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Built by Blue Sound Construction, designed by MaKe Design, photos by Alex Hayden
  • Lower Queen Anne Upzone Approval Doubles Heights in Some Areas

    Posted on Oct 10, 2017 in:
    • Industry News
    • Advocacy
    The Seattle City Council on Monday, October 2, approved an upzone to allow taller buildings in the Uptown neighborhood of Seattle, known to most as lower Queen Anne. It’s the latest area in a series of upzoning approvals, following the University District, downtown and South Lake Union, Chinatown International District, and certain spots in the Central District.
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  • Shannon's 60: Shannon's Goodbye

    Posted on Oct 9, 2017 in:
    • Video
    • MBAKS News
    This is our final Shannon's 60, as Shannon Affholter is leaving the MBA after four great years.
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  • PRESS RELEASE: 10-Point Action Plan to Fight the Housing Affordability Crisis in the Puget Sound Region to be Announced at 2017 Housing Summit

    Posted on Oct 5, 2017 in:
    • Events
    • Advocacy
    • Press Releases
    • MBAKS News
    Bellevue, Wash—October 4, 2017—The Puget Sound area's housing market is in crisis. The demand for housing in our region continues to significantly outpace residential housing supply, making it difficult to purchase reasonably priced homes near job centers. In response, the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBAKS) has identified a 10-point action plan to help provide attainable housing for our growing population.
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  • October 2017 Builder’s Bulletin

    Posted on Sep 26, 2017 in:
    • Builder's Bulletin
    Looking at the three-county Seattle Metro Area, Pierce is the only county to see permit activity rise through July 31 of this year, compared to the same period last year. The latest permit data from the U.S. Census Bureau show single family permits rose 13 percent and multifamily permits doubled in Pierce County.
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  • EDITORIAL: A moratorium is not the answer to our housing affordability crisis

    Posted on Sep 21, 2017 in:
    • Advocacy
    • Industry News
    • MBAKS News
    Over the past 18 months, five King County cities have adopted a building moratorium, temporarily putting the brakes on new home construction. While a moratorium is legal, it does not mean it is good policy. At a time when demand for housing is far outpacing housing supply, which drives up both home prices and rents and makes housing less attainable, building moratoria certainly are not good for housing.
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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer