Phase 1 of Seattle-Area Senior Housing Debuts

Sustainable Housing for the Ageless Generation and the City of Tukwila, Wash., have opened Tukwila Village, a 193-unit affordable community located within 10 minutes of downtown.
Tukwila Village Phase 1
Tukwila Village Phase 1

Sustainable Housing for the Ageless Generation, the City of Tukwila, King County Library and developer Pacific Northern Construction Co. have opened Tukwila Village Phase 1 in Tukwila, Wash. Constructed on a Tukwila International Boulevard parcel, the two-building property includes 193 units dedicated to seniors, a new library, community plaza and cafe.

Tukwila Village is within 10 minutes of downtown Seattle and 5 minutes to SeaTac Airport. Two bus routes serve the community and the Tukwila light-rail station is within walking distance. Several parks, a public swimming pool, an arts center and grocery stores are also nearby. The property is part of a 6-acre campus that includes Sullivan Community Center—which will offer intergenerational programs, job trainings, multicultural arts experiences. Non-profit Kona Kai Coffee Co. will teach residents food service skills.

The second phase of Tukwila Village is set to begin construction of two other buildings this fall. Scheduled for completion in 2020, Phase 2 is scheduled to include market-rate and affordable apartments. Tukwila Village is also set to feature a mini-food hall and small business incubator—managed by non-profit Food Innovation Network—small retail businesses and a total of 398 apartments.

LIHTC—A vital necessity  

The Washington State Housing Finance Commission, which oversees the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program, contributed to financing this project. “LIHTC has built 90 percent of affordable housing in our country and the expansion I passed this spring will enable our state to build 20 percent more affordable housing developments like Tukwila Village, in 2018 alone,” said Senator Maria Cantwell, in prepared remarks.

Tukwila Village Senior Living is intended to serve older adults of varying income levels, exactly like Lynnwood City Center Senior Living, a 308-unit community that SHAG opened at the end of last year in Lynnwood, Wash. As a transit-oriented property and one of the largest affordable housing communities in the state, the Tukwila project is likely to spur development across the neighborhood.

Image courtesy of Sustainable Housing for the Ageless Generation