On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Van Ness Feldman's Duncan Greene
and Ray Liaw
successfully secured a $23.3 million dollar deal for Africatown Community Land Trust,
a land trust that aims to help the local black community thrive culturally and economically through securing property in historically black neighborhoods.
The innovative land deal will turn the “most controversial block in Seattle” into a community-owned property that will provide affordable housing, a community gathering space, and room for local businesses.
The historic and innovative partnership is being cheered as a significant mark for inclusion and affordability in Seattle’s rapidly-changing Central District, which counts painter Jacob Lawrence; the musicians Jimi Hendrix, Ernestine Anderson, Ray Charles, and Quincy Jones; Dr. Blanche Lavizzo, Washington’s first female African-American pediatrician; and the slain education advocate and civil-rights activist Edwin Pratt as former residents.
When completed, the project will be one of the biggest affordable housing developments in the city.
Click here for more information on the project.