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Project partners of SCIDpda ceremoniously wear hard hats and dig their shovels into the North Lot of the Pacific Tower Campus.

Phase 1 Begins

On January 20, 2023, Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDpda) marks the beginning of constructing on the North Lot of the Pacific Tower Campus by convening project partners speaking to the critical need for affordable housing in this area. The following speakers provided energized words to the crowd of community members, Tower organizations, and various development partners:

  • Frank Chopp, WA House of Representatives
  • Pedro Espinoza, WA State Housing Finance Commission
  • Maiko Winkler-Chin, Seattle Office of Housing
  • John Kim, PHPDA
  • Chris Walvoord, Enterprise
  • Ken Takahashi, Chase Bank
  • Hilda Magana, Jose Marti Development Center
  • Jamie Lee, SCIDpda
  • Jared Johnson, SCIDpda

Please join us in congratulating SCIDpda on their groundbreaking!

About the North Lot

Over the last several years, PHPDA worked closely with SCIDpda on the highly visible affordable housing development slated for the North Parking Lot on the Pacific Tower Campus. As a result of our productive partnership, the vacant property located north of this historic Tower will add 160 units of affordable housing and other service providers benefitting the nearby residential communities as a part of “Building A,” the first phase of this noteworthy project. These affordable homes will be available for low-income to moderate-income working families with indoor and outdoor common amenities for all who share the Campus and for those who will call this area their home.

The first phase of the North Lot project includes a seven-story multifamily apartment building with 160 rent-restricted affordable apartments units; a 10,000 square foot childcare center; and a 25,000 square foot dedicated for community benefit on the 3-acre northern lot of the Pacific Tower campus.

A luffing crane hovers near the Pacific Tower.

To support the growing need for deeper affordability in the area, 70% of the units will be restricted to tenants with household incomes at 50% of the Area Median Income (AMI). The remaining 30% of the units will be restricted to tenants with household incomes at 60% of AMI. Identifying the needs of larger multigenerational families in the area, 21% of the units will be sized at three- and four- bedroom and 32% of the units will be two-bedroom. José Martí Child Development Center will operate a 10,000 square foot early childhood education center on the ground floor. A separate 25,000 square foot space will be leased to another organization for community benefit.

About SCIDpda

SCIDpda is an organization with a history of providing culturally competent services to immigrants and communities of color. It is the owner and property manager for the project and leads on asset management and community engagement efforts. As co-developer, Edge Developers provides construction management services and a performance guaranty on the project. Weber Thompson is the architect and Marpac Construction is the general contractor.

SCIDpda is a community development organization whose mission is to preserve, promote, and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District (CID) as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. Formed by the community in 1975, SCIDpda works to revitalize and preserve the neighborhood by providing services in three primary areas: affordable housing and commercial property management, community economic development and community engagement, and real estate development. SCIDpda has 45-plus years of experience in increasing neighborhood sustainability through innovative programs and projects that balance development and preservation.