Lynnwood City Center Station TOD

Creating affordable housing near transit – connecting homes to opportunities
A bird's eye rendering of the Lynnwood City Center Station TOD project, showing a light rail on the tracks next to the buildings and a stream.

The proposed project includes two buildings on either side of the restored stream directly adjacent to the Lynnwood City Center Station.

Project facts 

  • Location: Lynnwood, WA
  • Site area: ±1.5 acres 
  • Current use: Temporary parking 
  • Status: Planning
  • Development partner(s): Housing Hope 

About this project 

Sound Transit is expanding Link light rail service from Northgate into Snohomish County, including a new station in Lynnwood that we plan to open in fall 2024. Lynnwood City Center Station will be the last stop on the line until Everett Link opens (scheduled for 2037) and will connect south Snohomish County to the Link system. We purchased roughly two acres of land next to the future Lynnwood City Center Station for mobile offices and equipment storage while building the Link light rail tracks and station.

In January 2024, Sound Transit issued a Notice of Intent to Award to Housing Hope, a Snohomish County-based affordable housing developer. The proposed project includes 167 units of affordable housing across two buildings. The project serves households between 30%-60% area median income, three-quarters of which will be family-sized two- and three-bedroom units. Our collaboration with the City of Lynnwood positions this project to be part of the city’s emerging city center around the new station.

A robust service program is also proposed including medical, dental, and behavioral health services through their partners Community Health Center of Snohomish County and the Center for Human Services. Housing Hope also plans to operate Tomorrow’s Hope Child Development Center, a childcare facility, and Kindred Kitchen, a public café and job-training program. The childcare center will collaborate with the behavioral health facility to provide trauma-informed pediatric care for children who have experienced poverty and homelessness. All services will be provided to residents and community members regardless of ability to pay. 

The proposed development includes two buildings on either side of the newly restored, fish-passable stream, public walking trails, pedestrian bridges, and public plaza space. Housing Hope will strive to meet LEED Platinum across the entire development and Passive House certification on the residential portion, two of the highest sustainability certifications available. 

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission has pre-committed funding for this project as part of their pledged support for affordable housing on Sound Transit properties. 

Community engagement

In spring 2022, we connected with residents, businesses, government agencies, and community organizations to understand what kind of TOD would be best suited for the community. We heard strong calls for affordable housing, community-centered spaces like gathering areas and cultural resource centers, and outdoor paths, lawns, and plazas for the community to enjoy. You can view the Community Engagement report here