Grand St. Commons/Mt. Baker Housing Alley Vacation

Review Status

On May 6, 2021 we reviewed the public benefit proposal for the Grand St Commons/Mt. Baker Housing Alley Vacation project. At this meeting we voted to approve the public benefit proposal with several conditions and recommendations.

Project Description

Mt. Baker Housing Association, an affordable housing developer based in Seattle's Rainier Valley neighborhood, is proposing to vacate an alley between S Grand St and S Holgate St. in the North Rainier HUB Urban Village.  If the vacation is approved, the applicant will develop over 200 units of affordable housing at the 60 percent area median income (AMI).  The development will include a variety of units between 1 and 3 bedrooms. The building will be a part of a larger 3-block development developed in conjunction with Lake Union Partners. The developments are located along Rainier Ave S between S State St and S Holgate St, which will include ground level commercial and office space as well as market rate and affordable housing. 

May 6, 2021 Meeting

February 4, 2021 Meeting

November 5, 2020 Meeting

November 21, 2019 Meeting

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