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May 10, 2018

U District church's parking lot is now home to 133-unit Arbora Court

Photo from Bellwether Housing [enlarge]
University Christian Church sold the land to Bellwether Housing. Units range from studios to three-bedroom apartments for families.

Bellwether Housing has opened Arbora Court Apartments on a former church parking lot in Seattle's University District.

The 133-unit complex at 4750 15th Ave. N.E. is across from University Christian Church, which sold the land to Bellwether for $4 million in 2016.

The units are for people making up to 60 percent of the area median income, which is up to $51,840 a year for a family of three.

The seven-story Arbora Court has studios and one-bedroom apartments, and 53 two- and three-bedroom units. Bigger apartments that are affordable for families are hard to find, Bellwether said in a press release.

The building is near frequent Metro bus service, the future U-District light rail station, grocery stores, a Seattle Public Library branch and community centers.

Weber Thompson designed and Walsh Construction Co. built the complex, which has 1,400 square feet of retail space and 113 underground parking spaces. Sixty of the parking spaces are owned by University Christian Church and 53 are owed by Bellwether for use by the residents.

There's also an outdoor play area, rooftop deck, and community kitchen and gathering room.

Seattle Housing Authority is providing rent subsidies for 40 units in the complex that are set aside for people transitioning out of homelessness. Wellspring Family Services will help select those people.

The building was financed in part by investments from the Seattle Office of Housing, King County's Housing Finance Program and the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.

Arbora Court's name was inspired by an image of the Tree of Life that hangs over the mantle in the UCC library.

This is the largest project to date for Bellwether Housing, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing in Seattle.

The project team includes Sitewise Design, civil engineer; Berger Partnership, landscape architect; Michael Nouwens Structural Consultants, structural engineer; Merit Electric, electrical; Sunrise Plumbing, plumbing; RDH Building Science, building envelope; Rushing, MEP drawings; and United Systems Mechanical, mechanical subcontractor.

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