FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Imagine Housing Opens 13th Affordable Apartment Community
Kirkland – In November 2013, Imagine Housing started building Velocity, a beautiful new affordable housing community within the South Kirkland Park & Ride redevelopment. Now, a year later, they are celebrating the Grand Opening as 58 families and individuals are welcomed into their new homes. The Grand Opening will take place on Friday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Velocity Apartments, 10711 NE 37th Court Kirkland, WA 98033. US Representative Suzan DelBene, King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Councilmember Jane Hague will speak.
Apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms and allow for individuals as well as families to reside in this affordable housing. Imagine Housing also offers on-site supportive services, including case management for formerly homeless individuals and after-school programming for kids to ensure that residents have the critical foundation of housing and support to excel.
Imagine Housing was proud to partner with Polygon Northwest on this transit-oriented development project. Imagine Housing is delighted by the work of SMR Architects and W.G. Clark Construction who designed and built the building, finishing the project on time and on budget!
When asked about Imagine Housing’s mission to build on the Eastside, Executive Director Ann Levine responded: “Mixed income development supports a strong Eastside. As we seek to grow and support local businesses, we need to offer affordable housing options for people across the income spectrum. This development will allow people the opportunity to live, work and thrive in our East King County community.”
Velocity meets Evergreen standards for energy efficiency, saving valuable resources and contributing to a clean planet. The homes have been built with both the residents and sustainability in mind, achieving a balance between gorgeous finishes and long-term durability with environmentally-friendly materials. Velocity has a living green roof that is beautiful and soothing while also reducing water runoff and turbidity into the storm sewer system. In addition, Imagine Housing incorporated many other environmentally friendly elements into Velocity: universal design and full visit-ability; allergen reducing adhesives and paints; sustainable materials; construction waste recycling; low flow fixtures; and LED and low-energy light fixtures throughout the building.
For more information: www.imaginehousing.org.
Imagine Housing empowers individuals and families, supports diversity and strengthens communities by developing permanent affordable rental housing and providing supportive services. Since 1987, Imagine Housing has built affordable apartment communities so that, regardless of income, individuals and families in East King County have stable housing and strong support in diverse communities that empower success and foster a high quality of life. For more information on Imagine Housing and its services, call 425.576.5190.
King County Councilmember Jane Hague discusses the importance of the South Kirkland Park and Ride project, including our affordable housing project.
Our very own Executive Director, Ann Levine, was interviewed on Comcast Newsmakers by Sabrina Register. You can watch the interview below and hear Ann talk about the need for affordable housing in East King County and how Imagine Housing is serving our community.
Imagine Housing has a special reason to celebrate! We have received some pretty special accolades recently. One of the leading journals for our industry is Affordable Housing Finance, a national publication. The purpose of these publications is to call attention to new industry developments and to highlight the best and the brightest. Imagine Housing was honored and proud to see our Francis Village project selected as one the publication’s 2012 Projects of Note.
The December 2012 issue of Affordable Housing Finance is dedicated to examining the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (which is part of how we are able to fund some of our development projects, including Francis Village). The issue provides a history of the program, explains how tax credits work, why the program has been successful, examines the need for affordable housing and highlights 13 notable projects.
The article about Francis Village highlights the diversity of residents that we serve at Francis Village with its 60 affordable homes and supportive services.
We invite you to follow the link below to read the publication and check out the Francis Village article on page 44.
~Marchelle Mertens, Housing Development Associate