May 5, 2015
Congratulations to 12th Avenue Arts on being selected as a semi-finalist in the Community Development Category for the NDC Academy Awards 2015. The NDC Academy Awards Semi-Finalists represent some of the most innovative and impactful developments changing the lives for residents in underserved communities across the country, NDC is honored to highlight the achievements of these organizations at the NDC Academy 2015.
12th Avenue Arts- Settle, WA
12th Avenue Arts is a vibrant, new multi-use building on Capitol Hill providing a new center for arts, housing, local non-profits and public safety needs. The project broke ground in February 2013, and completed construction on schedule in September 2014. For many years the Capitol Hill community had demanded a solution to the inaccessible space located near the heart of this vibrant urban village. While the population and visibility of the vicinity have grown dramatically, and much of the neighborhood has seen important new development, the police parking lot on the surface of 12th Ave. remained agonizingly underutilized. The activation of the specific plot of land designated for this development had been called out in two neighborhood plans over the last 12 years as the highest community priority. Capitol Hill is the most densely populated neighborhood in the Northwest, and it remains a rapidly growing population center. Recent years have brought dramatic residential gentrification to Capitol Hill, with massive development of high-end condominiums replacing older apartments and single family homes and leaving low-income residents with few housing options. The development of 88 new affordable homes not only helps the families and individuals who now live in those homes, but also contributes to the economic vitality of the neighborhood. 12th Avenue Arts also provides much needed affordable rental spaces for arts and cultural purposes in response to the rapid isplacement of such organizations in recent years. Capitol Hill has long been a major center for the city’s arts and cultural activities, and the demonstrated need for affordable performing arts space on Capitol Hill was overwhelming. 12th Avenue Arts addresses the loss of affordable studio and performance space by creating 20,000 square feet of new cultural space and arts related commercial space which includes two professional theaters, all of which is available for rental at affordable rates. CHH is the official Capitol Hill CDC and the only organization able to meet this longtime neighborhood need. Completing this project greatly enhances our capacity to fulfill our community development mission in a changing landscape.