by Yordanos Teferi
The Multicultural Community Coalition (MCC) and numerous partners have worked tirelessly to steward community priorities at the Opportunity Center at Othello Square, once slated for completion in 2023. The Opportunity Center aimed to anchor several community-based organizations serving thousands of immigrants and refugees, co-located STEM education, entrepreneurial business resources, affordable retail space, and mixed-income and affordable housing. We garnered support from all levels of government and the philanthropic community and devoted substantial human and social capital to the project for over a decade because our communities face grave displacement and underinvestment from neighborhoods that they helped build and shape.
Yet, despite over 10 years of community visioning, commitments from multiple City of Seattle departments, and millions of dollars in public and private investment, we are no closer to the Opportunity Center breaking ground.
While the Opportunity Center was identified as one of the City’s Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) demonstration projects and its community priorities were codified in the City’s Equitable Development Implementation Plan and the Othello Neighborhood Plan Update, it is hardly closer to becoming a reality than when our state and local elected officials rallied around it in 2015.
Continue reading OPINION: Othello Neighborhood Deserves Accountability for Long-Awaited Opportunity Center
by Ashley Archibald
An affordable housing developer got a reprieve as the minutes ticked down toward its deadline to move forward with plans for a mixed-use building as part of an ambitious four-building complex near the Othello Link light rail station in South Seattle.
HomeSight leaders are expected to send a new proposal for Building A of the Othello Square campus project — which includes the Opportunity Center with more than 200 units of affordable housing above it — for a vote at its board meeting this week. If approved, the developer will receive a 90-day extension to purchase the Building A property for the development from the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). The original deadline to buy the parcel was Jan. 15, but SHA granted an extension, and HomeSight’s board is expected to consider the proposal on Thursday, Feb. 11.
Continue reading Opportunity Center and Affordable Housing Near Othello Station in Flux Over Cleanup Concerns
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Black and Indigenous People’s Artist Residencies
From the source (Seattle Print Arts and Editions Studio):
Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS GLEAMS: Black and Indigenous People’s Artist Residencies, WOC in WA State Politics Fireside Chat, & More …
Seattle Print Arts in partnership with Editions is offering year-long residencies to three artists, which will provide access for Black and Indigenous artists to create artists’ books, broadsides, posters, and other works on paper at Editions in Seattle, WA.
by Ben Adlin
A new program to convert Seattle streets into open-air café spaces will expand to the Othello neighborhood this weekend, with organizers closing a dead-end road to vehicle traffic and setting up patio-style seating for the community. It’s the latest example of how the city is rethinking its use of public space amid an ongoing pandemic. Continue reading Outdoor Dining Expands to Othello on Saturday Under SDOT Pilot Program
by Susan Fried (words and photos)
The cars started lining up in the New Holly Campus Parking lot a half-hour before the 2020 Othello International Festival in a Box was to start on Friday afternoon. The event was scheduled to begin at 4 pm and go until 8 pm, but in less than an hour all 150 boxes had been given away.
Continue reading Othello International Festival A“Box-Sized” Gift This Year
by Rosalind Brazel
With the success under their belt of Café Pettirosso and Bang Bang Café, the sister team of Miki and Yuki Sodos have launched into a new venture in South Seattle. Bang Bang Kitchen on 4219 S Othello, offers a menu similar to Bang Bang Café, but the stepped-up kitchen design has helped them expand the menu considerably. Continue reading Bang Bang Kitchen: Three Times the Charm for a Successful Sister Duo
by Emerald Staff
The Othello Block Party celebrated arts, culture, music, entrepreneurship, and community Saturday at Othello Station. The event was sponsored by the MLK Business Association, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, South Seattle Emerald, Homesight, OnBoard Othello, UW Commons, Office of Arts & Culture, Assembly 118, and The Grocery, and was coordinated by Cafe Red and Artist Coalition for Equitable Development.
Continue reading PHOTO ESSAY: Othello Block Party Uses Arts, Music, Merchants to Build Connections in South Seattle