MOSES LAKE - The city of Moses Lake is moving forward with leasing a property along East Broadway Avenue to serve as a homeless camp site.
The city council on Tuesday agreed to negotiate a two-year lease for the site at 1049 E. Broadway Ave., the former Penhaullerick’s lumber yard along state Route 17.
The city had initially planned to have a homeless camp at Longview Tracks but backed off those plans after feedback from the public as well as concerns from the Moses Lake School District due to the proposed location sitting less than 700 feet from Longview Elementary School.
Members of the city’s Housing Committee previously visited with businesses neighboring the East Broadway property, a spoke with a view business owners, and city officials say concerns expressed by business owners included security of the homeless site, use of the site when not open, decreases in property values and a lack of a long-term solution for the homeless population.
City Manager Allison Williams in a report to the city council stated that city staff believes the business’ concerns can be addressed in the design and management of the site. The city has contracted with HopeSource to provide site management.
“The proposed lease calls for the demolition of the existing building, as well as clearing and a view obscuring fence of the site,” Williams wrote.
The proposed site would include portable housing units and security, with access for homeless allowed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The cost of the lease and homeless camp are coming from CARES Act funds and COVID-19 funds, and recording fee funds will be used to help with ongoing homeless program costs, according to city documents.