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Adding HRB units reduces space for kids | Letters | May 28

A rare cedar fell to the chainsaw last Friday behind Housing Resource Board property at Island Homes on Knechtel Way. The building is meant to accommodate two-bedroom apartments for young families. There are a total of seven children in three of the four units, now without a yard to play in, and the parents who work full time or part time while going to college are living there on a lease.

As of now, the kiddies will occupy a 10-by-16-foot area courtyard between two buildings. Meanwhile, two units stacked on top of each other will go in July 12. Each of the 475-square-foot units accommodate two adults, with parking for two more vehicles.

In front of the Island Home property is a sink hole for drainage that cannot be used for a yard, and next to the narrow busy roadway there is no sidewalk for that property.

What kind of “weighted” protocols were there to help guide decisions made by HRB and the City Council to shape lives of families when they look at a piece of paper?

My concern about the tree is a metaphor for family space being deleted. The process seemed to have been decided. Finding out how all this happened seems as complex as weaving a cat’s cradle.

Marlys Burnett

Bainbridge Island

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