June 1, 2021

Work underway on 100-unit Bitter Lake Supportive Housing

Rendering provided by SMR Architects [enlarge]

SMR Architects designed the 100-unit supportive housing project.

Downtown Emergency Service Center began construction April 9 on a 100-unit apartment project at 924 N. 143rd St. in Seattle for disabled single adults who have been homeless long term.

The $29 million project, how called Bitter Lake Supportive Housing, is expected to be complete in May 2022, DESC said in press materials.

All the apartments in the six-story building will be studios. There will also be case management offices, lounge space, activity space, a private tenant courtyard, meal services twice a day and a front desk staffed around the clock. The project will also have four parking spaces.

DESC is a Seattle-based nonprofit homelessness services organization that also develops low-income housing. It will own and operate Bitter Lake Supportive Housing. It partnered with Bellwether Housing to buy and develop the property. Bellwether also is DESC’s consultant on the project, and is building an affordable housing project next door to the DESC project.

The Bitter Lake Supportive Housing apartments will be open to people who earn 30% or less of the Area Median Income.

The project funding is from the Seattle Office of Housing, Washington State Department of Commerce Housing Trust Fund and Washington State Housing Finance Commission’s 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits.

SMR Architects designed the project. The team also includes Exxel Pacific, contractor; Fazio Associates, landscape architect; Latitude 48, civil engineer; Atlas Design Group, structural engineer; and Sider + Byers Associates, MEP consultant.

While construction began in April, DESC will celebrate the groundbreaking today virtually.