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Bloomside, DESC supportive housing in Burien


801 SW 150th St., Burien, 98166
View the location on Google Maps.

The main subject is a building painted black and covered all along one wall with a vibrantly colored four-story high mural of flowers and butterflies. Artwork by Angelina Villalobos; photo courtesy of barry johnson, overall creative.
Mural by Angelina Villalobos, photo courtesy of barry johnson, overall creative

Bloomside (former working name Burien Supportive Housing) is DESC’s first building developed outside of the city of Seattle.

Project updates

May 2024

The building was completed in May 2024, and will begin welcoming tenants in the last week of May.

Angelina Villalobos, an artist from Burien, designed one of the integral final touches of the building, the four-story-tall mural on the building’s west side.

Clare Johnson designed a second, street-level mural to be installed on the north and east sides in late May or early June.

January 2024

The Community Advisory Committee was considering mural proposals, the local preference tenant nomination process was developing and DESC was reviewing applicants for the new site’s project manager role.

August 2023

The apartment building had three stories under construction by August 2023.

Community Advisory Committee began meeting in April 2023

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC), made up of several representatives of the community and DESC staff members, began meeting in April 2023.

Construction begins, January 2023

DESC begins demolition and construction in January 2023.

DESC purchases Burien site, February 2022

February 2022—DESC purchased for $1.9 million property at 801 S.W. 150th St., Burien, for a planned Permanent Supportive Housing project.

King County awards funds, January 2022

January 2022—King County’s Housing Finance Program (HFP) announced that it has awarded DESC Burien over $5.27 million for this project.

DESC applies for building permits, December 2021

DESC Burien has applied for a building permit, following an administrative design review decision by the City of Burien on Dec. 16, 2021.

DESC held a meeting in August 2021

Watch a recording here for information shared during an August 2021 public meeting on building design, features, amenities and mural (public arts).

Facts and FAQs about the Burien project

In order to answer your questions in the ways you prefer, we’ve posted FAQs in a couple of different formats and in both English and Spanish.

Fact sheets, June 8, 2021
Illustrated PDF, English | Plain text, English
Illustrated PDF, Español| Plain text, Español
In-depth FAQs, March 14, 2024
Updated FAQs, English
Preguntas frecuentes (actualizado el 2 de Abril de 2021)

¿Prefiere el español? Haga clic aquí

Viviendas de apoyo DESC Burien Información

DESC  is working on an affordable housing development in Burien, located at 801 SW 150th Street to create much-needed stable, supportive housing for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness. Our plans include construction of a new building, in the beginning of 2022. When complete, the new building will feature approximately 95 studio units of affordable housing with supportive services and indoor/outdoor community spaces for the tenants, single adults who are disabled and formerly homeless. Twenty-five units will be used to house veterans experiencing homelessness.  DESC will continue to own and operate the building after completion.

An aerial view of a city block with a parking lot and cars outside a flat-roofed, one-story building with red awnings.
The present building and parking lot on the site.

In an effort to learn more about neighborhood interests and provide neighbors with more details about the project, DESC hosted a virtual informational meeting on February 23rd, 2021 via Zoom about this new housing development. Read a copy of the community notification letter about the 2/23rd virtual informational meeting.

DESC provides responses to some questions about the Burien project.

Community members show support for new DESC Burien housing project

Sixty-six members of the Burien community wrote a letter to the B-Town Blog in support of the project. You can read it here.→

We welcome your feedback, comments, and questions about this project. Please submit them here.

Agradecemos sus comentarios, comentarios y preguntas sobre este proyecto. Por favor, envíelos aquí.

We will update this webpage as the project proceeds.

Please note that any information collected during the community outreach process may submitted to the City of Burien and made public pursuant to the Washington Public Records Act.

Click here for more information about DESC’s Supportive Housing