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Kenmore steps up to help King County solve homelessness

Bertha Pitts Campbell House at 12th Avenue & Spruce Street, First Hill is an example of Plymouth Housing partnership for low-income housing. Credit Plymouth Housing website

With King County facing a regional housing crisis, increasing affordable housing is currently the number one priority of the Kenmore City Council. Recently, the City of Kenmore partnered with Plymouth Housing Group to build an affordable housing development in downtown Kenmore at 6532 Bothell Way NE. The development will include 100 units, a mix of studios and one-bedroom apartments, to serve residents at or below 30% of the area median income (AMI).

The goals of this project include providing deeply affordable housing units that are cost efficient, high quality, sustainably designed, and will increase the density of housing. The 100 planned units would serve a resident population of seniors, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and formerly homeless individuals. Planned amenities include an outdoor courtyard, community room and kitchen, case management office space, and ground floor commercial space that may house a community clinic.

In June, the Kenmore City Council approved the City’s partnership with Plymouth as well as the use of $3.2 million of the City’s American Rescue Plan Act funds for this effort. The City will be donating the City-owned property for the project and is partnering with A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH) whose Executive Board approved $3 million in ARCH Trust Fund dollars to this effort at its meeting on June 9, 2022. The estimated total project cost is $37.5 million.

Construction for the project is slated to begin in mid-2023 with an opening planned for December 2024. Visit the project website for more information and updates:

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