Capitol Hill TOD Affordable Housing
Bringing affordable and sustainable housing to the transit hub of Capitol Hill

In 2020, 110 units of much needed affordable housing will be located at the heart of Capitol Hill.  A mix of studios, 1-bed, 2-bed and 3-bed dwelling units will serve people making 60% of area median income or less. A fully glazed public community room, will be located along E John St, activating the busiest corner of the site. On 10th Avenue, special attention has been given to the landscaping and ground-level experience to create a residential green street, reinforcing the axial connection to Cal Anderson Park. Nagle Place Extension has been developed as a shared street, leading toward the Capitol Hill TOD plaza, with overhead catenary lights, paving patterns, and landscape used to slow down traffic and ensure a safe pedestrian experience.

Urban agriculture is a big part of the Capitol Hill TOD story. A rooftop garden allows low-income residents access to organic and locally grown produce. A roof deck adjacent to the raised beds allow all residents to enjoy the beauty of the growing cycle as well as the phenomenal views of the Olympic Mountains, the Seattle Skyline and Mt. Rainer.

The client, Capitol Hill Housing, has been dedicated to building sustainable communities, and is growing its portfolio of sustainable properties with its Capitol Hill TOD development, which will serve as an exemplar, combining affordable housing with environmentally-friendly best practices. 

Sustainable features include:

  • LEED for Homes Platinum target; >100pts for ESDS v3.0

  • Development on a brownfield site

  • Located in a highly connected site, with access to multiple modes of transportation, bike networks and community services (Walkscore of 97)

  • Use of regional and local materials. Low-VOC materials & low-toxic paint, primers and finishes

  • No carpets in dwelling units

  • No endangered wood species used; only FSC-certified wood products

  • High-efficient irrigation systems using native and/or drought resistant plantings

  • Low-flow fixtures

  • Minimize energy use through high-performance building envelope and efficient mechanical systems

  • Minimize heat island effect with rooftop gardening.

  • 100% of the units will serve people making 60% of the area median income or less.

Project Information

Capitol Hill Housing

Seattle, WA (Capitol Hill)

Multi-Family Housing
Affordable Housing
Transit Oriented Development

LEED for Homes Platinum
ESDS v3.0

In Design
Anticipated Completion 2020

105,000 SF
110 Units of Studios, 1-, 2-, 3-Bedroom Units

Full Design Services
Construction Administration


Schemata Workshop (Architect)
Walsh (General Contractor)
The Berger Partnership (Landscape)
MKA (Civil)
JRS Engineering (Envelope)
KPFF (Structural)
Fisher Marantz Stone (Lighting)
Rushing Company (Sustainability)
Karen Braitmayer (Accessibility)
A3 (Acoustics)



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