LGBTQ-Affirming Affordable Senior
Housing Comes to Seattle!
GenPRIDE to be the ground floor service provider.
Housing update 3 – February 2020
Now that the LGBTQ-Affirming Senior Housing project has received funding commitments from the city, county, and state, the project team is advancing into the next phase of design work for the project and initiating the entitlements process to obtain all necessary land use and building approvals with the city.
We are currently working to optimize the design of the GenPRIDE senior community center to provide additional floor area and an enhanced connection to Broadway, and we’ve assembled a team of engineers to begin designing the structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing elements of the building. The project team is also focusing on making the building green and energy efficient, including solar panels on the roof.
The design and entitlements process is expected to progress through late 2020 with an anticipated construction start in early 2021 and completion in 2022. The project is now preparing to submit materials to the city for Early Design Guidance, and we’d like to provide another opportunity for the community to provide comments on the project in advance of the Early Design Guidance submission.
Community members are encouraged to submit comments by sending an email to 1515Broadway@capitolhillhousing.org
you may also obtain additional information about the project by visiting the project web page at http://openhouse.capitolhillhousing.org/OpenHouse/senior-lgbtq-affirming-affordable-housing-project/ or www.genprideseattle.org/future.
The project team also intends to hold another community update meeting about the project in mid-2020 to solicit additional feedback about the building design and programming. Stay tuned!
Housing update – December 2019
The mayor announced today that the Office of Housing has chosen to fund Washington state’s first ever LGBTQ-Affirming Affordable Senior Housing building, to be located on Capitol Hill. The property, located between Pike and Pine on Broadway in the heart of the historic LGBTQ neighborhood, will break ground in late 2020 or early 2021 with completion slated for early 2023.
The project, which has been a community-collaboration involving nine LGBTQ non-profit organizations, has partnered with developer Capitol Hill Housing to build and operate the new apartments. GenPRIDE, who provides LGBTQ+ senior services and activities, was chosen to be the ground floor service provider. The space will include a community meeting room, a commercial kitchen for meals and events, a health clinic, and offices for GenPRIDE’s outreach to residents and will serve as their hub of operations for expansion into King County.
“This is a remarkable time in Seattle’s LGBTQ history, and we are both excited and humbled to be playing a part in building a stronger senior community for those who have been instrumental in achieving the rights many of us enjoy today,” says GenPRIDE Executive Director, Steven Knipp. “We are looking forward to making this a vibrant center filled with people who want to connect with others and be a part of our incredible community.”
There will be a community celebration and information events held in early 2020 to both commemorate this achievement and to provide a forum for input into his exciting new property.
Look to www.genprideseattle.org for more information.
GenPRIDE, is a Seattle-based non-profit founded in 2015 to serve the needs of the LGBTQ+ aging community. Our collaborative partners in the housing venture are University of Washington Aging with Pride, Ingersoll Gender Center, Gay City, GSBA, Allyship, County Doctor/Carolyn Downs Clinic, POCAAN, Seattle Counseling Services, and Capitol Hill Housing.
Housing update 1 – December 2019
On August 7 we heard from community organizations that have been working together to make this project a reality!
At this community update we discussed: The latest 3-D renderings of the building and its new Broadway location.
Download the presentation slides that we displayed during the event below.