interior banner

D Ave Early Headstart Project

Conditional Use Permit

Samish submitted a CUP application to the City of Anacortes on 2/2.

The Notice of Application and Public Hearing includes the following important dates:

  • Notice published: Feb 23rd
  • End of comment period:March 16th
  • Open Record PC Meeting: April 13th
  • Closed Record CC Decision Meeting: April 25th

Project documents are available to the public on the City of Anacortes electronic document portal here, including the notice of Application and Public Hearing which includes directions for commenting and attending the public meeting.

Link to Notice of Application & Hearing

Pre-Application Neighborhood Meeting

Samish held a public neighborhood meeting on January 20th, 2022. The meeting minutes can be found in the Conditional Use Application.

About the D Avenue Early Learning Center

The Samish Indian Nation is developing a new early learning center at the site of the former D Avenue Nursery in Anacortes that closed in 2020. Samish, which operates the successful Samish Longhouse preschool, purchased the site with the help of a State capital budget appropriation sponsored by Representatives Ramel and Lekanoff and Senator Lovelett. 

The Need

Anacortes has a critical need for new childcare facilities. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were approximately 1,000 children in Anacortes under school age and only 12% of those had access to full-time, licensed childcare. That's less than half the Washington State average of 27%, which is itself is considered to be a crisis of inadequate capacity. Quality childcare is critical for the academic and socioemotional foundations of children and for families to be able to return to work as we emerge from the pandemic.

Project Design

Elevation of New Samish ELCThe new early learning center will feature:

  • 5 classrooms ranging from infants to toddlers
  • approximately 40 total students and 17 staff
  • approximately 4100 square feet
  • off-street parking for 32 vehicles at D Ave and 15th Street

Street Improvements

Separately from the conditional use permit process, Samish is collaborating with the City of Anacortes to fund improvements to D Ave, 15th Street, and 16th Street per the City's design, which will include 13 on-street perpendicular parking spaces and benefit both the new early learning center and the neighborhood. The street design overlaid with the new ELC site plan is shown below.

D Ave ELC Site Plan