December 22, 2023

Central District Freehold Opens its Doors to the Community

A woman and two men cutting a red ribbon with large scissors at an outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Seattle-based community leaders behind Central District Freehold—a new affordable senior living complex—recently celebrated the opening of the city’s newest affordable housing facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony! Included in the event were members of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, artists, activists, politicians, funders, and more. Moving and personal speeches were given by Deacon Wallace Johnson, (Board President), Sam Cameron (Board Vice President), Dwight Randolph (Board Member), Rev. Dr. Paris L Smith (Pastor), Ginger Segel (GS Affordable Housing), members of the Kelsie family, and others. Deacon team members joined Central District Freehold in marking the positive impacts this work has helped to provide to the Seattle community.

Our team is honored to have been part of the process in this project’s emergence. We are grateful to Mount Zion Housing Development and their choice of Deacon Construction as the project’s general contractors. Mount Zion Housing Development is an outgrowth of Mount Zion Baptist Church, an African American congregation founded in 1894. The Development organization was founded in 1988 for the purpose of providing affordable housing to the community. Their first project was McKinney Manor, a 64-unit apartment also in Seattle’s Central District. Central District Freehold is the second successful project and Mount Zion Housing Development has dreams for more to come.

Mount Zion Housing Development’s Deacon Wallace Johnson addressing the event’s attendees.

Working hand-in-hand with Mount Zion Housing Development, Rolluda Architects, and Quantum Consulting Engineers LLC, Deacon’s Seattle General Construction team was able to create a beautiful facility that will be enjoyed by many.

Central District Freehold is a 46,756 sf mixed-use apartment building for seniors and veterans with incomes at the 30%, 50%, and 60% adjusted median income range. The building comprises 10 studios, 1 two-bedroom, and 50 one-bedroom units; all of exceptional quality and comfort. Additionally, this development provides 6 bike spaces and a basement with on-site facilities. The basement is slab-on-grade, the first and second floors are post-tensioned concrete, and the upper five floors are wood-framed. Residential common areas include gathering spaces, laundry facilities, a roof deck complete with community garden and grilling area, and a state-of-the-art business center.

The exterior of the completed building from 19th Ave.

Deacon thanks internal team members Jim Levin and Don Koslowsky (Operations Managers), Steven Clouse (Project Manager), Rob Whitcomb (Superintendent), Joshua Boyd (Assistant Project Manager), Todd Bina (Assistant Superintendent), Taylor Kennedy (Project Engineer), Ethan Diaz (Project Engineer), Bob Murphy (Senior Business Development Manager), Keri Smith (Labor Foreman), David Sigmon (Laborer), Matthew Wojcik (Carpenter), Brandon Jason (Project Assistant), and Steven Pearce (Safety Manager) for their outstanding work on this project.

Visit our Portfolio post here for more information on the project, and be sure to stay up to date with all things Deacon by keeping up with our blog!

To learn more about the Central District Freehold community, please visit their website.