A pilot program to put vacant and underused lots to better use by allowing a variety of interim “active uses” and short term parking on certain lots was passed by City Council in late March. Council Bill 117046 is one of two legislation items that promotes economic relief due to stalled development and that encourages ridership on the Link light rail system.
Vacant and underused lots and those awaiting development in and around light rail stations in Southeast Seattle may pose a safety hazard as well as create an unsightly condition. In addition to the issues raised by the recession, concerns have been raised that ridership of the new Sound Transit Link light rail system has been lower than projected.
DPD is proposing legislation to establish a pilot program to promote more active use of vacant and underused lots.