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Site of Seattle's deadliest murder spree to be redeveloped into affordable housing

The former Louisa Hotel at 669 South King Street will become the site of “workforce” priced apartments; homes costing people earning between $45,000 and $75,000 per year. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - A burned out hotel that was once the site of Seattle’s deadliest mass murder will be transformed in the coming months.

The former Louisa Hotel at 669 South King Street will become the site of “workforce” priced apartments; homes costing people earning between $45,000 and $75,000 per year.

Valerie Gorder, who is investing in the project with her husband Greg, said their goal is to create affordable housing close to mass transit.

“The entire building as affordable housing,” Valerie Gorder said. “Which will be 84 units that will be opening in the middle of next year.”

Gorder was at the former hotel for a redevelopment ceremony on Monday, which included a type of spiritual cleansing and good luck blessing by Fa-Sheng Temple of the American Seattle Buddhist Association.

Members of the temple rang a bell and chanted. They led a spiritual procession around the building as well.

Valerie Gorder said a key component of their renovation work is understanding and respecting the needs and culture of people living in the Chinatown-International District neighborhood.

The building has been the site of several tragedies over the years.

In 1983 three men walked into the Wah Mee Social Club, a gambling establishment in the basement, and bound, robbed and shot 14 people. One person survived.

Four years ago, a fire ripped through the building – when it was being used as the Louisa Hotel. The building has been vacant since the Christmas Eve 2013 fire.

“It’s really, really important for people who are working hard in Seattle who are being pushed out of Seattle to have housing that’s close to transit,” Valerie Gorder said.

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