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.
Sound Transit has reported the details of the three proposed sites:
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.
The Sound Transit Maintenance Facility
While the webmaster has been a supporter of light rail within the Puget Sound area supporting all initiatives as well as working on the computers used for the rebar in the construction of the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnels (including the I-90 construction from I-5 to I-450) during the 1980's. It is necessary to the region but the ethics of determining vehicle taxes (using a very inflated scale) by government agencies is disturbing.
Had this system been constructed during the Forward Thrust initiatives of the late 1960's and early 1970's (when initially proposed) the region wouldn't be in the traffic congestion situation that it is experiencing today while spending less money (compared to today) for a rapid transit system that was backed up by federal funds (which went to Atlanta instead for the construction of the MARTA transit system) while creating more jobs for the region that were declining as the result of the Boeing Bust.
At the time, many thought that rapid transit wasn't necessary since I-5 was completed in 1967 and didn't experience the traffic congestion right away while the region was experiencing job decreases that hadn't been seen since The Great Depression. The transportation concerns would be addressed during the 1980's and into the new millennial as the population increases to the area in a more diversified job market not necessarily dependent on Boeing or Weyerhauser.
The facility is a vital need to assist in additional trains and other transportation sources within South King County as well as Pierce County that are needed by 2030 to assist in the transportation needs of a very narrow freeway corridor that has seen commute times increased to 90 minutes from Tacoma to Seattle as many have moved to Tacoma due to higher real estate prices in the Seattle city limits.
Light rail trains require maintenance using fluids such as oils, solvents, and other chemicals that could on accident trickle into the Hylebos Waterway (if the facility is built on the site) as cleanup projects (over the past several years) have helped to clean up the waterway from the pollution of various industrial sources over 100 years.
Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility South
Thankfully, Sound Transit took the proposed site on South 240th Street and Pacific Highway South off the table that could have increased traffic in the area as the result of Highline Community College, light rail service additions to Kent/Des Moines Transit Station, as well as concerns for development opportunities that have already started with the addition of the Link light rail line South of Angle Lake to Federal Way.