-Seattle DPD Begins Planning for Walking Distance of Station
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is beginning a new initiative for Seattle’s University District. Information about the University District Urban Design Framework (UDF) initiative is available on a new web site and Facebook page. The web site includes an “existing conditions” report and other project information.
The UDF will provide direction for the University District neighborhood as the area grows and changes, including the design of streets, public space and future development. The focus of the effort is on areas generally within ½ mile of the Sound Transit Brooklyn light rail station, and will include discussion and study of the area bounded by NE Ravenna Boulevard, Interstate 5, Portage Bay and 15th Avenue NE.
“Light rail and the Brooklyn light rail station will bring a new era to the University District, opening up many opportunities. This is an important time for the community to be thinking about how this important area can evolve, starting with what is great about the neighborhood today,” said Diane Sugimura, Director of Seattle DPD. “We are pleased to be working with the community to make sure we move toward a thriving, safe, walkable place for everyone.”
DPD is working with many partners including the Greater University District Chamber of Commerce, area residents, the University of Washington, members of social service agencies and faith communities, numerous other community organizations and City agencies including the Seattle Office of Economic Development and the Seattle Police Department North Precinct.
The University District UDF is part of the University District Livability Partnership—a three year strategic initiative to encourage investment for a vibrant, walkable University District neighborhood. The project will include extensive outreach and public engagement opportunities.
City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/University_District/
Susan McLain, Senior Urban Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Radhika Nair, Urban Planner, email@example.com