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Homes affordable to everyday people

The re-development of the Liberty Bank Building helps preserve affordability in the neighborhood by bringing 115 units of much-needed affordable housing. For rent ranges, see this page for any newly available apartments (external link), depending on income.

A hub for the community

The project partners honored 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 Liberty Bank Building sets 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

2019

Liberty Bank Building opens

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

A Community-Led Development

The development of the Liberty Bank Building was 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 quality, affordable apartments to over 2,000 of our neighbors across the city. Headquartered in Capitol Hill, we maintain buildings throughout the Seattle area, including historic apartments as well as award-winning new developments.

Byrd Barr Place

Byrd Barr Place, formerly Centerstone, helps Seattle residents in need meet their basic needs and get on the path to self-sufficiency by providing food and immediate financial relief to pay energy bills and avoid eviction.

Our Commitment to the Community

  • 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.

  • Reaffirming 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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