Senator Braun: “Why is housing so expensive?”

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In what has become a bipartisan quest in Olympia both the Governor and the Senate are now asking the same questions we’ve been asking: why is housing so expensive to build? That question applies to both non-profit subsidized housing and market rate housing. The difference as I’ve pointed out is that when prices go up […]

Cost Per Unit: The Washington State Housing Finance Commission Responds

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I just got response to my e-mailed question to Kim Herman the head of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission. It helps, but it doesn’t get at the underlying issue of figuring out how expensive projects like 12th Avenue Arts really are in the larger scheme of things. I try to be as transparent as […]

Pacific Legal Foundation: City’s MHA Program Violates the Law

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The City’s version of Mandatory Inclusionary Zoning (MIZ) is illegal, violating both the federal and state Constitutions and is in violation of Washington State law as well. We’ve said as much before. But today a letter was sent to City Attorney Pete Holmes from the Pacific Legal Foundation that pulls apart the underlying basis for […]