Annexation, New Tech Building Discussed At NHUAC Meeting Thursday Night
by Jack Mayne
The new headquarters for the Technology Access Foundation should be opening in the late summer, the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council was told Thursday night by the non-profit’s deputy director, Sherry Williams.
The organization’s three-story building is being built in White Center’s Lakewood Park for an estimated $12.5 million. It will 24,000-square feet for offices and a community learning center to enable the foundation to expand its “provision of intensive science, technology, engineering and math education to low- and moderate-income students of color,” according to a press packet.
The building is much like a community center, but for education in technology rather than sports or physical fitness, Williams said.
She said the foundation should be offering programs by fall and would open its facilities for moderate rental rates to community groups.
The building site was donated by King County and is next to the King County Housing Authority new project redevelopment, and near four Highline School District public schools. The structure will allow the Technology Access Foundation to serve an “additional 1,400 students and expand its office space for a growing staff that supports on-site and off-site programs,” the foundation website says. The building project created an estimated 50 to 70 construction jobs and will create estimated 16 full-time and 25 part-time jobs in instruction, administration and support position.
Burien Annexation Update
In other action the North Highline council was told by Burien City Manager Mike Martin that the Burien City Council’s action seeking an election on whether the unincorporated area’s resident want to be annexed to Burien was “successful” but “contentious.”
That shifts the “ball into the court of the local community” and that the city “stuck to the facts and on the high ground” unlike some foes of the proposed annexation.
The city can’t campaign for the annexation or its approval, Martin said, but the city would the information is has amassed and would answer questions abound the annexation during the campaign before the expected Nov. 6 election. (King County must actually schedule the election once Burien officially asks for it, which the council will do later in the summer.)
“I look forward to having a vote and looking (at annexation) through a rear-view mirror,” Martin said.
Answering a North Highline Council board member’s question, Martin said the earliest annexation (if approved in the vote) would be January, but he said various negotiations have to be worked out so he expect the real date for the area to join the city would be during the spring of 2013.