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Public Development Authorities

Public Development Authorities (PDAs) are unique, independent entities of Seattle government, which are legally separate from the City. This allows accomplishment of public purpose activities without assuming them into the regular functions of City government. Each PDA is governed by a volunteer council, commonly called a governing board, which sets policies and oversees activities and staff. Thus, the success or failure of a public corporation is dependent on its council's abilities.

State and federal law require PDA contracts to contain language to the effect that liabilities incurred by the corporation must be satisfied exclusively from their own assets, and that no creditor or other person shall have a right of action against the City due to any debts, obligations, or liabilities of the public corporation.

Contact the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, Senior Policy Advisor, Kenny Pittman
at 206-684-8364 for more information and assistance with City PDAs.

Did you know...

  • There are currently eight PDAs in Seattle (see list below)
  • The first PDA was chartered in 1972.

PDAs have flexibility to get community projects done.

  • They provide efficient services with streamlined procedures.
  • They allow direct community participation in their projects.
  • They have flexibility under State law to administer federal funds.
  • They can combine public taxes and private donations.
  • They may qualify for tax-exempt borrowing rates.

PDAs have a big impact:

  • They have more than $192 million in assets.
  • They have built 13 new buildings.
  • They have remodeled 52 buildings.
  • They own and manage more than 1,287 housing units (mostly low-income), health clinics, community space, commercial and office space, and parking garages.

PDAs are virtually all self-sufficient.

  • PDAs require no City funding from the General Fund. They are typically funded by other public and/or private sources.
  • As public agencies, PDAs' revenues and expenses are developed with their budget in a public process.
  • The City has never needed to make a bond payment for a PDA.

PDAs rely heavily on volunteers.

  • Volunteers provide the PDAs with management and design expertise worth thousands of dollars.
  • PDAs have many volunteer groups who help them achieve their public purposes.

Current List of PDAs

Burke Gilman Place PDA (206) 706-8000 | Email | Administrator: Tom Ichelson more
The Burke Gilman Place PDA (BGPDA) manages the former Coast Guard property in northeast Seattle, near Children's Hospital. At present, facilities include Ronald McDonald House (two facilities), Provail (formerly United Cerebral Palsy) housing, Burke-Gilman Apartments (subsidized and market-rate housing), The Children's Center (a child care center), and housing under the auspices of the Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (CHHIP). 9 members appointed by Mayor, 3-year term.

PDA Charter
PDA Roster

Tom Ichelson
The CWD Group, Inc.
2600 W. Commodore Way #2
Seattle, WA 98199

Office location:
Burke Gilman Apartments, Community Room
5251 Sand Point Way NE 
Seattle, WA 98105

Fax: N/A

Capitol Hill Housing Improvement Program (206) 329-7303 | Email | Executive Director: Chris Persons more
Capitol Hill Housing's vision is of a community that includes secure, comfortable and affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families across a broad range of incomes to support social and economic diversity. 12 members, 3 appointed by Mayor, 6 elected by constituency, and 3 appointed by the CHHIP Council, 3-year term.

Office location:
Main Office
1402 Third Avenue Suite 200
Seattle, WA  98101

Fax: (206) 329-1857

Historic Seattle PDA (206) 622-6952 | Email | Executive Director: Kathleen Brooker more
Historic Seattle believes that buildings provide an essential link to the past, reminding us of who we are and where we came from. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is the only nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County's architectural legacy. Our mission is to educate, advocate and preserve. 12 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 4 appointed by PDA Council, 4 elected by constituency, 4-year term.

Office location:
Dearborn House on First Hill
1117 Minor Avenue 
Seattle, WA 98101

Fax: (206) 622-1197

Museum Development Authority (206) 654-3150 | Email | Bob Cundall more
Museum Development Authority PDA's mission is to undertake/assist with, and otherwise facilitate the operation of the Seattle Art Museum in downtown Seattle. 9 members, 3 appointed by Mayor, 3 appointed by Seattle Art Museum, 3 appointed by MDA Council, 3-year term.

Office location:
c/o Seattle Art Museum
PO Box 22000 
Seattle, WA 98122

Fax: (206) 654-3135

Pacific Hospital PDA (206) 325-1357 | Email | Executive Director: Jeff Natter more
The mission of the Pacific Hospital Preservation & Development Authority (PHPDA) is to champion effective health care for the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our community. The Pacific Hospital PDA is governed by a volunteer governing council who oversee its activities and work to protect its asset (the property). Board meetings are open to the public, and the beginning of each meeting is reserved for public comment. The Pacific Hospital PDA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Seattle, Washington. 9 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 1 by King County Executive, 4 by the PHPDA Governing Council. In 2012, the Pacific Hospital PDA completed its strategic plan for 2012-2015. The plan focuses on three major goals: access to health resources, improvement of health outcomes and enhanced stewardship.

Office location:
1200 12th Avenue South, Quarters 2 (Mailing)
1147 14th Ave S (Physical) 
Seattle, WA 98144

Fax: (206) 325-1376

Pike Place Market PDA (206) 682-7453 | Email | Executive Director: Ben Franz-Knight more
The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA) is a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973 to manage the properties in the nine-acre Market Historic District. The PDA is required to preserve, rehabilitate and protect the Market's buildings; increase opportunities for farm and food retailing in the Market; incubate and support small and marginal businesses; and provide services for low-income people. 12 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 4 appointed by PDA Council, 4 by constituency, 4-year term.

Office location:
PDA Conference Room
85 Pike Street Room 500
Seattle, WA 98101

Fax: (206) 625-0646

Seattle Chinatown/International District PDA (206) 624-8929 | Email | Executive Director: Maiko Winkler-Chin more
Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCID) mission is to preserve, promote and develop the Seattle Chinatown International District as a vibrant community and unique ethnic neighborhood. 12 members, 4 appointed by Mayor, 4 elected by PDA Council, 4 elected by constituency, 4-year term.

Office location:
Post Office Box 3302 (Mailing)
409 Maynard Avenue (Physical) 
Seattle, WA 98104

Fax: (206) 467-6376

Seattle Indian Services Commission (206) 233-0026 | Email | Fred Podesta, Interim Chair c/o Mark Ellerbrook more
The Seattle Indian Services Commission (SISC) is a public corporation as defined in City of Seattle Ordinance 103387 and was chartered in 1972 to: Provide effective, comprehensive, and coordinated planning services, activities, and programs that will meet the unique needs of the many Indian residents of Seattle who are scattered throughout the city. Five (5) members with 4 appointed by the two organizations and one appointed by the Mayor of Seattle. All members must be confirmed by the City Council.

PDA Charter
PDA Roster

Office location:
Pearl Warren Building, Commission Board Room
606 12th Avenue South 
Seattle, WA 98144

Fax: (206) 684-8267