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Yesler Terrace Redevelopment

Yesler Terrace is a 30-acre publicly subsidized housing community located on the southern slope of First Hill, adjacent to downtown, Harborview Medical Center, the International District and Seattle University.

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Potential future for Yesler Terrace

The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) owns and operates Yesler Terrace.  According to SHA, "…the community is one of the most diverse and economically challenged in Seattle. Many of its 1,200 residents are families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, and immigrants who speak a variety of different languages. On average, Yesler Terrace residents earn about $14,000 a year.

"Yesler Terrace is the oldest publicly subsidized housing in Seattle. Its 561 aging housing units need to be replaced. Its water, sewer and other key systems are failing. Most units at Yesler Terrace are functional but do not meet the modern-day needs of tenants and families."

Led by SHA, plans have been in the works since 2006 to redevelop the neighborhood. The planning process has incorporated input from the Yesler Terrace Citizen's Review Committee consisting of Yesler Terrace residents as well as neighborhood and city-wide stakeholders.

After several months of intensive review, the City Council’s Special Committee on Yesler Terrace voted on August 16, 2012, to approve several pieces of legislation related to Yesler Terrace – links are provided below under “Legislation.”

The Full Council is scheduled to take final votes on Tuesday, September 4, at 2 p.m. A few minor amendments are anticipated to be offered at that meeting, as follows.

  • In C.B. 117541, the Land Use Code amendment and rezone ordinance, add two words to the definition of “replacement unit” so it matches the definition in the Cooperative Agreement. See changes here.
  • In Exhibit A to C.B. 117536, make a variety of small revisions to the Cooperative Agreement – most are for clarification, consistency, grammar, and formatting.  One is a substantive change – reducing by three the number of replacement units in the rehabilitated Baldwin Apartments east of Boren, and increasing by three the number of replacement units at 1105 E. Fir, also east of Boren. See changes here.
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