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Facilities Management Division

Providing exceptional services and sustainable work environments for a changing world

A division in the Department of Executive Services

Kathy Brown
Division Director

500 Fourth Ave., Suite 800
ADM-ES-0800
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone 206-296-0630
TTY Relay 711

Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC)

Work is underway on the new, voter-approved, $210 million Children and Family Justice Center. Our vision is to design and build a modern, efficient, and safe facility to support court and youth and family services. Completion of the new facility is expected in 2018. 

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Background

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 new 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 new buildings.

Facility and Site Design Objectives

  • Provide a unified family court with space for collocation of programs and services for families and youth
  • Provide a safer and more efficient detention center that has built-in flexibility to respond to changes in population
  • 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, 98,000 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
Parking 440 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 206-296-1100, or email ChildrenAndFamilyJustice@kingcounty.gov.

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Project Area Map

CFJC Project Area

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)

Children and Family Justice Center Display - September 2014 (PDF)