Federal Way Red Lion hotel, 1688 S. 348th St. Courtesy of Google Images

Federal Way Red Lion hotel, 1688 S. 348th St. Courtesy of Google Images

King County applies for acquisition funding assistance of Federal Way hotel

Request to state Department of Commerce program for $8.9 million

The Federal Way Red Lion hotel is among 14 applications for the first round of Rapid Capital Housing Acquisition (RCHA) funding round by the Washington State Department of Commerce.

The department’s Housing Finance Unit (HFU) has received the 14 applications totaling a request of $60.5 million to generate 578 units of affordable housing.

RCHA is capital funding to acquire or rent real property in Washington for rapid conversion into enhanced emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, youth housing, drop-in centers, or shelter for people with extremely low incomes, as well as people experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness, according to the department.

King County is listed as the applicant name for the Federal Way Red Lion hotel on the list of applications. The county is applying to acquire the project site (1688 S. 348th St.), which is listed to house a general low-income population. The hotel has 84 beds/units with a total redevelopment cost of over $11 million. The county is requesting $8,905,970 from the RCHA funding.

The Federal Way Red Lion is the only project listed with King County as the applicant.

The first phase of the RCHA program was limited to organizations acquiring properties capable of housing people swiftly with minimal updates and evidence of local support.

Eligible projects from Phase I will be notified to proceed by Sept. 2.

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