According to signs posted in the encampment of around 15 tents located outside Burien City Hall/Library, campers have until Noon this Friday, Mar. 31, 2023 to remove their belongings.
“Camping at this location will no longer be authorized on Friday 3/31/2023 @ 12:00 p.m.,” read the signs recently posted around the camp. “Personal property remaining at this location after 3:00 p.m.on 3/31/23 will be considered abandoned and disposed of.”
As we previously reported, the City of Burien has been working with the King County Library System, service providers, and police to work toward a new code of conduct that was approved by the Burien Condo Association a few weeks ago. The new code of conduct bans overnight camping at the Burien Library and City Hall building.
“Service providers are working intensively to find housing or shelter for the people living in tents,” said Emily Inlow-Hood, Communications and Public Engagement Manager for the City of Burien. “This builds on months of work to match people with services, housing, and shelter. Service providers are on site daily.”
A private security firm called Homeland Patrol Division Security that is contracted by the Burien Condo Association will likely be enforcing the new code of conduct.
Service providers will continue to be on site throughout this week. Several people from area church groups were seen at the site on Tuesday.
KOMO News is reporting that a group of local business owners are threatening to sue the City of Burien over the encampment. They claim that area property crimes have increased, and that the city has not acted fast enough.