A rendering of Emerald City Commons in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood
A rendering of Emerald City Commons in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood

Partnering for Healthier Housing in Seattle

Mercy Housing Northwest is teaming up with Urban Impact, a nonprofit organization that operates a fitness center in Seattle, to promote healthy lifestyles in the community

Mercy Housing Northwest and Urban Impact are co-developing Emerald City Commons, a 61-unit mixed-use affordable housing community slated to open in October. It's located in the Rainier Beach community on the existing site of Rainier Health and Fitness is Urban Impact's gym facility offering affordable health services to the area's diverse local population. With support from CDF, which is providing financing for the project, Emerald City Commons' 5,700-square-foot ground floor will include a modern new home for the facility, allowing its membership to grow.

"Along with the 61 units of family housing in the floors above, Mercy Housing and Urban Impact will jointly provide a range of services for residents, including after-school tutoring programs and health and wellness services."

"It has been a godsend to have the assistance of seasoned partners like Mercy Housing and Union Bank in bringing this project to completion," said Steve Bury, Executive Director of Urban Impact. "With high-quality housing, comprehensive resident services and our onsite fitness center, Emerald City Commons will be a real community asset."

Bill Rumpf, President of Mercy Housing Northwest, added, "The Emerald City Commons project will be a great addition to the neighborhood. Throughout the planning of the project's design and services, there has been a clear focus on the well-being of residents."

CDF Vice President Bryan Friend said the development's fitness center will be a valuable resource for the community. "We are deeply interested in ensuring that all our developments provide a healthy environment for residents," he said.