El Centro de la Raza’s affordable housing project, Plaza Roberto Maestas

Link to the article in the Seattle DJC.

El Centro de la Raza is developing an affordable mixed-use complex to be named Plaza Roberto Maestas in honor of the late founder and executive director of the social services agency. The project will have 112 units at 2524 16th Ave. S., near the Beacon Hill light rail station and El Centro’s headquarters.

U.S. Bank said it has invested more than $49 million in the Beacon Hill affordable housing project that is under construction.

The apartments will be rented to people making between 30 and 60 percent of area median income, with rents ranging between $461 and $1,220 per month.

The building will house space for expanding El Centro’s early childhood bilingual learning center, and there will be offices, retail and two managers’ units.

Construction began March 6. It is expected to open by the middle of next year.

U.S. Bank said $22.3 million was raised from federal low-income housing tax credits through its U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corp., and $27 million is construction debt loaned by the bank’s Community Lending Division and guaranteed by El Centro.

Beacon Development Group is the development consultant, SMR Architects is designing it and Walsh Construction Co. is the general contractor.

El Centro estimates the project will generate more than 150 construction, engineering and design jobs; and about 40 permanent jobs.

The nonprofit has an annual budget of $5.9 million, and about 44 programs and services.