Plymouth Housing has passed its administrative review for its 93-unit affordable housing project at Second Avenue North and Mercer Street, and plans to start construction in January.

Those who will be eligible for residency at this development include those at income levels at or below 30 percent area median income, and 80 percent of the units will be reserved specifically for those transitioning from permanent supportive housing, wrote Amanda Vail, senior communications and development manager for Plymouth Housing, in an email to Queen Anne News.

“These are individuals who have experienced homelessness and lived in a permanent supportive housing unit for at least 18 months and are ready to move into a less service-enriched building,” according to Vail. “This allows those individuals stability and support services as they continue on their recovery journey, and opens up units for chronically homeless individuals who can now live in those recently vacated units and receive the service support that they need to recover from homelessness.”

She said the remaining 20 percent of the units will be earmarked for individuals without a home.

Vail, who received input on the email from John Torrence, senior real estate developer for Plymouth, also wrote that the project was approved through an administrative review through the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections.

“This is a new program that the city is using which was created for affordable housing projects,” according to Vail. “The Office of Housing is requiring that all affordable housing projects go through this new administrative design review process instead of the traditional design review board process, in an attempt to speed up permitting times for affordable projects.”

The preferred design was approved on June 5.

Plymouth’s preferred design for the seven-story mixed-use apartment building is an “L” shape. The design sports 62,366 square feet in the total building footprint. The structure will be 73 feet and 4 inches tall, and will offer zero parking spaces.

Previously occupied by a pocket park, the development will feature a 4,000-square-foot arts education and office space through a partnership with nonprofit Path with Art, which uses art to help transform the lives of people struggling with homelessness, addiction and trauma.

While Plymouth wasn’t quick with spreading the world about its successful design review, it did hold two open houses prior to a final design.

“We are currently meeting with stakeholder groups such as the Uptown Alliance’s (UA) land use review committee, and the Uptown Arts and Culture Coalition (USCC),” according to Vail. “We are considering another open house on the project, but have not set a date or location.”

The development is funded by the Seattle Office of Housing, low-income housing tax credits and Plymouth’s PROOF Campaign. The Path with Art portion of the project will be funded by Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Plymouth Housing and Path with Art’s own capital campaign, Vail said.

Public art is set to appear on several portions of the building’s exterior, including on the north and northeast faces, as well as in the pedestrian pass-throughs.

“The art will be along the north and east pedestrian pathways, and not along the Mercer or 2nd Ave. frontages of the building,” according to Vail. “Plymouth is forming a committee with community representatives from stakeholder groups, such as the UACC and UA, to advise and help select art that will best compliment the community. We expect this process to be ongoing through 2020.”

The property where the affordable housing project is being developed was gifted to the City of Seattle by the Kreielsheimer Foundation. An adjacent parcel was gifted to Seattle Opera, which sold its land to Washington Holdings in 2016, and barrientos RYAN is now leading the development of eight-story and seven-story apartment buildings between Roy and Mercer streets and Third and Second avenues. That Center Steps development will share a midblock pedestrian pass-through with the Plymouth development.