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Homes affordable to everyday people

The re-development of Liberty Bank will help preserve affordability in the neighborhood by bringing 115 units of much-needed affordable housing. Rents for one bedrooms are anticipated to range between $504 and $1,008, depending on income.

A hub for the community

The project partners intend to honor the legacy of Liberty Bank in design, but also by creating affordable space for local businesses and fostering community for residents in the neighborhood.

A new standard for development in the Central District

From construction, to design, to ongoing use and ownership of the building, the re-development of the Liberty Bank will set a standard for what community-led development can look like.

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Homes affordable to everyday people

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Square feet of space for local business

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Stories

2017

Liberty Bank Building breaks ground

The Story of Liberty Bank
Liberty Bank was the first Black-owned bank west of the Mississippi, founded as a community response to redlining and disinvestment in Central Seattle.

A Community-Led Development

The development of the Liberty Bank Building is being led by a partnership of community organizations. Read about them below.

Africatown-Central District Preservation and Development Association

The mission of the Africatown-Central District Preservation & Development Association is to honor, preserve, promote and develop the legacy and presence of Black Americans and newly arrived Africans in Seattle’s Central District as a vibrant community and unique urban experience.

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The Black Community Impact Alliance

The Black Community Impact Alliance (BCIA) is a group of cooperating organizations serving the Black Community in Western Washington. We make sure that taxpayer-funded initiatives and organizations that receive government money to work in the Black community are actually doing work to better the lives of Black children and families, particularly those with low incomes and the working poor.

Capitol Hill Housing

Capitol Hill Housing builds vibrant and engaged communities through affordable housing and community development. We provide secure, affordable apartments to nearly 2,000 of our neighbors across the city. Based in Capitol Hill, we have properties throughout the Seattle area, including historic apartments as well as award-winning new developments.

Centerstone

Centerstone is a Community Action Agency supporting the diverse neighborhoods of Seattle’s Central District with a variety of services for those in poverty. Our agency recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary as part of the first generation of community-inspired organizations funded by the Economic Opportunity Act.

Our Commitment to the Community

What can the community expect from this project?

  • A building that connects with the history of the community.

  • Prioritization of local and minority hiring.

  • Support for Black-owned businesses.

  • A pathway to long-term African-American ownership of the building.

  • Affordable commercial space for local businesses.

  • Reaffirm the Central District as a hub of the pan-African community.

  • The partners exploring further policy changes.

  • Capitol Hill Housing extending its commitment to diversity.

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