Grand Street Commons

Grand Street Commons is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development (TOD) in Seattle’s Rainier Valley neighborhood. The project is a result of a unique partnership between market-rate and affordable-housing developers that will provide 771 residential units and 51,000 SF of commercial and retail space across three buildings to form a cohesive, new town center. Nearly half of the apartments between the three buildings will be affordable housing.

Concurrent redevelopment of the three-block site harnesses the opportunity to reconfigure adjacent streets by creating cohesive outdoor “rooms” between the buildings. Based on three primary interpretations of the porch, the design team drew architectural inspiration for each outdoor room from the cultural history of the area. By customizing the urban design response for the spaces between the buildings, the coordinated building design creates a distinct sense of place for the growing community.

At the heart of the development is a large, public plaza lined with neighborhood retail, providing a destination for enhanced neighborhood services and space for community gathering.  This new, neighborhood activity hub will add significant walkability to the area, which hasn’t had a walkable town center since before I-90 was built in the 1950s.

  • Client

    Lake Union Partners
  • Mt. Baker Housing
  • HAL Real Estate
  • Status

    Under Construction
  • Total SF

    826,297
  • Residential SF

    479,792
  • Commercial SF

    50,802
  • Residential Units

    771