On Thursday night, Jan. 10, 2019, an Open House was held byÂ Noble HealthcareÂ for their proposed new long-term care facility for individuals with mental health needs in Seahurst.
This event â€“ which was to be held in an office at 2108 SW 152nd Street â€“ was moved across the street to St. Francis Unity Place after the turnout exceeded organizer’s expectations (there were at least 250-300 people there).
Noble Healthcare owners (and brothers) Cale, Josh and Zach Wester explained their proposedÂ â€œlong-term care home for individuals whose mental health needs,â€ along with representatives from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and others, who helped clarify laws and regulations.
The facility â€“ pending sale/approval/permitting â€“ is projected to open in late 2019/early 2020 â€“ and would be located at 2108 SW 152nd Street in the CRI office building next to the Seahurst Post Office, kitty-corner from St. Francis of Assisi School and near two Montessori schools.
The room was packed with concerned â€“ and sometimes very emotional â€“ residents.
Also in attendance were Burien City Councilmembers Austin Bell, Bob Edgar, Krystal Marx and Nancy Tosta, along with City Manager Brian Wilson (none of whom spoke).
At times some attendees acted hostile to the owners, sometimes shouting “shame!” as well as interrupting them or each other.
“I attended the meeting concerning Noble Healthcare’s proposed ESF in the Seahurst area,” attendee Pam Nomura told The B-Town Blog afterwards. “My main goal was to get information on the proposal. Because of the tenor of the meeting and the disrespectful manner in which questions were being asked, I chose to leave before having my concerns addressed. I regret that an occasion that should have been constructive devolved into a shouting match.”
Here’s full raw video of the event â€“ with an approximate running time of 2 hours and 9+ minutes, as shot by Scott Schaefer (NOTE: questions from the audience begin at around the 40:00 mark):
Read our previous coverage of this issue here.