Kaiser Permanente purchased the Yesler property from the Seattle Housing Authority as part of an ongoing plan to provide access to health care, social services, education, and other community amenities. Epstein formed a committee to write legislation to enable the city to create a housing authority and thus receive government assistance. On December 2, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) approves a $3 million loan to the Seattle Housing Authority for the construction of 700 dwelling units in a slum area in the First Hill neighborhood. Yesler Terrace is located on the southernmost part of First Hill, along Yesler Way immediately east of downtown Seattle. Live at Metroline Flats apartments and experience life in the center of the emerging Yesler Terrace Neighborhood. The logistics and undertaking of the housing began shortly before the U.S. entered World War II, as Seattle was experiencing a significant migration of African Americans to the city. The legislation was passed in 1939, making Washington the 34th state to pass such laws. The primary mover behind Yesler Terrace, Jesse Epstein, argued in 1940, “We have an opportunity to prove that Negroes and whites can live side by side in harmony.” The Yesler Terrace area was already mixed by … Honoring the History of a Dynamic 1940s Era Neighborhood. Even Seattle’s pioneer public housing efforts had to fight hard to include minorities. 1940 Seattle's population is 368,302. Dec. 2: Yesler Terrace becomes the first racially integrated public housing in United States. A grand opening celebration for Red Cedar, Yesler Terrace’s newest residential building, will be held on June 28. <, "Landmark Nomination Application: Yesler Terrace", City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, "Housing project's fate tests community values", "Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Planning Documents", "Yesler Terrace's $1.7B makeover: Some work done, much more to come", http://seattlehousing.net/redevelopment/yesler-terrace/, "Real Estate Buzz: Housing, both public and private, opens as part of Yesler Terrace redevelopment", "Seattle Housing Authority marks two milestones at Yesler", Seattle City Clerk's Neighborhood Map Atlas: Yesler Terrace, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Yesler_Terrace,_Seattle&oldid=968645152, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2016, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 July 2020, at 16:59. Below-grade parking covers much of the site beneath the 6-and 7-story structures. Communal celebrating Seattle history. [1] These names referred roughly to the part of First Hill south of the original King County Courthouse at 8th Avenue and Terrace Street. Yesler Way was originally the skid road on which logs were skidded down to the mill. Yesler Terrace. The words of the ordinance stated the goals of the new committee: “Thousands are unemployed in Seattle, among them hundreds of members of the building trades who will share directly in the benefits derived by the whole community from a well-conceived local municipal low-cost housing program.”. The Seattle Housing Authority has committed to a fifteen-year plan for the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace. The development is administered by the Seattle Housing Authority, who have been redeveloping the neighborhood into a mixed-income area with multi-story buildings and community amenities since 2013. [citation needed] The name "Profanity Hill" could have its origins from the cursing of the attorneys and litigants at having to climb so steep a grade after missing the cable car,[2] or because of the slum neighborhood known for its uncouth inhabitants to the south where Yesler Terrace is now situated. Rainier to the south and Elliot Bay and the Olympic Mountains to the west. At its western shoreline, Yesler Way was first the site of Yesler’s mill—the first mill in Seattle—and the city’s first center of development. The result was the nation’s first racially integrated public housing project. At its western shoreline, Yesler Way was first the site of Yesler’s mill—the first mill in Seattle—and the city’s first center of development. Yesler Terrace, a 22-acre (8.9 ha) public housing development in Seattle, Washington was, at the time of its completion in 1941, Washington state's first public housing development and the first racially integrated public housing development in the United States. Beginning in 2012, resources started to come together for Yesler Terrace’s $290 million re-development. Redevelopment. Yesler Terrace is Seattle's oldest public housing project. Location Washington; Timeline 2018; Construction Methods Piling; Scope. Much of the site included Nihonmachi or Japantown until Executive Order 9066 ordered residents to be interned. Yesler Terrace is known as the first racially integrated public housing project in the United States, and it set a nationwide tone for the future of public housing. Creation of a public housing authority in the Seattle was initiated when a young Seattle attorney, Jesse Epstein, approached Mayor Arthur Langlie in 1937 for assistance in realizing local housing reforms. Our History. The site of Yesler Terrace was prominent from Seattle’s beginnings as a city. [4], Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}47°36′08″N 122°19′12″W / 47.60222°N 122.32000°W / 47.60222; -122.32000, "Yesler Terrace." F ive years before Joe Wood died on Mount Rainier, I took him for a walk around Yesler Terrace, Seattle's oldest housing project. Yesler Terrace is a 30-acre site near downtown Seattle that was developed by the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) in the early 1940s as the city’s first publicly subsidized housing community. For purposes of this determination, height shall be measured pursuant to SMC 23.86.006. Epstein also approached the members of City Council with his proposal and secured support from three of its five members. The name derives ultimately from Henry Yesler, pioneer mill owner. Meanwhile, in March of that year, the Seattle Housing Authority was established and Epstein was named director. Epstein’s comprehensive knowledge of enabling legislation and new federal funding programs qualified him to draft