Lake City Court
At the time of its construction, Lake City Court was the greenest affordable housing in Washington State. Lake City Court is an 86-unit, affordable apartment building in northeast Seattle that was completed in August 2011.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded approximately $10.5 million to the Seattle Housing Authority to redevelop housing units in the Lake City neighborhood, just north of NE 125th St, between 33rd and 35th Ave NE. Seattle Housing worked with architecture firm Hewitt, contractor H. A. Andersen Construction and civil engineering firm SvR Design Company to complete the building.
An additional $8 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) leveraged with over $13 million from other sources enabled the Housing Authority to dramatically increase the use of green features in the building.
- 30 percent less energy for space heating than if the project were designed to meet current Washington State Energy Code
- 4,500 square feet of photovoltaic panels generate 10 percent of the building’s annual electricity consumption
- 1,500 square feet of solar hot water heater panels generate 20 percent of the building's annual hot water needs
- All appliances Energy Star-rated
- Energy Star Advanced Lighting Package
- High-efficiency water-conserving fixtures
- On-demand hot water
- Hot water radiant heating
- All utilities individually metered
The development plan called for building the new housing on the southern portion of this 1.9-acre site. The Court was built on the former site of 16 townhouse units that became uninhabitable after persistent flooding from the nearby Little Brook Creek. Those units were demolished in 2002.
The new building added 51 units of much needed low-income housing - more than three times the number that were demolished. The project also added 35 tax-credit rentals for residents with incomes at 60 percent of the area median income or below. Part of the development plan is the creation of homeownership units directly east of the Lake City Court apartment building.
The 4-story elevator-equipped Lake City Court building is comprised of 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units and is completely non-smoking. Parking options include an underground parking garage for 90 vehicles as well as indoor and outdoor covered bicycle parking.
The building includes a community meeting space and a Neighborhood Networks Center where computer literacy training is provided for residents and other community members. To promote pedestrian access to nearby transit and retail, a wheelchair-accessible path was built through the site to provide a throughway for neighborhood residents.
Construction began in June, 2010. The completion date of the project was August 2011. The building is now fully occupied. Current information about this development can be found on the Lake City Court housing page.