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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   
6/10/2008  9:43:00 AM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dan Nolte, Clark Office, (206) 684-5327

Councilmember Sally J. Clark

COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER PIKE PLACE MARKET LEVY
Councilmember Clark chairs Committee of the Whole on Thursday, June 12

SEATTLE — On Thursday, June 12, 2 p.m., the Council will hold a Committee of the Whole to consider the proposal to place a six-year, $75 million levy for improvements to the Pike Place Market on November’s ballot. The last major renovations to the Market were made in the early 1980s with $50 million in federal grants. Since then the Market has been in constant use with more than 10 million visitors each year, 500 full time residents and 240 businesses. The bulk of the levy would go for major repairs to publicly owned Market buildings including a new heating and cooling plant, major electrical improvements, new elevators and restrooms, and seismic upgrades.

Councilmember Sally J. Clark, chair of the Committee, said, “The Pike Place Market is a beloved Seattle institution. The Council will be doing its due diligence to determine whether this levy serves the interests of the Market and Seattle as a whole. We encourage the public let us know their opinions of the levy.”

The Council will hold subsequent meetings of the Committee of the Whole on the Market levy on Monday, June 23 at 2:30 pm and Thursday, July 3 at 2:00 pm. There will also be a public hearing on the Market levy on Tuesday, July 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pike Market Senior Center, 85 Pike Street, Suite 200.

What: Pike Place Market Levy, City Council, Committee of the Whole
When: Thursday, June 12, 2:00 pm
Where: Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Avenue, Council Chambers, Second Floor

The meeting is open to all; there is no admission fee; and no need to RSVP.

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