Community Investments

Transforming the built environment has been a central strategy in DNDA’s mission to create a thriving Delridge.  Over the years since its inception, DNDA has partnered to develop and preserve a number of projects that:

  • Create pride and a sense of place
  • Spur new investment and economic opportunities
  • Expand the range of goods and services available to neighborhood residents
  • Prevent displacement resulting from gentrification
  • Preserve neighborhood diversity through a range of housing options
  • Create vibrant public places that build community
DNDA continues to own and/or operate many of these properties.

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Brandon Court
Brandon Court was the first affordable housing project completed by DNDA and included 17 townhouse condominiums for sale to first time homebuyers on top of 4,500 square feet of commercial space. DNDA provided down payment assistance to four of the buyers who would not have been able to purchase their first home without it.  It is located on the corner of Delridge Way SW and Brandon.  There are three commercial spaces on the ground floor and owner occupied condo units above.  These units were sold to first time homeowners, and included down payment assistance to ensure the original owners were low income.  DNDA owns all of the commercial units.
Vivian McLean Place
Named for one of DNDA’s founders and a 50 year Delridge activist, Vivian McLean Place was built along with the Delridge Branch of the Seattle Public Library in 2002. Nineteen affordable apartments above a neighborhood library is a great place for families to live. And Library staff provide homework help too!
Croft Place Townhomes
Croft Place is more than quality, affordable housing. Its design encourages community building among residents through support programs, a central courtyard and play space and a 1,600 sq. ft. community building. In a society that often sees environmental sensitivity and open space preservation as unaffordable luxuries, Croft Place stands out as a model of sustainability, built to high standards of energy and water efficiency, air quality and materials. It provides 21 large families with quality, community-oriented housing. Seven of the 21 units are reserved for families transitioning from homelessness.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and the Cooper Artist Housing
The dynamic Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in the renovated historic Frank B. Cooper School provides 36 affordable live/work studios for rent to artists of all disciplines. The ground floor houses the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center which provides arts programming focusing on youth and the many cultures of the surrounding Delridge community.
One Community Commons
The One Community Commons located above the food bank offers 34 units of family housing. Seven of the units are for families transitioning from homelessness and five units are reserved for developmentally disabled.
West Seattle Food Bank & Community Resource Center
The new West Seattle Food Bank & Community Resource Center (located on the ground floor) will offer hope along with resources to build self-esteem and personal security, while reconnecting families to support networks. As the hub of a community of social services, the Food Bank and its partners will encourage and assist clients as they take an active role in their journey towards empowerment and self-sufficiency.
Centerwood, Delridge Heights, Holden Manor
As part of an acquisition and rehabilitation project in 2002, DNDA received funding from the City of Seattle and State of Washington to purchase three apartment buildings in Delridge. The apartments are now fully refurbished and provide affordable housing to families. Centerwood features 12 units; Delridge Heights features 10 units and Holden Manor features 10 units.