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Mayor Harrell Statement on Council Passage of Office-to-Residential Legislation

Mayor Bruce Harrell released the following statement after legislation to support the conversion of existing commercial buildings to residential uses passed unanimously in City Council: “We must take advantage of every opportunity and tool available to create more housing options to address the issues at the root of Seattle’s affordability crisis, which… [ Keep reading ]

EDI Partner Profile: Arte Noir

ARTE NOIR in the Central District is a non-profit arts organization that features Black artists not only from Seattle but from all over the world. Founded by Vivian Phillips, a passionate arts leader with decades of experience advocating for Seattle’s creative community, ARTE NOIR emerged in May 2021 as an… [ Keep reading ]

Cham Refugees Community of Seattle EDI Update: Where Are They Now?

The Cham Refugees Community of Seattle (CRC) is a nonprofit organization that provides Islamic educational, social, and cultural relevant services to Cham and other ethnic minorities in South Seattle and South King County for over 30 years. In May of 2021, we featured our Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) partner for Asian American Native Hawaiian… [ Keep reading ]

Friends of Little Saigon EDI Update: Where are They Now?

Back in 2021, we shared a community profile about Friends of Little Saigon (FLS), an Equitable Development Initiative (EDI) partner, who were in the planning processes for their Little Saigon Landmark Project. The Little Saigon Landmark Project seeks to address displacement amongst local businesses and development pressures due to rising rents and is envisioned to… [ Keep reading ]

Reinventing Cities Seattle Meet-Up Event

Calling all architects, urban planners, developers, investors, environmentalists, start-ups and many more! In February we announced our participation in C40 Cities Reinventing Cities competition for the potential redevelopment of the WOSCA Site on 1st Avenue South. Join us on June 6 at City Hall to learn more about the competition… [ Keep reading ]

One Seattle Plan Virtual Open House, May 2

Our final Draft One Seattle Plan open house is a virtual online meeting and is an opportunity for community members to: This meeting is hosted by Microsoft Teams. You do not need an account to attend the meeting. You do not need to pre-register to attend. You can join the meeting… [ Keep reading ]

The Seattle Planning Commission seeks new commissioners!

This sixteen-member Commission of neighbors care about the future of our city. Commissioners have a broad range of skills and perspectives that include land use and transportation planning, community organizing, architecture and design, public health, low-income housing development, and community engagement. Commissioners are volunteers, serving without compensation for up to… [ Keep reading ]

Team Representing Georgia Institute of Technology Wins 2024 ULI Hines Student Competition with Plan to Redevelop Seattle Site

A redevelopment plan for a Seattle site presented by a team of Georgia Institute of Technology students has taken top honors in the 22nd annual ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The Competition was created with a generous endowment from long-time ULI leader Gerald D. Hines, founder of the Hines… [ Keep reading ]

One Seattle Plan Open Houses and Updates

Open Houses in Full Swing Thank you to everyone who has attended our in-person open house events! From Beacon Hill to Ballard, we appreciate the conversations and feedback on the Draft Plan. We have four more this month and a virtual meeting in May: Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m. –… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Proposes Legislation to Support the Conversion of Existing Buildings from Commercial to Residential Uses Citywide

Winners of our Office to Residential competition in 2023 with OPCD director Rico Quirindongo and Mayor Bruce Harrell. As part of his Downtown Activation Plan, Mayor Bruce Harrell has submitted new legislation to the City Council aimed at removing regulatory barriers for converting existing buildings from commercial to residential uses. The proposed changes aim to make… [ Keep reading ]