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What will Capitol Hill be like in 2016?

Last year, Capitol Hill Housing took a hyperlocal approach to their annual meeting, focusing the panel discussion on the future of 12th Ave. It was an illuminating event and provided the storyline for the area for the year to come — you might even call this week’s grand opening of the new 12th Ave Velocity Dance Center one early climax of the plot developed last April. For 2010, CHH moves on to a new genre, setting their annual panel discussion’s focus on the utopian future of Capitol Hill, 2016 — the year the Hill connects into the city’s light rail rapid transit system and the Broadway station opens for business.

Info on the annual meeting and some other recent announcements from CHH below. If you want to be part of the annual meeting discussion, make sure to RSVP soon as the 150 slots are very likely to fill quickly.


Capitol Hill 2016: The future is now
The redevelopment at the Broadway Light Rail Station is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the neighborhood.  The projects around the station’s 2016 projected opening could set the precedent for years to come.  What should the community priorities be for development on Broadway and throughout the neighborhood?  How will these changes affect our appetite for density and parking?

Join us for a lively panel of community members, small business owners, architects, and Architects.  C.R. Douglas, host of Seattle Inside/Out will moderate.

Wednesday, April 14th
5:30 pm            Annual Meeting and Panel Discussion
6:30 pm            Reception

Erickson Theatre
1524 Harvard Ave. (between Pike and Pine)

C.R. Douglas, host of Seattle Inside/Out

Confirmed Panelists
Dow Constantine, King County Executive, Sound Transit Board Member
Cathy Hillenbrand, Co-Chair, Capitol Hill TOD Champions
Grace Kim, Schemata Workshop
Michael Malone, founder, Hunters Capital
Matt Roewe, Design Director, Via Architecture
Alex Steffens, founder and executive editor,

Estimated Attendance: 150 community leaders, developers, Capitol Hillresidents and affordable housing industry members. The meeting is free, open to the public and space is limited.  Please RSVP to  

 2016 will be taped by the Seattle Channel for later broadcast.

In other announcements from Capitol Hill Housing, the agency is teaming up with 12th Ave’s Trace Lofts for a public tour on Monday afternoon. And, in something we’ll definitely follow up on and with more details about soon, CHH is launching a new communications and outreach arm

The Capitol Hill Housing Foundation is a new non-profit supporting Capitol Hill Housing and its extraordinary work in affordable housing and community development.  The foundation mobilizes resources for the 1100 households, 377 kids and 42 buildings that make up the Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) community in Seattle.  Helping families, keeping rents affordable, and supporting new building development, the foundation keeps neighborhoods and CHH strong.  The foundation connects CHH’s mission and work to the broader community through communications and outreach activities.

The Founding Board of Directors
Melora Hiller, Melora Hiller Consulting (Board President)
Christopher Persons, Executive Director, Capitol Hill Housing
Marlys Erickson, Executive Director, Pike Place Market Foundation
Tom Ambrey, CEO, RAFN Company
Randy Robinson, VP Community Lending, KeyBank
Jerry Everard, NEUMO’S and Groff Murphy
Roland Morgan, Principal, PRAVDA
Dean Kralios, SMR architect
Donna Moodie, owner, Marjorie Restaurant
Ellen Taussig, Founder, Northwest School
Chuck Weinstock, VP Community Lending, JPMorgan Chase

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