Not everything built on Capitol Hill will be a mixed-use apartment building. Here are two in-the-works projects that will bring a different kind of change to their respective neighborhoods. One will create a space for people in need suffering from mental illnesses while another will help a longtime Capitol Hill religious institution expand its educational facilities.
- $19.5 million in funding for low-income housing, the City of Seattle is earmarking up to $1.85 million in support for this Community House Mental Health Agency facility being planned for the corner of Boylston and Republican. The Caroline W. Apartments are being planned as a 45-unit facility to provide housing and services for people suffering from long-term mental illness. — Announced over the holidays as part of
The six-story project that will replace two dilapidated houses currently standing at the corner a block from the Capitol Hill library and two blocks from the bustling Broadway must still pass through the city’s design process before construction.
The $1.85 million grant will be part of some $3.9 million in public funding the mental health service is planning for the project that will provide long-term support and services onsite. Community House is already active on the Hill including a facility on 16th Ave but the Caroline W. project will become its largest facility in the area when completed. The organization acquired the property in 2007 for $625,000, according to county records.
In 2008, the Seattle Times reported that lack of funding from the county forced Community House to close two Capitol Hill facilities housing 102 people.
- — The 18th Ave E facility that houses Capitol Hill’s St. Joseph’s School is on track for a 4,400 square-foot expansion.
Here is the rendering of the project — “Construction of a 2nd story and a religious tower to an existing 1-story plus basement building” — provided by the school in a letter recently sent to neighbors of the parish:
The school’s principal Patrick Fennessy explained the project:
“This project also allows us to create a central entrance for our buildings and improve our first-floor office space,” Fennessy writes.
If the plans are approved by the city, construction at the school will begin this summer and should be wrapped up by spring 2014.