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Black Seattle 2035: How to get involved with the Liberty Bank Building

14520369_1217202578337650_3173024166505919646_nAt 24th and Union, the project to create the Liberty Bank Building is hoped to become a template for inclusive development in Seattle with a respect for history and the empowerment of the African American community. Monday night, you can learn more about the project and other developments being planned in the Central District:

Black Seattle 2035 – Imagine Africatown Update
Monday, October 17, 6 PM – 8 PM
Washington Hall 153 14th Ave, Seattle
Learn what’s happening with development projects to preserve and develop the Black community in the CD including and find out how you can plug in. Current project updates for:
*LIberty Bank Building*
*Firestation 6*
*Midtown Center*
*YK Building*

– Opportunities for Black Contractors and Workers
– Opportunities for Artists
– Sign up for Housing Opportunities in New Developments
– Commercial Space & Business Development Opportunities
– Assistance with Saving and Developing Properties in CD


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5 years ago

isn’t it a bit ironic that this is being marketed as a “template for inclusive development” when in fact the intent is to provide housing and business support for members of one race only? Seems like a misnomer – call it what it is and stop throwing around buzzwords. It’s housing / economic development by the black community for the black community, and good for them.

5 years ago
Reply to  Umm

I don’t believe your “one race” statement is entirely correct. True, Africatown’s interests include supporting a variety of African American organizations and black owned businesses, however I believe the project’s (non-profit) developer is Capitol Hill Housing. CHH’s stated goal is to provide “…safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income individuals and families…” For housing at least, I suspect that income, family structure and other CHH factors will determine who qualifies to rent their apartments, not just race.

5 years ago
Reply to  Umm

Thanks – Hmm, that’s the stated policy but then in the earlier article there is the plan to quote “affirmatively market available rental units to members of the community that have been historically disenfranchised and displaced by past and present policies and practices” plus the CHH funds specifically for black-owned businesses / black entrepreneurs… It’s confusing.

5 years ago

Isn’t this illegal?

5 years ago
Reply to  Jason

Yes, if it were single-race housing it would be illegal, but I don’t think that’s the case at all. As far as the commercial space goes, I’m not sure about the rules. The Pike Place Market imposes certain rules on tenants (which businesses can operate there and what they can do with their store fronts), and the new 12th Ave Arts building focuses on creative organizations, so I suppose this location could focus on African American “themed” organizations and black-owned businesses. I suspect that it’s represented as a preference more than a mandate. Interested in learning more for sure. :)

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