Red Cedar Grand Opening
808 E. Fir Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Friday, June 28, 2019
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
A grand opening celebration for Red Cedar, Yesler Terrace’s newest residential building, will be held on June 28. Designed by SRG in collaboration with Pyatok Architects, Red Cedar is the fourth affordable housing project for Yesler Terrace, the largest public housing district near downtown Seattle that honors the neighborhood’s history and culture. Led by the Seattle Housing Authority, the revitalization of the 30-acre Yesler Terrace began in 2013 to address aged infrastructure dating back to the 1940s. When complete, the project will have replaced 561 of Yesler Terrace’s original units and added 1,100 additional low-income units.
The Red Cedar housing sits on a truncated triangular site with the housing rimming the perimeter to create an enclosed central courtyard. To the north, a seven-story bar of 119 one- to four-bedroom apartments (18 being fully accessible) sits atop a two-story concrete parking structure partially buried in the north hillside. To the east and south, two wings of six-story, low-rise townhouses for families feature egress balconies overlooking the courtyard, which provides a playground and promotes values of family and gathering. Common spaces include public and resident community rooms, staff offices and support areas. Along with stormwater detention strategies, the project will feature roofs with solar panels to preheat hot water and infrastructure for future photovoltaic panels to reduce the building’s electrical needs.
The grand opening welcomes the general public and will celebrate with a ribbon cutting and building tours.