Alliance is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Whittier Alliance, Whittier’s neighborhood organization, to bring to life a new development at 2116 Nicollet Ave! The building will include low-barrier affordable housing, community meeting and event space, and office space for both Alliance and the Whittier Alliance.
After acquiring the vacant site in the spring of 2021, Whittier Alliance set out to determine how the space could be developed to best serve the community. And who better to ask then the community? Whittier Alliance spent the summer of 2022 conducting outreach to determine the needs and desires of the Whittier community, specifically focusing on residents who live within four blocks of 2116 Nicollet. Environmental sustainability and affordable residential space ranked at the top of people’s desires. With the knowledge that Alliance’s mission statement and values aligned with both the goals of Whittier Alliance and the goals of the community, we submitted a proposal to partner with Whittier Alliance and were selected as their partner.
Our building is designed specifically with our community in mind. It will include a mix of affordable single room occupancy units, efficiency units, and one-bedrooms. The first floor will feature community meeting space and both the Whittier Alliance and Alliance Housing offices.
Officing in the same building as our tenants will tell the story of our mission. Sharing space with our residents will allow staff, visitors, and residents to connect around our shared goal of inclusive, affordable, relational, and flexible housing. Every day, we will be able to see our mission and values in action. Sharing an office with Whittier Alliance is not only an eco-friendly office solution, but we will also be better able to collaborate with each other.
We’ll share updates over the coming months as we apply for funding, finalize building plans and begin construction. This marks the exciting start of a new chapter for Alliance!