Affordable housing on its way to Sammamish

Not long and those who work in Sammamish but can't afford to live in the city will have an opportunity to develop roots on the Plateau.

Those who work in Sammamish, but can’t afford to live in the city, soon will have an opportunity to develop roots on the Plateau. The city of Sammamish donated a 1.5 acre parcel of land in the 200 block of 228th Avenue Southeast to Habitat for Humanity.

“This project will make it possible families to live where they work — people like our school teachers and hairdressers,” said Tom Granger, senior vice president of programs and operations at Habitat.

Habitat members publicly thanked the city of Sammamish on July 15 for its donation, which is the old location of city’s maintenance and operations shop.

It’s anticipated that the site will house between eight and 12 affordable units. While they haven’t been designed yet, Granger said the homes could come in the form of cottage style or duplexes.

“We envision that this project that will have similar product to what is developed in the Issaquah Highlands where we built five units,” Granger said.

Sammamish City Manager Ben Yazici is positive the new homes will be the perfect fit.”We’re very pleased to be partnering with Habitat,” he said. “Providing affordable housing in Sammamish is really important, so we wanted a partner with a great track record and the ability to deliver a quality housing product that would match the character of our community.”

Kirk Utzinger, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County, also released a written statement on beginning development in Sammamish.

“We are extremely grateful to the city of Sammamish for their genuine commitment to provide more affordable home ownership opportunities in their community,” he wrote. “This land donation will allow us to build safe, healthy and sustainable homes for hard-working, low-income families.”

Granger said he isn’t sure when the project will break ground as it is waiting on necessary amount of public funding.

Habitat, which relies primarily on volunteer labor, has built more than 100 homes in Eastside communities, selling them at cost to working families.