Employer-Assisted Housing Returns to Seattle’s University District
The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital are partnering to develop 184 housing units in Seattle’s bustling University District, an urban neighborhood that services university students. Aligned with the principles of the larger University District Livability Partnership, which aims to encourage a walkable, mixed-use neighborhood near the planned Brooklyn light rail station, the project is believed to be one of the first first employer-sponsored housing developments in the city since the early 20th century. According to the initial proposal, approximately 20 percent of the units will be made available to residents earning less than 75 percent of the area median income, and employees of both the university and hospital will be given first priority to lease available units.
Expected to achieve a LEED Silver rating, the project also includes other sustainable features, such as a rooftop solar hot water system and a cistern to catch storm water runoff. The development, which will accommodate 2,000 square feet of retail space, is part of a larger effort to redevelop the area near the future Brooklyn light rail station.v