Good Shepherd tops off!
Photo: Walsh Construction Co.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) are pleased to announce the topping off of Good Shepherd Housing at 1415 22nd Ave. in Seattle’s Central Area. The building will be completed in May of 2024. The seven-story, 86-unit building is being developed by the Low Income Housing Institute in partnership with Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on property owned by the church. The new building, which is designed by Runberg Architecture Group, will have 18 studio apartments for low-wage workers, 66 small efficiency dwelling units for the formerly homeless people, one manager’s unit and a three-bedroom unit with a separate entrance on the ground level that will be occupied by the church's minister. There will also be a building manager’s office and parking for nine vehicles. Walsh Construction Co. is the contractor. “We value this partnership with the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd. We applaud the Church for leasing their land long-term to LIHI to create permanently affordable housing for vulnerable people who are unhoused or cost burdened. We are blessed with their compassionate leadership as other churches have sold their land to for-profit developers instead,” said Lee. LIHI and Good Shepherd have a long working history. The development site for this project was the location of Seattle’s first ever tiny house village which opened in 2015. LIHI now operates 18 tiny house villages that stretch from Bellingham to Olympia. Lee expects that homeless people currently living temporarily in tiny houses and other shelters will move to the new building once completed. The project received $8.2 million in funding from the city of Seattle's Office of Housing. The project was made possible through an ordinance adopted in June 2021 that provides development bonuses for affordable housing on property owned by religious organizations. The ordinance allows additional height and floor area to create a greater number of homes if all housing created on the site is affordable to households earning up to 80% of area median income for at least 50 years. Financing for John Fox Place includes: City of Seattle, Enterprise, Heritage Bank, State Housing Trust Fund, WSHFC, Federal Home Loan Bank, Wyncote Foundation NW. Contractor: Walsh Construction Architects: Runberg Architecture Group Other consultants include: Core Design, KPFF, Karen Kiest Landscape Architects, Pangeo Inc., Quantum Consulting Engineers, O'Brien 360, Emerald Aire, Sunrise Plumbing, Modular Electric.