Welcoming All Our Neighbors

In the wake of the Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump’s travel ban on Muslim countries, we're proud to stand with refugees and immigrants in our community.

We are dismayed by and strongly oppose our country’s rising tide of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiment. When people arrive here, we believe we should help them sink roots, build connections with other parts of the community and thrive. All this starts with something fundamental: a place.

In part, Forterra’s mission is to secure land where people can create places like this. A place for community to grow. A place for people to flourish.

Earlier this year, the Forterra Strong Communities Fund invested $3M to purchase a motel and surrounding property in Tukwila. The property is on International Boulevard across from the Abu Bakr Islamic Center, the cultural and spiritual center for Puget Sound’s 30,000-strong Somali community—and Forterra’s project partner.

Help make Tukwila a home for everyone

Tukwila has for decades welcomed refugees and immigrants. Most recently, refugees began to arrive from Somalia in the 1990s, fleeing civil war in their homeland. In the years since, they have created a vibrant community.

Now, as Tukwila grows, upwards of 85 immigrant- and refugee-owned businesses are facing imminent displacement by a number of development projects. At the same time, rent is increasing in the once-affordable city. Families who have endured so much displacement are on the brink, once again, of being forced to leave their community.

The Vision—Wadajir, “Together”

The vision is for the Knight’s Inn property is to build a new community-owned affordable housing and mixed-use commercial space. The ground floor of the building will serve as an international market for a variety of refugee- and immigrant-owned micro-enterprises that are facing displacement in this fast-changing community.

In part, Forterra’s mission is to secure land where people can create places like this. A place for community to grow. A place for people to flourish.

In addition to providing affordable housing and space for small businesses, this structure will be built with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an innovative wood product. When made from responsibly-harvested trees, CLT can create rural jobs, provide an affordable building material, and store carbon.

The result will be a keystone place that keeps the area’s Somali-American community stable and thriving—while also demonstrating the potential of a beautiful and sustainable new building material to deliver wealth creation to this generation of Americans.

Help make our region a place for everyone
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