We are excited to announce that our affordable housing apartment project at 7th & Hendricks in Port Townsend broke ground last week. Clark is honored to be the General Contractor for this 43 unit complex that is intended to house 130 people, including 35-40 children, from “low” and “very low” income brackets. The preliminary apartment mix is 6 studio apartments, 18 one-bedrooms, 15 two-bedrooms and 4 three-bedroom units intended for families. There are to be units designed for people with developmental disabilities, people with diagnosed chronic mental illness, people recovering from substance abuse, families escaping domestic violence, and for families who have been homeless. The project includes an on-site Early Learning Facility. All units would be for households making less than below 50 percent of the area’s median income ($32,200 annually for a family of four in Jefferson County).
No affordable housing apartments have been constructed in Jefferson County in more than a decade so this is considered an excellent opportunity to significantly address the affordable housing crisis in Jefferson County.
“Washington’s affordable housing crisis has deepened with the economic blows of the pandemic,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a press release. “These important investments, serving thousands of Washingtonians, represent tremendous collaboration between our state’s Housing Trust Fund, other federal, state and local agencies, along with private business and charitable organizations, to bring every available resource to bear in addressing this growing need throughout our state.”
The Jefferson Board of County Commissioners in 2019 agreed to surplus and sell this parcel of County-owned land in the corner of the Castle Hill Center in Port Townsend to Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP) for construction of affordable housing. County-owned since 2002, the empty parcel has been used as a parking lot; it was paved early in 2019 and leased to Jefferson Healthcare. Late in 2020, OlyCAP received state Department of Commerce funding that is allowing the project to start. The project’s estimated total development cost is $15.2 million