Chuck Austin Place

Yakima, WA

This mixed-use project included the remodel of a former US Marine Corps Reserve Center plus new construction of five apartment buildings, transforming this former military armory into forty-one affordable housing apartments for aging and homeless veterans. The reserve center was divided into two areas with one wing converted into apartments, and the remaining portion remodeled into support service offices and health/dental services for veterans. A percentage of the units are set aside for emergency support for homeless veterans. A memorial was erected on the site to honor our American Veterans, as well as for Chuck Austin, for whom the center was named. Chuck Austin was a local Marine Veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The multi-war veteran attended the ground-breaking ceremony in 2019.

Client: Yakima Veterans Housing LLLP
Architect: SMR Architects