Capitol Hill Housing CEO Christopher Persons talks with Eric Liu on Seattle Voices about affordable housing needs and solutions.
As the year comes to a close, we’re reflecting on all that’s happened in 2014. It’s been quite a year for Capitol Hill Housing. Here are just a few highlights:
We began construction on the remodel of the Haines, to improve and preserve homes for extremely low-income individuals. Construction will be complete in 2015.
And of course, we opened 12th Avenue Arts, which created 88 new affordable homes in the urban center of Capitol Hill. This truly mixed-use project also houses two theaters, nonprofit space and police parking. Three local restaurants will open here in spring 2015.
One of the new residents of 12th Avenue Arts, April Kim, says:
I’m one of the many people who work in central Seattle, but couldn’t afford to live in the city. My passion is photography, which I’m hoping to turn into my own business. For the first time in my life, I can pursue my dreams, while still working full time.
At the grand opening of 12th Avenue Arts, Rep. Frank Chopp quoted from the poem Bread and Roses, inspiring us to celebrate this landmark project and all that it will provide the community – from affordable housing to space for the arts.
Bread and Roses
By James Oppenheim
As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
As we come marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for—but we fight for roses, too!
As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler—ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses! Bread and roses!
12th Avenue Arts | 1620 12th Avenue
Thanks to unprecedented support from the community, Capitol Hill Housing has raised the roof on 12th Avenue Arts!
- Refreshments from local restaurants
- Performances curated by Washington Ensemble Theatre
KeyBank | National Development Council
SMR Architects | Walsh Construction
Seattle Academy | Seattle University | MBI / Herman Miller | Foster Pepper
Sprague Israel Giles | Squire Patton Boggs
Capitol Hill Housing’s main office will be closed on Friday, October 17 for moving to the new location at 12th Avenue Arts.
We will be open regular hours at the new location starting at 9:00am the morning of Monday, October 20.
The new office will be on the second floor of 12th Avenue Arts:
1620 12th Avenue, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98122
Thank you for your patience as we relocate.
On Monday, June 9, we will start setting appointments to apply for apartments at 12th Avenue Arts!
Details about the building and how to set an appointment here.
At our community forum on May 20th, the conversation about launching a Capitol Hill Arts District focused on affordability and preserving arts spaces – and there was consensus that a formalized arts district is needed.
People texted answers to the question “What do you want the Capitol Hill Arts District to accomplish?” If you couldn’t make it to the forum, click here to add your answer to the online poll, through June 11.
Over the next few months, we will be working closely with the city, arts organizations and individual artists to help make the arts district a reality.