Forging Ahead at Fort Lawton

We’re immensely grateful to the many supporters who have rallied around the most ambitious project in our history: 52 row houses and townhomes for low-income homeowners at Fort Lawton, the former Army Reserve Center in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.

It’s an honor to be a part of the $90 million redevelopment plan the City Council unanimously approved in June. Catholic Housing Services will create an additional 185 affordable housing units at Fort Lawton. There will be 85 supportive housing units for homeless seniors and veterans, at or below 31 percent of area median income, and 100 affordable rental units.

 “We can’t solve this region’s housing issues ourselves — no one organization can,” said Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County CEO Brett D’Antonio. “Together with Catholic Community Services, we look forward to creating a development that offers a whole continuum of affordable housing options in a highly desirable area of Seattle.”

Once the City Council and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed off on the Fort Lawton project, it moved to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is reviewing the redevelopment plan.

In the meantime, the city is surveying the property so parcels can be identified and divided up. That process is expected to wrap up later this year. Our next step will be to apply for property conveyances and purchase the land from HUD at a reduced cost.

We’ll provide regular updates as we forge ahead at Fort Lawton.