Seattle Affordable Housing Complex Wins HUD Award

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Seattle affordable housing plaza wins HUD award

Seattle’s Plaza Roberto Maestas, a mixed use affordable housing project, has won the 2017 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Creating Community Connection Award award, according to a release.

The award recognizes projects that incorporate housing within other community amenities for the purpose of either revitalization or planned growth.

Plaza Roberto Maestas is a landmark equitable transit-oriented development project in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood, according to the release.

The project incorporates the community's vision into a new mixed-use development in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

Affordable housing in Seattle wins HUD award

Completed in September 2016, Plaza Roberto Maestas consists of two six-story buildings that flank an outdoor plaza, which opens onto a Festival Street adjacent to a light rail station.

Through nearly eight years of planning with the community, El Centro de la Raza transformed a surfacing parking lot into a multicultural hub for the neighborhood that incorporates 112 units of affordable housing, local small business retail and office, community space, and a bilingual child development center.

 Plaza Roberto Maestas directly addresses the urgent need for affordable housing and economic opportunity in the Beacon Hill neighborhood and is a model for community-inspired transit-oriented development.

According to the Plaza’s website, it was shaped by neighbors and future residents, and designed to promote community interaction and environmental values. It was designed to create and model a new standard for community-inspired, transit-oriented development in Seattle and around the country.

Seattle affordable housing complex wins HUD award

Developed by El Centro de la Raza, Plaza Roberto Maestas is a mixed-use affordable housing community planned in response to growing needs – specifically, a critical need for affordable housing.

The Plaza addresses community needs by providing:

  • Affordable housing
  • Economic opportunities and job creation
  • Early childhood development and education
  • Community gathering spaces

Plaza Roberto Maestas includes:

  • Affordable Rental Housing: 112 units (one to three bedrooms) for working individuals and families earning 30 to 60 percent of area median income
  • Office space: 4,500 square feet
  • Micro-business vendor carts at affordable rental rates
  • Retail and restaurant space: 3,200 square feet
  • Live/work space: 2,300 square feet
  • Classrooms: 10,000 square feet to expand El Centro’s award-winning early childhood dual-language education center
  • A Latino-style outdoor plaza: 12,900 square feet
  • A multi-cultural community center: 6,000 square feet

Excellence in Affordable Housing Design Award Won By California Apartments

HUD Design award for affordable housing won by California complex

This award recognizes architecture that demonstrates overall excellence in terms of design in response to both the needs and constraints of affordable housing, according to the HUD release.

Monteverde Senior Apartments in Hayward, CA is a 67-unit community providing much-needed affordable, age-qualified housing.

 The development is an architectural feat, located on a hillside with more than 17% slope, a 40-foot grade increase - challenging for building a residence for seniors.

Its contemporary design melds with the existing structures, working well with the multi-tiered site and meandering paths designed to connect with the surrounding community. A transit-oriented development, the location links residents to BART and downtown Orinda services.

 The building is also designed with a Green Point Rated score of 150+, with sustainable features including solar hot water and photovoltaic systems. As the first new senior affordable housing development in three decades, all units were leased within weeks of opening, demonstrating the need for affordable senior housing in the area.

 The community is the first of hopefully many more senior affordable housing opportunities for those most in need, according to the release.

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