Statement of Commissioner Nick Fish on the sale of Terminal One North (T1)
July 22, 2016
Yesterday, the media reported that two of my colleagues have an interest in using Terminal One North (T1), surplus industrial property owned by the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), as the site of a mass homeless shelter.
I have not been presented with any proposal and can’t comment on the substance of the media report until I have been briefed on the specifics.
Last year, under the City’s surplus property policy, Council directed me and BES to sell T1. The property has been on the market for 30 days and BES can accept bids through August 15.
As I stated in my June 17 memo to my Council colleagues (copy attached), I do not believe a homeless shelter is an appropriate use for T1. I am frankly shocked that any consideration would be given to concentrating vulnerable members of our community in an aging warehouse on the river.
I continue to believe, based on the shortage of industrial land, the existing zoning, and the interests of our ratepayers, that we should use this property to promote family-wage jobs.
Read Nick's Terminal One memo to his colleagues here and check out some news articles about Terminal One below.