First new construction for Yesler Terrace Redevelopment breaks ground

Yesler Terrace stakeholders breaking ground on the new redevelopment project. (Photo from the SHA)

Following years of planning and resident input, the first construction in the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace broke ground on Sept. 5. The groundbreaking ceremony featured local leaders and partners in the redevelopment, including Congressman Adam Smith, Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, City Council President Sally Clark, and others, turning the first shovels of earth to kick off the construction.

Phase one of the redevelopment includes a new residential low-income housing complex at 1105 East Fir; renovation of the Baldwin Apartments into new low-income housing; refurbishment of the Steam Plant building into new space for community services such as Head Start; and Anthem, a mixed-income residential building led by Spectrum Development Solutions.

The redeveloped Yesler Terrace will feature upgraded affordable housing and homes for all income levels, parks and gardening opportunities, pedestrian-friendly streets, and direct access to mass transit options. On average, residents of SHA’s existing Yesler Terrace housing earn less than 30 percent of the city’s median income, or less than $26,000 per year for a family of four. (end)

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