A project more than a decade in the pushing will officially open Thursday night with a ceremony to light the marquee out front of 12th Ave Arts. We’ve included details on the ceremony and a history of the Capitol Hill Housing project through the prism of CHS news coverage, below. Stuck in the mire between community groups who wanted to get something done and reluctance in some key corners of City Hall and at East Precinct, the debut of 12th Ave Arts is a reminder that pushes from groups like the Capitol Hill Community Council and neighborhood business and organizations can still get something done. “These citizen volunteers went down there and said there’s a better use for this,” Capitol Hill Housing’s Michael Seiwerath told CHS earlier this year. Today, the old, barbed wire-ringed police parking lot is gone and the marquee lights are ready to go on.
12th Avenue Arts Grand Opening
WHAT: Capitol Hill Housing celebrates the grand opening of 12th Avenue Arts, with remarks by community leaders, performances by local artists, and food from neighborhood restaurants
WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Marquee lighting: 5:00pm
WHERE: 12th Avenue Arts: 1620 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
WHO: Christopher Persons – Capitol Hill Housing
Michael Shiosaki – City of Seattle, Rep. Frank Chopp – Speaker of the House, Brian Bonlender – Washington State Department of Commerce, Carmen Best – Seattle Deputy Chief of Police, Steve Walker – Seattle Office of Housing, Kevin Nowak – KeyBank, Michelle Morlan – National Development Council, Greg Carter, Darragh Kennan, Ali el-Gasseir – BlackBox Artistic Directors, Leah Pfenning – 12th Avenue Arts Resident, Michael Malone – Capital Campaign Co-Chair
HOW: Open to the public; members of the press invited to attend
NOTE: More than 400 RSVPs have been received, which is very close to the building’s capacity!
If you can’t make it Thursday night, stay tuned: Organizers say they’re planning another open house in December.
INSIDE 12TH AVE ARTS
Building: 29,000 square feet, six stories, designed by SMR Architects
Cost: $47 million including a mix of tax credits, levy dollars, state programs and commercial bank loans to complete the $38 million project and a $7.7 million loan from the city. City Hall also transferred the property to the nonprofit developer in an agreement pounded out in 2012.
Affordable housing: 88 units reserved for those with household earnings no greater than 60% of the area median income, putting max income eligibility around $37,000 for a single person and and $53,000 for a four person household.