Seattle to transfer properties to Black-led community groups

SEATTLE (AP) — The city of Seattle has begun finalizing plans to transfer three Central District properties to Black-led community organizations that have long operated, or had plans to operate, public-service programs at the sites. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle City Council on Monday voted to formally transfer ownership of an old fire station to Byrd Barr Place, which has run a food bank and housing-assistance programs there since 1969. On Wednesday, Mayor Jenny Durkan unveiled legislation to formally transfer ownership of the Central Area Senior Center to the nonprofit that has operated it since 1975. Durkan also proposed legislation to grant a long-term lease at the shuttered Fire Station 6 to Africatown Community Land Trust.