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January 4, 2017 Residents voice concern over city’s affordable housing plans
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By Gwen Davis

The city aims to plow ahead with its new Housing and Livability Agenda (HALA) which will primarily require all multifamily and commercial development to contribute to affordable housing. New residential properties will need to accommodate more people, and apartment buildings must have subsidized units for those who fall below a certain income bracket. Over the next 10 years, city officials expect tens of thousands of new families to relocate to the region, and HALA was designed to ensure that all people can afford to live in Seattle. Read our previous coverage of HALA.

However, the plan has been criticized. Some residents fear that upping residential density would drastically change the character of neighborhoods.

On Jan. 4, Rene Commons, the director of the West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Organization: JuNO, wrote a letter to Mayor Ed Murray, asking for a six-month extension for HALA to start going into effect.

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