Nickelsville to Move to Undisclosed Location Despite City Invitation to Stay

By Erica C. Barnett May 5, 2011

Nickelsville---the roving SHARE/WHEEL-run homeless encampment, many of whose members had hoped to move to a new site at the old Sunny Jim peanut butter plant in SODO by this month---will relocate on May 15 to an undisclosed location, in keeping with their policy of moving from place to place to raise the visibility of homelessness in the Seattle area.

The group plans to move despite the fact that the city has invited them to stay at their current site, in the abandoned Fire Station 39 in Lake City, until at least July 15, with an option to extend their permit for another six months while the city explores alternatives to the controversial (and environmentally contaminated) Sunny Jim site.

A Nickelsville resident who answered the phone at the Lake City site said he didn't know where they'd be moving, and added that "we never know where we're moving until the day we move." SHARE/WHEEL coordinator Scott Morrow did not return an email for comment.

Council land use committee chair Sally Clark said the council and the neighborhood would be happy to have Nickelsville stay in Lake City until the city can find a long-term encampment location, but added that staying in one place "isn't what they're about."
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