Cedarbrook School building to be demolished

Monday, June 6, 2016

Aerial view of Cedarbrook site
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The Cedarbrook school buildings on Perkins Way in Shoreline, part of the Shoreline Schools inventory, will be demolished this fall or early winter.

The current tenant, the private Living Wisdom School, is moving to Lynnwood.

Cedarbrook was opened in 1965 and closed in 1971. Since then it has been part of the school district's "landbank". It was last used as a Shoreline School during a construction phase, when schools that were being remodeled used it as a transition school until their new buildings were completed. It is considered to be too small a site for a regular elementary.

It was used for some years as the site of the Highly Capable classes, but in recent years has been a rental. A private Christian school was there for several years. The building was vacant until Living Wisdom moved in.

In 2009, when the recession hit, the District planned to sell Cedarbrook along with other school properties. The Friends of Cedarbrook were raising funds to purchase the site, and the City of Shoreline was considering purchasing the property for a park, but those plans were put on hold when the District decided not to sell. The Friends group has disbanded.

The school district has no plans for the site and said that building is being demolished for liability reasons.


Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 12:11 AM  

Now that Sound Transit has the funding to acquire property for affordable housing and King County also recently announced that it will back affordable housing projects near transit, maybe they will partner together to purchase this site to build a desperately needed free or low-cost housing project. It seems like a waste not to as it is our moral obligation to house as many people as possible near this regional investment of the coming light rail station.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 6:24 AM  

Anonymous @12:11 AM - has it occurred to you that Shoreline Public Schools will need the property for new schools as density increases around the light rail stations? More people means more students and the school district will be required to meet this demand. The City of Shoreline neglected to cost out the need for new public schools in their light rail planning process.

loribatiot June 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM  

This big open field has a natural spring running through and under it. the field is used by many who live in the neighborhoods around it. It would take away so much to cram in another housing development.

Natosha Norlin Voegele June 7, 2016 at 10:43 AM  

Affordable housing is important. But preserving green spaces for our children and protecting ECA wetland habitats are equally important. My understanding from another thread is that Shoreline schools are maintaining the option to develop that property to handle the increased demand on schools in the coming years. We want to keep Shoreline schools strong.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 3:02 PM  

Why not create a safe and secure camp for the homeless here until something is built? The homeless population in Shoreline is growing and after Ed Murray evicts the residents of the Jungle, I can only imagine the numbers will increase here. Homelessness is not a crime and I'd like to see Shoreline gain the reputation as a welcoming sanctuary city for those who find themselves on hard times.

Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 3:07 PM  

I feel that its our "moral obligation" to preserve and protect our wetland habitats. Not build a housing development!

Anonymous,  June 7, 2016 at 6:58 PM  

When exactly did it become a liability? Just recently? They've been renting it out to a school for the last 4 years....

Anonymous,  June 8, 2016 at 12:58 AM  

Well, the crackpot logic behind the proposed massive upzoning surrounding the Paramount Park wetlands should be applied to this site as a well. The very crackpot logic that was paid for by your tax dollars to consultants to justify this "density is good for adjacent wetlands" nonsense. Is it not within walking distance 'as the crow flies' to the future 185th station? Why not slash and burn the remaining trees and greenspace for a Ronald Commons II?

Better yet, why don't we start a fifth developer welfare program called "real in lieu", where they pay a nominal fee for massive density/height allowances, and instead of those fees going to sidewalks, schools, parks, or infrastructure, we just set up a direct deposit to the consultants? That would make things much easier on the powers that be at City Hall to veil their favor in the layers.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2016 at 8:58 AM  

I would not like Shoreline to gain a reputation as a welcoming sanctuary city for homeless. I prefer our reputation as a quiet, safe, family oriented, community with good schools. Shoreline has several low income and homeless organizations at work in the area with another low income building underway on the old Lutheran church site on Aurora. This location will also include a food bank. Permitting illegal camping and allowing the defilement (through garbage and human waste) of natural habitats are not a short or long term solution. We need organizations that help people into buildings and off the street, identifying and expediting treatment or other needed facilities. Allowing street living and street camping is just furthering the problem. Considering that Seattle has a plenitude of beds and resources that are being snubbed by those living in The Jungle and other camps, why continue to enable this way of living?

Anonymous,  June 8, 2016 at 6:38 PM  

This will be the second year in a row tgat Shoreline elementary schools won't be accepting out of district applications due to space issues. This will only continue ti get worse as more families move out if Seattle to find more "affordable" housing.

Anonymous,  June 8, 2016 at 9:11 PM  

Low income housing sounds so great, but it isn't going to happen. They could fit so many ugly little mcmansions on that property I'm sure it will turn into a hideous development with ticky tacky houses, and I'll quit wanting to drive on Perkins. And more people will be doing 40 in the 25 through my neighborhood than already do, and it'll be one more thing that is wrong with this region.

Anonymous,  June 9, 2016 at 3:54 PM  

Let's not make Shoreline a sanctuary city for the homeless - sounds exactly like immigration hate speech that uses the same catchphrase - sanctuary city.

Has it occurred to you that the homeless are already in Shoreline? Do you even know what goes on along the Interurban Trail?

Do you even know how many students and their families live out of their car? Need to get breakfast and/or lunch at school? It appears that you don't and you don't care either.

Anonymous,  June 14, 2016 at 9:28 AM  

I do not support the idea of utilizing the area as a homeless shelter. While homelessness is not a crime in and of itself; statistically our homeless population does engage in relatively high levels of illegal/criminal activity, for many, it's an adaptive response to dealing with severely limited resources.

We live in the North City area of Shoreline and the area is already densely populated with pot shops on every corner which I feel strongly the city needs to have tighter regulations. The city should consider converting the area into a family friendly space for the community. In the last few years, there has been a huge increase in families with young children and this space would allow opportunities for community interaction. A combination of a nature preserve with a park or potentially a splash park given the locations exposure to the sun would be a good start.

Turing this space into low income housing or a homeless shelter is putting a bandaid on a bullet wound. Something that needs to be addressed at a state level, not a city level.

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