More Progress at 12th Avenue Arts

The ground beneath 12th Avenue Arts is well and truly BROKEN. In fact, where the police parking lot once lay at the corner of 12th and Pine, there is now a 30-foot hole beneath the surface. The hole won’t be there for long either – it will soon be filled with shoring, then concrete, and in the blink of a bulldozer we are going to see a glorious new 6-story building.

Despite having taken a decade-and-a-half to reach this point, the construction of 12th Avenue Arts will be complete before we know it. Keep an eye on our blog for more updates!

And of course you can see more photos on our facebook page.

Spring Flowers

Last year CHH held a corporate “Day of Caring” at Hazel Plaza. Dozens of volunteers from Microsoft planted more than 300 spring bulbs which are now blooming!  If you are in the neighborhood come by and check out the daffodils, tulips, glads and more!


12th Avenue Arts breaks ground!

After 14 years (but who’s counting?) Capitol Hill Housing finally held a groundbreaking ceremony for our monumental and long-awaited project 12th Avenue Arts!

On Thursday afternoon a warm and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Velocity Dance Center across the street from the 12th Avenue Arts site, to hear from Christopher Persons, Mayor Mike McGinn, Deputy Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz, Senator Ed Murray, Councilmember Nick Licata, local business owner Linda Derschang and others as we celebrated the very first day of work on this visionary new building on Capitol Hill.

The Bucharest Drinking Team played Balkan flavored dance music, Via Tribunali made pizzas, Caffe Vita handed out coffee, and Councilmember Licata asked “why not remove a parking lot to build housing above a theater?” Why not indeed.

Thanks to everyone who came to this wonderful party, which reflected the shape of things to come at 12th Avenue Arts!


Jefferson grand opening

Capitol Hill Housing is pleased to announce the grand opening of our 44th building – The Jefferson!

Friday, October 19, 2-4pm
1206 E. Jefferson St. 

A vacant lot for 40 years has been transformed into a home for many families and individuals in the neighborhood.

The building consists of 40 affordable apartments and 4,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. The Jefferson has many green features and meets Washington State Evergreen Standard requirements.

Join us for this community celebration, with food from Lemongrass, building tours and brief remarks from City, County, and State officials and Capitol Hill Housing leadership.

More than a building

Unity Village of White Center, Capitol Hill Housing’s 43rd building, opened in November 2011 and is now home to 30 families from diverse backgrounds. On a recent visit, CHH staff was delighted to see so many residents and their children gardening together and enjoying the green space. It reminds us all that Unity Village is much more than just a building – it’s a place to call home.

View more photos at Unity Village on our Facebook page.

We believe that everyone should be able to have an affordable, quality home. Read more about how Capitol Hill Housing is helping to create and maintain homes for our low-income neighbors throughout central Seattle.

The Haines Apartments

On Tuesday, CHH purchased the Haines Apartments, a Capitol Hill building providing homes for 30 low-income elderly and disabled residents.

Located at 1415 E. Olive Street, the Haines Apartments is a 3-story brick walk up, built in 1908. Since 1992 the Haines has provided a home for elderly and disabled households on Capitol Hill. All of the residents are extremely low-income – on fixed incomes, limited pensions or social security – and some of the residents have lived at the property for as long as 20 years.

The building’s acquisition by Capitol Hill Housing means that the residents will not be forced to move, and that they will be able to maintain their affordable rents. David Stahl, a current resident of the Haines Apartments said “I feel fortunate to have found a home at the Haines. I am relieved to know that Capitol Hill Housing is purchasing the building and it will be affordable for years to come.”

The Haines is an example of our commitment to preservation, occurring just around the corner from the high-profile new development at 12th Avenue Arts. “At a time when our neighborhood is growing and changing at a rapid pace, CHH is not just creating new structures and homes, we are also working hard to preserve the resources that already exist” said Capitol Hill Housing CEO Christopher Persons. “The healthiest neighborhoods are those that protect the homes of long term residents.”

The Jefferson: Halfway there

Construction of our new development at 12th & Jefferson is more than 50% complete!

What was once a gas station, and sat vacant for many years, will soon become 40 new affordable homes for members of Seattle’s workforce and their families. In addition to five floors of apartments, the building will offer street-level commercial spaces that we encourage neighborhood businesses to consider leasing. The centrally located Jefferson is set to open in late summer 2012.

View more photos on facebook.

Unity Village Grand Opening Celebration

King County Executive Dow Constantine addresses the crowd at the grand opening of Unity Village of White Center

About 100 people braved a cold, rainy November afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of Unity Village of White Center. The completion of this affordable housing complex in the heart of the White Center community provides a safe and affordable home for 30 families of limited means.  Seeking to transform a troubled neighborhood corner, the White Center Community Development Association invited Capitol Hill Housing into White Center to be the lead developer for the project. This innovative partnership between Capitol Hill Housing, the White Center CDA, and the Delridge Neighborhoods Association represents a model for collaboration and the development of affordable housing in a community context.

The grand opening celebration at Unity Village featured a tour of the project, local food and music, and remarks from King County Executive Dow Constantine, King County Council Member Joe McDermott, and Burien Mayor Joan McGilton, along with other officials from the State of Washington, King County, White Center, Seattle, and Burien. King County Executive Constantine applauded the combined efforts that went into the project while highlighting how Unity Village fills a vital need for affordable housing and makes an investment in the future through environmentally-focused development.

Leaders from the three organizations that spearheaded the Unity Village project took center stage and remarked on the significance of its grand opening. Highlighting the spirit of the Unity Village project and echoing Capitol Hill Housing’s mission, Christopher Persons stated that, “everybody deserves beautiful, decent housing that’s affordable and that’s what this project is about.” Jasmine Brown, the site manager at Unity Village, and Jamesina Jamison, a resident of Unity Village, both spoke about the importance of home as a concept and a concrete experience and how they found a home in their new Unity Village apartments. The Lead Developer behind the Unity Village project, Kate Gill de la Garza, concluded the afternoon’s programming by reflecting on the project from start to finish and thanking the many individuals and organizations involved in its completion.

Congratulations to the 30 families who have found a new home at Unity Village, and thank you to all of the partners, funders, and supporters who made Unity Village of White Center into a reality.

Further coverage of the Unity Village of White Center grand opening can be found here: