June 3, 2020

New Homes and Early Learning to Cross Tracks at Roosevelt

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Cedar Crossing

Cedar Crossing is our Home & Hope ideal with its combination of affordable housing and early learning oriented towards walkable living and transit and the result of extraordinarily productive neighborhood engagement.

In 2017, Enterprise awarded a Section 4 capacity building grant to the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association to build upon its earlier land use academy work to plan for this site that Sound Transit was using for construction staging. The RNA led a robust community engagement process and hired a development consultant to articulate the community vision. The process resulted in more homes, deeper affordability, and better inclusion of community resources like early learning. We remember a neighbor standing up during a February 2017 meeting to say, “We should welcome affordable housing in Roosevelt because we have excellent schools, and we can change families' lives."

Sound Transit and the City of Seattle came to the table with the Roosevelt Neighborhood through this process, and Sound Transit went on to deeply discount this site as one of the first to be developed under ST3’s affordable housing requirements. Bellwether and Mercy were selected in a competitive RFP for the site, and they partnered with El Centro de la Raza for the project’s early learning center. They also created a partnership with Mary’s Place and Seattle Children’s Hospital to set aside 20 apartments for families simultaneously experiencing homelessness and caring for children with chronic health conditions.

VIA Architecture designed Cedar Crossing, and Walsh Construction is building it. The Seattle Office of Housing contributed $15 million in voter-approved levy funds and additional funding came from King County, the Seattle Housing Authority, low-income housing tax credit equity from U.S. Bank, tax-exempt loans provided by U.S. Bank and Citibank, and a land discount from Sound Transit valued at $11.7 million. A grant from Washington’s Early Learning Facilities (WELL) Fund, which our office participated in creating, will partially fund the early learning center.

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