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Case Study Creativity & Collaboration with Habitat for Humanity

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The Challenge

The challenge of this project was to devise a way to split an existing unit lot containing two separate single-family structures into two fee-simple unit lots without compromising the original subdivision and the other eight residential unit lots.

We had to avoid triggering a formal subdivision and needed a fee-simple lot for each unit to allow Habitat For Humanity to secure financing options to maintain these affordable units and expand their portfolio.

We collaborated with Habitat For Humanity and the city of Seattle to create a second-unit lot subdivision of the original site. This allowed us to further subdivide this site without triggering formal subdivision requirements.

The city approved and facilitated the recording of this project in less than six months. It was completed despite a limited budget and ahead of projected schedules, allowing Habitat For Humanity to complete and move forward with new projects.

The Results

  • Required out-of-the-box thinking not clearly outlined in the regulatory process
  • Capitalized on extensive relationships Terrane has with city permitting department to ensure collaboration and success
  • Timely completion helped further Habitat For Humanity’s mission to provide affordable housing options for underserved residents

The success of this project relied on extensive experience and understanding of the various regulatory requirements, as well as close coordination with the city enabled by many years of relationship building and collaboration with the city reviewers.

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