To ensure safe living environments for its residents as well as their neighbors, redevelopment at Westwood eventually extended beyond Seattle Housing Authority's original Roxbury House and Village properties to include nearby buildings and a neighborhood park.
Westwood Heights East
Once Westwood Heights and Westwood and Longfellow Court were complete, Seattle Housing Authority and the the Lutheran Alliance to Create Housing (LATCH) began to focus on illegal activities in privately owned properties across 27th Avenue from Westwood Heights, an area renamed Westwood Heights East.
Seattle Housing Authority joined with several City of Seattle departments and neighborhood organizations in a concentrated effort to stop drug activity through stepped up police presence and enforcement of Housing Choice Voucher contracts against the absentee landlords of some of the properties.
By the end of 2003, Seattle Housing Authority had purchased the 42-unit apartment building and six four-plexes across the street. Eviction of tenants engaging in illegal activities, better screening of new tenants and better property management in general have made this area safer and more livable for everyone living in the neighborhood.
Westwood Heights East Addition
Revitalization at the Westwood Heights East Addition was completed in July 2007. It includes six four-plex apartment buildings purchased from multiple owners in 2002 and 2003.
At the time of purchase, many of the units were uninhabitable, resulting from years of minimal maintenance and repairs. With investment from the City of Seattle’s weatherization program, Seattle Housing Authority fully renovated these buildings, both structurally and cosmetically. They are now fully occupied and provide 24 two-bedroom, market rate apartments.
A 13-acre open space located directly north of Longfellow and Westwood Courts, Roxhill Park has also been transformed. New recreational facilities include a new ball field—funded by a King County ball field improvement grant—a children's play area, wheelchair accessible concrete picnic pads, trails and bridges. Gangs no longer use the park for illegal purposes.
Roxhill Park is at the headwaters of Longfellow Creek, one of three major creeks in Seattle that are still free flowing, and in which West Seattle residents are trying to restore salmon runs. With funding from the Pro Parks Levy and the hard work of many volunteers, three acres of wetlands have been restored and over 45,000 native plants and trees planted.