Compass Health Files Land-Use Application, Receives Additional Funding for Redevelopment to Address Regional Behavioral Health and Homelessness Issues

Transformative Broadway Campus Redevelopment will provide full
continuum of permanent supportive housing, behavioral healthcare and
integrated medical care in downtown Everett

EVERETT, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week Compass Health filed a proposed land-use application for phase
one of its Broadway Campus Redevelopment, which will expand capacity to
address regional homelessness and behavioral health issues, including
mental health and substance abuse.

The organization also received a $1.5 million investment from New
York-based Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) to support
ongoing design and early development work for the multi-phase project.
PCDC supports impactful innovation in healthcare integration throughout
the United States.

The milestones mark key steps in realizing Compass Health’s vision to
transform the look and function of the 3300 block of downtown Everett,
providing much-needed infrastructure to deliver innovative,
evidence-based models of care that meet urgent community needs.

“Lawmakers, community and business leaders, and behavioral health
providers agree that modernizing our state’s behavioral health system
through community-based care is the most effective solution to address
the complex issues of homelessness and behavioral health,” said Tom
Sebastian, CEO of Compass Health. “We are working ahead of the curve to
expand our capacity at a meaningful scale, enabling us to improve the
lives of more people and support an efficient and effective regional
response to these issues.”

Phase one of the Broadway Campus Redevelopment, set to break ground in
fall 2019, will add 82 new units of permanent supportive housing,
doubling Compass Health’s housing capacity in Snohomish County.

Sited at the corner of Lombard Avenue and 33rd Street, the
47,193-square-foot, five-story multi-family building will integrate
affordable housing with treatment and support services for people with
chronic behavioral health issues. The ground floor will include more
than 10,000 square feet for programs to support residents, along with
other mental health and homelessness services, including peer support,
homeless outreach and housing stabilization.

Funding for the $26 million phase one facility comes from a combination
of public and private sources, including significant support from
Snohomish County, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the State
Housing Finance Commission and Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.

The affordable housing project will be operated under the Housing First
model for Supportive Housing, which aligns with the City of Everett’s
Safe Streets initiative to help individuals transition out of
homelessness by providing low-barrier access to housing while they
receive the other services and support they need. The building’s design
– featuring four floors of residential wood frame construction over
ground floor common area amenities that connect visually with the street
frontage – also fits the Metro Everett Sub-Area planning vision and
aesthetic for intensified development.

The development team includes Lotus Development Partners (Development
Manager); Environmental Works (Architect) and BNBuilders (General
Contractor). Other consultants include Harmsen (Civil Engineer); Swensen
Say Faget (Structural); Sider & Byers (Mechanical and Electrical); and
Thomas Rengstorf (Landscape Design).

As part of its Broadway Campus Redevelopment, Compass Health is planning
a second state-of-the-art facility for behavioral health prevention and
early intervention to replace its 70-year-old Bailey Center building on
Broadway Avenue. This portion of the project has received nearly $4
million in Washington State Department of Commerce Behavioral Health
funding, and the Washington State Legislature’s proposed budget
dedicates another $3.5 million from its Building Communities Fund. This
multi-phase project will require additional public resources and private
funding through a dedicated capital campaign.

Phase three of the campus redevelopment, still in the early design
stages, is projected to focus on integrating behavioral health services
with a primary healthcare clinic and pharmacy, in addition to supporting
other services.

Overall, project leaders emphasized the project’s timeliness, necessity
to address critical community challenges and singular assets as key
contributors to its future success.

“Homelessness and behavioral health issues are two of the most
formidable challenges affecting our region – and we must use every tool
at our disposal to address them,” Sebastian said. “Our Broadway Campus
Redevelopment draws on synergies that just can’t be replicated: a fully
owned but underutilized downtown block, an organization with the scale
to make a regional impact, and highly skilled professionals implementing
evidence- and community-based services that work. We’re looking forward
to making this infrastructure a reality.”

About Compass Health:

Compass Health is Northwest Washington’s behavioral healthcare leader.
The organization integrates behavioral health and medical care services
to support clients and communities when and where they are needed.
Building on a century of experience, Compass Health is forging new,
nationally recognized models of care that bring together highly skilled
mental health professionals, primary care providers, peer counselors and
others to treat the whole person. From comprehensive mental health
treatment to crisis intervention, children’s services and community
education, Compass Health serves people of all ages throughout Island,
San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

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Annie Alley

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