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February 5, 2014

Developers sue city for hiking fee on housing

Journal Staff Reporter

A group of downtown Seattle developers is suing the city for increasing the low-income housing fees they must pay in exchange for building taller and denser projects.

The lawsuit was filed against the city last month in King County Superior Court. The suit says the city arbitrarily raised the fees during the rezone of South Lake Union and later extended them to downtown without doing a “nexus study” to see how new projects that get extra height and density impact demand for low-income housing.

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