The Samish Indian Nation is planning to construct its first village housing project on its 2-acre parcel at 2109 34th Street in Anacortes.
The Samish Indian Nation will retain ownership of the parcel; it will not be subdivided. The development will be managed by the Tribe through an on-site manager.
Samish’s goal is to achieve a blended and mixed-income community for its elderly and disabled tribal citizens. Half of the cottages will be subsidized and half of the units will be rented at market rates. All units will be ADA ready or adaptable.
At a Glance
The development is still being designed and parameters may change, but at the current stage of design, the housing development will consist of:
- 14 two-bedroom cottages
- approximately 1000 sf living space
- 300 sf carport with parking in front
- 1000 sf community building with playground for use by residents
Consistent with the Anacortes’s cottage housing regulations, the cottages will be clustered around common open spaces with front porches facing the open space. We’ll also build:
- Central multi-modal access road (aka “a woonerf”) that extends east from 34th Street
- Upgrades to 34th Street to city specifications (curb, gutter, sidewalk, street parking)
- Split-rail fence around wetland buffer on south property line with a sight-obscuring fence around remainder of parcel
- Preserve mature trees on east side of parcel
The following site plan is still in development but current as of February 20, 2020:
Parking and Street Improvements
The project, which will be permitted under City of Anacortes code, includes onsite resident and guest parking that meets Anacortes code requirements.
The project will include a central multi-modal access lane ( “woonerf”) from 34th Street eastward and a hammerhead turnaround for garbage trucks and emergency vehicles at the far east side of the property.
Pavement and sidewalks along 34th Street between the project and D Avenue will be installed, per City requirements, as part of the project.
Each cottage will be built on-site with a focus on longevity and environmental sensitivity. They’ll include:
- Durable building materials (e.g., cement board)
- LED, dark-sky-compliant lighting
- Heat pump heating and cooling
- No natural gas
- Food/yard waste bins
- Native plantings, tree retention, wetland buffer enhancement
The grounds and landscaping will be maintained by the Tribe, not residents. The tribe is also studying options and feasibility of transit for residents and others to groceries and medical services.
The project was reviewed through an Environmental Assessment under the National Environmental Policy Act published October 18, 2019. A Category IV wetland on the south border of the property will be protected with a native planted buffer and a split-rail fence. Stormwater will be managed per Anacortes and Department of Ecology requirements. Existing mature trees will be preserved along the east side of the property to comply with Anacortes tree retention requirements.
Design is continuing. Site work is expected in fall 2020. Housing construction and occupation will occur during 2021.
- Design work continues
- Applying for city permits next
- Site work fall 2020
- Construction in early 2021
- Occupation by end of 2021
For More Information
Leslie Eastwood, Samish Indian Nation General Manager
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