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Record Group 9700
Public Corporations

9701-00: Historic Seattle

Historic Seattle is a public corporation created for the preservation and enhancement of Seattle's historic heritage. The City is authorized by state law to create public corporations to improve governmental efficiency and services and general living conditions in functional areas usually restricted by legal or organizational structure of the City. Historic Seattle was chartered in November 1973 to acquire, restore, improve, maintain, and dispose of historically significant properties; to raise funds for these purposes; and to provide advisory and consultative services regarding historic preservation.

Inventory of Buildings and Urban Design Resources

19.0 cubic feet

Coding forms, maps, and photographs compiled to create a visual inventory of urban design, historical, and architectural elements that give Seattle "its unique character and identity." The inventory was administered by the Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the City of Seattle. The project was a bicentennial endeavor. Volunteers were used to survey selected neighborhoods and inventory forms were reviewed by consultants Folke Nyberg and Victor Steinbrueck. Project publications included only a small portion of the images and inventory information gathered by the project staff.


9710-00: Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority

The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage properties in the nine-acre Market Historic District. The Pike Place Market PDA is responsible for preserving, rehabilitating and protecting the Market's buildings; increasing farm and food retail opportunities in the Market; supporting small and marginal businesses; and providing services for low-income people. PDA activities are governed by a 12-member Council. Of the 12 members, four are appointed by the Mayor, four are elected by the Pike Place Market Constituency, and four are appointed by the PDA Council. All Council members must be confirmed by the Seattle City Council and typically serve a four year term. The Executive Director of the PDA is appointed by the PDA Council to carry out its policies and direct the staff of the PDA.

Executive Director's Records

5.6 cubic feet

Records of the Director and Pike Place Market PDA staff concerning Market operations and improvements. Records include correspondence, board/commission reports, charters, financial statements, and subject files. Subjects include PDA charter revisions, elections, daystalls, financial issues, relations with the Market Constituency, and site selection for the Downtown Public Library. Records primarily of Director Shelly Yapp.

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Council Meeting Packets

9.6 cubic feet

Materials distributed to members of the Pike Place Market Public Development Authority Council for Council and committee meetings. Council meeting packets include minutes of Council and committee meetings, agendas, resolutions, financial statements, correspondence, Council rosters and Director’s meeting notes. Packets are also included for meetings of the Appeals, Executive, Farm, Finance, Marketing, and Property Management committees.

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Executive Director's Monthly Reports

1.6 cubic feet

Monthly “Recap” reports prepared by the Executive Director for the PDA Council, Market tenants and the public. Reports concern issues, activities and projects in the Market, including operations and capital improvements, property management services, farm program activity, marketing activity, and tenant news. Sometimes included with the Recap reports are departmental reports used in compiling the Recap.

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Pike Place Market Record (Newsletter)

0.2 cubic foot

Newsletter produced monthly by the PDA. Covers meetings, news, and issues of the PDA, the Merchants Association, the Historical Commission, and the Market Foundation. Includes event calendars.