When Sound Transit built Link light rail through the Rainier Valley, we purchased several small pieces of property for construction adjacent to the line. Now that these sites can be put to a different use, Sound Transit and the Seattle Office of Housing are exploring opportunities to make these sites available for the development of affordable homes for purchase. There are 12 sites near the Mount Baker, Columbia City, and Othello light rail stations that we are considering for this initiative.
As a first step, Sound Transit and the Seattle Office of Housing have been engaging with the community at festivals, farmers markets, meetings, and through an online survey. We expect to share a report on the results of our outreach on our website soon.
- Opening date: Goal: first sites made available for proposals in 2020; all sites under development by 2030
- Affordability: Goal: exceed target of at least 80% of homes on the sites affordable to families at 80% of area median income or below