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January 15, 2020
Nonprofit developer Plymouth Housing will break ground tomorrow on its seven-story, 91-unit 2nd & Mercer project, at 610 Second Ave. N. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on the corner of Mercer Street, opposite Seattle Center.
The city-owned site, previously a pocket park, shares a block with the separate larger 269-unit Center Steps now under construction.
On hand will be Emily Alvarado, director of the city's Office of Housing, and Plymouth CEO Paul Lambros. There will also be representatives from Path with Art and a performance by its choir. That arts organization will occupy about 3,700 square feet in the building when it opens in 2021.
SMR Architects designed 2nd & Mercer, and BNBuilders is the general contractor. Total project size is listed at 62,578 square feet. Two additional units are for resident managers, bringing the actual total to 93.
Lambros said in a statement that, for its formerly homeless future residents, the project will “provide permanent housing for adults, including veterans, who are recovering from life on the streets and create a new arts space in the Seattle Center neighborhood.”
The arts nonprofit Path with Art will use its space for offices, classes, exhibitions and performances.
Mayor Jenny Durkan, who is not scheduled to attend on Thursday, said in a statement, “Ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens have a home is a marker of who we are as a city, and using surplus city property to develop these homes is an excellent use of public resources.”
Plymouth has a 99-year ground lease for the site.
Funding for the roughly $30 million project is from sources including the city, the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, federal low-income housing tax credits, Enterprise Community Partners, Heritage Bank, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines' affordable housing program (sponsored by Sound Community Bank) and Plymouth's own PROOF Capital Campaign.
The 2nd & Mercer team also includes KPFF, civil engineer; SSF, structural engineer; Sider + Byers, mechanical and electrical engineer; Fazio Associates, landscape architect; JRS Engineering, building envelope consultant; and Studio Pacifica, accessibility consultant.
Brian Miller can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at (206) 219-6517.