HUD EnVision Center Slated for Skyway Neighborhood
Forthcoming Skyway Resource Center is being supported by Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, King County Housing Authority & U.S. Bank
Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP), King County Housing Authority (KCHA) and U.S. Bank announced today a new partnership that will bring a HUD EnVision Center to West Hill’s Skyway community.
The forthcoming Skyway Resource Center will be located at 12610 76th Ave S. and will be a multi-service resource hub providing access to economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character leadership services in the Skyway community – an unincorporated section of King County with limited resources. It will replace an existing mobile resource center launched by RIZP last fall to help fill the void of services available to Skyway residents, which were especially needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Bank has donated the land and 4,568 square-foot building to KCHA, who will serve as the fiscal agent for the property and oversee building improvements leveraging capital grant funding from the state, with an intent to fully transition the property to a local community organization within the next three years. In the interim, RIZP will facilitate the community design aspect of the project, as well as recruiting and support for potential anchor tenants at the center. The center is slated to open in 2023.
“Not only is this a huge win for our neighborhood and something tangible that our community will feel, but this donation represents the beginning of a community-owned development the people of Skyway have wanted and advocated for over the years,” said Ryan Quigtar, RIZP executive director.
For Quigtar, this project is also very personal. He grew up in the Skyway community and wrote a business plan for a youth center in Skyway back in 2012 while attending college at the University of Miami in Florida.
“Place-based community services are desperately needed in Skyway,” said Stephen Norman, KCHA executive director. “For too long, Skyway has not received sufficient public and private investment, and that has slowed the development of economic opportunities and the provision of needed community services. We are excited to work with the Skyway community and King County to reverse this trend and assist in the development of a new community asset that will provide additional tools and resources to help residents to move ahead.”