Temporary tiny home village to be built in Seattle’s University District
There will soon be a temporary tiny home village in the University District in Seattle thanks to an agreement between Sound Transit and the city.
The village will be built on a former construction site, leased at no cost to the city, and is expected to house up to 65 people in up to 36 furnished residential units with shared kitchens, bathrooms, offices, and community spaces.
The lease has a term of one year, but could be renewed for up to three years. The property would be converted to permanent transit-oriented development “that will respond to long-term community needs identified through community engagement efforts to be completed this summer.”
“This partnership is an example of how Sound Transit is working with cities to address the urgent challenges facing people experiencing homelessness,” said Sound Transit CEO Peter Rogoff. “This innovative use of property first used for construction staging when building our new U District station is helping us tackle the most critical need burdening our region. We are grateful to the elected leaders of Seattle in partnering with us on this effort and look forward to the groundbreaking later this fall.”
The project will be called Rosie’s Tiny Home Village, to be located at 45th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, and will be managed by the city and operated by the Low Income Housing Institute. The site previously housed the construction offices for the light rail station.