SEATTLE—Inspire at the Russell W. Young Building is nearly 100% leased within six months of opening, according to a joint venture between Shilshole Development and Russell’s Fifth Avenue Inc. This is Seattle’s first multifamily building designed to be carbon positive, meaning it produces more renewable energy on-site than the building consumes. Inspire is also Seattle’s first apartment building to pursue Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program and the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge Energy Petal Certification for net-positive energy buildings, one of the world’s most ambitious green building certifications.

Located in the Fremont neighborhood at 3825 Bridge Way North, the six-floor 42-unit residence with studios and one-bedroom apartments opened in March 2020 the same week Governor Jay Inslee issued the stay-home order for Washington State. Inspire achieved stabilized occupancy in less than six months since the pandemic first hit and is now 97% leased.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of 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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