Governor Inslee Recognizes Willowcrest Townhomes in Renton 

An innovative homeownership development—Willowcrest Townhomes, the 12-unit project developed by Homestead Community Land Trust, received the prestigious Smart Communities Award from Governor Inslee last week at a Renton City Council meeting.  

The Smart Communities Awards program recognizes local governments and their partners each year for work implementing the state’s Growth Management Act. Willowcrest Townhomes is an example of creativity, innovation, and foresight coming together to form affordable homeownership opportunities for people in Redmond. This first-of-its-kind homeownership development also centers sustainability by using highly efficient materials to achieve net-zero energy.  

We applaud the work of the City of Renton, the leadership of Mayor Armondo Pavone, the Homestead Community Land Trust, and community members who made this homeownership development possible.  

King County’s Housing Finance Program awarded Willowcrest with $500,000 in transit-oriented development funds, and the county’s WaterWorks grant program awarded $180,000 in additional funds to fund stormwater infrastructure. The recognition from Governor Inslee highlights the integral work taking place in communities across the county to make affordable, sustainable housing a reality.