Construction has begun on the 686-unit Solera, a mixed-use/mixed-income development in Renton’s Sunset neighborhood.
The master plan includes 590 mixed-income apartments, 96 fee simple townhomes, and more than 30,000 square feet of commercial space in two buildings.
“While other developers had failed to find a workable fit for the large 11-acre parcel, affordable family housing developer DevCo made its vision for affordable- and workforce-housing pencil out, with a number of larger 4-bedroom units,” according to an announcement on the project’s groundbreaking. “The city’s desire to balance the mix with smaller market-rate units created a design challenge for Architect Tiscareno Associates, demanding extra resourcefulness in building shape and unit design.”
Tiscareno designed a large underground parking structure and hid above-ground parking on the inside of wraparound structures to balance the extra parking needed for mixed-use affordable housing with zoning regulations on parking. The project also includes an indoor basketball court, work-from-home space, and commercial daycare facility.
The project — roughly bounded by Northeast Sunset Boulevard, Northeast 10th Street, Northeast 12 Street/Kirkland Avenue Northeast, and Harrington Place Northeast — is targeted for a summer 2024 opening, according to the Solera website.