The Lyon building, under the
ownership of King County Metro, had been used as class C office space.
The building was purchased in a competitive process from Metro by AIDs
Housing of Washington (AHW). In changing the use of the building from
commercial to housing, the offices were renovated and redeveloped into
a 65-unit independent housing facility for a population with multiple
disabilities, including AIDS.
Betsy Lieberman of AHW, the owner and developer of the property, hired
Lorig Associates to provide development expertise for the project.
Maria Barrientos served as the Project Manager, providing a full range
of services for AHW, including procurement of the building and securing
funds from public and private sources. Maria assisted with the
selection and management of the architect and contractor and managed
the design, permitting, zoning and construction of the project. The
majority of the project was financed by a combination of low income
& historic tax credits, along with a funding grant from the
city of Seattlešs DHHS.