That's a view looking northwest from the top floor of the Mount Baker Artspace artist housing project under construction on Rainier Avenue where Firestone used to be. I toured it yesterday. The top three floors are 56 units of low-income artist housing ranging from 700 to 1,300 square feet, studio to three-bedroom. The bottom floor is for commercial and shared spaces. Rebecca Morton, project manager (and herself a poet), said it she feels she has 7 or 8 "serious tenants" of 12 commercial spots, but no leases have been signed yet. (Artspace prefers small, new, and creative businesses.)
Construction is scheduled to be finished in or by June.
For low-income artists looking for housing: Artspace's plan is to release and take applications in early 2014.
Email Morton for information, or to be put on the interest list. Those on the interest list receive announcements and reminders about the timeline for applying (including upcoming workshops on how to fill out applications), but no other advantage—there is no "waiting list." The ultimate selection process is first-come, first-served, Morton said. I'm planning to find out more about the thinking behind that and the plans in the coming days. Stay tuned.