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Crown Hill congregate housing complex looks for design guidance

The proposal calls for a congregate apartment building with 83 residential units

Neiman Taber Architects will bring their designs for a congregate housing complex at 8311 15th Avenue NW in Crown Hill before the design review board tonight for early guidance.

The proposal calls for a congregate apartment building with 83 residential units across four stories above grade and one basement level. Each residential floor would be organized as one double-loaded and one single-loaded corridor bridged by a common area. A cafe-style lobby and commons space would be organized around a courtyard. The complex would also include two commercial/retail spaces bisected by the lobby to encourage residential and pedestrian interaction. There is no car parking included but 50 spaces will be allotted for bike parking.

Congregate housing is about encouraging residents to share some common spaces such as recreation rooms or even dining areas. Depending on the pricing, this could be one of the better solutions for Seattle’s affordable housing crisis, especially for those with families or renters who don’t want to be crammed into micro-apartments.