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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Open House: King Street Station Restoration, May 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/11/2009  11:15:00 AM
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King Street Station Restoration Project Open House

Date: Tuesday, May 12
Time: 4 to 6 p.m.
Place: International District/Chinatown Community Center, 719 8th Avenue South
RSVP: (206) 684-3136, or kingstreet@seattle.gov.

SEATTLE- The King Street Station Restoration Project will host an open house to give the public an opportunity to learn more about completed and upcoming work and about the environmental review currently underway. The event will take place at the International District/Chinatown Community Center, near Dearborn Street.

For over one hundred years, downtown’s King Street Station has served as a gateway into Seattle for millions of train travelers. In February 2008, the City of Seattle purchased the landmark building from BNSF Railway and embarked on an ambitious project to restore its historic character and transform it into a modern transportation hub equipped to serve Seattle for the next hundred years.

In just over a year, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has substantially completed exterior building improvements, including replacement of the station roof and repair of the four tower clocks.

Soon SDOT will begin Phase II, the much-anticipated interior restoration. The lobby’s original ornate ceiling will be restored, Amtrak operations reconfigured, the grand staircase to Jackson Plaza reopened, and seismic upgrades will be made.

Anyone interested in attending the open house may RSVP to Josh Stepherson, (206) 684-3136, or kingstreet@seattle.gov.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.


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