The idea of mixed-use development isn’t new. But today Amazon announced that a new building it plans to construct in Seattle will feature a decidedly uncommon mix: its own high-tech offices, and a homeless shelter with space for 65 families.
The company said it will donate more than 47,000 square feet of space, or about half of the new six-story building, to Mary’s Place, which operates several family shelters.
Last year, Amazon invited Mary’s Place to set up a shelter inside a former Travelodge it owns. That building will be torn down, but its replacement will include a permanent shelter space with room for about 200 homeless women, children, and families.