Northwest NEWS

September 17, 2001

Local News

Affordable housing is coming to Woodinville

Affordable housing is coming to Woodinville, 170 units of it. Fifty senior rentals, 70 homes for ownership and 50 family rentals are to be built on 22 acres of county-owned property located in the 14300 block of Northeast 190th Street, just down from Woodinville Heated Self Storage. Though only 11 of the 22 acres are developable due to wetlands and steep slopes, there is sufficient land to incorporate a central park with playing fields, a community center with computer lab across the street from the park, a walking trail with benches linking all the residential areas, a path along the border of the wetlands and a main road lined with majestic trees. The concept of the so-called Greenbrier Heights Development also includes a street scene dominated by front porches.
   Construction will begin this fall, starting with the homes for ownership and the senior rental units. Sale of the homes and rental of the senior housing is slated to begin in the summer/winter of 2002.
   Senior housing will be comprised of one three-story, 50-unit building near public transportation. Plans are to include van service and a wheelchair-accessible garden and greenhouse, along with two community activity rooms. There will be 40 one-bedroom and 10 two-bedroom apartments. All 50 units are affordable to households earning between $15,000 and $36,000 per year. Estimated rents will range between $350 and $775 a month.
   There will be 70 homes for ownership in three different configurations and price ranges: 1) Eleven 1- and 2-bedroom cottages (600 and 1,000 sq. ft) sited on a common green. Prices will range between $115,000 and $127,500. These will be affordable to small households whose incomes range between $37,000 and $48,000 per year based upon a one- to three-person household. Each of these units is detached and will share a common community parking area dedicated to these units. 2) Nine 3- or 4-bedroom single-family homes clustered around a common drive court that creates a traditional village feel. Prices will range between $166,500 and $182,500. These will be affordable to medium-sized households whose incomes range between $52,000 and $72,200 per year based upon a two- to five-person household. 3) Fifty detached 3- or 4-bedroom homes will be built to create a pedestrian-oriented community by utilizing fundamental design concepts such as front porches, hidden garages, and living spaces oriented toward the street. Prices range from $230,580 to slightly downwards. These will be affordable to medium-sized households whose incomes range between $69,000 and $93,600 per year based upon a two- to five-person household.
   All of these homes will front on or be adjacent to the previously mentioned new city of Woodinville community park or along a dedicated greenbelt with the afore-mentioned walking paths with resting and recreation areas.
   A total of 50 rental units will be begun next summer, with rental of these units planned for the summer of 2003.
   They will be in two different configurations: 1) Two, 3-story walkups adjacent to the wetlands and across the street from the central park. 2) Sixteen, 2-story townhouses over flats.
   Because of the slope, both flats and townhomes have their own ground-floor entrances. Both the walk-up flats and the townhomes over the flats will have "Northwest craftsmanship" styling features incorporated into the overall design.
   Each of the rental configurations has its own lot. Also included will be community laundry and private meeting facilities.
   All 50 units are affordable to households between $16,000 and $42,000 per year. Estimated rents will range between $362 and $950 per month.