Open house to showcase proposals for development above Capitol Hill light rail station

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Plans include affordable and market-rate housing, retail, farmers market, community center

An open house this Saturday, May 16, offers community members the chance to see conceptual plans and meet the selected firm to develop more than two acres adjacent to the Capitol Hill light rail station.

The informal event, sponsored by Sound Transit and the Capitol Hill Champion neighborhood advocacy group, is open to the public and will include light refreshments provided by the Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets.

Portland-based Gerding Edlen was the highest-ranking proposer for developing land adjacent to the station with housing, retail and community space for a farmer's market and other events. On Saturday, Gerding Edlen representatives will be on hand to show their proposals and answer questions in an informal open house setting.

May 16, 2015
1 - 4 p.m.
Century Ballroom
915 E Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98122

The Gerding Edlen proposal includes:

  • Up to 418 apartments in four buildings with 38 percent of units to rent for less than market rate for 12 years and 86 units designated for permanent affordable housing
  • 34 percent of units with at least two bedrooms
  • All buildings built to a minimum of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, with a goal of all buildings having net-zero energy consumption by 2030
  • Provision of a space and a long-term lease agreement with the Broadway Farmers Market
  • Developing a community center and daycare on site with subsidized care available for low-income residents

For more information on Capitol Hill Station and the development sites see: soundtransit.org/capitolhillTOD

About Capitol Hill Station
The Capitol Hill Station is part of the 3.1-mile University Link light rail extension that in early 2016 will provide congestion-free service between downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and the University of Washington. The line is entirely underground and currently $150 million under budget and six to nine months ahead of schedule. By 2030 Sound Transit expects more than 14,000 daily boardings at the station in the heart of Capitol Hill.

The Sound Transit Board adopted an updated transit-oriented development policy in 2012 to help grow transit ridership by promoting positive land uses and development within walking distance of its stations. Quality transit-oriented development helps create and emphasize vibrant walkable, active communities that are less dependent on driving.