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Broad Street Substation Inductor Project
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City Light Broad Street Substation

Project Update

Summer 2018

In its continuing effort to keep pace with the region’s growth and to provide reliable power to customers, Seattle City Light is planning to make improvements to the Broad Street Substation. In late 2017, City Light identified a preferred option for substation improvements, which involves installing new electrical equipment at the Broad Street Substation. City Light held a public open house and conducted briefings with area stakeholders to present and get feedback on the preferred option.

In the Spring of 2018, City Light presented the preferred option to the Seattle Design Commission. At that meeting the Design Commission requested that we take a closer look at the proposed walls around the substation to reduce their impact on the surrounding neighborhood. City Light then came up with new options for the wall and met with area stakeholders to get feedback on those options.

City Light presented a refined option to the Seattle Design Commission in August. The minutes from that meeting can be found here

About the Presentation and Next Steps

The preferred option requires the acquisition of the now closed portion of Broad Street (at Taylor Avenue North and Harrison Street) through a process called street vacation.

City Light must get approval from Seattle City Council to vacate this portion of Broad Street. Part of that approval process includes presenting and getting feedback on the project’s urban design merit and proposed public benefits from the Seattle Design Commission. The Commission determines if and how the vacation affects the remaining streets or alleys near the project and if potential impacts (to vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian circulation; access; utilities; light, air, and open space; and views) have been adequately addressed and if the proposed public benefits are adequate compensation for the loss of public right-of-way.

Following the approval of the Urban Design Merit and proposed public benefits, the street vacation proposal must be approved by the Seattle City Council.

You can send us comments or request a briefing by sending an email to us at SCL_BroadSub@seattle.gov.

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