King County took a step Thursday to advance Renton Technical College’s long-term plan to build a new health sciences building across the street from campus. RTC plans to redevelop the former site of the Southeast Public Health Clinic on Northeast Fourth Street.
The Metropolitan King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee approved the sale and sent the matter to the full Council for discussion and action Oct. 16. If approved, the legislation would authorize the King County executive to sell the surplus property to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges for $2.2 million.
“This is the first step in a long process to redevelop the site to better serve our students and the community,” RTC President Kevin McCarthy said. “We are always looking forward, and securing the property is an important part of ensuring a strong future for the College and our robust health and human service programs.”
The site is more than four acres and was the previous home of the health clinic until 2014, when the clinic moved into leased space on the campus.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how the sale of this property contributes to the future of the Renton Technical College,” said Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn, cosponsor of the legislation.
The College’s tentative plans call for a health science education center with classrooms, clinical rotations, and partnerships with local healthcare providers. The timing of the project is dependent upon capital funding from the Legislature.
“It’s always great to see old spaces being put to new use,” said Council Budget Chair Dave Upthegrove, cosponsor of the legislation. “The planned health sciences facility would certainly benefit the community, and I look forward to tracking the progress of this project.”