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County to sell land to non-profit group

The Metropolitan King County Council’s Growth Management and Unincorporated Areas Committee has recommended that King County sell two unused parcels of land in Federal Way to Habitat for Humanity for the purpose of affordable housing.

The two parcels are located at SW 369th Street and First Avenue South in Federal Way. They were acquired by the county through foreclosure sales for delinquent real estate taxes. As part of the sale agreement, Habitat for Humanity will pay all back taxes associated with the properties.

“The Habitat for Humanity program creates simple, decent housing and offers the joys and responsibilities of home ownership for families,” said the committee’s chairwoman, Jane Hague. “Without this sale, the property would sit idle. By working with Habitat for Humanity, the county is able to help support affordable housing while placing the property on the county tax rolls.”

The county-owned land has no sewer available and access is undeveloped. The conditions make the properties difficult to develop, both physically and economically. Since Habitat for Humanity owns adjoining property, development of the three properties for affordable housing becomes feasible and cost -effective, officials said.

“With a modest public investment, these undeveloped parcels become vibrant homes within the Federal Way community,” said Hague. “Habitat for Humanity is making a real difference in King County by building affordable housing in partnership with residents earning between 25 and 50 percent of median income.”

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