February 2020 update
King County, City of Seattle, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program are excited to announce an agreement to build 232 affordable housing units on one of Metro’s Northgate parcels.
King County and the City of Seattle have been working together to encourage redevelopment of King County Metro property near Northgate Mall and the future Northgate Link light rail station. The goal has been to provide affordable housing and a vibrant mixed-use project on a centrally located property next to the light rail station.
What’s happened so far
King County and City of Seattle, along with its nonprofit partners BRIDGE Housing Corporation and Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHH), have come to a pre-development agreement to develop land owned by King County Metro into 232 affordable housing units near the future site of the Northgate Link light rail station. Anticipated development agreement and ground lease are expected to be transmitted to council by summer 2020, with ground-breaking to follow in 2022.
With this exciting milestone comes a decision to hold off on the sale of an adjacent parcel for development of a market-rate housing and mixed-use retail project, both of which were original components of this equitable transit-oriented development (ETOD) project.
Metro now intends to hold the property until at least 2024, which coincides with the opening of Sound Transit’s Lynnwood Link light rail station. Over the next five years, Metro has the opportunity to look at evolving service needs of the area and align it with plans for the ETOD. For now, the parcel will continue to serve as a park & ride.
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