the bill allowing a housing authority in every city and county in the state. Al received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and his Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Washington. [6], The $1.7 billion redevelopment project of the neighborhood began in 2013, with plans to replace existing homes with 5,000 mixed-income residential units, 900,000 sq ft (84,000 m2) of office space, and 153,000 sq ft (14,200 m2) of retail and community space. HISTORY TENDS to repeat itself on Henry Yesler’s hill, where Seattle’s first elites built mansions to distance themselves from downtown’s ills. The Yesler Terrace property extended to 12thAvenue, to an area of Jewish settlement in the late 19th century. [7] The new development will include at least 561 units for those earning 30% of the area median income (AMI) or less as well as 290 units for 60% of AMI and 850 units for 80% of AMI. Founded as a nonprofit partner for Seattle Parks and Recreation and fueled by the energy of civic leaders whose efforts to build a 60-acre “Seattle Commons” in South Lake Union were twice thwarted at the ballot box in the mid-1990s, Seattle Parks Foundation became an independent nonprofit in 2001. Construction of the new park has begun and we anticipate being completed in the fall of 2018. As Washington State’s first public housing development and the country's first racially integrated housing development 1, Yesler Terrace has been a part of Seattle’s history for nearly 80 years. [7], Prior to the start of construction, existing Yesler Terrace residents had organized to oppose any redevelopment plans that would reduce the number of units available to residents with the lowest income. Yesler Terrace For its first project, the Seattle Housing Authority selected a 24-block area totaling 43.5 acres just east of downtown on what was then called Yesler Hill, at the southern end of First Hill. [9][10] The project, the largest such redevelopment in Seattle's history, is anticipated to take up to 20 years for the full buildout. Information for Housing Choice Voucher clients and stakeholders, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Housing Authority Insurance Group Life Insurance, Information for people with disabilities and reasonable accommodation requests. This is the first known formal collaboration across two … Yesler’s Origin Story Yesler Terrace was a dream conceived as the Great Depression ended and America went to war. Harborview Medical Center sits at the top of First Hill in the background. Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 12:55pm, Information for tenants, applicants and stakeholders. Yesler Terrace was developed well ahead of the civil rights era. In the near future, though, it will be completely demolished. Rich in history and cultural diversity, this neighborhood was one of the first areas settled in downtown Seattle. Furthermore, it offered residents close proximity to the nearby County Hospital and several public schools, and to downtown, which was easily accessible by foot or streetcar. In … The “pretty much” completed Yesler Terrace photographed from the same Marine Hospital prospect. Seattle Housing Authority, n.d. [7], The First Hill Streetcar, which began operation in 2016, connects Yesler Terrace to Capitol Hill via Broadway, and the International District via Jackson Street. 14 Feb. 2017. Other members of the Seattle Housing Authority Board included prominent citizens George W. Coplen, Kenneth J. Morford, Charles W. Doyle, and Mrs. Frank D. Henderson. Yesler Way is an east–west street in Seattle named for Henry Yesler.East–west streets in Seattle south of Yesler Way are prefixed "South"; avenues are suffixed with "South" as they cross Yesler Way. By the 1930s much of the area was considered blighted. Beginning in 2012, resources started to come together for Yesler Terrace’s $290 million re-development. [4], Talks of redeveloping the 60-year-old Yesler Terrace, which had become the oldest public housing project in the city, began in 2004 amid similar schemes to redevelop Rainier Vista, High Point and NewHolly into mixed-income neighborhoods. There were many benefits to the site selected for Yesler Terrace: The original development would replace deteriorated housing stock. Uphill across Interstate 5 from Pioneer Square and the International District. Yesler Terrace 4 contains a multitude of indoor and outdoor amenity spaces—from sports courts to communal game rooms—that have been named and themed in honor of Seattle’s prominent founders. Contact us | Sign up for our newsletterCopyright © 2020 Seattle Housing Authority, Income level - Housing Choice Voucher program. The southern part of the hill came to be known as Yesler's Hill, Yesler Hill, or Profanity Hill. An estimated 38% of households are Asian or Asian American, 40% are African or African American, 11% are White, and 3% Native American. Through YCC, neighborhood organizations forged strong working relationships and the YCC board was expanded through a name change and charter revision to continue this important work. This is a great place to steal a quick view of Puget Sound too. The original King County Courthouse was located on this part of First Hill, situated between 7th and 8th Avenues and Terrace and Alder Streets. Lowe is developing a multi-phased, multifamily community in the 30-acre Yesler Terrace, a mixed-income, transit-oriented, master-planned community currently being redeveloped under the guidance of the Seattle Housing Authority and the City of Seattle. And now, thanks to a strong public and private collaboration, it’s an inspiring part of the city’s future. How can I find a great home where I can use my voucher? Photo: courtesy of Seattle P-I Collection, Museum of History and Industry Construction of Interstate 5 in the 1960s taking out 11 acres and 260 units of Yesler Terrace. It was revolutionary when it was completed in 1940. The original site also offered an enviable view, which included Mt. 1942 Its southernmost edge was part of what was known then as “Japantown,” later the International District. See more ideas about terrace, seattle housing, the neighbourhood. with the same frame, but of the completed Yesler Terrace Public Housing. This becomes