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Mayor Durkan unveils new affordable housing at former fire station

"This creative solution converts a former fire station into affordable housing to help address our City's housing and affordability crisis," Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted on Friday.

Mayor Jenny Durkan helped mark the opening of a brand new collection of low-income housing at the site of what used to be a fire station in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood.

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The new complex sits in the former home of Fire Station 39, where, incidentally, Durkan made her first fire station visit as mayor back in February.

The complex will include 69 units. Rent will range from $526 for a studio, to $1,353 for a two-bedroom. Income eligibility for single-person households sits between $21,050 and $42,150 and between $30,100 and $60,200 for a family of four. Anyone earning at or below 30, 50, and 60 percent of the approximate $72,000 King County area median income is encouraged to apply.

Additional features include a four-classroom preschool to be operated by the Refugee Women’s Alliance, resident gardens, a rooftop deck, and a solar array.

“This innovative new development will help address our housing and affordability crisis,” said Mayor Durkan in a news release. “We have creatively converted a former fire station to address a critical need in the community: more affordable homes.”

The building is being named in honor of Tony Lee, a social justice advocate honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2017 by the Seattle Human Services Coalition.

Funding for the apartments was provided by the a voter-approved Seattle Housing levy, as part of $100 million in city investments in affordable housing in 2017.

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