As Washington State’s first public housing development and the country's first racially integrated housing developmentfootnote 1, Yesler Terrace has been a part of Seattle’s history for nearly 80 years. And now, thanks to a strong public and private collaboration, it’s an inspiring part of the city’s future.
Beginning in 2012, resources started to come together for Yesler Terrace’s $290 million re-development. A team including members of the community began to transform the area into a vibrant and integrated mixed-income neighborhood. To help this process along, the Seattle Housing Authority teamed up with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, which provided grants to support a variety of community-focused initiatives. Today, that investment is already starting to pay off.
“It’s rare for a planner to see a project you have dreamed actually happen.”Barbara Gray, Deputy Director the Seattle Department of Transportationfootnote 2
Combining educational programs, neighborhood planning and affordable, energy-efficient housing, the area is now fertile ground for growth and economic development. New residents, along with 67 families who were already part of the Yesler community, have moved into Kebero Court, the first new residential building of the redevelopment.footnote 3 Nearby, at the privately developed Anthem apartment building, new units are welcoming residents across the income spectrum. And more projects are in the works, from utilities and public garden plots to renovated infrastructure, including the newly unveiled 10th Ave South HillClimb.