LIHI to break ground this week on 77 senior units in Tacoma | Daily Journal of Commerce

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Rendering of Patsy Surh Place

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and the Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) are co-developing this 6-story building, which will provide 77 affordable units for seniors making 30% and 50% of Area Median Income. The project is slated for completion in 2025.

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and co-developer Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) on Wednesday will celebrate the groundbreaking of Patsy Surh Place, a new affordable senior housing building at 711 S. 38th St. in Tacoma’s Lincoln District.

Patsy Surh Place is a six-story new-construction building totaling 56,344 square feet. It will provide 77 units of affordable housing for seniors making 30% and 50% of area median income. It is the first housing community that APCC has developed and will be targeting, but not be limited to, Asian Pacific elders.

The unit layout is 47 studios and 31 one-bedroom apartments. On-site amenities will include community space, a multipurpose room and gallery space, social service office, and an outdoor courtyard. One apartment will be set aside for a live-in manager.

Seattle firm Weber Thompson has designed the building, which will be built by Walsh Construction Co. Patsy Surh Place is expected to be completed in April 2025.

The building will rise on a 38,600-square-foot parcel that LIHI purchased in May 2020. The senior housing community is the first phase of a two-phase development. LIHI says it is in the process of securing funding for phase two, which will be a 73-unit apartment building (including one manager unit) for families with children.

Construction should start on phase two in 2025. An interior courtyard will connect the two new buildings, which will also abut each another along South 38th Street. Weber Thompson and Walsh Construction Co. are also the architect and general contractor for phase two.

An 18,000-square-foot, single-level retail building has been demolished to make way for the new development. Patsy Surh Place will replace some of that lost space with two retail units on South 38th. The 73-unit building will have a similar amount of retail space.

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