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TOD Housing Opens Adjacent to Sound Transit Station

At recent ceremonies marked with a lion dance performance and Somali youth dancers, Mercy Housing Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides affordable, accessible housing for residents with special needs, opened a 108-unit TOD facility located across the street from the Sound Transit Othello light rail station.

“Finding housing that you can afford can be a real challenge,” King County Executive and Sound Transit board member Dow Constantine said at the event. “Mercy Othello Plaza shows how we can leverage the region’s investment in high-capacity transit by building affordable housing near Link light rail stations. Transit-oriented development is a big part of the region’s light rail vision.”

Sound Transit Board Chair and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said, “Mercy Othello Plaza serves as a great example of how transit-oriented developments can transform communities throughout the region.”

Sound Transit Chief Executive Officer Peter Rogoff called the project “a superb example of TOD partnerships that create livable, walkable communities by providing affordable housing near light rail stations. Every day, families living at this facility enjoy the benefit of using a reliable, convenient transit system to get to work, run errands and ride to weekend events without the hassle and expense of driving.”

Two and a half years ago, Sound Transit sold a portion of the land it acquired for station construction to Mercy Housing Northwest through a competitive application process. The agency and the city used city grant funds to accelerate the offering schedule for the site’s development.

Mercy Othello Plaza is Sound Transit’s second TOD project along its first light rail segment and its third affordable housing project to open in the region. Future developments are in ­preliminary stages.

Dow Constantine spoke to residents at opening ceremonies for Mercy Othello Plaza, a TOD affordable housing facility located across the street from a Sound Transit light rail station.

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