Rendering_FINALS_UPDATEPicture 096 Picture 102Seattle Children’s and two partners broke ground Oct. 1 on the Bridges@11th Apartments, a unique residential community that will expand workforce housing choices in Northeast Seattle when it opens in 2015.

Bridges@11th is a collaboration between Children’s, the University of Washington and developer Security Properties. Located in the University District at 4529-4557 11th Ave. NE, the project consists of three buildings containing 184 apartments ranging in size from studios up to three-bedrooms.

Children’s and UW faculty and staff will have leasing priority, but apartments also will be available to the general public. While most units will rent for market rate, 34 apartments will rent for rates considered affordable for those whose incomes are no greater than 75 percent of median household incomes.

Bridges@11th – previously known as The Curve – fulfills Children’s commitment to replace housing that was removed during its recent Building Hope expansion. Located within walking or biking distance of the UW and Children’s and close to a future light rail station, Bridges@11th also responds to the needs of faculty and staff.

“Development of workforce housing to make it easier and more affordable for our faculty and staff to live near their work has long been a priority for Children’s and the UW,” said Todd Johnson,. “In surveys with Children’s and UW employees, we learned that over 50 percent of respondents were interested in this residential environment being available to them. Because of this, we hope that Bridges@11th will help us to attract and retain workforce talent.”

Pedestrian bridges will connect the three buildings at their upper levels. The ground level will include storefronts, courtyards, a bike club/bike storage and a street between two of the buildings where pedestrians will have legal priority over motorists. Rooftop gardens and social rooms, pea patches, pet-walking areas, exercise facilities, a wi-fi café for residents and underground parking for 133 vehicles plus generous bike storage are among the many amenities.

“We believe this grouping of highly connected buildings will become its own tightly-knit neighborhood-within-a-neighborhood,” said Ted Panton, senior associate at GGLO, which designed Bridges@11th.

 UW owns the Bridges@11th site – a former auto dealer parking lot — and is leasing it to Security Properties, which is developing the property in a joint venture with an institutional investor. Madrona Ridge Residential, a Security Properties affiliate, will manage the apartments and work closely with UW and Children’s to showcase Bridges@11th to current and prospective employees. Children’s is providing some of the financing for Bridges@11th as a preferred equity investor.