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Tue Aug 16, 2022, 01:26 PM

Snohomish County eyes another motel-to-shelter project in Edmonds

EDMONDS — South Snohomish County could soon have a new shelter for up to 55 people, though debate over whether to require drug treatment for residents may pose a hurdle.

On Monday, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced plans to buy the Americas Best Value Inn at 22127 Highway 99 in Edmonds. If the County Council approves the $9.1 million purchase, the motel would get converted into a housing facility with “wraparound services,” according to a press release Monday. The county would use one-time pandemic relief funds from the American Rescue Plan Act for the acquisition.


Last week, Somers announced a tentative agreement to buy the Days Inn near the Everett Mall for $10.8 million to shelter as many as 74 people. Some local governments have found converting hotels is cheaper and faster than building shelters from scratch.

The Snohomish County Council is slated to consider the motel purchases Wednesday.


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