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Building Communities Around Transit

An example of how we can build communities around transit.
Creating transit-oriented communities within walking distance of quality public transportation.

What's Happening Now?

We're leading an effort with the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Department of Transportation, Office of Housing, and Office of Economic Development to implement transit-oriented development (TOD) at existing and planned Light Rail Stations. TOD is a type of community development that includes a mixture of housing, office, retail, and other amenities integrated into a walkable neighborhood and located within a half-mile of quality public transportation. TOD can accommodate future residential and employment growth, maximize transit ridership, and enhance public health through safer more walkable neighborhoods.

Our interdepartmental team is developing a strategy to focus the City’s efforts towards improving multi-modal (pedestrian, cycling, transit) access city-wide, as well as partnering with Sound Transit and King County METRO to identify development opportunities. At present, this work builds on the planning processes that the community and the City have completed at the Othello, Mt. Baker, Roosevelt, and Northgate station areas.

Project Goals

Implement the community's vision for station area development by:

  • Meeting the goals outlined in the respective neighborhood plan updates for the Othello, Mt. Baker, Roosevelt, and Northgate neighborhoods
  • Maximizing existing and planned transit investments
  • Attracting and maintaining high level of transit ridership
  • Developing attractive, functional commercial and mixed-use nodes that allow people to shorten their commutes, not have to rely on a car, conserve resources, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The End Result

  • Coordinate development of residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings on vacant and underutilized land with transit providers (Sound Transit and King County Metro)
  • Implement the community vision from their respective neighborhood plans
  • Tangible outcomes and benefits, such as new housing and employment for both existing and new residents
  • Increase transportation choices and coordinate City investments in pedestrian and bicycle improvements

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