Seattle local business news and data - Real Estate - Design review for LIHI's 214 affordable units on Aurora

2022-07-28 13:27:27 By : Ms. ruby jiang

Rendering by Runberg Architecture Group [enlarge] The corner site, at 125th, is well served by transit and close to the Interurban Trail.

The Low Income Housing Institute owns the corner at 12245 Aurora Ave. N., which it's now using for the tiny house village dubbed Friendship Heights Village. That has 41 units, plus other temporary structures for staff and services.

The long-term plan, with Runberg Architecture Group, is for a seven-story, 214-unit affordable housing project. The unnamed plan had its first administrative design review last Friday.

LIHI's program is for 124 workforce units, running from studios to three-bedrooms, and 90 permanent supportive units (both studios and one-bedrooms).

Units look to run from around 395 square feet for a studio to over 1,000 square feet for a three bedroom. The workforce rents will be affordable to households earning in a range from 30% to 60% of area median income.

Some of the workforce tenants may well drive; LIHI staff may also drive, and there's a planned 10,000-square-foot preschool, too. Thus unlike some other LIHI projects, 45 structured parking stalls are planned. Some kind of bike room seems likely, and the location is served by the RapidRide E Line.

Including the parking, amenities and staff area, Runberg estimates the total project size at 203,568 square feet. The C-shaped building will direct its courtyard to the west, wrapping around a plaza with some 7,329 square feet.

The team also includes Karen Kiest Landscape Architects and KPFF.

LIHI hasn't announced a possible start date for the project. Nor is there yet any indication of a budget or funding sources. The city helped fund the nearly $6 million land deal last summer.

For now, the 125th Street Grill continues to operate on the property. The vacant former Black Angus Motor Inn was demolished last fall to make way for the tiny houses.

  Brian Miller can be reached by email at or by phone at (206) 219-6517.

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