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Why the Sound Transit Maintenance Facility shouldn't be built on the property of Christian Faith Center

Note: While the webmaster was a member (as well as on staff) with Christian Faith Center from 2000-2009,  the webmaster has not been a member or active in any capacity of the ministry since relocating to Oregon.

While there has been media attention, in recent years, over the behavior of staff within the church, this has happened within the church long after leaving the ministry. Their actions (including the handling of the behavior) has been posted on another website (by the webmaster in the past). This behavior isn't supported in any way and may have caused a conflict of interest as well.

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Sound Transit has reported the details of the three proposed sites:

Midway Landfill

According to the Sound Transit proposal, this site would be the most expensive and a larger time frame to build (7 years).

The costs and time frame are based on whether or not the site has to be completely excavated, tested for contamination, and refiled with new soil.

If the contents aren't removed, this will result in additional maintenance costs to keep the facility over the existing landfill.

A recovery pool would be required north of the landfill as well.

Christian Faith Center Site

Putting the maintenance facility (when the church and main parking lot is) would be very close to the Hylebos Aquifer with the light rail tracks built next to the waterway.

There are proposals to keep it protected, in the event of a hazardous materials leak or spill but the tracks can't be moved further east to create a better buffer.

Sound Transit believes it would to expensive for the current church facilities to be relocated.

It may impact the neighborhood (North of 336) with traffic and noise from the facility since the trains would be kept next to the existing street.

West of I-5, East of Christian Faith Center

This appears to be the favorable option for Sound Transit since the businesses can be relocated.

It has easy access to the primary rail line when the system is extended from Federal Way to the Tacoma Dome.

Traffic from this location can be accessed from more than one side street.

Fewer residents in the neighborhood would be impacted from daily noise from the facility and could be buffered if needed.

While there is a creek or two, in this proposal, these waterways are buffered by land and not impacted by new development.