Cities

The key to an enduring region is vibrant, equitable and affordable communities. We use our expertise in land – negotiation, acquisition, land banking – to help communities gracefully accommodate new growth and create a high quality of life for their diverse residents. Through our work with cities, land owners and community partners, we envision new uses for land in community hubs and partner with financial institutions and developers to build healthy, green mixed-use projects, especially by transit and town centers.

Urban street scene on Seattle's Capitol Hill
Photo by Carrie Hawthorne
  • An engaged community

    To gracefully integrate the coming population growth, mid-sized cities need to develop walkable, healthy mixed-use neighborhoods with easy access to public transit and green spaces. That means bringing people together to discuss issues and find solutions by facilitating effective, inclusive discussion. In bringing this to Tukwila, we worked with local partners to develop the Community Connectors Program, and with the City of Aberdeen we engaged with a broad range of community members to create a vision for their downtown corridor.

  • Land transactions

    Working with a wide range of partners we advance undervalued real estate and land use projects with great social value that support our cities effectively and serve a great range of residents. By tapping into the power of opportunities like the Landscape Conservation and Local Infrastructure Program (LCLIP) we leverage policy tools to achieve further impact.

  • Economic development

    We create market value for socially important projects by participating in the development policies and funding vehicles that incentivize this change.

  • Increased access to healthy places and choices

    Healthy communities have parks and green spaces at all levels as well as infrastructure and policies to support healthy lives. Our restoration and stewardship efforts and our Green Cities Program effectively support these urban natural areas, while a variety of projects we do with partners further enhance the resiliency of our communities. These include creating a community gathering space in Neah Bay and establishing Federal Way’s first neighborhood greenway.

Forterra is one of those organizations that is not afraid to put a big issue on the table and tackle it head on.
Nate Miles, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Board of Directors

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By playing to our strengths—land acquisitions—we’re teaming up with local organizations to invigorate the local food economy in South King County. Earlier this year Forterra partnered with International Rescue Community and Global to Local to build a new community garden in Kent’s West Hill neighborhood to serve local refugee, immigrant, and low-incomes families. What started as a thicket of blackberry is now a 10,500 square foot garden for thirty-five families next to a new fruit tree orchard.

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Harnessing change to ensure a sustainable region

Forterra and Seattle SityClub hosted over 100 people to brainstorm ideas for making our region sustainable. Read more about the animated discussions here.

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5 Things We Took Away from “Working Forest, Changing Climate, New Investments?”

“Seed & Feed: Affordable Housing, Stretching the Possibilities” brought together voices from the affordable housing community for a discussion on the present achievements and potential of affordable housing in Seattle.

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So Much Here: Excerpts from the Shelf Life Community Story Project

Most days the store feels more like a community center than a grocery store. Like a lot places in the Central Area, it’s a community center that we’re about to lose… The more people I talk to, the more I begin to see the Central Area as an intricate constellation of stories connecting generations of residents and all the hard work they’ve done to stay put and build and thrive. There are lots of bright stars in that constellation, where many stories intersect. The Red Apple, at the corner of South Jackson Street and 23rd Avenue South, is one of them.

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Historic agreement gives community chance to preserve Wayne Golf Course back nine

Forterra is interested in financing the purchase of the 89-acre Wayne Golf Course to provide the Bothell community an opportunity to creatively structure a permanent preservation strategy to support a variety of publicly-accessible uses and habitat restoration actions which will put the Wayne land at the very heart of the community.

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Op-Ed: Growing Gracefully

The reaction to Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Committee — and the equally charged regional discussion…

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Companies’ volunteers and Forterra helping clean up Duwamish

People power is helping to clean up one of Seattle’s most polluted rivers. On Friday, about a hundred volunteers who…

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TDR updates drive Snohomish sustainability goals

The Snohomish County Council unanimously adopted an update to the County’s Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program on Sept. 4,…

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