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With wood truly at its heart, construction permit issued for Heartwood, an E Union eight-story mass timber affordable housing development

Heartwood and the eight-story affordable housing development’s first-of-its-kind cross-laminated timber plans has been given the green light by the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections. The project will be the first in the city — and possibly the country — to be developed with plans allowing full exposure of mass timber in the structure. “The project will make use of an innovative, eco-friendly building material: cross-laminated timber (CLT), which lowers the overall carbon footprint of the structure,” the description of the project from Community Roots Housing reads. The Capitol Hill-based affordable developer says when it opens by early 2023, Heartwood will be one of Washington’s tallest cross-laminated timber buildings. Seattle has been seen as an ideal market for the building type that is incredibly strong, and requires less energy to produce. Capitol Hill will see another mass timber project eventually just off E Olive Way as this development comes together for a new City Market building.