Mayor McGinn updates public on details of South Lake Union proposal
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Planning Director Marshall Foster, Planning Commission Chair David Cutler, Morgan Shook and city staff met with the media to discuss the continuing success of the South Lake Union neighborhood, and to underscore the benefits of the proposed zoning changes for the area. The proposal is currently before Council, the culmination of nearly ten years of community planning and extensive public discussion.
"Great neighborhoods make for successful cities," said McGinn. "Just north of downtown, South Lake Union is a great neighborhood for creating innovative new jobs and housing. The zoning proposals before Council will allow us to leverage private investment in the area to provide more affordable housing, improve local infrastructure and provide other public benefits that serve Seattle residents, visitors and the South Lake Union neighborhood."
The proposal includes greater height and development capacity for much of South Lake Union, but excludes most of the Cascade area, a long-standing residential enclave in the eastern portion of the neighborhood. Some of the elements of the proposal include:
Investments in South Lake Union include:
"Seattle is fortunate to have such growth potential literally on its doorstep," said Councilman Richard Conlin. "New jobs, housing, small businesses close to our urban center – these are things most cities dream of creating. We're actually doing it, and at a great pace. Let's keep our eye on the ball and complete this important zoning change."
Recent growth in South Lake Union:
With the proposed rezoning, the City expects by 2031:
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