DPD and members of the University District community are about halfway through a planning process intended to update the vision for future development in that neighborhood. The Future Development and Urban Design Working Group has been meeting twice a month since June to discuss topics including housing, streetscapes, open space, and transit opportunities. Our thinking about all of these topics is influenced by the planned 2021 opening of a Link light rail station at NE 43rd St. and Brooklyn Ave NE.
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 University District is a unique, thriving neighborhood with bustling retail corridors, the University of Washington, students, residents, workers and more. The U District is known for its year-round farmer’s market, the annual street fair, and agencies and churches that serve a diversity of social needs.