Capitol Hill Station Sites Planning

A bicyclist rides in front of Capitol Hill's famous red wall.
We are partnering with the Capitol Hill community to influence and shape the redevelopment around Sound Transit's light rail station at Broadway and E. Denny Way.


The Sound Transit University Link light rail line will include an underground station on Capitol Hill. Due to construction of the light rail line, Sound Transit was required to buy several properties at the intersection of E. Denny Way and Broadway Ave (see Capitol Hill Station Area Site Plan). After construction is completed in 2016, much of the Sound Transit property will be available for new housing, shops, and other development.

One of the sites will be an affordable housing development that will likely be funded in part by the Office of Housing. Other community priorities for the sites include space for the Broadway Farmers Market, cultural center space, neighborhood retail, a public plaza, and pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets and connections.

The redevelopment of that property will bring new energy to this section of Broadway and the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Since early 2010, we worked with Capitol Hill community members and Sound Transit to develop the community’s vision for these sites. Major milestones include:

  • 2013 — City Council and the Sound Transit board approved the development agreement that will apply to the redevelopment of the Capitol Hill light rail station sites. City Council also approved the site-specific design guidelines that supplement the Capitol Hill neighborhood design guidelines and apply only to the light rail station sites. These documents will help achieve the types of development envisioned in our 2011 Urban Design Framework.
  • October 2011 — We published the final Urban Design Framework for the sites. This document was the basis for the development agreement between the City and Sound Transit and for the site-specific design guidelines. When Sound Transit sells its properties around the station, the Urban Design Framework will inform proposals for those interested in redeveloping the sites.
  • October 2010 to February 2011 — We partnered with Sound Transit and the Capitol Hill community to develop an Urban Design Framework. Our framework is a shared vision for the station properties and nearby streets and public spaces.
  • Spring 2010 — The Capitol Hill Champion, a joint committee of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and the Capitol Hill Community Council, was formed to advocate for and champion the community’s vision for the Sound Transit sites.
  • February 2010 — A Transit Oriented Development subcommittee of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce released a recommendations report regarding the development and design of the sites.

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