Rosie’s Village Breaks Ground
On August 18th, LIHI broke ground on Rosie’s Village. The site at 1000 NE 45th Street is being leased for free from Sound Transit to the City of Seattle with annual renewals through May 31, 2024.
The 38-tiny house village, which LIHI will operate, is scheduled to open by mid-October and will provide shelter, community, safety, and a path to permanent housing for individuals, couples, and people with pets experiencing homelessness.
LIHI staff were joined at this exciting groundbreaking by several crucial partners in the effort to start Rosie’s, including Seattle City Councilmember Alex Pedersen of District 4 and his staff, other staff from City of Seattle, Sound Transit, the University District Partnership, the Ravenna-Cowen Community Alliance, the Ravenna Pop Up Kitchen, and nearby neighbors.
Gardenview Village in Bellingham to Open in October
LIHI’s first tiny house village in Bellingham will be located at Lakeway Drive and Woburn Street, near the city’s Community Garden. The village will feature 36 tiny houses. Each furnished unit has insulation, heat, electricity, windows and a locking door. Couples and pets will be allowed. There will be a community kitchen and a facility with restrooms, showers and laundry.
LIHI’s Nesbit Family Housing, located at 8700 Aurora Ave. N, Seattle, is on the list to receive an allocation of 4% Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bonds from the Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC). The project will include 104 units of affordable housing in a 7-story elevator building. This included studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments to serve families and individuals making up to 60% of the King County Area Median Income (AMI). The project includes a community room with a kitchen and computer station, a classroom, a courtyard and children’s play area. The architect of record is PYATOK Architects, working with local firm, Hewitt Architects. Exxel Pacific is the General Contractor. The project will complete early right-of-way work at the end of August, and will begin construction in November. Other public funders include the Seattle Office of Housing and the State Housing Trust Fund.