Affordable Housing at the Expense of Downtown Parking ?

October 16, 2009


Officials from Seattle-based Intercommunity Mercy

Housing presented their proposal to build a $29 million affordable housing complex on a city-owned parking

lot at South Mission and Kittitas streets. The four-story building would contain 135 apartments for low-income

seniors, retail space at ground level and a parking basement for 127 cars. The presentation before the

City’s Affordable Housing Task Force attracted a full house at City Hall. Many in attendance were downtown

merchants who expressed concerns about the potential loss of parking space Cynthia Parker with Intercommunity

Mercy Housing says parking issues are not uncommon in these types of development but she didn’t sound like

that would be a show stopper for the project. A copy of the plan is available on the

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