Plymouth completes Belltown apartments

Plymouth completes Belltown apartments
September 1, 2010
By Puget Sound Business Journal staff

A.L. Humphrey House, Plymouth Housing Group’s 12th apartment building, has opened at 111 Cedar in Belltown. The 81-unit building will serve as transitional housing for chronically homeless people suffering from mental illness and other disabilities.
The 40,000-square-foot project cost $19.5 million.

Each furnished apartment is 250 square feet, with a kitchen and bath. Tenants pay 30 percent of their income to live there. Residents receive federal rent subsidies, 24-hour support and counseling services. With Humphrey House, Plymouth said it has created housing for 1,050 people who are now off the street.

Marianne Painter, Plymouth’s communications and fundraising director, said, “Housing is medicine. With a roof over their heads, people improve, they get healthier, they start to take pride in who they are again, and they stop using so many taxpayer-funded community services.”

The building has a manager’s office, three offices for social service staff, a resident lounge and a computer room. The first floor will contain 2,100 square feet of commercial space, which will be leased to retailers or restaurants. Proceeds from the market-rate commercial leases will be used to support Plymouth’s operational costs.

Humphrey House was designed by SMR Architects and built by MarPac Construction. Green features including natural ventilation, daylighting, drought-resistant landscaping and drip irrigation, advanced weatherization to eliminate mold and central gas-fired hydronic space heating.

The project is named for A.L. Humphrey, the late father of Cindy Brettler. Cindy and her husband, Dan Brettler, are long-time Plymouth supporters. In addition to the Brettler Family Foundation, private funding for the building was also provided by the Norcliffe Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Raikes Foundation and Neukom Family Foundation.

Funding partners include JP Morgan Chase Bank, Sterling Savings Bank, Seattle Office of Housing, Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle, King County Department of Community & Human Services, National Equity Fund, Seattle Housing Authority, Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington State Housing Finance Commission.

Other team members included Williams and Associates, development consultant; Abossein Engineers, mechanical, electrical and civil; IL Gross Engineers, structural; and Tom Rengstorf, landscape architect.