Navos Building 15 Affordable Housing Units On SW 136th

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A couple of weeks ago, we received this email inquiry from a BTB Reader:

There is a lot of dirt piling up at the old senior center by the corner of 136th and Ambaum, by the Arco quick mart station there. I’ve heard it might be a large complex of apartments, or it might be a mental health hospital.

I see a sign that says “Abbott” which makes me think it might be related more to a medical facility than an apartment complex.

I live close by, so I’m very interested in what goes into my neighborhood.

If you could comment in the blog, I would be much appreciative!

So, being the conscientious local bloggers that we are, we went out and took the following photos of the construction in question:

We also asked folks at the City, who lead us to Navos, a non-profit organization formerly called Highline/West Seattle Mental Health, who provided this answer:

The property behind the glass business on Ambaum at 136th is owned by Navos. On that site, Navos is building fifteen units of safe and affordable housing for twenty two people, including three beds reserved for Veterans. The former senior center property that your reader referred to has been leased by Navos from the Highline School District. We plan to raze the current buildings and build a new building where we will continue to provide effective outpatient services (no hospital is planned for that site). Our current facility in Burien is located under the new third runway and we will have to move when our lease expires in 2012.

A community meeting regarding plans for the property was held for nearby neighbors late last year, and Navos has also been in touch with neighbors via letter.

Navos is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 with locations in Burien and West Seattle. We are one of the three largest providers of mental health services in the state. Last year we helped over 5,500 people in King County. Our programs help low income children and adults with emotional and mental illnesses. Navos is a leader in developing innovative programs focused on helping each individual achieve their greatest potential for recovery and resiliency. In addition to specialized inpatient and outpatient services, we provide housing and support services to over 200 people in locations around South King County.

So…now you know what the heck’s being built on SW 136th:

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