Mt. Baker Station Area

What's Happening Now?

On February 7, we posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a transit-oriented development analysis in the Mount Baker Station Area. Responses are due by 6:00 p.m. on February 24, 2020. Read a summary of questions and answers on the RFQ.

The Mount Baker Station Area has been the focus of several important planning processes in the past 10 years. Since the completion and operation of the Link Light Rail Station, there are recent pipeline private sector developments, and several significant public-sector capital investments slated for the area. There is an opportunity and need to create a stronger framework for intergovernmental collaboration. A collaborative effort focused on implementing the city's adopted plans and policies in the Mount Baker Station Area will help ensure maximum benefit from City Department's work efforts and investments. It will also guide and leverage other public and private investments to achieve overall community's vision in a cohesive, equitable and cost-effective way. We have created an interdepartmental Action Team to meet regularly, collaborate work and focus on implementation including development strategies in the Transit Oriented Development area. See the Project Charter here.

Transit Oriented Development

Accessible Mt Baker: The Accessible Mount Baker (AMB) plan laid out a bold vision to enhance safety and accessibility for everyone. It prioritizes the safety of people walking and biking through the area while enhancing transit reliability. The Seattle Department of Transportation has two major design efforts in the works that serve as steps toward the Accessible Mt Baker vision:

  1. SDOT is partnering with King County Metro and Sound Transit to study the feasibility of potentially relocating the Metro Transit Center closer to the Light Rail station. We know from previous outreach that this is a desired change, so now we're at the point of figuring out the technical details and opportunities internally. The early design for this relocation is funded and the final design and construction are currently unfunded.
  2. SDOT is studying near-term walking/biking improvements to help people get to this transit hub. We have a list of potential projects and by the end of 2019, we're selecting which to move forward with based on cost/benefit and community input. Check out the Accessible Mount Baker webpage for more information.

Get Involved

Feedback from the community is needed in order to guide our implementation efforts and create effective development strategies that will help ensure that the community's vision and priorities, as reflected in adopted plans and policies, are implemented in an effective and equitable way. Email Nicolas Welch your feedback or for more information on how to be involved.

Project Timeline

The project will support the groundwork, agreement and partnership needed to complete design and funding for Accessible Mt Baker construction, utility strategies, open space acquisition, and overall economic development to implement community goal and priorities. The estimated timeline is five years, beginning in late 2017.