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Capitol Hill Housing Day declared in honor of grant award

405728_10151403824601017_1069336205_nThe mayor declared Monday, May 20th Capitol Hill Housing day in Seattle as the non-profit developer was announced as a recipient of a $150,000 grant for its 12th Ave Arts project currently under construction at the former site of the East Precinct parking lot.

Earlier this year, Pike/Pine was honored by ArtPlace group behind the grant as a top neighborhood for the arts.

The 12th Ave Arts project that combines affordable housing with office space and theaters broke ground in February.Screen shot 2013-05-20 at 6.39.22 PM

Capitol Hill Housing Receives $150,000 Grant from ArtPlace America for 12th Avenue Arts

Prestigious national funder selects inventive partnership as only recipient in
Puget Sound Region

Seattle, WA — ArtPlace America announces today the award of a $150,000 grant to Capitol Hill Housing for 12th Avenue Arts. This project was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

12th Avenue Arts will transform a former parking lot on Seattle’s Capitol Hill into a vibrant mixed-use development combining arts,housing, retail and public safety uses. This visionary project includes two theaters, ground floor retail, nonprofit office and community meeting space, underground parking for the Seattle Police Department and 88 affordable apartments on the top four floors.

“12th Avenue Arts shows the arts working as both placemaking and economic development,” said Christopher Persons, CEO of CapitolHill Housing. “Arts, community space, affordable apartments and the Police department under one roof – 12th Avenue Arts is a project unique in the nation. Capitol Hill Housing is thrilled to have been selected by ArtPlace America for this grant.”

12th Avenue Arts will bring new life to an underutilized lot in an up-and-coming commercial corridor. The Pike/Pine area was named one of America’s Top 12 ArtPlaces earlier this year for successfully combining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make a vibrant neighborhood.

“I thank ArtPlace America for recognizing and supporting the exceptional work that Capitol Hill Housing is doing on the 12th Avenue Arts project,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “This community development will bring together artists, diverse residents and businesses in one of our city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. It is projects like this that make Seattle a special place.”

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking – putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. With this round of grants, in total ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants to 124 organizations in 79 communities for a total of $42.1 million.

“ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities,” said Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America’s Presidents’ Council. “With this grant award ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to scores of creative, high-impact projects throughout the country.”

The 54 organizations that received grants were selected from over 1200 applications. Inquiries came from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Grant amounts range from $750,000 to $33,000 with an average grant size of just over $280,000.

The complete list of awards can be found at


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