The Yakima Housing Authority will break ground on a new veterans housing development at the former Yakima Armory site Wednesday.
The development at 1702 Tahoma Ave. will have 27 one- and two-bedroom units and 14 studio apartments for homeless and low-income veterans. The housing complex also will have a space for medical and other service providers. Construction starts this month and is expected to be completed by June 2020.
The groundbreaking, which is open to the public, is from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at 1630 S. 16th Ave. Several U.S. and state government officials are scheduled to attend.
The project has been in the works since 2016. The Yakima Housing Authority has dealt with the challenge of finding housing that accepts voucher payments from the federal Housing of Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supporting Housing, or VASH, program. This housing development would supply additional housing that would take the VASH vouchers.
The former armory was donated to the Yakima Housing Authority in 2017 when it became federal surplus property. That same year, federal officials approved the project, but the Yakima Housing Authority had to secure funding and conduct an environmental review before it could start construction.
The $17 million effort was funded by several public and public organizations including the state Housing Finance Commission, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, the state Department of Commerce, the Housing Trust Fund, city of Yakima, Federal Home Loan Bank, Banner Bank, Enterprise Housing Credit and Impact Capital. A rooftop solar panel installation at the development is funded through a grant from Pacific Power’s Blue Sky fund.