Structure Type: built works - dwellings - housing - affordable housing

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: [unspecified]

1811 Eastlake Avenue
Seattle, WA

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This apartment building, run by Seattle's Downtown Emergency Services Center (DESC), housed alcoholics and others, homeless in Downtown Seattle, WA. In 2002, before the apartment building was built, the East Downtown Community Association, composed of Marriott's Springhill Suites Hotel, Northwest Trophy and Benaroya Company, among others, filed suit to block the construction of this facility, charging that the DESC lacked the appropriate permits to open. This was struck down by a state appeals court and the Washington Supreme Court. In 2007, the DESC operated 1811 Eastlake housing, a downtown shelter, and several mental health and substance abuse service agencies.

This housing facility was unusual because it allowed its occupants, many of whom where alcoholics, to drink in their rooms. The building had four floors and housed 75 street alcoholics. It cost approximately $1.1 million to maintain per year in public monies. 1811 Eastlake opened 12/2005.

PCAD id: 8764