Market Street EV Charging Site

Aerial photo of the Market Street Substation property

Project Description

Seattle City Light owns property in the Ballard neighborhood at 2826 NW Market St. The property was formerly known as the Market Street Substation. City Light plans to utilize this site as a “make-ready” electric vehicle (EV) charging site with a new parking lot and electrical infrastructure. The site will be leased to two third-party electric vehicle service providers (EVSPs). The EVSPs, to be determined through a competitive process, will install their own public charging infrastructure and operate their chargers on this site.


2826 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107

What's Happening Now?

Work on this project will begin in late summer 2021

Community Benefits

  • Increased access to public EV chargers
  • Ability to meet the current and future needs of customers who are choosing to fuel their transportation needs with City Light's clean energy

Anticipated Impacts

  • An excavator will be used during construction. Some noise is expected during work hours.
  • The sidewalk on the north side of NW Market Street will be temporarily closed off near the property so crews can provide electrical service to the site.
  • The existing site is a fenced gravel lot. The new site will be fully paved and cleaned up.

Frequently Asked Questions

Property History
The property is located at 2826 NW Market St., Seattle, WA 98107. It is approximately 9,468 square feet and is currently zoned IB U/45.

In 1957, City Light purchased the site, using it for the Market Street Substation. A rectifier for the King County Metro system was installed on the site in the 1980s. The substation was one of several 4 kilovolt (kV) sites throughout City Light’s service area. This site, along with others, were phased out as larger, more reliable substations were developed. In 1999, City Light decommissioned the substation and removed the associated equipment.

Have there been other uses of this site?
The property has been used intermittently for other purposes since it was decommissioned. A City-permitted encampment for people experiencing homelessness utilized the site from November 2015 to March 2018.

What is the condition of the property?
The site is a vacant and relatively flat gravel lot with ongoing property management efforts. As of 2015, the property was considered a clean site. Any chemical contaminants that were associated with the substation or City Light operations were either not detected or considered low-risk for environmental cleanup levels. During this project, City Light will ensure that the site is compliant with state environmental standards.

What is the property’s current value?
According to the King County Assessor, land values in the area range from $125 to $140 per square foot.

Will this property ever go on sale?
The property will continue to be retained for utility purposes. The Seattle City Council must declare the site as a surplus property before it can be sold.

  • Construction Start: 3rd quarter 2021
  • Project Duration: Approximately three months
  • Work Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If you have comments about this project, please email them to Comments will be collected until Friday, Mar. 19.

For more information, please contact:

Project/Construction Questions:
Jacob Orenberg
Senior Capital Projects Coordinator
(206) 233-5164

Environmental/Property Questions:
Theo Gideon
Senior Real Property Agent
(206) 561-4835