This summer we are tracking the progress made in design approvals for the light rail station, including plazas and access routes at the north end of the station and adjacent parking facilities on the mall property. We are also tracking the funding status for the cross-I-5 bicycle/pedestrian bridge, and checking on King County’s planning efforts for the property nearest the 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 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.
The UDF's guidance will:
Northgate will become a healthier and more livable community.