12th Avenue Arts

Format
Brief

City
Seattle

State/Province
WA

Country
USA

Metro Area
Seattle

Project Type
Mixed Use

Location Type
Other Central City

Land Uses
Event Space
Multifamily Rental Housing
Office
Performance Space
Restaurant
Theater
Underground Parking

Keywords
Affordable housing
Air rights
Arts district
Community development corporation (CDC)
Green roof
Police parking structure
Public-private partnership
ULI Global Awards for Excellence 2015 Winner

Site Size
0.67 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2011

Date Opened
2014

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Spearheaded by Capitol Hill Housing, 12th Avenue Arts is a mixed-use development that combines affordable housing with space for restaurants, offices, and performing arts. The building includes 88 residential units, two black-box theaters, 5,457 square feet of restaurant space, and 17,027 square feet of office space on 0.67 acre of land formerly used as a police vehicle parking lot.

The surrounding Capitol Hill neighborhood is known for its high density as well as its artistic, bohemian character, which 12th Avenue Arts supports by catering to small businesses and local performing arts organizations. The land was acquired at no cost from the Seattle Police Department, with a stipulation that the new development provide an underground parking garage for police vehicles. The decades-long development process involved extensive negotiations and community input, but it worked to Capitol Hill Housing’s benefit by creating a ready pool of tenants eager to put the new space to use.

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Format
Brief

City
Seattle

State/Province
WA

Country
USA

Metro Area
Seattle

Project Type
Mixed Use

Location Type
Other Central City

Land Uses
Event Space
Multifamily Rental Housing
Office
Performance Space
Restaurant
Theater
Underground Parking

Keywords
Affordable housing
Air rights
Arts district
Community development corporation (CDC)
Green roof
Police parking structure
Public-private partnership
ULI Global Awards for Excellence 2015 Winner

Site Size
0.67 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2011

Date Opened
2014

Project address
1620 12th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98122

Website
http://www.12avearts.org
Construction blog: http://openhouse.capitolhillhousing.org/OpenHouse/?cat=6
Theaters: http://www.blackboxoperations.org
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtQDhC7NVcU

Developer and owner
Capitol Hill Housing
1620 12th Avenue, Suite 205
Seattle, Washington 98122

Architect
SMR Architects
911 Western Avenue, Suite 200
Seattle, Washington 98104

General contractor
Walsh Construction
Seattle, Washington

Landscape architect
Place + Land
Seattle, Washington

Special thanks
Joshua Okrent, senior manager of fund development, Capitol Hill Housing
Ashwin Warrior, communications manager, Capitol Hill Housing

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ULI Global Awards for Excellence 2015 Winner

Note: This Case Study Brief draws extensively on information and text from a submission to the 2015 ULI Global Awards for Excellence program.