Current Development Projects

Community-Led Development Meets Deep-Rooted Partnerships

We embrace community-led development and engage in deep-rooted partnerships because it takes all of us to create equitable, vibrant communities. Learn about our current buildings here.

We currently have over 1,000 affordable apartments in our active pipeline. The most recently completed projects, Liberty Bank Building and Station House, created a combined 225 new units of affordable housing. We are actively seeking to expand our portfolio to help address the affordability crisis in Seattle. We aim to accomplish this through development of new affordable properties and acquisition of existing buildings. Learn more about acquisitions and doing business with us.

Station House

Station HouseStation House features 110 affordable apartments co-located with the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station in the heart of Capitol Hill. This development preserves economic diversity in the neighborhood, is a powerful example of transit-oriented development, and opens up the full range of opportunity our city has to offer to its residents through its location just steps from the light rail, streetcar, bus stops, and greenways for biking, and by providing secure bike parking.

First envisioned in 2009 at Sound Transit community meetings, this building answers a combined neighborhood voice advocating for affordable housing as a priority. That voice was led by the Capitol Hill Champion, an alliance between the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Hill Community Council. Construction was completed ahead of schedule, and residents began moving in March 2020. Amenities include a rooftop deck, common laundry facilities on each floor, and bicycle parking. The building will receive LEED’s green building certification for using sustainable materials and for exceeding building code requirements for energy and water efficiency, including a solar array on the roof.

The ground level 1,400 square foot community space is known as the Cathy Hillenbrand Community Room, named for the Capitol Hill Champion neighborhood activist and long-time board member. It will include an art installation sponsored by the AIDS Memorial Pathway to honor those affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. The community space is expected to open in late 2020.

LGBTQ-Affirming Affordable Senior Housing

LGBTQ-affirming affordable senior housing projectCapitol Hill has a long history of being a home and cultural center for LGBTQ life in Seattle. Community Roots Housing hopes to preserve and enhance this proud tradition by developing LGBTQ-affirming affordable apartments for seniors in the neighborhood in partnership with leaders from LGBTQ and health organizations.

The proposed project, an eight-story mixed-use building located on Broadway between Pike and Pine, includes seven stories of affordable homes for seniors as well as ground-level space for an LGBTQ-focused senior community and health center. GenPRIDE, a nonprofit organization serving Seattle’s senior LGBTQ community, will provide services on the ground floor in partnership with other groups. The building will also contain ground-level retail space in the preserved facades of the landmarked Eldridge Tire Building and the Atlas Clothing Building.

This project is part of Rise Together, a collaborative capital campaign supporting equitable development in the Central District, Capitol Hill, and White Center.

See GenPRIDE’s project page for community-oriented updates.

Yesler Family Housing

Yesler Family HousingYesler Family Housing is a joint venture to develop 158 apartments of affordable homes for working families in and around the communities of Yesler Terrace, Little Saigon, and the Central District. Read our joint press release created with our project partners: Seattle Chinatown International District’s Public Development Authority and Seattle Housing Authority. See the project page on SCIDpda’s website for more information.

Africatown Plaza

Africatownplaza.23rd Corner Update Mural 3.mh12.17.19Situated on 23rd and Spring at the south end of the Midtown Block redevelopment, this collaboration between Africatown Community Land Trust and Community Roots Housing will build on the success of the nearby Liberty Bank Building.

This project is part of Rise Together, a collaborative capital campaign supporting equitable development in the Central District, Capitol Hill, and White Center.

Jazz House

JazzhouseA youth performing-arts hub and affordable housing development in Rainier Valley. Read our joint press release with community partners JazzED. Learn more project details on JazzED’s website.

Union & 14th

U14This project will be a neighbor to Community Roots Housing’s historic Helen V apartments. Union & 14th and will have an innovative, eco-friendly building material: cross-laminated timber (CLT), which lowers the overall carbon footprint of the structure. Community Roots Housing is the lead developer while partnering with Skipstone as development consultant. It is planned to be eight stories and is anticipated to be one of Washington’s tallest CLT buildings.

YouthCare – South Annex

South AnnexThe South Annex site on the southeast corner of Broadway and E. Pine will be developed in partnership with YouthCare, a nonprofit homeless youth service provider. YouthCare will develop an employment and education academy. Community Roots Housing will develop 70 affordable apartments, including permanent supportive housing for homeless youth and units affordable to people making 30% to 60% of the Area Median Income.

White Center HUB

Located on the site of a former public health center, the White Center Community HUB will create a place of “hope, unity, and belonging” where working families can find affordable housing along with essential services that nurture their stability and create greater opportunity.

This project is part of Rise Together, a collaborative capital campaign supporting equitable development in the Central District, Capitol Hill, and White Center. A rendering of the project is coming soon.

Join us in Community Development

It takes all of us to create equitable, vibrant communities. Are you a community organization or developer interested in partnering with us toward this shared vision? Do you have a vision for services and community assets that could be paired with affordable housing in your neighborhood?  Contact Jeremy Wilkening at jwilkening@communityrootshousing.org.

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