Protesters want King County to rethink developing ‘homeless megaplex’

Outraged by the development of a so-called "homeless megaplex," more than 100 protesters from Seattle's Chinatown-International District marched into a King County Council meeting.
Just before noon, a group of more than 100 people gathered in Hing Hay Park. Grassroots organizers handed out hastily translated call-and-response cards for the upcoming march. Gei Chan was among those who led the pack. Chan says they're not here because they want to evict the neighborhood's homeless. For Chan and others, it's about feeling speechless.
“So it's not anti-homeless (people) at all. I know some people try to portray it that way, but it's not," Chan said. "Everyone here is just asking, can the city, can the county, can the government take care of us?"
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On May 3, King County Council approved a $54 million lease of nearly 7 acres across from Uwajimaya. There is already a Salvation Army-operated shelter on Sixth Avenue South, but this investment would add more than 400 additional beds to that offering. Protesters claim they were never consulted; especially local residents who do not speak English.
"They only found out a few weeks ago and they're really upset," Chan said. "Why didn't you just talk to us?"
An estimated 60 people have signed on to speak at Tuesday's district council meeting. Many comments were specifically directed at Councilor Joe McDermott, who represents this area.
McDermott declined an on-camera interview with KIRO 7, but said in part in a statement:
“The CID deserves security and protection for the community to thrive. We have also seen an exponential increase in people without shelter over the same time span, and these people deserve the most robust support we can offer as a community and region to be housed, stable and safe.”
The CID is a community area that includes the districts of Little Saigon, Japantown and Chinatown.

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