Meeting March 15 on Uptown affordable housing development

The Seattle Office of Housing will share more information on its plans for affordable housing at the "K Site" in Uptown during an informational meeting later this month. 

Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center (201 Mercer St.) will host the March 15 meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in addition to a workshop on potential arts and culture uses for the space at 607 2nd Ave. N. on March 21 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

Last month, the Seattle City Council passed a bill transferring the jurisdiction of the property from Seattle Center to the city's Office of Housing for the purpose of developing affordable housing. Pre-development work has already been completed for the site, which has the capacity for anywhere from 70 to 100 units with mixed-uses on the ground floor. 

Another ordinance passed by the council last year authorized agreements between the city and developers of the adjacent 225 Roy St. site, a development that cleared design review in January with plans for one eight-story and one seven-story building with 269 apartments, and just over 9,000 square feet of retail space at street-level. 

After the public engagement phase, the Office of Housing will issue a Request for Interest from affordable housing providers, followed by a Request for Proposals. Among the highlights of that solicitation — according to a presentation made to the city council last month — will be a requirement for 100 percent affordable housing, a preference for projects that would serve homeless households and the flexibility for others, and alignment with the Uptown Arts and Culture District designation with the preference for a ground floor cultural space. Those processes are expected to stretch from March to August. 

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K Site Presentation to Seattle City Council — Feb. 7, 2018 by QueenAnneMagnoliaNews on Scribd