The Seattle City Council has approved a 99-year ground lease that will allow Plymouth Housing to begin constructing a 93-unit affordable housing development in Uptown early next year.

Mayor Jenny Durkan forwarded legislation to the Seattle City Council in August. The Office of Housing has invested $7.9 million toward the affordable housing development. The project and city funding was announced during a news conference last November.

The affordable housing developer’s preferred design was approved by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection in June, but plans now include a toned-down facade.

The lease term sheet charges Plymouth Housing $1 per year in return for 91 studio apartment units for low- to extremely low-income housing, “including 19 units for formerly homeless, low-income single adults as defined by the City of Seattle’s Office of Housing, and two unrestricted manager’s units, for a total of 93 units, along with common spaces and approximately 3,700 square feet of nonresidential space.”

The ground floor will be art, education and office space for Plymouth partner Path with Art. The nonprofit has a $50,000 grant from the Office of Arts and Culture for tenant improvements.

Office of Housing director Emily Alvarado lauded the project during a Sept. 11 Finance and Neighborhoods Committee meeting, noting the city is entering a long-term lease that keeps the property under public ownership.

Following a competitive bidding process, the nonprofit developer was tabbed by the City of Seattle to redevelop the site, which was donated to Seattle Center by the Kreielsheimer Foundation.

The committee unanimously approved entering the lease, followed by the full city council on Sept. 16.

Plymouth’s director of real estate development Tim Parham thanked the Office of Housing for building community support for a project serving people experiencing homelessness in a community they otherwise couldn’t afford to be in.

Parham said 20 percent of the units at Second Avenue North and Mercer Street are being dedicated for people exiting homelessness while the rest are part of the Moving On program and will be filled with people transitioning from permanent supportive housing.

Construction is expected to start in January and finish in April 2021.

Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda said she’s excited about the community workforce agreement attached to the project and that those workers will make prevailing wage.