July 7, 2017

Small Business Owners Retire, Sell Land to Create Affordable Homes

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Couple in Linc's Tackle shop

Linc’s Tackle has been part of the landscape on Seattle’s Rainier Avenue South since 1950, but when owners Jerry and Maria Beppu announced their retirement, the future of the site became unknown. In the wake of a booming economy, Seattle’s legacy businesses are being forced to shutter after serving their community for decades. Many natives are bemoaning the rapid change, and for some, the loss of Linc’s will “really hurt” given its rich history – an immigrant family that’s served six generations and taught “tens of thousands” how to fish.

But what of the silver lining?

After the Beppu’s close shop at some point this year, Plymouth Housing Group will redevelop the site to create 95 new homes to serve Seattle’s growing homeless population. Residents will benefit from additional support services provided in the building, and PHG plans to create a space open to the community. PHG uses a Housing First model - a proactive approach that provides those at risk of becoming homeless with an affordable home while they receive medical attention, counseling and other services.

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