On September 20th, Weber Thompson joined Bellwether Housing, members of the University Christian Church congregation, public officials, and community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of Arbora Court.
Years in the making, this new affordable family housing project will be home to individuals and families living in 133 units. The location is ideal – close to transit stops, grocery stores, a farmers market, medical facilities and other community amenities in the University District of Seattle. The site was formerly a parking lot owned by the University Christian Church, but was sold to Bellwether Housing so it could eventually be transformed into affordable housing.
Arbora Court will be the largest building that Bellwether Housing has constructed to date. It contains 133 units (some sized for families) and large indoor and outdoor play areas. The name – Arbora Court – has a double meaning. The Tree of Life is a reflection of the University Christian Church’s mission to give back and support the community. Additionally, the design team preserved and embraced a large heritage tree on the site, and a surrounding play court provides a safely contained outdoor space for kids to climb, explore and connect with the natural world.
Weber Thompson’s team of staff on the project includes Kirsten Clemens, an Associate and Project Designer at the firm; and Mindy Black, a Senior Associate and Senior Project Manager. The two attended the groundbreaking ceremony. As you can tell from the grins covering their faces, this was an exciting day for everyone involved.
Kirsten Clemens noted, “It is so inspiring to see this project come to fruition. Many people have been working for many years to make this a reality, and I was humbled and honored to help the UCC congregation and Bellwether Housing visualize their dream for more affordable family units in this wonderful neighborhood. It’s truly an honor.”