Northgate Urban Design

Northgate Urban Design Illustration View from the West
Helping Northgate grow and change to be a healthier and more livable community.

What's Happening Now?

We are working with Metro on their planning efforts for the property nearest the light rail station. We are also tracking a couple of activities in the Northgate area:

  • The progress made in design approvals for the Sound Transit light rail station which will include plazas and pedestrian route to the Northgate Mall
  • The funding status for the bicycle/pedestrian bridge that will cross I-5 connecting to the light rail station

To help achieve Northgate's neighborhood plan vision, we have published our final Northgate Urban Design Framework (UDF). The UDF includes advice and recommendations to help improve the design of buildings, public spaces, and pedestrian and bicycle amenities. The UDF reflects thoughtful input from a broad cross-section of area residents and stakeholders who gathered at more than 20 meetings and a number of open house workshops. This work completes a three-year effort that was supported by the Puget Sound Regional Council to identify strategies for “growing transit communities” in ways that will be healthy, livable and socially equitable.

We are defining the most important priorities for improving Northgate to make it more healthy, livable, and aesthetically attractive. The UDF is also helping us to influence future building construction next to the light rail station that will start service in 2021. This area south of the mall will become a lively and expanded district for living, working, and entertainment, adding to Thornton Place.

The UDF:

  • Identifies key design concepts for Northgate’s Urban Center to create a healthier, more livable, and denser mixed-use community with more houses and shopping opportunities
  • Illustrates recommended street improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users
  • Identifies design advice for the area closest to the light rail station, where future development will add to the growing area

The UDF will guide our conversation with King County, Sound Transit, Puget Sound Regional Council, and the Northgate community to achieve Northgate's neighborhood plan vision, including a complete, connected community surrounding the Northgate light rail station. The next step will include the creation of a "Development Agreement" that will influence future development around the Northgate light rail station.

Project Benefits

The UDF's guidance will:

  • Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to and from the transit center
  • Make transit transfers more convenient
  • Encourage attractive and engaging public spaces and streetscapes
  • Increase access to affordable housing
  • Strengthen the community’s sense of place
  • Create a healthy and sustainable community

The End Result

Northgate will become a healthier and more livable community.

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