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Affordable housing project slated for University District in Seattle

This affordable housing project is for a high-profile property — let’s see what’s in store.

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The construction will utilize mass-timber, thick, compressed layers of wood that are allegedly better for the environment.

Rendering courtesy of Hewitt Architects

Heads up — a big, brand new, mass timber affordable housing project is headed for the U District.

The planned 12-story building at 1000 NE 45th St. will feature 160 units, ground-level retail spaces, and an “urban rest stop” with showers, restrooms + laundry machines for people without housing. A public restroom is also planned for the side of the building along Roosevelt Way.

The Low Income Housing Institute was selected to develop the lot by Sound Transit and the Office of Housing. Previously a construction staging area for the transit agency, the space currently houses Rosie’s Tiny Home Village. The city has promised funds to relocate the village and another $15 million for construction of the new tower.

Apartments will be specifically for households with incomes ranging 30%-80% of area median income, which was $116,068 in 2022.

A third of the homes will be two- and three-bedroom family-sized apartments.

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