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23rd Avenue Action Plan

A project for the City and community to work together to create a 23rd Avenue Action Plan for E. Union, E. Cherry and S. Jackson.

What's Happening Now?

We want to thank everyone who has participated in the process and provided us feedback on the 23rd Avenue Action Plan (Union-Cherry-Jackson), Urban Design Framework, and the rezone recommendations. Over the past two years, over 2,000 total participants and 40 community-based organizations helped form priorities, goals, strategies, and actions for the project. The five community priorities we've identified are:

  • A destination with a unique identity: recognizing the Central Area as the historical heart of the African American community while welcoming all people in a multicultural and layered environment that celebrates old and new
  • A neighborhood with connected people and community: community assets serve and reflect the community and are equitably accessed by all people including youth, seniors, and people of color; where people from all backgrounds connect, engage, and learn from one another
  • A great business community: commercial and community cores work together to provide a broad spectrum of goods and services, viable and sustainable commercial centers, and proclaim the Central Area’s identity
  • A community with livable streets for all: an inviting street network for all transportation modes that safely connects to key destinations
  • A place that supports a healthy and stable community: providing a safe and comfortable environment, opportunities for physical activity, social interaction, and diverse, affordable housing choices

To review the most updated plan documents, go to our Project Documents page.

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination
We have refined our action plans based on public input and are ready to move the rezone legislation forward. The rezones are intended to achieve the community’s vision to strengthen the Central Area’s unique identity and community character as identified in the Action Plan and the Comprehensive Plan Central Area Neighborhood Planning Element. These actions will help create vibrant and resilient commercial districts that encourage pedestrian friendly mixed use development, support both existing and new businesses and development, provide opportunities for a variety of shops, services, and affordable housing that serves the diverse Central Area community.

On June 29, 2015, we published the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance for each node along with the Action Plan, Urban Design Framework, draft ordinances, and a Director’s Report. The public comment period has closed on July 20, 2015, and we will be moving the legislation forward in 2016. To review these documents, go to our Project Documents page.

Project Benefits

The purpose of this project is to establish a city-community collaboration that creates a shared vision and action plan to improve the health and equity of three Central Area community cores: 23rd Avenue and E. Union Street, 23rd Avenue and E. Cherry Street and 23rd Avenue and S. Jackson Street.

Our project will focus on these community cores to:

  • Strengthen the community’s resilience so that its rich cultural heritage and diversity flourishes
  • Build community, businesses, and organization’s capacity to take actions to achieve the shared vision
  • Create livable, healthy and supportive places that provide equitable access to resources and opportunities for everyone
  • Leverage public and private investments to create tangible, positive change that meets the needs of existing and new communities

The End Result

  • An action plan of key priorities shared by the community and the city as a result of the planning process
  • An Urban Design Framework that translates community visions and priorities into urban design recommendations and implementation steps
  • Strong partnerships among the community, private and public entities to move forward projects in the action plan


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