Work is underway on the new, voter-approved, $210 million Children and Family Justice Center. Our vision is to design and build a modern, efficient, and safe facility to support court and youth and family services. Groundbreaking is expected in spring 2016, with completion of the new facility expected in 2019.
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The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) collocates juvenile detention facilities, juvenile courts, and other related functions on approximately nine acres at 12th Avenue and Alder, on the southwestern edge of Seattle's Central District. Replacing the aging facilities at YSC has been the county's highest priority capital project since 2008. In studying a replacement, the county has spoken to stakeholders and residents in the area to learn about their priorities for redevelopment of the site. These community priorities are:
- Make aesthetic improvements that will enhance the neighborhood and community
- Bring retail to 12th Avenue in a mixed-use development
- Explore adding housing on the property
- Enhance open space
- Improve access through and around the campus
- Support additional public transportation options
Project Scope and Funding
In August 2012, King County voters approved a nine-year property tax levy lid lift of seven cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The cost to the median homeowner in King County will be $25 per year, which will raise approximately $210 million for construction of the new Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) at the current site. The project will replace the three buildings on site - the Alder Tower, Alder Wing, and Youth Detention Facility - with new, modern, efficient structures. The county's Facilities Management Division (FMD) will oversee design and construction of the new buildings.
Facility and Site Design Objectives
- Provide a unified family court with space for collocation of programs and services for families and youth
- Provide a safer and more efficient detention center that has built-in flexibility to respond to changes in population
- Improve visibility, security, and safety
- Build an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable neighborhood
- Support neighborhood plans, policies, and aesthetics
- Enhance pedestrian mobility across the site and reconnect Squire Park with First Hill
- Create a street life that is diverse and thriving
- Provide usable, accessible community space
Project Facts and Figures
||10 courtrooms, 137,000 sq. ft.
||11 living halls with 144 dorms, 92,000 sq. ft.
|Levy Lid Lift
||About 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for nine years
|Cost to Median Homeowner
||$25 per year
|Space Available for Private Development
||approximately 118,000 sq. ft., or 2.7 acres
|Public Open Space (including Pedestrian and Bicycle Greenway)
||360 stalls in a 4-level garage (2 levels below grade, 2 above)
For more information on this project, contact the King County Facilities Management Division by calling 206-477-9444, or email ChildrenAndFamilyJustice@kingcounty.gov.