- Nathan Ellis-Brown
Tony Lee Grand Opening
Friday October 19th, 2018, 10:00 AM
The Tony Lee
70 affordable apartments in the Lake City neighborhood of Seattle with pre-school for 80 children
The Low Income Housing Institute invites you to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for The Tony Lee on Friday, October 19th, at 2820 NE 127th St., Seattle. Tours will begin at 10:00am and a short program will start at 11:00am.
Located in the Lake City Urban Village on the former site of Fire Station 39, The Tony Lee is a 6-story mixed-use project with 70 units affordable to those making 30% to 60% of the King County Area Median Income. The unit mix includes 15 studios, 25 one-bedrooms, 25 two-bedrooms and 5 three-bedroom apartments. The first floor includes a four-classroom preschool operated by the Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA). A roof top deck, resident garden planters and solar array are features of this sustainable building designed by Runberg Architecture Group. Walsh Construction Co. is the General Contractor overseeing construction.
The building is named in honor of Tony Lee, a civil rights advocate and champion for low income families, people of color, refugees and immigrants. He was a founding member of the Asian-Pacific Islander Coalition of Washington and the Equity in Education Coalition. He worked as an attorney at Evergreen Legal Services, and on advocacy for the Washington Association of Churches, the Catholic Archdiocese and Solid Ground. He was awarded the Goldmark Award for exceptional leadership in social justice from the Washington Legal Foundation.
Speakers at the grand opening include: Mayor Jenny Durkan; King County Councilmember Larry Gossett; Mahnaz Eshetu, ReWA Executive Director; and LIHI Executive Director Sharon Lee.
The City of Seattle conveyed the City-owned land to LIHI. The Office of Housing provided funding for the project, including 2009 Housing Levy and federal HOME funds. Umpqua Bank provided construction and permanent financing. Boston Capital is the Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity investor. Total project cost for residential and preschool space was $22,950,000.
ReWA is an approved Seattle Preschool Program provider, certified by the Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning. Up to 80 children will be enrolled in high quality early learning opportunities.
The community organizations and community residents of Lake City neighborhoods have offered their support throughout the design, permitting and construction process. Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, and the 33 member organizations they represent, have been vital to this achievement.
Come celebrate with us!