Neighborcare Health Administration moves to Pacific Tower

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Thu, 2015-02-26

Neighborcare Health will be moving the administrative office from the Jesse Epstein building to new space in the iconic Pacific Tower between February 27 and March 4, 2015.

This move marks the end of a long history in the Jesse Epstein building in the Yesler Terrace neighborhood, which has housed community health center staff since the 1960s.

Jesse Epstein was appointed the first director of the Seattle Housing Authority in 1939. History Link points out that he made two very important decisions early in his career. First, he hired a team of five local architects to plan the Yesler Terrace project, rather than using the U.S. Housing Authority’s sample plans.

His second decision was quite controversial at the time. According to HistoryLink.org, “Yesler Terrace would be fully integrated; eligibility standards would be applied without regard to race. It may well have been the first integrated public-housing development in America. Certainly, many other such projects around the nation were strictly segregated, and the federal government neither required nor forbade integration. But Epstein believed that the right of all citizens to benefit equally from government-funded low-income housing was self-evident and debate unnecessary.”

Neighborcare Health will occupy space on the 9th and 10th floors in the Pacific Tower, which is being developed as a health college and nonprofit innovation center in Beacon Hill. Tenants other than Neighborcare Health include Seattle Colleges (principally Seattle Central), Pacific Medical Center, and at least 9 other private nonprofit organizations involved in health and education.