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New & Improved, Low-Income, Transit-Oriented Development Opens in Rainier Vista

Last week, Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) celebrated the grand opening of Tamarack Place – a newly rebuilt, low-income, transit-oriented development just half a block from Columbia City Station.

Construction on Tamarack Place began in September 2009 after an infusion of $3.2 million in stimulus funding and was completed in November 2010. Today, all apartments are occupied by low-income families.

Part of Seattle Housing Authority’s redevelopment of Rainier Vista, Tamarack Place replaces 71 of the original low-income housing units in the original Rainier Vista, serving residents whose incomes are below 30 percent of the Area Median. An additional 12 apartments are available to families earning less than 60 percent of Area Median Income.

The new mixed-use, four-story building offers 7,600 square feet of ground floor retail space and 83 low-income apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms.

From SHA’s press release:

The development of Tamarack Place reflects a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly design. The building is within walking distance of existing bus lines, it’s steps away from the Columbia City Link light rail station, and it’s close to schools, shopping and community centers. Because of the proximity to the Columbia City light rail station, no parking is available for apartment residents. This factor has not been an impediment to successful leasing.

Residential units feature water-conserving plumbing fixtures in kitchens and baths, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency lighting fixtures, formaldehyde-free composite wood, low-VOC paints and adhesives and Green Label Plus–certified flooring.

To promote clean air and healthy living, all areas in and around Tamarack Place are designated as nonsmoking.

Commercial tenants on the ground floor include Bananas Grill, Jay Gairson Immigration Law, Wellness Acupuncture Care, Clear Vision – Optometry, Fasika Café (by owners of Awash Restaurant in Columbia City) and the Seattle Housing Authority management office. Businesses will open in the next few months.

Tamarack Place neighbors the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club facility, two parks, a Little League-sized playfield, walking paths and a playground, as well as newly built green homes for sale.

Above: Tamarack Place is a new apartment building at Rainier Vista providing 83 units of low-income housing, located between the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and the Columbia City Link Light rail station. Photo/SHA. Right: The Hardin sisters waited eight years to get back to Rainier Vista. Photo/do communications