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The Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority presents The McKinney Center


“Breaking down barriers, building up Community”


African American, other ethnic minority and under-served families and businesses will continue to live and grow with dignity in the Central District of Seattle (CD) through receiving quality education, career opportunities, livable wage jobs, and affordable housing while being recognized for their contributions to Seattle and society on a national and international level.


The Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority (CDCPDA) was created in 2019 by the WA State Legislature to mitigate the adverse effects of major public works and capital projects on the CD. The CDCPDA’s mission is to

drive economic empowerment for African-American, other minority and under-

served communities through employment, career advancement, education, training and business development.

The Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority

(CDCPDA) was formally announced on June 24, 2020 and is chartered by state law to preserve the unique character and history of the Central District, long recognized as the historical center of the Seattle African American community. Today, the Central District is a prime example of the negative impact of gentrification. Where once the Black population represented more than 70 percent of the residents, now less than one-fifth of the population is African American. Central District Community Preservation and Development Authority’s aim is to preserve and restore the historical and cultural character of communities, like the Central District, that have experienced dislocation, displacement, and disintegration. To support this mission, the CDCPDA has begun to restore the formerly known Seattle Vocational Institute building to productive use.

While restoration and improvements are being made, criteria for the selection of building occupants are being developed. The third and fourth quarters of 2021 are the targets for first tenancy.

11 of 13 board positions are filled at this time, and there are four standing committees. Those committees, Facilities, Finance, Community Communications and Partnerships & Programs, are composed of board members, community members, and civic participation is invited.

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Public Meetings are held virtually EVERY 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the Month from 6PM-7:30PM.

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