Early designs, details released for first private Yesler Terrace development... Early design concepts for the project feature a six-story, 120-unit apartment building with roughly 3,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and parking within the building.

Jake McKinstry with Spectrum Development Solutions says the apartments are designed to offer workforce housing in the neighborhood geared towards nurses, teachers, emergency responders and others employed in Seattle's downtown area.

McKinstry says they also plan to devote 25 percent of the units for people earning 80 percent or less of the area median income.

It does not look like an interesting anything, and the chances of it ending up as an interesting something are very slim. But a lack of architectural boldness corresponds with the lack of boldness in how we think about housing. And, as I pointed out in my feature on Yesler Terrace, the way we think about housing is shaped by middle-class values and truths.