Good Shepherd Center Tenant Leasing Information

The Good Shepherd Center is a self-sustaining, multi-purpose community center that provides social and other services to youth, low-income residents, the elderly, and the community at-large. The Center is important not simply as a historic landmark but as a home for diverse people and activities.

Residential Leasing 

The Good Shepherd Center is home to eight studio units, six of which are designated as affordable live/work lofts for professional artists, and two are unrestricted.


  • Artist Live/Work Lofts – none available at this time
  • Unrestricted Residential Units – none available at this time

To be added a waitlist, please email Building Manager, Matt Murray. Be sure to indicate which waitlist you’d like to join, your full name, and phone number.

Commercial/Nonprofit Leasing

If you are interested in space for long-term lease, please fill out and return the Good Shepherd Center Tenant Application Form (pdf) to Building Manager, Matt Murray.

 Good Shepherd Center tenant listing >>

Tenant Selection Policy

The primary goals of the proposed project are to preserve the building and open space and to create a self-sustaining, multi-purpose community center that will provide social and other services to youth, low-income residents, the elderly, and the community at large. The Center is important not simply as a historical landmark but as a meeting place where a diversity of people and activities are juxtaposed, and as a context in which communication and interaction are stimulated and enhanced. City of Seattle Ordinance 105956, November 1, 1976.


In developing and maintaining the Good Shepherd Center as a self-sustaining, multi-purpose, community center, it is the policy of the Advisory Board and Historic Seattle Council to solicit and select tenants whose activities support and further the following goals:

A.     To complete the rehabilitation and development of the building.

B.     To serve the Wallingford community.

C.     To enhance the neighborhood and minimize adverse impacts of increased traffic and parking.

D.    To provide for the long-term health of the Center.


As a “self-sustaining, multi-purpose community center,” the Good Shepherd Center is charged with providing “. . . social and other services to youth, low-income residents, the elderly and the community at large.” It is also to provide a meeting place for local community members to gather for a wide range of needs and activities.

A mixture of types of tenants and size of tenants will be maintained at the Good Shepherd Center. A majority of tenants are to be not-for-profit organizations, and only a minority of tenants may be for-profit organizations.



Community service organizations
Community meetings and classrooms
Arts groups, performing and visual
Social services and organizations
Schools and training programs
Professional groups and offices
Government agencies
Resource center
Daycare, cooperative nurseries, pre-schools
Health care organizations
Elderly services
Environmental and social interest groups
Private meetings and conferences
Food services
Research organizations
Little City Hall
Arts and crafts studios and programs (including hourly rental)
Daycare, youth activities, and after-school programs
Educational classrooms (hourly)
Senior services
Lobby café and gallery
Public health assistance & adult day health center
Housing (24-hour occupancy)
Banquet rooms
Catered meals with meeting rooms
Recreational activities
Exercise facilities


Partisan political groups
Religious organizations
Illegal activities
Activities with adverse impacts on the building or Center


Arts not to exceed 30
Social Services not to exceed 20
Public Interest not to exceed 20
Schools not to exceed 30
Adult Education not to exceed 20
Athletics not to exceed 20
Youth Programs not to exceed 20
Hourly Rentals not to exceed 10
Professional Groups not to exceed 10
Other not to exceed 10


Preference is given for existing tenants. Tenants whose activities are compatible with codes and ordinances and allowed uses listed above will be rated on the following criteria:

A.    Furtherance of goals of tenant occupancy

B.    Contribution to Multi-purpose Community Center

C.    Compatibility with neighborhood

D.    Ability to pay the agreed rent, credit rating

E.    Compatibility with existing tenants

F.    Value to the local community

G.    Visibility and credibility of the organization

H.    Longevity of organization


A.    When space is to be available in the Good Shepherd Center, the Property Manager is to notify the current tenants and solicit applications for a period of one week for review with the Tenant Selection Committee of the Good Shepherd Center Advisory Board. In the event none is selected or space is still available, applications on hand will be reviewed by the property manager with the Selection Committee. In the event space is still available, the Tenant Selection Committee and Property Manager may publicly solicit tenants by advertising the space in the Weekly, Seattle Arts, and other publications authorized by the Advisory Board and Historic Seattle Council.

B.    All prospective tenants shall complete and submit the Good Shepherd Center Tenant Application Form.

C.    All applications shall be reviewed by the Property Manager and the Tenant Selection Committee of the Advisory Board and rated according to the goals and criteria stated above.

D.    The Tenant Selection Committee shall make tenant recommendations to the Historic Seattle Council or their designee.