Senior housing project opens in Northgate neighborhood

Northaven Senior Living earlier this month held an opening ceremony for its 82-unit Northaven West senior housing project at 545 N.E. 112th St. in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood. The five-story building is near Northgate Station shopping center, light rail, retail, and other amenities.

The project was built by Walsh Construction Co. and designed by VIA — A Perkins Eastman Studio.

Northaven Senior Living’s website says the project was completed a bit ahead of schedule and under budget. Project partner Beacon Development Group’s website says the total budget was $28.55 million. The building has 64 studios and 18 one-bedroom units — all designed as mobility, hearing, and sight-impaired accessible homes with community space, and staffed with a resident services coordinator.

Northaven’s website indicates that rents start at $950 per month for a 327-square-foot studio and $1,050 for a one-bedroom unit of about 442 square feet. Rents depend on income qualification and there is a waitlist for those earning up to 30% of the area median income. Units for seniors earning 50% and 60% of AMI are evidently still available: A special deal running through the end of the month promises two months of free rent and one year of free parking.

The building is adjacent to the existing Northaven Senior Living Campus, and residents of Northaven West will have access to an array of programs, classes, and amenities there.

The DJC reported in November 2020, when the project broke ground, that Northaven was partnering with HumanGood Affordable Housing. Both groups have missions are to provide high-quality communities for seniors. HumanGood is the property manager.

The team also includes Berger Partnership, landscape architect; Swenson Say Faget, structural engineer; TFWB Engineers, electrical; Geotech Consultants; KPFF Consulting Engineers, civil; and Sider + Byers, mechanical and plumbing.

The project was supported by over $3 million in HUD funding through the revived Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program. HUD says this was the second project in the country to be built and occupied under the program, which emphasizes physical design standards to facilitate aging in place, and robust services supporting the health and social well-being of elderly persons. The other project was Mercy Housing Northwest’s Mercy Rosa Franklin Place in Tacoma.

A HUD news release says additional funding came from Washington Federal, the city’s Office of Housing Levy and HOME Investment Partnerships Program, HumanGood, and Wincopin Circle LLP.

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Andrew Rugge, Courtesy of Perkins Eastman

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