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Affordable rental housing at Greenbridge

Greenbridge sits at the center of KCHA’s ambitious effort to revitalize the White Center neighborhood. Together with nearby Seola Gardens, we have committed more than $250 million in public and private funding since the early 2000s toward this goal. A pair of vibrant, mixed-income communities is the result.

KCHA developed Greenbridge to replace Park Lake Homes, a collection of World War II-era dwellings built to house defense workers. The new, modern, brightly colored apartments and townhomes of Greenbridge stand in stark contrast to the run-down, outdated buildings that low-income residents of Park Lake called home until 2005.

By the time all renters and homeowners have moved in, the community will be home to more than 3,000 people. With on-site facilities that include an elementary school, a community center, and a library branch, it emphasizes educational opportunities as well as housing. Greenbridge also boasts many sustainable features that conserve resources and limit its impact on the environment.

Greenbridge slide show

  • Park Lake Homes aerial taken in the 1940sPark Lake Homes included 568 units of World War II-era public housing, along with a community center, an elementary school and other social service facilities. Though well-maintained through its existence, the housing had far outlived its useful life and was contaminated with lead-based paint and a variety of asbestos-containing materials.
  • Park Lake Homes in the early 2000sBy the early 2000s the site's original utilities infrastructure had been long abandoned and its replacement was nearing the end of its serviceable life. In addition, the elementary school had been condemned due to mold infestation and the community facilities had substantial issues with lead-based paint and asbestos.
  • Aerial of the Greenbridge neighborhood with Puget Sound in the distanceLocated just a few blocks from the commercial core of White Center, the revitalized Greenbridge community will include 900 to 1,000 homes when complete. This collection of housing spreads over 100 acres and consists of both rental and for-sale homes.
  • Row of colorful townhomesThe housing at Greenbridge also incorporates a variety of styles, from townhomes and cottages to apartment buildings and single-family homes.
  • Affordable apartments along Eighth AvenueThe people who call Greenbridge home come from all parts of the income spectrum. Many have very low incomes. In fact, nearly 60 percent of its units are occupied by residents who lived in the neighborhood prior to redevelopment.
  • Three colorful for-sale homesOther residents are part of working families with moderate incomes, while for-sale homes are owned by people able to pay market rates. In this way Greenbridge has become a true mixed-income community.
  • White Center Heights Elementary SchoolAnchored by a new White Center Heights Elementary School and the renovated Jim Wiley Community Center, Greenbridge offers an array of community services.
  • YWCA Learning Center and King County Library branchThe neighborhood also features an Educare Early Learning and Head Start Center, a YWCA Adult Learning Center, and a King County branch library. Together, these facilities provide educational and advancement opportunities for residents of all ages.
  • Children playing in a park next to colorful rental housingGreenbridge also boasts an extensive network of open spaces and parks. New and improved pedestrian paths and trails link residents to the community center and White Center’s commercial core. These elements give residents a variety of ways to interact and play.
  • Park with functional public art installationIn addition, public art projects embellish street corners, trails, parks, downspouts, balconies, and other neighborhood fixtures. Altogether, Greenbridge incorporates more than 50 different art pieces. They celebrate the diversity of ages, races, and cultures of the community.
  • Solar electric installation attached to the roof of the Greenbridge community centerGreenbridge was engineered to limit its environmental impact. To start, its buildings are designed to conserve natural resources and reduce energy consumption. The community center showcases a 5-kilowatt solar electric installation, and all other buildings are designed to be solar ready.
  • Large collection of solar panels attached to the roofs of multiple public housing buildingsIn addition, KCHA installed solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of 24 public housing units. The 50.1 kilowatt array, made up of 213 panels on nine buildings, was the largest residential solar array in the state when constructed.
  • Bio-filtration swales along a path running through a parkThe community’s sustainable features include an innovative storm water management and drainage system. The system uses a series of bio-filtration swales to clean and filter runoff before it leaves the site. Greenbridge also maintains more natural surfaces by using narrower roads, sidewalks, driveways, and smaller parking areas.

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Tukwila, WA 98188
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