The Rainier Court project is a mixed-use development at approximately 3700 Rainier Avenue South, just north of the Rainier Valley Square shopping center. The first two phases of this four-phase project were completed approximately 2005 (see The Dakota and Courtland Place). The goal of the project is to reclaim 7 acres of underutilized land and construct a marquee development that symbolizes progress and provides quality commercial space, affordable housing, pedestrian activity, and density for this community.
Rainier Court Phase III is located at 3605 – 33rd Avenue South, immediately north of The Dakota. In May 2012, SEED broke ground on this phase of the project with a soil remediation project. The site has a history of industrial use, paint storage, vehicle maintenance and illegal dumping. The area was determined by WA Dept. of Ecology to be a "Brownfields Site" as a result, which means that it is contaminated with hazardous materials that must first be cleaned up before construction can begin. SEED will use over a half-million in funds from the Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund to complete the clean up.
Once that project is completed, SEED plans to redevlop the site into affordable senior housing with 70 apartments and townhomes. Construction is anticipated to begin in winter of 2013 and completed by the end of 2013. Total estimaed cost of the project is $13.7 million. Clean up and construction will create approximately 145 jobs. The complex, once completed, will have 5 permanent jobs.
Rainier Court Phase IV is located between 34th and 35th Avenues South immediately east of the Dakota. SEED installed a new water main in 35th Ave. to support this project. SEED is currently looking at development opportunities for apartments on 34th Avenue South and townhomes on 35th Avenue South. A pocket park adjacent to the Spokane Street right of way on the northern portion of the project was completed in June of 2011.
For more information about the Rainier Court project, contact: Kim Calander (206) 760-4266