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Community agreement on 23rd Ave properties opens door to development, Mandatory Housing Affordability implementation

Mayor Ed Murray will send legislation to City Council to implement a community vision for 23rd Avenue and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements at key intersections with Union, Cherry and Jackson streets in the Central District. “Generations of families and people have called the Central District home, making enormous contributions… [ Keep reading ]

Judkins Park Area Planning and Workshop, May 3

Find out what City of Seattle staff have heard so far in related processes—the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) 23rd and Union-Jackson and North Rainier (Mt Baker) Urban Villages Neighborhood Design Workshops and SDOT’s Judkins Park Station Access Study—and add your ideas! Wednesday, May 3… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray Unveils Affordable Housing Proposal for Chinatown-International District

SEATTLE (April 14, 2017) – Mayor Ed Murray has sent legislation to City Council that will require new development in the Chinatown-International District to contribute to affordable housing, producing at least 150 new affordable homes over the next decade. The zoning change will implement the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda’s… [ Keep reading ]

Preliminary Proposal for Uptown Urban Center

PRELIMINARY PROPOSAL FOR UPTOWN URBAN CENTER After more than three years of engaging community members in envisioning a vibrant future for the Uptown neighborhood, OPCD has issued a preliminary rezone recommendation. The proposal will result in an estimated 600 new affordable homes, neighborhood design standards that respond to community priorities,… [ Keep reading ]

City Council Approves Mandatory Housing Affordability for Downtown and South Lake Union

On Monday, the Seattle City Council approved legislation to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Downtown and South Lake Union. The new ordinance requires that new commercial or residential development in Seattle’s downtown urban centers contribute to affordable housing in exchange for increased development capacity. It is estimated that the… [ Keep reading ]

Opinion: Allowing taller buildings downtown will relieve some of Seattle’s high housing costs

Jon Scholes, CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association. Op-Ed originally published in the Puget Sound Business Journal. Last month, the Downtown Seattle Association hosted our annual State of Downtown economic forum to review the state of our economy and Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhood. It’s no secret. People and jobs are… [ Keep reading ]

Downtown and South Lake Union Contribution to Housing Affordability

The Seattle City Council is working on legislation to implement Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) in Downtown and South Lake Union. The proposed ordinance would implement a requirement that new commercial or residential development contribute to affordable housing in exchange for increased development capacity. It is estimated that the MHA requirements… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Design Commission Announces Excellence Awards

This month, the Seattle Design Commission announced its biennial Design Excellence Awards. The awards highlight design excellence of City funded projects or projects that have an impact on the City and its public realm. Four design excellence awards were given this year: Mapes Creek – a joint Seattle Public Utilities… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Murray Signs U District Rezone Legislation

Earlier this month, Mayor Ed Murray signed landmark legislation focusing growth and affordable housing in the University District. The mayor was joined by City Councilmembers, neighborhood advocates, and local business owners to celebrate the more than five years of community-driven conversation to help shape growth and public investments in the… [ Keep reading ]

One Center City to Address Transportation, Public Domain

One Center City is creating a 20-year plan for how we move through, connect to, and experience Seattle’s Center City neighborhoods. It is a public/private partnership between the City of Seattle, King County, Sound Transit, the Downtown Seattle Association and a diverse group of community stakeholders from Seattle’s Downtown core… [ Keep reading ]