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Carnation on short list for sex crime facility

CARNATION - The news that their quiet, woodsy neighborhood southeast of Carnation was one of three finalists for a sex-offender halfway house left residents stunned Wednesday, Dec. 4.

The whole reason they'd moved there in the first place, one said, was to find privacy. Not only that, said another, the neighborhood is too isolated for adequate police response. On top of that, said a third, the site chosen by the state consists of wetlands bordering a creek.

All those arguments might prove moot, however. State officials say they have the legal right to place the 12-bed transitional facility on any of the three unincorporated King County properties that were announced as finalists Wednesday by the county.

The sites consist of the partially wooded, 4.8-acre site two miles southeast of Carnation; a property between Auburn and Federal Way near Peasley Canyon Road; and a property in an industrial area between Kent and SeaTac.

More than 160 parcels throughout the county were considered, based on factors such as distance from risk-potential sites like schools and parks, lot size, price, access to highways and police response time. Any property within 600 feet of a risk-potential site was not considered.

Officials said a good-faith effort was made to find viable sites in Seattle and in east King County.

The state has purchased options on the three properties chosen as finalists, none of which was given the inside track by state officials.

But this is a contest no one wants to win.

"Put it south of SeaTac," said Marilyn Wilson, who with her husband Herb lives almost directly across from the Carnation property.

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