Bellwether Housing is thrilled to share news that the Sound Transit Board authorized their staff to begin negotiations to transfer two parcels of surplus land at zero-cost for the development of 550+ units of affordable housing to our organization in partnership with Mercy Housing and Plymouth Housing Group.
The first site, located at 6600 Roosevelt Way NE, will be jointly developed by Bellwether and Mercy Housing Northwest. The development plan includes approximately 245 one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable housing apartments, 100 percent of which will be reserved for low-income residents. Additional community-enhancing features include retail space, a daycare, community room and a through-block, pedestrian-friendly public gathering place that will connect to the light rail station.
The second site, located at 1400 Madison Street, will be jointly developed by Bellwether and Plymouth Housing Group. The plan proposes a 13-story building. Plymouth would own the first five floors of the building delivering approximately 111 units affordable to households making 30 percent of the area median income (AMI) or less and target senior citizens transitioning out of homelessness. Bellwether proposes owning floors six thru thirteen, adding an additional 197 units for households earning 30 and 60 percent of AMI, with 30 of these units sized for families.
“We knew these sites needed bold, creative proposals,” said Susan Boyd, Chief Executive Officer of Bellwether Housing. “We are leveraging density, a mix of affordable housing types and the strengths of our partner organizations to accomplish something very special in these locations. We are incredibly grateful to Sound Transit for the opportunity.”