The eviction came after clashes over leadership of the site, which is on private property and was formerly hosted by a church.

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Seattle officials evacuated the former Nickelsville homeless encampment on South Dearborn Street Friday morning, a site on private property formerly hosted by a church.

Eight of the 16 residents at 101o S. Dearborn St. agreed to go to the new city-sanctioned encampment near the Othello light-rail station in Rainier Valley, which opened Tuesday, city officials said.

Roughly 14 other residents left before Friday, according to a city news release.

The eviction came after clashes over leadership of the site, amid accusations of criminal behavior there.

Last month, the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, the property’s owner and the Low Income Housing Institute ended their sponsorship of the homeless encampment and gave residents a seven-day notice to vacate, the release says.

“For the past two weeks, outreach workers, accompanied by Seattle police, have visited the site multiple times in an attempt to get residents of the site to accept alternative shelter,” the release says.

The Low Income Housing Institute and the property owner will maintain the property, the release says. Workers so far have recovered a generator, and they are evaluating some of the site’s tiny houses to determine if residents can use them at the Othello site.

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