Since the Central Area Block Party September 2014, the project team has been updating the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) and Urban Design Framework based on community feedback. At the meantime, the 23rd Ave ACT, now called the 23rd Ave Action Community Team has evolved into a strong stewardship to implement the Action Plan.
Thanks to those who came to, and supported, the Central Area Block Party held on Sept 27, 2014. It was a huge step for moving the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson) forward! About 1,000-1,500 participants from the Central Area and other areas came together to enjoy amazing music, performances, local food and restaurants, and arts. They also came to meet their neighbors, ACT members, and local organizations, and to learn about, and provide feedback on, the plan recommendations.
The City of Seattle will be partnering with the community to host the Central Area Block Party on Saturday, September 27 at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Cherry Street (2323 E. Cherry Street) from 10:00am to 6:00pm. You won’t want to miss out on a great time with your neighbors enjoying live music, food trucks, art activities and more.
In addition to the other fun activities, this block party is an opportunity for the Central Area to learn about and provide feedback on the 23rd Ave Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson), the urban design framework and possible zoning changes in these key community nodes.
The 23rd Avenue Action Plan, which focuses on the community cores of Central Area at 23rd Ave and Union, Cherry and Jackson, is moving forward from the planning phase into the implementation phase. Over 600 community stakeholders were engaged in the planning process. The stakeholders provided DPD’s project team with valuable input, and helped form goals, policies, strategies, and actions for the project. The project team has submitted amendments to the Central Area goals and policies in the Comprehensive Plan Neighborhood Planning Element based on community input to City Council for review. The project team has developed a draft Action Plan, and is soliciting comments from the 23rd Ave Advisory Core Team (ACT), City departments, and the community to finalize the Action Plan. The project team will also start working on zoning legislation and developing an urban design framework as major implementation steps of the Action Plan.
Join DPD on September 21 for our last community meeting featuring an open house and community action team workshop. At the open house, the community will have an opportunity to review and comment on the draft 23rd Avenue Action Plan to ensure it reflects the shared community vision developed over the past year. There will also be a Community Resource Fair at the open house, where the community will be able to connect with organizations already doing great work in the neighborhood.