State is considering commercial property at Mountlake Terrace / Edmonds border for work release facility

Location of the proposed worksite.

The Washington State Department of Corrections has identified a commercial property in the 7100 block of 224th Street Southwest as the primary site for a work release facility.

That’s according to a press release from the City of Mountlake Terrace, which says there will be future opportunities for public engagement on the idea.

In 2019, the legislature asked the Washington State Department of Corrections to identify sites for additional work release facilities in various areas of the state, including Snohomish County. Such facilities “serve as a bridge between life in prison and life in the community,” the Ministry of Corrections said on its website. “People incarcerated on release from work focus on transition, including finding and maintaining employment, treatment, reconnecting with family members, developing life skills and becoming members. productive community.

The site identified for the installation is located at 7125 224th St. SW in Edmonds along the interurban trail on a dead end street with vehicular access from 22th Street Southwest in Edmonds near Ranch 99 Market (see map). It was once home to the Seabrook Dental Laboratory, an independent manufacturer of prosthetic and therapeutic dental appliances.

State law requires cities to host “essential public facilities”, such as work release facilities, and Mountlake Terrace allows such facilities, under certain conditions, in the industrial park area / of office space, the city said in its announcement. Corrections stressed at a meeting this week that no decisions have been made and a public process with stakeholder engagement will continue, the department’s next steps would be to meet with the community development department. of Mountlake Terrace to discuss the site and its use, as well as potential terms.

If the site becomes a viable option, state law requires the Department of Corrections to conduct a public hearing process, which includes notification to all addresses within a half-mile radius of the site.

For more information on the out-of-state placement program, visit www.doc.wa.gov/corrections/incarceration/work-release/default.htm. And look for a follow-up story here next week with more details on this proposal.

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