August 28, 2023

Exxel Pacific to build new Ida Culver House, with 137 Ravenna units

Real Estate Editor
Rendering by Weber Thompson [enlarge]
The old complex to be replaced now has 91 units. This view looks north, from the creek and wetlands.

There’s no declared schedule yet for Era Living to redevelop its Ida Culver House in Ravenna, at 2315 N.E. 65th St. , with a new senior community designed by Weber Thompson. And Seattle City Council still needs to approve a partial rezoning measure.

But plans are gaining more detail for the five-story, 137-unit project. Exxel Pacific is now listed as the builder, on a team that also includes Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineer; 4EA, envelope; GeoEngineers, geotechnical; Bush, Roed & Hitchings, surveyor; and Rushing, MEP. Weber Thompson is also the landscape architect, and is designing the interiors.

A demolition permit is in process for the old 91-unit complex, which dates to 1949 and 1988. Era Living has also applied for its master use permit.

Facing 65th will be 6,656 square feet of retail, commercial and restaurant space, now indicated in five bays. One will evidently be a salon for residents and the public.

One level of underground parking will have 130 stalls for visitors, staff and some residents. Bike parking is still being negotiated with the city.

On the building’s quieter south side, facing a creek and wetlands, will be three large plaza connected by a trail and landscaping.

Total project size, including the parking and amenities, is around 204,504 square fee. For now, the Mandatory Housing Affordability stands at $3.6 million; that may be adjusted downward after the rezoning.

The family-run Era Living is a local for-profit company, with about a half dozen retirement communities around Puget Sound, housing around 1,000 residents.

Brian Miller can be reached by email at or by phone at (206) 219-6517.