McKinney Center Capital Project
Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for the Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority (CD CPDA).
$1 million was successfully included in the House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill.
Each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023. This does not guarantee the projects will be funded.
"The Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority is thankful that Rep. Adam Smith recognizes the importance of reviving the McKinney Center (formerly SVI) for Community and Economic Development. The funds will support our much-needed capital renovation project, which will allow a future hub in the Central District for innovation, creation, and community support." - James King Jr., Acting Executive Director, Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority
“I am proud to have submitted a Community Project Funding request for the Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority to restore and improve the McKinney Center for Community & Economic Development. The Center will empower the neighborhood’s African American community, and other underserved communities, by offering vital education, workforce training, and business development programs,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “The CD-CPDA has been a leader in the effort to combat severe displacement and underinvestment in the Central District. I know how important workforce training and education program can be for advancing economic opportunity – this funding will help the McKinney Center for Community & Economic Development enhance their crucial work in the Central District.”
The Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority (CD CPDA) was created in 2019 by the Washington State Legislature to mitigate the adverse effects of major public works and capital projects on the Central District, a diverse and historically majority African American community that has deep roots in Seattle’s history but faces growing displacement and underinvestment. The CD CPDA’s mission is to drive economic empowerment for African American and other minority and underserved communities through employment, career advancement, education, training, and business development.
The requested funding will support rehabilitation and capital improvements for the McKinney Center for Community & Economic Development, a multi-purpose facility that will serve as a hub for education, workforce training, business development, and other services for the African American community and other minority and underserved communities.