Plymouth Housing project named in honor of late colleague opens

Plymouth Housing’s newest building is open. Kristin Benson Place, at 2nd & Mercer, will house 91 formerly homeless individuals. There are 93 studio units in total in this 7 story building, two are for live-in staff. The property also features an art space on the ground floor operated by Path with Art, whose programs serve people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other traumas. There is a mural on the back of building titled “Hope” by Lauren Iida.

The project’s location gives residents easy access to transportation, grocery stores, green space and everything that Lower Queen Anne has to offer. Many residents will have views of Climate Pledge Arena and the Space Needle from their units. The building is staffed 24-hours a day and offers an array of vital supportive services.

The project is made possible by an award of public land from the City of Seattle. It is named for Kristin Benson. Benson was a fierce advocate for the unhoused, who according to a press release “regularly went above and beyond to serve the residents of Plymouth Housing with care, dignity, and respect.”

“Kristin Benson Place exemplifies the public good, as we were able to use City land and City funds to invest in a solution to homelessness that we know works—permanent supportive housing. For decades, Plymouth Housing has been one of the City’s best providers of supportive housing, and we’re excited to continue our partnership,” said Emily Alvarado, Director of Seattle Office of Housing.

SMR Architects is the architect and BNBuilders the construction team.

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