Westin Hotel Skybridge

Review Status

On July 16, 2015, we approved the Westin Hotel Skybridge public benefit package with conditions to improve and expand the original package proposal. We have requested the project team return for an additional review of the proposed public benefit package.   

Project Description

The Westin Hotel is requesting approval to retain an existing skybridge that connects the hotel to an adjacent parking garage. The skybridge crosses Virginia Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue and is located within the public right-of-way (ROW). In addition to providing direct access from the garage to the hotel, the skybridge provides internet services from servers located in the garage to the hotel and also serves as a connecting point for King County Metro’s electrical bus lines, which are attached to the underside of the skybridge. 

Because it is located within the public ROW, the Seattle Design Commission (SDC) is required to review projects requesting the reauthorization of an existing skybridge. The SDC will then provide a recommendation to SDOT and City Council regarding the applicant’s request, including a public benefit package to mitigate the impact of the skybridge on the ROW.      

November 3, 2016

July 16, 2015