Should you mix affordable and upscale housing?

Outdoor seating and landscaped areas would surround the ground floor of the R.C. Hedreen Co. project. Image courtesyof LMN Architects

Should “affordable” housing be mixed with high-income housing within the same building? That’s the subject of a short video by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat at

Addressing the question are Nigel Biggs of CBRE, Harry Handelsman of Manhattan Loft Corp., Christoph Ingenhoven of ingenhoven architects, Ian Simpson of Ian Simpson Architects, and Rafael Viñoly of Rafael Viñoly Architects. The video is part of a monthly series by the CTBUH.

In Seattle, R.C. Hedreen Co. has proposed including affordable units in a project that will not have upscale apartments or condos, but will have a hotel.
The project is a 40-story convention hotel complex at Ninth and Stewart that will have a five-story podium with a 35-story, 1,680-room hotel on the south end and 154 units of housing on the north end, reserved for people making 80 percent or less of area median income. Hedreen is building the north end units to get higher density through a city incentive program.

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3 Responses to Should you mix affordable and upscale housing?

  1. Rita Open says:

    Having real community means mix of everything…

  2. joe says:

    Duh – this is typical of Seattle – way behind the times. This type of housing mix has been happening for decades elsewhere. We are not building tower blocks of urban low income housing anymore

  3. Merc says:

    Yep – 80/20 housing is decades old in many cities. Of course, so is subterranean rail, which many places have Seattle beat by over 100 years

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