions Report for the historic properties as well as a documentation of the public process conducted by the Navy as part of the Section 106 consultation process.
The City established a landmark district at Fort Lawton in 1988 through Ordinance 114011 (PDF, 210k). That ordinance includes the properties that were transferred from the U.S. Navy to American Eagle and other City-owned historic properties.
The City has a contract with BOLA Architecture and Planning to update the survey and inventory forms for each of the historic properties in the district and to revise the ordinance in an effort identify the important features of the buildings and landscapes in the district. That process is under way and will be completed in spring 2007.
The City’s Landmarks Preservation Board, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, will administer that district. The City will simultaneously revise the historic district nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. For more information on the National Register, please go to http://www.dahp.wa.gov/pages/historicsites/register.htm.
The Landmarks Preservation Board will develop, with community input, design guidelines for the administration of the Fort Lawton Landmark District. That effort begins in spring 2007. For more information, please call Karen Gordon, City Historic Preservation Officer, at 684-0381, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the schedule?
When will the Capehart property become part of Discovery Park?