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Calmwater Capital Originates $7.6 Million Loan for WSU Student Housing

Calmwater Capital, a leading national direct real estate lender, has provided $7.6 million in senior debt to Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate, LLC to acquire and upgrade a student housing complex near Washington State University. The 184-bed property, known as College Crest Apartments, is located at 1555 NE Merman Drive in Pullman, Washington.

Bellevue, Sound Transit honored for planning housing in BelRed

A Regional Coalition of Housing (ARCH) recognized the City of Bellevue and Sound Transit Thursday for their efforts to create a transit-oriented community with affordable housing in Bellevue's BelRed area

Cleanup will help Everett bay’s environment, shipping

The Port of Everett wants to dig contaminated sediments out of Port Gardner Bay to help further develop one of the West Coast’s busiest deep-water seaports. The work would improve the local environment, Puget Sound and navigational access to the port’s Pacific Terminal

Kilmer Urges Communities in the 6th District to Apply for Transportation Grants

Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) urged transportation agencies in Washington’s 6th Congressional District to apply for a new round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grants. First established in 2009, TIGER funds local rail, road, and port projects with national significance.

Washington State University and Gonzaga Students Awarded EPA Grants for Innovative Sustainability Projects

Student teams at Washington State University, in Pullman and Gonzaga University, in Spokane will receive the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest People, Prosperity and Planet grant awards of up to $15,000 to develop sustainability projects to improve energy conservation and wildfire resistance. The WSU and Gonzaga student teams are among 38 winning teams across the U.S. to compete and win the “P3” sustainability grants.

Seattle announces new funding for affordable housing near transit

The idea for the REDI fund emerged from a 3-year regional planning effort, Growing Transit Communities, which concluded in 2013. The City Council authorized the $1 million in the 2015 budget and asked the Mayor and the Office of Housing to develop a Regional Compact with King County, the State of Washington, and other regional public and private partners to govern expenditure of the fund.


A joint press conference by Volunteers of America (VOA) Northern Nevada, the City of Reno, and Washoe County will take place outside the Men’s Shelter on the Community Assistance Center (CAC) campus

At a critical time for fish, region maintains 14% water reduction

While we wait for the fall rains to come in earnest, it remains important for people to reduce their water use. Everett, Seattle and Tacoma continue to ask their customers to reduce water use by 10 percent so that we have enough for people and fish now and later in the year

Seattle Continues to Focus on Energy Efficiency of Buildings

Today, the City of Seattle released two reports that track the energy performance and efficiency of public and private-sector buildings, as well as a new online tool that allows building owners to compare the efficiency of their facilities with local and national benchmarks.

Wildfire victims offered quicker access to housing

People displaced by the wildfires in the 11 counties and four tribal areas noted below, and who earn less than 60% of area median income, can now skip several time-consuming steps when applying for emergency housing in taxcredit apartments in Washington State. They can remain in the housing through December 21 before having to reapply and meet the normal requirements.

Repair Crews Responding to Outages Affecting About 46,000 Homes & Businesses

As of 5:30 p.m., crews had restored power to approximately 12,000 customers, down from the peak of 58,000, when strong winds hit early Saturday afternoon. There are numerous trees down in the region. Large outages are affecting North Seattle, Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline.

Councilmember Sawant Calls for Accurate Accounting of Net Affordable Housing Units Resulting from HALA...

Councilmember Kshama Sawant has requested that the Department of Planning and Development and the Office of Housing provide the City Council with an accurate accounting of the number of affordable housing units expected to result from the HALA committee's recommendations.

Newhouse Applauds Natural Resources Committee Approval of Drought Bill to Streamline Surface Water Storage...

Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) issued the following statement after the House Natural Resources Committee voted in a business meeting to approve theWestern Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, which includes legislation he introduced earlier this year, the Bureau of Reclamation Surface Water Storage Streamlining Act.

Seattle City Light’s Self-Healing Power Lines Are Online

Seattle City Light has completed installation in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park of automated switching technology that is designed to speed the restoration of service when a power line is damaged.

Conservation program highlights river properties with public tours

Three upcoming events offer opportunities to enjoy river-based conservation properties and celebrate Legacy Lands’ 30th anniversary in Clark County. Anniversary activities for July include a volunteer effort and tours.

Expanded Metro bus service will help relieve overcrowding in Seattle

King County Metro on Saturday will begin providing additional transit service that will reduce overcrowding, In Seattle, where voters approved Proposition 1 in November, there will be an additional 110,000 hours of bus service on 53 routes, followed by another 113,000 hours in September. In Burien and Mercer Island, new flexible shuttle service will meet the specific needs of local communities.

Murray Applauds New Federal Housing Vouchers for Homeless Veterans in Washington State

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of both the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development and the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, applauded Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro’s announcement of new resources to help homeless veterans secure stable housing. Washington state will receive 240 housing vouchers that will be distributed among thirteen different housing authorities across the state.

Reps. Reichert, Yarmuth Introduce the Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act

Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-8) and Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) introduced H.R. 1779, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA). This legislation will reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act—currently the only federal program targeted solely to help runaway youth—and also add new protections for youth victims of human trafficking or sexual exploitation

Commission on Aging to focus on universal design ̶ age-friendly housing techniques for remodeling...

Age-friendly housing will be the topic of a Tuesday, Feb. 17, meeting of the Commission on Aging.

Four new housing projects financed throughout state

Four new developments will add affordable housing across the state, thanks to almost $29 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits allocated yesterday by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission.


KCHA spearheads successful effort to preserve nine subdized apartment complexes in...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - December 3, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- When a portfolio of nine privately owned Section 8-assisted housing complexes located in five counties scattered across Washington state was offered for sale last spring, the King County Housing Authority spearheaded a collaborative effort to purchase it. The housing authorities of Bremerton, Grays Harbor County, Yakima, and Chelan County and the City of Wenatchee participated in assuring the preservation of a total of 337 homes within the various communities.


Calmwater Capital Originates $7.6 Million Loan for WSU Student Housing

Calmwater Capital, a leading national direct real estate lender, has provided $7.6 million in senior debt to Nelson Brothers Professional Real Estate, LLC to acquire and upgrade a student housing complex near Washington State University. The 184-bed property, known as College Crest Apartments, is located at 1555 NE Merman Drive in Pullman, Washington.