Plymouth Housing Breaks Ground on 91-Unit Affordable Project in Seattle


Situated in downtown Seattle, 2nd & Mercer will feature 91 permanent housing apartments for adults recovering from homelessness. (Rendering credit: SMR Architects)

SEATTLE — Plymouth Housing has broken ground on an affordable housing development in downtown Seattle. Designed by SMR Architects, the 2nd & Mercer project will deliver 91 permanent housing apartments for adults who have previously experienced homelessness.

The project will feature a ground-floor space for Path with Art, a local organization that utilizes art as a means to assist people recovering from homelessness, addiction or other trauma. In addition to operating out of 2nd & Mercer, Path with Art will offer classes and community arts space. The 2nd & Mercer property is slated to open in 2021.

Plymouth Housing, a nonprofit developer, received low income tax credits early last year as part of an expansion to the Affordable Housing Tax Credit program. The project closed on financing in December. The City of Seattle is providing major funding for the project, with the city’s Office of Housing and Office of Arts and Culture making a first-time joint investment in an affordable housing and arts space.

The site is the second of eight new buildings planned by Plymouth Housing to meet the need for housing for those experiencing chronic homelessness in King County.

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