Our agreement with the Seattle Housing Authority to build market rate apartments at Yesler, while adhering to goals around social equity and economic opportunity, inspired us to apply the same principles to other projects in neighboring communities, including the Central Area.
In 2018, we broke ground on a 532-unit multi-family residential project, the Jackson Apartments, in the Central Area. Here, we are voluntarily targeting 14 percent WMBE participation and 15 percent apprenticeship participation. We are also working with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle — a nonprofit organization focused on the empowerment of underserved communities through educational and economic opportunities. The program, inspired by the city’s Priority Hire Program, provides underrepresented communities and those from distressed ZIP codes with construction training on active jobsites.