Partnerships Committee to begin discussions on effective models for management, use and programming of new public spaces on the Central Waterfront.
SEATTLE – On December 16, the first meeting of the Committee on Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee will be held at City Hall. October 26, 2009, Seattle City Council adopted Ordinance 123142, which created the committee to advise the Mayor and Council on effective models for the management, programming and use of new public spaces on the Central Waterfront. In the process, the committee will build partnerships between a range of civic, community and business organizations central to creating a waterfront that is a model for the 21st Century – a beautiful, sustainable and open public space that demonstrates our shared values as a City and invites all Seattleites to enjoy Elliott Bay.
“Removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct presents a 100-year opportunity to reconnect Seattle to its waterfront,” said Mayor Greg Nickels. “Collaborating early with a range of partners is essential to recapturing the waterfront as a public space for everyone.”
The Council appointed committee includes members with expertise in public-private partnerships, public finance, public space design and management, historic preservation, sustainable design, transportation, and arts and culture.
“A project of this magnitude must be addressed by a diverse partnership that is as thoughtful and collaborative as the group assembled here,” said City Council President Richard Conlin. “In creating this committee, the City is putting its best foot forward towards realizing the economic and social benefits made available by this opportunity.”
The committee will provide its recommendations to the Mayor and City Council upon completion of the public meetings. These working meetings of the committee are open to the public to observe. Written comments from the public will be collected at each meeting and reviewed by the committee prior to its next meeting. There will be public open houses to review and give input on the committee’s work in the first quarter of 2010.
December 16, 3:30 – 5:00PM
Bertha Knight Landes Room, City Hall
600 4th Avenue (5th Avenue level)
There will be an informal media briefing at 3:00PM.
The committee will meet monthly from December 2009 – August 2010. Meeting materials will be available ahead of time at: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/Central_Waterfront/Overview/.
For more information, please contact Marshall Foster at 206-684-8413 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.