Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts, a new, mixed-use arts facility adjacent to the Mt. Baker Light Rail Station, is Artspace’s third project in Seattle. This Transit Oriented Development (TOD) consists of 57 residential units on three levels above a ground-floor, retail commercial level.
Located adjacent to the Mt. Baker Light Rail Station on Seattle’s Central Link lightrail line, one of the goals of the project is to jump-start the transformation of the Mt. Baker neighborhood from a car-oriented environment (Rainier Avenue is now a busy multi-lane thoroughfare) into an “urban village” whose residents choose walking, biking or riding mass transit over cars. The project has bicycle storage and a reserved car-share parking space, but no parking garage. Artspace envisioned a building with urban agriculture, art galleries, community-based nonprofits, and a café. The commercial spaces will offer an opportunity to engage with creative individuals and organizations representing the neighborhood’s diversity.
More than a thousand artists are on waiting lists for housing at Artspace’s first two Seattle projects, the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts and Artspace Hiawatha Lofts. The Mt. Baker project has helped address that need.