Yesler Terrace, the first racially integrated public … King County Equity Now wants to stop the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace, a public housing complex in the Central District that is a mix of deeply … The Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda), and Capitol Hill Housing (CHH) announced a joint venture to develop 158 apartments of affordable homes for working families in and around the communities of Yesler Terrace, Little Saigon, and the Central District. It was very controversial, and very progressive. The dreamer, then-29-year-old Jesse Epstein, imagined a haven for poor families jammed into the then-as-now bursting city’s apartments. Andersen's 5th consecutive project with Seattle Housing Authority, this multi-building development will be complete in Fall 2021. Founded in 1939, Yesler Terrace was the country's first racially integrated public housing project. The Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Planned Action EIS analyzed the impacts of structures falling within these parameters, including glare, height, bulk, and scale. During this process, Epstein did his best to persuade the public of the importance of public housing. Al also led the planning and entitlement effort for Yesler Terrace, a 30 acre mixed use redevelopment project now being developed in downtown Seattle. Seattle Parks and Recreation awarded the construction contract to Wyser Construction Company. Talks of redeveloping the 60-year-old Yesler Terrace, which had become the oldest public housing project in the city, began in 2004 amid similar schemes to redevelop Rainier Vista, High Point and NewHolly into mixed-income neighborhoods. The original King County Courthouse was located on this part of First Hill, situated between 7th and 8th Avenues and Terrace and Alder Streets. It was home to about 1,000 people living in 471 separate dwelling units, of which only 22 were owner-occupied. 1, Yesler Terrace has been a part of Seattle’s history for nearly 80 years. Neighborhood park that features a play area with slides and climbing equipment, as well as picnic tables with a view of the Cascades and Magnolia, as well as a long green strip. [5] Formal planning on the project began in 2006 with the hiring of a planning team and recruitment for a citizen review panel. In 1938, the City Council declared intent to establish a housing authority eligible for federal assistance. Also known as “Profanity Hill,” because of the steepness of street grades, the surrounding area was developed up through the first decade of the 20th century with dense, wood-frame multi-family townhouses, apartment hotels, and boarding houses. The 1940s-era Yesler Terrace includes a mix of public and private developments delivering … Epstein was made the committee chairman, and $25,000 was granted to it to begin its work. And now, thanks to a strong public and private collaboration, it’s an inspiring part of the city’s future. Renewing Yesler’s Promise The revitalized Yesler will be a community of opportunity for all. The site of Yesler Terrace was prominent from Seattle’s beginnings as a city. Demolition of “Profanity Hill” neighborhood for Yesler Terrace housing project, October 7, 1940. Unlike most public housing developments, residents have their own private yards. This view, among other things, was an important factor in offering the eventual residents of Yesler Terrace pride of place. Epstein explained to Langlie how the new federal legislation worked and how Seattle could obtain federal funds for slum clearance projects and new low-income housing. Our History Crescent Collaborative emerged from Yesler Community Collaborative, which was funded through 2019 to work with neighborhoods surrounding Yesler Terrace as it was redeveloped. June 5: The Lake Washington Floating Bridge opens, connecting Seattle with Mercer Island and the Eastside. He highlighted the fact that many other states were ahead of Washington in creating local housing authorities and using federal aid for low-income housing projects, and also emphasized the jobs that construction of these projects would provide. It occupies much of the area formerly known as Yesler Hill, Yesler's Hill, or Profanity Hill. Shortly after its organization, SHA received $3,000,000 from the federal government for low-income public housing and slum clearance. Yesler is becoming a connected, diverse, mixed-income neighborhood that honors the neighborhood’s history and cultural richness with safe, healthy and sustainable affordable housing, new parks and open spaces, enhanced health, “We’re thrilled to welcome Kaiser Permanente to Yesler,” said Andrew Lofton, executive director of the Seattle Housing Authority. [3], As of 2005, there were 1,167 residents. The first new building, Kebero Court, opened in May 2015 and was followed by the opening of Raven Terrace in February 2016. In 2006, when it had become evident that Yesler’s infrastructure and 561 aging housing units needed to be replaced, SHA began a conversation with residents, surrounding neighbors, city officials, key partners … Yesler Terrace sits on 28 acres (11 ha) with 561 residential units in 68 buildings, many of which are two-story rowhouses. Web. A city ordinance was passed in 1937 creating a Local Advisory Housing Commission. It was 1994, and Wood, a … As part of the Yesler Terrace redevelopment, this project will include 139 low-income apartments across three buildings connected via sky bridges and exterior walkways. In a July 1938 article, he outlined the principles and purposes of the U.S. Housing Authority: “to provide financial assistance to the States and political subdivisions thereof for the elimination of unsafe and unsanitary housing conditions, for the eradication of slums, for the provisions of decent, safe, and sanitary dwellings for families of low-income, and for the reduction of unemployment and the stimulation of business activity.”. Razed in 1931, the courthouse site was roughly the western portion of the present-day Harborview Medical Center. Built between 1941 and 1943, Yesler Terrace is home to 1,200 residents and represents one of the most diverse and economically challenged communities in Seattle. 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