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April 21 celebration marks High Point rental housing completion

600 low-income households will call the new High Point home

SEATTLE—March 30, 2009—On April 21, Seattle Housing Authority will celebrate the completion of all rental housing at the High Point community. This will fulfill the Housing Authority's commitment to build 600 units of housing for low-income people on the site.

"This is a very significant milestone for us," remarked Project Manager Tom Phillips. "To see this rental housing near completion fulfills one of our important goals for this award-winning green community."

Redevelopment of the mixed income, 1,700 unit High Point neighborhood began in 2000. At that time, Seattle Housing Authority received a $35 million HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Overall investment in the site—both private and public—will exceed $550 million.

The Housing Authority will mark the completion of rental housing in Phase II with a celebration and open house at 5 p.m. on April 21. Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and King County Councilmember Dow Constantine will be honored guests and speakers at the event. It will be held at 6451 30th Ave SW. Tours of the new housing will be offered as part of the open house. Refreshments will be served, and all are welcome.

Phase II rental housing at High Point

With the completion of Phase II rental housing, 600 low-income families will call High Point home. A celebration and open house will be held April 21 at 5 p.m.

The new townhouses at High Point will serve low-income residents at varying income levels. Three-hundred-fifty units will serve residents who earn less that 30 percent of the Area Median Income (about $23,500 for a family of four). An additional 250 units will serve people earning less than 60 percent of the Area Median Income (about $42,000 for a family of four).

The first phase of High Point included 344 rental housing units and was completed in 2006. This phase also included 252 for-sale homes and 235 apartments for seniors.

An additional 256 rental units will be completed in Phase II by the end of April. This marks a major milestone in the redevelopment of the 120 acre, 1,700-unit mixed-income site.

With the completion of the rental housing, construction of the natural drainage system that serves High Point and protects Longfellow Creek is also complete.

A new neighborhood center is under construction in Phase II of High Point as well. It is being built by Neighborhood House, and is expected to be complete this year.

Some lots in the new community remain vacant. They will be offered for sale to private homebuilders once the housing market begins to rebound.