Snohomish needs housing for low-income families, not seniors

Regarding recent letters to the editor, advocating the redevelopment of the county-owned land between Avenue D and Bonneville Avenue in Snohomish, the most recent letter advocates development for senior type housing only.

I disagree.

Snohomish has gotten the reputation that it is run by and for geriatrics, hell-bent on gentrification. The average age of its seven member city council is well over 65. The city council did absolutely nothing to help the very-low-income folks living in the non-age restricted Pilchuck Ridge apartment complex. It was sold to a developer for conversion to market rate (gentrification) housing. The Snohomish Mobile Home and RV Park serving very low-income folks, contiguous to the county-owned property, was almost sold to a developer and still is at risk for redevelopment to commercial uses.

The county should ignore the city council and develop its property to serve the very low-income folks of all ages in east county with a mix of apartments, mobile homes, RVs and perhaps siting a social service agency and a medical clinic such as Community Health Center.

Morgan Davis


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