Earlier this month we attended the first annual Othello Square Summer Fair, a festive celebration of the Othello community and the neighborhood’s future. Weber Thompson led the effort to develop a Master Plan for the Othello Square project, and is the architect for two and landscape architect for all of the four buildings planned for the site.
Once again Weber Thompson’s house band gave it their all for the Housing Development Consortium’s Affordable Housing Week Theme Song competition. ‘Our House’ – an ode to the 80’s hit – is a goofy tribute to our belief that housing is a basic human right; that we must work together with our neighbors and fellow citizens to be dreamers, to imagine a future with housing for all. Continue reading “Congrats to the 2019 Affordable Housing Week Theme Song Winners, Path with Art!”
A hodgepodge of past-their-prime commercial properties will soon transform into one of Seattle’s first high-rise affordable housing developments at 1400 Madison Street. Bellwether, Plymouth Housing and Weber Thompson are answering the call from community stakeholders by creating new housing that serves a triple purpose: to house formerly homeless seniors and workforce housing families, to implement passive house principles at scale, and to make it all affordable. In honor of Earth Month, we’re celebrating three of the project’s most innovative sustainable features.
The inspiration for Othello Square was the people who live there. Under the threat of displacement, a public-private partnership was formed for a 2.5 year master planning effort that Weber Thompson helped develop. A united vision links four distinct buildings, of which Weber Thompson is designing Building C — a seven-story building comprised of workforce housing, childcare, and a medical clinic. In honor of Earth Month, we’re celebrating three of the project’s most innovative sustainable features.
Bellwether Housing and Weber Thompson have been working closely together for the past four years to complete Arbora Court, a low-income housing project providing 133 new homes for Seattle. Forty of these units are specifically for families transitioning out of homelessness, which is the group being most quickly displaced in Seattle’s insane housing crunch. The project was completed in June and residents have moved in – many of whom are finally feeling relief from the financial burden of housing costs allowing them to focus on what is most important – their family. Continue reading “Converting units to homes at Arbora Court: The power of interior furnishings”
Congratulations to the DATA 1, Arbora Court, and Stratus teams for picking up wins at the WASLA Awards and the NAIOP Night of the Stars Awards this month. Continue reading “Three Weber Thompson projects receive awards in November”
‘Just feels like Christmas morning’ is the best way to describe getting ready to head over the opening of Arbora Court last Monday, May 7th. I picked out a bright cheerful outfit for my 8-month old boy to wear to join me at the opening of my first built design in the City of Seattle. Continue reading “Arbora Court: A celebration of 133 new affordable housing units”
The WT house band, Two Turntables and a Micro House, reunited for the Housing Development Consortium‘s 2018 Affordable Housing Week theme song contest. Continue reading “Affordable Housing Week theme song contest”
On March 15th, 2018, a crowd of several hundred people assembled at the New Holly Gathering Hall for a community celebration to announce that HomeSight had signed the Purchase and Sale Agreement with the Seattle Housing Authority to buy the four parcels that will make up the forthcoming Othello Square. Continue reading “Celebrating Othello Square”
Believe it or not, with the Swing Dance, the Lindy Hop, and a little bit of Tango… On the evening March 10th, Plymouth Housing Group held their ninth annual Seattle Dances!—a glitzy fundraiser that packed Fremont Studios with a sold-out crowd of over 600 guests and exceeded their one million dollar goal by a sweet $100,000, setting an all-time record for the night. Continue reading “How do you raise $1.1 million to fight homelessness in a single night?”