Chuck Austin Place

Yakima, WA

Chuck Austin was a local idolized veteran from Yakima. He was a Marine who served in WWII, Korea, the Vietnam War, and was very active in the Yakima community through the local VFW Chapter. Chuck Austin Place was named in his honor, and he attended the ground-breaking in 2019. The site is an adaptive reuse of the existing Armory building which was donated to the Yakima Housing Authority by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Chuck Austin Place consists of 41 apartments – including 14 studios, 17 one- and 10 two-bedroom units. Twenty-seven of the units are new construction flats along 16th Avenue and fit into the existing residential neighborhoods on the north and east street fronts. These new construction buildings frame the existing Armory building which houses the remaining 14 furnished studio apartments located in the west wing. The remaining 12,000 SF of the existing building was designed for service providers and common space for residents. Service providers are on site to support them, as well as non-resident veterans who come there seeking help.  A number of the units are set aside for emergency support for homeless vets. The site also features a laundry, lounge, walking path, dog park, community garden and parking.

Client: Yakima Veterans Housing LLLP
Architect: SMR Architects