LIHI proposes to build a six-story, 51-unit low income housing complex for seniors 62 and up. A portion of the ground floor has been set aside for an Urban Rest Stop, which will provide a hygiene center, laundry, and restroom for the homeless.
Land Use Update: LIHI applies for permit to build low income senior home in Ballard
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development reports that Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) has submitted a Land Use Application to allow the construction of a six story, 51-unit low income senior housing at 2014 N.W. 57th Street.
The senior housing project has been in the works for several years now, and at the January Ballard District Council meeting, Sharon Lee, LIHI's Executive Director, announced that construction for the low income apartment complex is slated to start at the end of this year.
The apartment complex will provide 51 units for seniors 62 and up, who will only have to pay 30 percent of their income or pension.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently awarded LIHI $7.6 million for the project.
"We're doing extensive outreach in Ballard to get referrals. The housing is available at a first come, first serve basis and there will be a waitlist," said Lee at the District Council meeting.
LIHI has set aside a portion of the building for an Urban Rest Stop on the ground floor. The Urban Rest Stop will provide a hygiene center, laundry, and restroom for the homeless.
"We have experience with mixed-use buildings that have a hygiene center on the ground floor and housing above," said Lee. "We're committed to keeping the senior housing safe and to keep the hygiene center fully staffed and clean."
But before LIHI can go ahead with their project, they are required to obtain a SEPA Environmental Determination and a Building Permit.
This project is subject to the Optional DNS Process as well as an Early DNS Process. Comments to the DPD regarding this project are welcomed until July 4th.