HRB has begun planning a 100% affordable multifamily residence on a parcel we own on Ericksen Avenue, sold to us at a fraction of market value by a generous donor. It will be the first HRB development since the completion of Ferncliff Village Phase 2 in 2016 and will build on that precedent of sustainable, affordable, and quality design.
The Ericksen Community will have twelve 1-bedroom units and six 3-bedroom, 2-bath units. This design was made possible by a revised Housing Design Demonstration Projects (HDDP), which reduced the parking requirements for 100% affordable units near the ferry and made optional the sustainable site design requirements for projects that are 75% affordable.
The conceptual site plan was presented to Planning Commission as part of the city-required public participation meeting on May 12, 2022 and received the enthusiastic support of the Commission. Wenzlau presented to the Design Review Board on three occasions. Here too, the project has been well received.
We are working on building plans and actively fundraising. We were awarded county funding summer 2023 and are waiting on a grant from the Washington State Housing Trust Fund.