On October 30 we are hosting the U District Open Space Forum, the second of a three-part series on open spaces in the U District. The forum will be at the Alder Hall Commons on 1310 NE 40th Street from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The final part of the series is scheduled for December 3.
We also just released a draft Green Street Concept Plan that includes recommendations for sidewalks, street trees, bike lanes, and landscaping on three important streets in the U District: Brooklyn Ave NE, NE 43rd St., and NE 42nd St. It’s based on a year of community input through the U District Partnership and broader public meetings.
We finished taking public comments on the U District Urban Design Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) which is a study that looks at potential impacts of zoning changes and Comp Plan amendments. To learn more about the Draft EIS, visit our Project Documents page. We will compile all public comments and respond in the Final EIS, due out in fall 2014.
The U District is a thriving neighborhood with 14,000 residents, hundreds of independent businesses, and its own unique flavor. It’s also a cultural and economic hub, as home to UW, Seattle’s largest employer, and a magnet for the youth and talent of the Pacific Northwest.
Big changes are underway:
Proactive planning can help make sure that these changes have a positive impact on the neighborhood, and to protect the features that people value the most. We developed the U District Urban Design Framework, a document that is guiding the City’s work on a variety of efforts, including Neighborhood Plan updates, zoning changes, streetscape design work, and design guidelines.
Working with the neighborhood, we’ve identified the following guiding principles, which inform all of DPD’s projects in the U District: