Skyway Resource Center Breaks Ground
Community-led development of HUD EnVision Center in Skyway neighborhood is being supported by Renton Innovation Zone Partnership, King County Housing Authority & U.S. Bank
SEATTLE (January 19, 2024)– Ten years after an inclusive Community Center Visioning Process and after years of local engagement in comprehensive planning, on Jan. 18, West Hill’s Skyway community celebrated the Skyway Resource Center’s groundbreaking.
“This is a huge, tangible win for our neighborhood and is a truly a community-owned development,” said Ryan Quigtar, Executive Director of Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP).
This new facility – designated a HUD EnVision Center– will be a multi-service resource hub providing access to economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character-leadership services in the Skyway community – an unincorporated section of King County with limited resources. The Skyway Resource Center will occupy land and a 4,568 square-foot building donated by U.S. Bank in 2021. It will replace an existing mobile resource center launched by RIZP in 2020 to help fill the void of services available to Skyway residents.
This project is personal for Quigtar, who grew up in the Skyway community and wrote a business plan for a youth center in Skyway back in 2012 while attending college at the University of Miami in Florida.
“This will be a welcoming space that helps everyone in our community thrive,” Quigtar said. “In addition to the many other benefits the Skyway Resource Center will bring, it will help young people with their homework, help them find a job, help them make new friends. For youth to understand they have options is super powerful.”
King County Housing Authority (KCHA) is serving as a steward of the project and is providing technical support to the community organizations leading the project’s development. KCHA is also serving as the property’s fiscal agent and overseeing building improvements.
“We are all about helping improve and grow communities that haven’t had the services and investments other communities have,” said KCHA CEO Robin Walls. “It’s an honor to support this impressive community effort, which will enhance our housing activities in the area and enrich all Skyway-West Hill residents.”
In addition to donating the property at 12610 76th Ave S., U.S. Bank is providing an ATM, financial support and financial literacy resources to the facility.
“U.S. Bank is proud to be a partner of the Skyway Resource Center, and we’re humbled by the important work that these organizations do to provide resources to the Skyway community,” said Chris Befumo, U.S. Bank Branch Banking Market Leader for Washington. “Acknowledging the incredible efforts from the Renton Innovation Zone Partnership to support this community via their mobile resource center, it’s time that they get a permanent home to continue their mission. At U.S. Bank, we strive to ensure that everyone has access to the tools, resources and networks that allow businesses and communities to thrive. The Skyway Resource Center will play a significant role in delivering exactly that for this community.”
The Skyway Resource Center is expected to open its doors in October 2024, and will house more than a dozen nonprofit, public and community-based organizations providing a comprehensive array of services. The collaboration has been years in development and was ultimately made possible by the generous support of funding partners including King County, the State of Washington, the Ballmer Group, Norcliffe Foundation, Sunderland Foundation, LISC and 4-Culture.
"I'm thrilled to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Skyway Resource Center in our 37th District,” said Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle. “From its start in 2020, responding to COVID-19 challenges, to now having a permanent home, this marks a significant achievement. The Skyway Resource Center's new home symbolizes the strength of our community’s spirit, and I'm confident it will continue to be a vital resource for our neighbors."
To learn more about the Skyway Resource Center, visit http://www.skywayresourcecenter.org/.
About Renton Innovation Zone Partnership
The Renton Innovation Zone Partnership (RIZP) supports students and families at four Title 1 elementary schools within the Renton School District in two diverse neighborhoods, Renton Highlands & unincorporated Skyway/West-Hill. The schools are Bryn Mawr Elementary, Lakeridge Elementary, Campbell Hill Elementary, Highlands Elementary and Dimmitt Middle School. Working as backbone support, the RIZP brings together over 30 community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide a broad level of impact by prioritizing and focusing on the needs of the community in the areas of: Early Learning, Basic Needs, and Middle School Transition.
About King County Housing Authority
KCHA, a mission-driven organization established under state law, assists more than 23,000 households on a daily basis. The Authority, whose service area includes all of King County outside of the cities of Seattle and Renton, administers rental housing assistance, develops and manages affordable housing, provides support services to low-income residents, and works closely with community stakeholders to address local priorities such as ending homelessness, improving educational outcomes for the region’s low-income youth, and assuring that disabled and elderly households can live with dignity.
About U.S. Bancorp
U.S. Bancorp, with more than 70,000 employees and $663 billion in assets as of December 31, 2023, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diversified mix of businesses including consumer banking, business banking, commercial banking, institutional banking, payments and wealth management. U.S. Bancorp has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, community partnerships and customer service, including being named one of the 2023 World’s Most Ethical Companies and Fortune’s most admired superregional bank. To learn more, please visit the U.S. Bancorp website at usbank.com and click on “About Us.”
Renton Innovation Zone Partnership
Jasmine RaeLynn, Director of Communications
King County Housing Authority
Heidi de Laubenfels, Communications
Jake Holtrop, U.S. Bank Communications Manager
Attendees visit the Skyway Resource Center's Groundbreaking Ceremony.
(Photo courtesy of Renton Innovation Zone Partnership)