Parking issues should be addressed now rather than later

So let’s have a little update on Tukwila Village.

Construction on the building that will be located just north of the library is well under way. This is something to really look forward to.

Word is that there will be a variety of dining options. Not really like a food court but small independents. The Sullivan Center which also serves as home to Kona Kai Coffee and sits adjacent to the library has been completed for a long while now. It is hoped that the entire facility will be completed and open for business by the end of 2020.

But you know how that goes.

Delays can happen for any number of reasons. Across the street to the south are the completed SHAG (Seattle Housing Assistance Group) housing development and SHAG offices.

One of the problems that we are encountering right now (and that is unlikely to improve if ignored) is parking. The parking around the Sullivan Center and adjacent to the library is frequently full with little or no parking available for those who wish to visit those facilities.

Many cars are parked overnight, which suggests that they belong to SHAG residents immediately across the street. They, of course, have visitors. Other times SHAG has events that require parking.

Frankly, one can’t really blame people who park there. Why? Because there is no signage to indicate any parking restrictions.

Those responsible should move on this issue and get signs up.

There may be other measures needed but, hey, let’s start with signage and see how that goes. When the entire development is completed, the residents on the north side of South 144th Street are not supposed to be parking in the parking spots that currently exist either. They will have their own parking spots.

Age and income requirements vary from one SHAG community to the next. Mostly it has to do with the source of financing for the projects. It is unclear what the resident requirements will be for the units yet to be built.

For the completed units, there has to be at least one member of the household that is 61 or disabled. For more information, visit the SHAG offices.

It has been my honor to serve as a guest opinion writer for the past eight to 10 years. I expect that this will be my final offering.

Thank you for reading.

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