Quixote Village homeless community recognized for urban excellence

Quixote Village, which serves homeless adults in west Olympia, is a finalist for the 2015 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence.

The award celebrates “transformative urban places in America” and their impact on the community.

The Bruner Foundation will visit the five finalists this spring and announce medal winners in June. The gold medal winner will receive $50,000 and four silver medal recipients will get $10,000 each.

Quixote Village opened in December 2013 with 30 single-room detached cottages for chronically homeless adults. Staff is available to connect residents with social services, employment and medical aid in a sober living environment. The 2-acre site is located on Mottman Road in an industrial area near South Puget Sound Community College.

The award was founded in 1987, and the first winner was Pike Place Market in Seattle. Other finalists for the 2015 award include the Uptown District in Cleveland, Ohio; Miller’s Court in Baltimore, Maryland; Grand Rapids Downtown Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Falls Park on the Ready in Greenville, S.C. Each of these projects has a common theme of redevelopment of public space within key corridors of their respective cities.

The Bruner Foundation’s website includes case studies and information about past winners at http://www.brunerfoundation.org.