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April 8, 2013

ARC designs community center for Burndale Homes in Auburn

Photo by William Wright Photography [enlarge]

King County Housing Authority recently celebrated the opening of a new community center in Burndale Homes at 1044 18th St. N.E. in Auburn.

The 3,600-square-foot center contains a classroom, computer lab, multipurpose room, kitchen and private counseling areas. It will provide space for after-school programs as well as employment-related programs for adults.

The $1.09 million project was funded through a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant.

ARC Architects designed the building and Buchanan General Contractors was the builder.

Burndale Homes is a 50-unit public housing complex owned by KCHA. The center is expected to regularly serve about 60 young people and 70 adults. YWCA and Neighborhood House are partners.

Neighborhood House previously ran after-school programs in a converted apartment at Burndale, and YWCA had a minimal presence there due to space constraints. The new center more than triples the program space.

The Burndale Homes center is part of a network of community centers developed by KCHA, including two in Auburn. By the end the year, KCHA will have 20 centers, operated in partnership with nonprofit providers, serving low-income households in the county.

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