12th Avenue Arts

Community Roots Housing Foundation

Funding Received: 2013
Seattle, WA
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

12th Avenue Arts, which is Community Roots Housing's (formerly Capitol Hill Housing) 47th building, opened in late 2014. A unique and complex project, the development addresses many longtime community needs in a single building.

Longtime Community Needs
•Higher and better use for underutilized space
•Affordable apartments
•Affordable arts space

What Was Required
•Community support
•Political will
•Unique and feasible design

A Community Solution
30,000 SF, $47M development addresses all needs

Home for Residents
88 beautiful apartments for families and individuals earning 60% of Area Median Income

Home for Arts
Two flexible, blackbox theaters leased to three local companies and available for rentals by other artists

Home for Community
•Office space for Capitol Hill Housing and other nonprofits
•Community meeting space
•Street-level retail for local restaurants
•Secure parking for Seattle Police Department


See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

By Amy Allsopp Update This spring, Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) focused our annual community forum on launching a Capitol Hill Arts district. We brought in... Read More
Too successful? A massive market rate housing project comes to the Arts District; photo by Michael Seiwerath Updates With conversations on Seattle’s Capitol Hill pointing... Read More
A sign of resiliency: Gay City’s new performance space; photo by Michael Seiwerath Updates On schedule. We recently brought 40 funders through 12th Avenue Arts... Read More
Updates The roof has been raised! Helped by this eerily dry Seattle winter, the construction of 12th Avenue Arts is moving along quickly. The campaign... Read More
Future theater spaces beginning to take shape; photo by Joshua Okrent Updates The concrete work on 12th Avenue Arts was recently finished, and the temporary... Read More
Anne Gadwa Nicodemus speaks on national examples of cultural districts; photo by Jennifer Crooks Updates Recently, more people have been calling for the creation of... Read More
Greg Carter of Black Box Operations talks about their vision of managing the theater space at 12th Avenue Arts Updates Could 12th Avenue Arts be... Read More
Matthew Richter speaking at the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce meeting where the Chamber announced the creation of a special task force on the arts... Read More
Update Vibrancy is the buzzword in community development these days, and it seems to be the quality every neighborhood wants (or is supposed to want)... Read More
Update Perhaps the single most exciting aspect of the campaign for 12th Avenue Arts has been the support of neighborhood businesses. In January ArtPlace America... Read More
After breaking ground in February, construction is underway and on schedule at the 12th Avenue Arts site. Last month Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn declared “Capitol... Read More
The ground beneath 12th Avenue Arts is well and truly BROKEN. In fact, where the police parking lot once lay at the corner of 12th... Read More