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A fire, a jump and a debate over housing

Here’s a few recent Bainbridge news items:

A north-end home was gutted on Thursday afternoon. Old wiring may be the cause, according to the home’s owner. Read my story here, and see more photos on my Picasa page.

A 35-year-old man, distraught over the loss of his job, jumped from the Agate Pass Bridge on Friday. Read the Sun’s coverage here.

The city Planning Commission heard some emotional comments from residents about the revamped affordable housing ordinance. Read my coverage of the Thursday evening meeting below.

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Preserving affordability for future home buyers

Vashon Island has one, as does Orcas Island and Lopez Island – but not Bainbridge Island. Despite having similar affordable housing challenges, Bainbridge has not yet tried a community land trust, which puts a home’s land in the ownership of a nonprofit and the house itself in the ownership of its residents.

But if all goes according to plan, Bainbridge will have 17 units built with the CLT model in the next couple years. To learn more about the island’s effort to establish a CLT on Ferncliff Avenue, read my story below.

But even with 17 units, Bainbridge will be far behind its less-populated island cousins.

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Two resign from city affordable housing group

Frustrated by a lack of funding and support from the city, two members of the Housing Trust Fund Committee resigned Wednesday.

Here’s my story:

Two members of the city’s Housing Trust Fund Committee, including its chairman, resigned Wednesday in protest of what they call a lack of action on affordable housing initiatives.

“We’re a housing trust fund with no funds,” said committee member and housing industry consultant Joseph Honick. “The commitment from the city has disappeared.”

Honick joined committee chairman John de Chadenedes in announcing their resignations at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.

De Chadenedes, who serves as the coordinator of the King County Housing Finance Program, told the council that the 2008 budget “abandoned” affordable housing initiatives by failing to put dollars toward new preservation and building projects. The lack of funding makes his committee a “purely symbolic” entity.

By order of the mayor’s office, the city’s affordable housing planning staff declined to comment on the resignations and on the activities of the HTF committee. Mayor Darlene Kordonowy did not return calls for comment.

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