New Affordable Housing, TOD Coming to Beacon Hill

New Affordable Housing, TOD Coming to Beacon Hill

Next month, El Centro de la Raza will celebrate the groundbreaking of Plaza Roberto Maestas, a $45 million mixed-use, affordable housing and transit-oriented development (TOD) located next to the non-profit’s headquarters and the Beacon Hill light rail station.

The organization’s Executive Director Estela Ortega says the development, which will include 112 units of affordable rental housing, will help alleviate the city’s affordable housing crisis.

The development will also include seven additional classrooms serving the José Martí Child Development Center, street-level mico-business and restaurant spaces, a multicultural community center, office space and a public plaza.

The project is expected to generate more than 150 construction, engineering, and design jobs during construction with 40 permanent jobs.

“Plaza Roberto Maestas will be named in honor of the organization’s late founder and executive director and is a physical manifestation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Beloved Community’, says the organization’s announcement.

Partners on the project include Beacon Development Group, SMR Architects, 7 Directions Architects/Planners, and Walsh Construction.

Funders are U.S. Bank, City of Seattle, State of Washington, Washington Community Reinvestment Association, Washington State Housing Finance Commission, Impact Capital, Enterprise and Raza Development Fund.

The celebration will is planned for 11 am on Fri, March 6, with a reception to follow. It will take place at the construction site located at 2524 16th Ave. S. The public is invited to attend.

El Centro de la Raza is a non-profit, social services agency with an annual budget of nearly $6 million that provides more than 44 comprehensive programs and services throughout Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community. Image/El Centro de la Raza


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