Hirabayashi Place was completed in early 2016. It is a new mixed use, transit oriented, workforce housing development that includes 96 apartments and a childcare center. Units will be studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom apartments affordable for households with incomes at or below 40%, 50%, and 60% of Area Median Income.
City of Seattle Office of Housing, City of Seattle Human Services Department, Washington State Housing and Community Development Program, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc., Washington State Housing Finance Commission, JPMorgan Chase Bank, North Lot Development, LLC, Impact Capital
InterIm CDA, Developer/Owner; Mithun, Architect; Marpac Construction, General Contractor; Kantor Taylor Nelson Evatt & Decina PC, Legal Counsel; Quantum Management Services, Property Management; Sound Community Ventures, Financial Consultant; Stanton Associates, Owner’s Project Advisor; El Centro de la Raza, Childcare Provider
About Gordon Hirabayashi and the Legacy of Justice Committee
During WWII when Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and communities, Gordon Hirabayashi stood up for social justice. He defied the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII because it was racially discriminatory and violated his rights as a U.S. citizen. He took his case to the Supreme Court in 1943, but his case was defeated. Forty years later, he fought and won vacation of his wartime convictions.
The Legacy of Justice Committee is stewarding education and public art installations at Hirabayashi Place that will enlighten visitors about Gordon Hirabayashi’s courageous stance for justice, and contribute to the hopeful possibility that a horrible injustice like the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans will never happen again.
To learn more about Legacy of Justice, visit: http://interimicda.org/legacyofjustice/