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Zella Apartments Zella Apartments is located at 429 Second Ave. West in the lower Queen Anne neighborhood.

SEATTLE—While construction on the Zella Apartments began two years prior to adoption of the city’s mandatory housing affordability legislation, Pastakia + Associates voluntarily rezoned to allow increased height and density while adding units to support housing affordability. In addition to using the multifamily tax exemption program to add units at 80% area median income, the project voluntarily added eight additional units at 60% area median income prior to the mandatory affordability requirements. In total, more than a quarter of the building’s homes are affordable to tenants earning 60 to 80% of area median income through the multifamily tax exception program and Seattle’s Housing and Livability Agenda program.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of GlobeSt.com. She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at MMI. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

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