CASA Latina moved into the neighborhood just over one year ago, after remodeling and older office building at 17th & Jackson. Now the day-laborer social service organization is planning a big expansion with a new 3-story building that will fill in the vacant lot to the west of their current location.
Here’s how Casa Latina Executive Director Hilary Stern described the project in an email to neighbors around them:
I wanted to let you know that Casa Latina is about to go through the Early Design Review process for our second building and welcomes feedback from the neighbors. You saw our plans for the project during the Good Neighbor Agreement process. Our current plans are basically the same, but we have made a few changes that we hope will make our building even better integrated into the neighborhood. The Department of Planning and Development just sent out a written notice to everyone within 300 feet of our building to invite them to a public meeting on April 27 as part of our Early Design Review. At that meeting, neighbors will have the opportunity to comment on the architectural features of the building design—such as height, bulk, scale, and street presence– and how it fits into neighborhood. The meeting will be on April 27 at 6:30 pm at Wellspring Foundation building which is located at 1900 Rainier Ave S. I wanted to tell you this personally because I know that you are interested in making sure that our building is well integrated into the neighborhood.