New Partnership With Holland Partner Group Announced

SEATTLE—An innovative new partnership between Cornish College of the Arts, Recovery Café, and Holland Partner Group will breathe new life into an underdeveloped corner of Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhood. Holland will build a new mixed-use,multi-story residential tower that will include new administrative office space for Recovery Café and the opportunity for educational space for Cornish College of the Arts.

The Cornish College Board of Trustees made a strategic decision in the early 2000s to make South Lake Union its primary campus; and in September 2015, the high-rise residence hall Cornish Commons opened at the corner of Terry Avenue and Lenora Street. After seven successful years in Belltown, Recovery Café moved to its permanent home at the edge of the Denny Triangle and South Lake Union in 2010.

“What I find really exciting about this unique partnership is the opportunity to bring together an established arts college community with a private residential developer and an award-winning human services nonprofit,” said Chris Kevorkian, Interim President at Cornish College of the Arts. “Now more than ever, artists create work that directly addresses the needs of our society and our community. We look forward to exploring the possibility of educating the next generation of Artist-Citizen-Innovators in this exciting new addition to our neighborhood.” 

David Coffey, Recovery Café Executive Director, shared, “We are thrilled by this opportunity to provide needed space for us to support our growing Recovery Café Network. We are teaching communities all over the country about providing Recovery Café’s compassionate and effective response to best serve those struggling with substance use and/or other mental health disorders. We believe this is a great next step in our work to transform the lives of women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.”

The new development is sited on three adjacent parking lots at the corner of Boren Avenue and Lenora Street sold by Cornish College of the Arts, Bellwether Housing, and Recovery Café. Bellwether Housing intends to leverage their proceeds of the sale to generate hundreds of affordable rental homes in other sites near job centers, transit, and good schools. Completion of the Holland project is tentatively scheduled for January 2021.