Council Connection ”Council member Strauss applauds new affordable housing, considers changes in Ballard neighborhood

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St. Luke’s Episcopal Church awarded $ 9.7 million project to build 86 affordable housing units across from Ballard Commons Park

Seattle, WA – Council member Dan Strauss (District 6 – Northwest Seattle) applauds the announcement last week from the Seattle mayor and housing office that St. Luke’s Episcopal Church has received 9.7 million dollars to build approximately 86 affordable family housing units. The proposed units will serve individuals and families at 60% or less of the area’s median income (MAI), currently $ 69,420 for a family of four in the Ballard area, including units at lower income levels. such as 30% and 50% AMI. This project is part of the Seattle Mayor and Housing Bureau’s announcement that $ 95 million in funding will support the construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of more than 1,100 affordable housing units in 2021.

“The St. Luke’s redevelopment project will bring affordable and desperately needed married quarters to the heart of Ballard. I have watched Ballard change and grow over the past decades. The families I grew up with can no longer live in the neighborhood where they grew up. These are our nurses, daycares, baristas and bus drivers – I’m delighted these families have a place in Ballard. I am delighted to see this project receive full funding from the Housing Office, ”said board member Dan Strauss.

“The dream of providing affordable family housing in the Ballard neighborhood is coming true. This partnership between St. Luke’s, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Bridge Housing, the City of Seattle and others will help us live within our vision of a diverse and welcoming community. The project reflects our core values ​​of beloved community, loving service, and sacred space that is enduring and filled with the Spirit. We have been part of the neighborhood for over 130 years and this new development is the promise of another century to come! said Reverend Canon Britt Olson, vicar of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

“We’ve been working with St. Luke’s for the past year and a half to bring about change to the Ballard Commons area. The city is making changes to public property, including a new playground at Ballard Commons to take a break from the current situation. This funding enables the evolution of private property across the street from the park to chart a course for how things should be in downtown Ballard. This project is that cornerstone. said Board member Dan Strauss.

St. Luke’s affordable housing redevelopment will begin the design guidance and approval process in January 2022.

Architectural rendering of the affordable housing project at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Credit: VIA – A Perkins Eastman studio

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