NewHolly Offers Livable Density
Replacing more than 800 units of affordable housing is no easy task, but Seattle did just that—all of the low-income housing units originally located at Holly Park were replaced either at the NewHolly site or integrated at other sites throughout the City. They were made available to individuals and families earning below 30 percent of area median income.
This multi-phase, 110-acre innovative model blends public housing with afffordable mixed-income residences. We provided planning and civil engineering services, including watermains, sewer mains, storm system and undergrounding electrical and communications.
A gridded street system now allows for a walkable community with a livable density of housing units, preserving mature trees The project involved extensive pedestrian design, utility work and reconfiguration of more than 12 miles of roadways, alleys, and transit connections. The street widths modeled Seattle’s typical 25-foot wide residential streets with parking on both sides and were carefully designed into the adjacent neighborhood grid.
The project is adjacent to Othello Station Light Rail station so our design included coordinating four new intersections with Sound Transit Light Rail, as well as desiging the Chief Sealth Trail, connecting the three phases of the project with the Transit Oriented Development at Othello and MLK.
This project was awarded the Best American Living Award Silver Award for Best Urban Smart Growth and the Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Affordable Project-Under 30 units/acre.