Nearly 100 Northgate community neighbors and business owners
provided valuable feedback on plans for two upcoming projectsexpansion
of the Northgate Mall and the Coordinated Transportation Investment
Plan for the Northgate areaat a Nov. 9 community forum
on the North Seattle Community College campus. The forum was
convened by the Northgate Stakeholders Group, a broad-based
advisory group to the Mayor and City Council.
Additionally, at its working session on Nov. 18, the stakeholders
group approved final advice to Simon Properties and the City
on conceptual plans to demolish two abandoned buildings and
build nearly 100,000 square feet of new stores and restaurants.
Pedestrian improvements, new landscaping and transportation
issues are major community concerns.
Simon and the City are also looking into the feasibility
of using natural drainage methods to improve water quality
in the parking lot. These techniques use landscaping and special
pavement materials to allow plants and soils to remove pollutants
from stormwater runoff to help protect Thornton Creek.
The stakeholders group is expected to continue its work through
2005, and plans to advise the City on 5th Avenue Northeast
pedestrian improvements, and the Thornton Creek Channel and
Lorig projects on the south lot.
Regular working sessions of the stakeholders group are open
to the public. Its next session will be held Tuesday, Feb.
1, 2005, 4-7 p.m. at North Seattle Community College, Room
ED2843A (in the Dr. Peter Ku Education Building).