In collaboration with Olympic Community Action Programs (OlyCAP), Clark Construction was the general contractor for this 43 unit affordable housing complex, built at the corner of 7th and Hendricks Street in the Castle Hill neighborhood of Port Townsend. The building was designed to gold 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 also 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. This project also includes an on-site Early Learning Facility. All units will be available 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).
7th Haven also includes a common playground and recreation area, a covered parking area with apartments above, access to transit, medical care and shopping due to its location in the QFC shopping area, and on-site supportive services from OlyCAP and its partners: Discovery Behavioral Health, Safe Harbor and Olympic Neighbors.
This is the first affordable multi-family housing to be constructed in Jefferson County in over fourteen years. It is considered an excellent opportunity to significantly address the affordable housing crisis in Jefferson County. Its $15.4 million cost is funded by an $11.3 million state Department of Commerce grant, plus contributions from local organizations.
The architecture firm, Third Place Design Cooperative and local architect Richard Berg took on design of the building. Four ground floor units are live–work art spaces. The second and third floors include living units and common space. Local art was incorporated into the building design.