evidence-based design for supportive environments

Vantage Point Senior Apartments

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The new supportive senior housing community, which will open its doors to residents in late 2015, is being built on vacant land owned by King County Housing Authority (KCHA) adjacent to the North Benson Shopping Center.  The realization of the Vantage Point Apartments is part of KCHA’s long-term goal to expand the supply of high-quality housing affordable to the region’s growing population of low-income seniors. As the project landscape architect for this new development, The West Studio was responsible for carrying forward lessons learned on numerous housing authority projects. Every part of the project was crafted to encourage multi-sensory enjoyment including a community garden, activity courtyard, dog-waste stations dotting the walking loops, and aromatherapy plants at key locations.

“It’s important that seniors – our parents and grandparents – have the opportunity to live in safe and affordable housing,” said U.S. Rep. Adam Smith. “Vantage Point will provide an excellent quality of life for low-income seniors for decades to come in large part because of its ability to leverage crucial federal and county dollars. In the face of skyrocketing rental costs, I’m pleased that the various levels of government worked together to make these new affordable housing units possible.”

The Vantage Point senior apartments are designed to maximize the potential of the site for seniors, people with disabilities, and their families.

The project team includes Tonkin Architecture, The West Studio and KPFF Civil Engineers.

LOCATION 
Renton, WA

DATES 
2012-2015

SIZE
5 Acre Site
77 Affordable Senior Apartments

FIRM LEADERSHIP
Audrey West

TEAM
Tonkin Architecture
KPFF Engineers

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