Special meeting notice

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Capitol Hill Housing will hold a special meeting of the Executive Committee on March 31, 2014 in the CHH Large Conference Room from 5-6:30pm.

Capitol Hill Housing will hold a special meeting of the Finance Committee on April 8, 2014, at 1000 2nd Avenue, 34th Floor in Seattle from 4-5:00pm.

24th and Union

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Capitol Hill Housing seeks to develop a mixed-use building featuring affordable apartments along with commercial space at 24th and Union in the Central District.

Recently the City and community have come together for a neighborhood planning effort focused on the 23rd Avenue commercial corridor. Working with many city departments, the community has identified several priorities for the area. Two important priorities are the need for affordable housing and space for local businesses. This development would address both of these community identified needs.

Many lower income households are finding it difficult to remain in their neighborhoods in the face of rising rents. The development of affordable housing for low-income families at 24th and Union would help create critically needed affordability in the Central District. As in other CHH properties, leasing the ground-floor retail space to local businesses would be prioritized.

From 1968 to 1988, this site housed Liberty Bank, which was a financial institution that served the African American community. Capitol Hill Housing recognizes the importance of the site, and is working with the community to honor the history of Liberty Bank and to memorialize its cultural significance.

Office closure March 28

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The Capitol Hill Housing main office will be closed for appointments on Friday, March 28th due to an office-wide meeting. Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The roof has been raised!

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Construction of 12th Avenue Arts continues on schedule. Our capital campaign slogan, “Raise the Roof,” was made real as the roof of the building went on in January.

We recently gave a hard hat tour of the building to several supporters who were impressed with the completed volumes of the theater spaces and the outdoor deck spaces that residents will be able to use.

4Culture announced a new $50,000 grant to 12th Avenue Arts ­– their fourth grant for the project. You can join them and other supporters of this landmark development by making a donation online now. Gifts of $500 or more will receive name recognition on one of the new theater seats.

You can see more photos of the building construction on Facebook.

Annual Public Meeting

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Capitol Hill Housing 2014 Annual Meeting

February 10, 2014, 6:00 – 7:00pm
The Summit
420 E Pike St
Seattle, WA

The agenda will include reporting on program activities, presentation of the annual budget for the current fiscal year and annual statement for the previous year’s fiscal affairs.

Please note, the Community Forum, our annual panel discussion of a neighborhood issue (formerly held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting) will take place this Spring – date to be announced.

Call for Board Nominations

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December  2013

The Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHH) seeks nominations of qualified board member candidates from the Capitol Hill community. Capitol Hill Housing will maintain an active list of candidates for ongoing consideration.

The CHH Board is comprised of 15 members who serve three year terms. Qualifications include demonstrated leadership ability and knowledge and skills from experience or training in one or more of the following areas: real estate development, property and asset management, special needs populations, community development, finance, budget, policy development, strategic planning, management/administration, capital development, corporate governance, marketing, negotiation, fundraising, grant‐writing and accounting or such other skills as the Board may identify.

CHH seeks candidates who demonstrate the following abilities and characteristics: credibility with the professional community and government entities with which the Program works; reliability, sound judgment, flexibility and creativity; ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other Board members, staff, community individuals, and groups with diverse backgrounds and philosophies; ability to make difficult decisions on behalf of the Program; and ability to take a multi‐cultural perspective and to support strategies that enhance a diverse, sustainable Capitol Hill community.

Prospective candidates should demonstrate a commitment and willingness to commit time and personal resources; willingness to serve on Board committees; willingness to represent the Program at community functions; and commitment to the Program’s express core purpose and values.

Interested parties should submit their resume and a statement of interest to Executive Director, Capitol Hill Housing at board@capitolhillhousing.org no later than January 15, 2014.

Creating a cultural district on Capitol Hill

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Anne Gadwa Nicodemus speaks on national examples of cultural districts (Photo: Jennifer Crooks)

Recently, more people have been calling for the creation of a cultural district on Capitol Hill. The nightlife community has never been stronger, but we want to ensure that Pike/Pine remains known as an arts destination.

The vision is fairly straightforward: Provide neighborhoods with a set of tools to create and preserve arts uses in a dense, concentrated commercial district. Common tools could be banners and signs to mark the district, developer’s tools for space creation and preservation, and pop-up space activation.

November’s Square Feet Summit proved to be an excellent forum to push the cultural district idea forward. Taking place at three local arts venues, this was a full day of conversations about arts space in Seattle. A highlight was the keynote talk by creative placemaking expert Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, who gave an overview of how cultural districts are used nationally. Surprisingly many districts are authorized by state governments and are happening throughout the nation.

In Seattle the conversation has focused on city-level changes. It was very helpful to have Nicodemus’ perspective on what we are working to accomplish here.

Could 12th Avenue Arts be a model for other cities?

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Greg Carter of Black Box Operations talks about their vision of managing the theater space at 12th Avenue Arts

This October there was a presentation about 12th Avenue Arts at the Social Theory, Politics and the Arts conference at Seattle University. At the international conference, there was a desire to explore successful local arts projects. Attendees from other cities expressed interest in 12th Avenue Arts as a model for collaboration between community developers and smaller arts organizations.

A thread of the conference was exploring the idea of neighborhood cultural districts. Distinct from mast planned arts campuses (Lincoln Center in NYC, Seattle Center locally) these are organically grown clusters of arts organizations, galleries and artists work spaces. Similar to what’s happened on and around 12th Avenue. Some of the best thinking is coming out of Philadelphia. Building on the research of the Social Impact of the Arts Project, the city has launched Culture Blocks, a free mapping tool for making decisions about place and creativity.

Capital Campaign Goal Reached!

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After two and a half years, the $4.6 Million Capital Campaign goal for 12th Avenue Arts has been reached.

The campaign achieved unprecedented support from arts organizations, small businesses and individuals. Attracted by the multi-user model, key arts funders including ArtPlace America, Washington Building for the Arts, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, 4Culture, Boeing and the City of Seattle provided more than a million dollars in contributions. This institutional support was complemented by the score of local businesses and hundreds of individuals who invested in a community-based arts facility that will be around for decades to come.

In order to build the best possible facility, we’re continuing to raise funds beyond this formal goal. Join the group of supporters of this campaign by making a secure, tax-deductible donation online.

Notice of Special Meeting

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NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING  Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program Board will hold a special meeting Monday September 16, 2013 at 6PM at the A&A Community room located Seattle University.