More Affordable Housing at Jackson Place

Construction is about to begin on HomeSight’s 102-unit Pontedera Condominiums and Lofts, rendering above, located at Hiawatha Place and Dearborn St in the Jackson Place neighborhood. Half of the units will be affordable to families earning less than 80% of the area median income, and half will be sold at market rate. The March Jackson Place newsletter reports that, “low-interest deferred mortgages and reduced down payments will be available to those who qualify and the building will receive a property tax exemption.”

The Pontedera will be the third affordable housing project in this little corner of Jackson Place: right next door to the south is Hiawatha Artists Lofts, and a block east on Davis Place is The Stellina, also developed by HomeSight. Adding to the eclectic mix of housing is Jackson Place Cohousing, on the east side of Hiawatha Place.

The unlikely location of all this affordable housing is the result a strategy to redevelop 3.5 acres that the City acquired during the construction of I-90. It is a good example of how all the planets need to be aligned for affordable housing projects to succeed. As proposed here, Seattle could well use a development authority to help affordable housing projects leverage all the available incentives, as well as to advocate for new and improved incentives.

A side note: Considering the unusual nature of the housing noted above, and the time and care it took to make it happen, I find it easier to appreciate the neighborhood’s criticisms of the proposed development at the Goodwill site just across Rainier Ave. As of February, both the Jackson Place and Squire Park community councils continue to oppose the development because the “size and character are unacceptable.” According to the Jackson Place newsletter, “the project is currently being held up by the City because it is seeking written assurances that the housing will be completed as part of the project.”

12 Responses to “More Affordable Housing at Jackson Place”

  1. matthieu

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  2. NBeacon Jon

    The shrill Jackson Place and Squire Park community councils oppose ANY development because they have an overdeveloped sense of NIMBYism. They feel entitled to hold up services for their neighbors, large tax benefits, and eradicating neighborhood blight with the tune of ’scale’ and ‘cultural erosion’. It’s sad when the people of Beacon Hill have to travel to W Seattle, N Seattle, Tukwila, or heaven forbid, Bellevue, to shop for those things that ‘big, ugly, successful, jobs providing’, stores provide.

    According to the Jackson Place newsletter, “the project is currently being held up by the City because it is seeking written assurances that the housing will be completed as part of the project.

  3. JP resident

    Far from being “shrill” NIMBYs as Jon from North Beacon suggests, Jackson Place and Squire Park have welcomed a substantial amount of development in the last few years. In fact our “urban village” has already exceeded growth targets that went out to 2024. And we have encouraged the development of large affordable housing projects such as those described.

    But what is forgotten is that the GMA calls for concurrent provision of open space and other infrastructure improvements to support that added density. What we seek from the Dearborn project are mitigations for traffic (additional 17,000 auto trips per day to the goodwill site) and other impacts to the neighborhood.

    Perhaps Jon can lobby for some of those big box stores up on the hill so he won’t have to travel so far. I’m sure his neighbors would welcome the additional traffic and suburban formula retail character it would bring to the neighborhood – along with all those great low-wage retail jobs.

  4. Chris Stefan

    I have to agree with JP resident. I know the Squire Park community council has been VERY pro development. They’ve pushed hard for more mixed use development along 12th Ave for instance and for redevelopment of the NW corner of the Juvenile Justice Center site. However they’ve been opposed to irresponsible development that will harm the surrounding neighborhood rather than enhance it.

    The concerns with the Dearborn project are legitimate. The project will have huge traffic impacts, provides few amenities, and provides few small retail spaces for local businesses. Furthermore it would appear the developer might be trying to defer the housing portion of the development to “never”.

  5. Zoe Murphy

    it is convenient to live in a Condominium if you are in a big city but i like big lawns and backyard gardens.~”"

  6. James Thomas

    i kind of don’t like to live in condominums because they don’t offer large spaces for garden.;.’

  7. Bill B

    i think this place has sold only a handful of units

  8. Bradley Thomson

    i love to stay and live on 5 star condominiums which provide great amenities-*;

  9. Round Mirror

    actually, i like to live in a condominium specially on the higher floors because the view is amazing “.,

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