About the 34th Street Xwch’ángteng Housing Project
The Samish Indian Nation is constructing 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. The development will be managed by the Tribe through an on-site manager.
Samish’s goal is to achieve a community for its elderly, disabled, and low-income citizens. All 14 of the units will be affordable per federal definitions. All units will be ADA-ready or adaptable.
At a Glance
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 second-floor apartment for the on-site manager
- 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
- Preservation of mature trees on south side of parcel
Parking and Street Improvements
The project, which is permitted under City of Anacortes code, includes onsite resident and guest parking that meets Anacortes code requirements.
The project includes 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 Samish Indian Nation, not residents. Samish 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.
- Neighborhood Meeting February 20, 2020
- Applied for City of Anacortes site plan review August 10, 2020 (link to City of Anacortes permit file)
- City of Anacortes approved site plan application March 17, 2021
- Site work expected to begin summer 2022
- Construction in late 2022 into 2023
- Occupation mid to late 2023