By Patrick Taylor, The Urbanist,
Published on July 24th, 2018
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A few months back The Urbanist wrote about The M, the first new highrise proposed for the U District since the upzone was approved. In the next few month at least three more proposed highrises will come before the city’s Design Review Board, proving the upzone is working and that The M was not a one off, but the start of a trend. The combined projects will add over 500 units of housing, over 100 hotel rooms, and retail spaces a short walk of both the UW and the future U District Link station. They’ll also either pay or provide for many units of affordable housing; add green space to the neighborhood; and displace nothing more than surface parking and some old lowrise commercial buildings. Both are testaments to the success of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) upzone that tied greater height allowances to affordable housing requirements and signs of what is to come.