Seattle’s waterfront is undergoing a massive $4.7 billion renovation, including rebuilding the seawall, tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct and replacing it with a deep-bore tunnel, rebuilding Colman Dock and the ferry terminal, remaking the Alaskan Way surface street, and improving park and streetscape elements as part of the city’s $688 million Waterfront Seattle initiative. $200 million of the funds to pay for Waterfront Seattle are proposed to come from a new Local Improvement District: a special assessment on downtown properties that are expected to increase in value because of the project. But some residents who will be subject to the assessment are unhappy that they are being asked to foot part of the bill for a project they say will benefit the entire region.
Let’s look at how LIDs work, and how this one in particular is structured.
(5-21-18: updates below)
Continue reading Understanding the Seattle Waterfront LID
Today the City of Seattle published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for its proposed redevelopment of the Fort Lawton property in Magnolia.
Continue reading Fort Lawton Final EIS released today
As expected, this afternoon the City Council unanimously approved the proposed expansion, renovation and 55-year lease extension for the Seattle Art Museum. Mayor Durkan has recused herself from consideration of the project, so it will pass into law without her signature.
Continue reading Asian Art Museum expansion and lease approved
With little commotion, the proposed expansion, renovation and lease extension of the Seattle Asian Art Museum passed out of Council committee today and is headed for final approval.
Continue reading Seattle Asian Art Museum redevelopment passes out of committee
The City Council is considering a plan to expand the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and extend the Seattle Art Museum’s lease on the property for an additional 55 years. The plan has many supporters, as well as a dedicated set of opponents.
Continue reading Understanding the SAAM expansion
Yesterday afternoon the Council voted to declare a piece of city property to be surplus, and to allow the official owner, Seattle City Light, to sell it. Selling off surplus city property is a fairly regular occurrence, but for many reasons this one stands out as a rather frustrating exception.
Continue reading A missed opportunity that never really was
On June 8th, the city published a Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) for the “city-wide” implementation of the Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. It’s 462 pages of dense material. Here’s your cheat sheet.
Continue reading Understanding the MHA Draft Environmental Impact Statement
In February of 1898, seven hundred acres on Magnolia Bluff were given to the federal government. Today, almost all of that land is back in local hands. Almost — the last bit has been the source of plans, lawsuits and headaches for ten years.
Continue reading Fort Lawton
Monday morning the Council’s Select Committee on Civic Arenas held its first meeting, which entailed a high-level overview of the committee’s purview, as well as the issues related to the SODO Arena and Key Arena proposals that are likely to come before it.
Continue reading Arenas committee holds its first meeting
Last week the Council got an update from the Office of the Waterfront (OOW) on the waterfront reconstruction mega-project’s 2016 progress and the work plan for 2017.
Continue reading Council gets an update on the Waterfront