For the last couple of years King County has been looking for a location for a new jail. Several North and East county properties were put on a list to further assess as potential locations. One of the potential locations was Aldercrest, just a few blocks south of the Mountlake Terrace border in Shoreline.
One of our news partners, Shoreline Area News, is reporting that plans for an additional King County jail have been scrapped and that community groups are hoping that a new park may be a possibility at the Aldercrest location.
The NoShorelineJail group and a leader from the Friends of Aldercrest say that King County Executive Dow Constantine will make an announcement Thursday that the planning for a new north-end jail has been terminated. Following a reevaluation of jail capacity needs and tremendous public opposition, the Northeast cities and the County executive have agreed to a solution that eliminates the need for more jail space in the near future.
NoShorelineJail, whose leadership is from Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park and Shoreline, said on its website that it will now join forces with Friends of Aldercrest to focus on creating a formal park at the Aldercrest location, which has been on the list of sites being considered for a north King county jail.
When King County originally determined that it needed more jail space, each area in the county was required to submit a site for consideration. A county task force, with representatives from across the county, winnowed the sites down to half a dozen for further consideration.
Shoreline Area News