Last April we shared plans for a partnership between Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington (UW) to develop affordable, multi-family housing in the U-District. This fulfills Children’s commitment to replace affordable housing in northeast Seattle while contributing to a vital urban neighborhood.
Children’s and the UW participated in a competitive selection process to find the best development team for this project. Security Properties, in partnership with GGLO Architects, emerged as the team of choice, given their established Seattle presence, understanding of the local market, and commitment to the project’s mission and goals.
The housing project, which will be known as “The Curve,” will be located along the curve of 11th Avenue NE, just north of NE 45th Street in the U-District. This property was acquired by the UW from Safeco in 2006 as part of the UW Tower properties, and is conveniently located near a future light rail station.
The land parcel is 40,217 square feet (almost an acre) and is zoned for commercial and residential use with an 85-foot height limit. In the agreement between Children’s and the UW, Children’s provides a source of financing for development and the UW provides (under a 50-year land lease) the land to be developed. Overall cost of the project has not yet been determined.
As part of Children’s replacement housing obligation, the Master Use Permit (MUP) for this project must be submitted to the City of Seattle prior to occupancy of Building Hope. Design work is already well underway. The project is expected to be constructed during 2013 and should be ready for occupancy in 2014.
The development must include at least 136 units, but the site can accommodate up to 200. Rental apartments will range from studio to three-bedroom units. At least 34 units will be defined as “affordable” – for people whose household incomes are no greater than 75% of this area’s median household income. The remainder will be priced at market rate. Employees of the UW and Children’s will be given first opportunity to lease all available units, then opened up to the community.
“Development of this multi-family housing not only helps Children’s meet its obligations to the city of Seattle, it also reflects a long-standing goal of both the UW and Children’s to develop employer-sponsored workforce housing in an accessible neighborhood that serves a wide range of incomes,” says Todd Johnson, vice president of Facilities. “The partnership between our institutions created the opportunity to address this goal in a logical, cost-effective way.”
Updates on the progress of The Curve will be shared on the Construction Blog as they become available.
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