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Facilities Management Division

500 Fourth Ave., Suite 800
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone 206-477-9365
TTY Relay 711

Children and Family Justice Center Project

Recent Updates

March 31: King County announces detention bed reductions; juvenile justice reform

                 King County releases Race and Social Justice Assessment and Action Plan report

March 24: Read results of Virtual Open House Survey

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Work is underway on the voter-approved, $210 million Children and Family Justice Center, which will replace the Youth Services Center. Our vision is to design and build a modern, efficient, and safe facility to support court and youth and family services. Groundbreaking is expected in spring 2016, with completion of the facility expected in 2019.

View our latest newsletter (PDF)


The King County Youth Services Center (YSC) collocates juvenile detention facilities, juvenile courts, and other related functions on approximately nine acres at 12th Avenue and Alder, on the southwestern edge of Seattle's Central District. Replacing the aging facilities at YSC has been the county's highest priority capital project since 2008. In studying a replacement, the county has spoken to stakeholders and residents in the area to learn about their priorities for redevelopment of the site. These community priorities are:

  • Make aesthetic improvements that will enhance the neighborhood and community
  • Bring retail to 12th Avenue in a mixed-use development
  • Explore adding housing on the property
  • Enhance open space
  • Improve access through and around the campus
  • Support additional public transportation options

Project Scope and Funding

In August 2012, King County voters approved a nine-year property tax levy lid lift of seven cents per $1,000 of assessed value. The cost to the median homeowner in King County will be $25 per year, which will raise approximately $210 million for construction of the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC) at the current site. The project will replace the three buildings on site - the Alder Tower, Alder Wing, and Youth Detention Facility - with new, modern, efficient structures. The county's Facilities Management Division (FMD) will oversee design and construction of the buildings.

Facility and Site Design Objectives

  • Provide a unified family court with space for collocation of programs and services for families and youth
  • Replace current detention center with a more modern, safe and therapeutic facility that dedicates room to non-profit and public service programs for youth 
  • Improve visibility, security, and safety
  • Build an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable neighborhood
  • Support neighborhood plans, policies, and aesthetics
  • Enhance pedestrian mobility across the site and reconnect Squire Park with First Hill
  • Create a street life that is diverse and thriving
  • Provide usable, accessible community space

Project Facts and Figures

Courthouse 10 courtrooms, 137,000 sq. ft.
Detention Center 11 living halls with 112 beds, 92,000 sq. ft.
Estimated Cost $210 million
Levy Lid Lift About 7 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation for nine years
Cost to Median Homeowner $25 per year
Space Available for Private Development approximately 118,000 sq. ft., or 2.7 acres
Public Open Space (including Pedestrian and Bicycle Greenway) 1.55 acres
Parking 360 stalls in a 4-level garage (2 levels below grade, 2 above)

For more information on this project, contact the King County Facilities Management Division by calling 206-477-9444, or email

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Project Area

CFJC Project Area Map

Related Documents

King County Council Motion 13106 (PDF)
Superior Court Targeted Facilities Master Plan for Unified Juvenile and Family Courts (PDF)
Hazmat Survey 2010 (PDF)
Hazmat Survey 2013 (PDF)
Proposed City of Seattle Text Amendment (PDF)