Belltown Community Center
Project Fact Sheet
Location: 415 Bell St, Seattle WA 98121
Thank you Seattle!
Belltown Community Center was opened in September 2012. For information about the current programs, room rentals, and more, please visit: Belltown Community Center.
The 1999 Community Center Levy provided $2.02 million for a new community center for the Belltown community.
The intent of this project consists of leasing a 6,000 sq.ft. new community center space that would serve as a civic focal point for this densely populated downtown neighborhood with rooms available for public meetings, classes and rentals.
The lease agreement for the Belltown Community Center, located at the southwest corner of 5th Ave and Bell St, 415 Bell Street, was presented to the Parks Committee for approval on November 17, 2011, where it was approved, it was subsequently approved by Full Council in December 2011. The agreement is for a seven year lease, with an option to renew.
Parks previous attempts to site the facility in 2000 with the Low Income Housing Institute's (LIHI) Belltown View site were unsuccessful. Since then, Parks conducted additional public meetings between 2001-2005 and actively investigated many locations in the Belltown neighborhood for a multi-year lease arrangement to house a community center; however, spaces meeting criteria for a center were virtually non-existent.
In 2010 Park’s acquisition staff investigated an additional 27 sites within the Belltown core for possible lease space to accommodate the Belltown Community Center. Key priorities for location included the following:
- Proximity to Bell Street Park
- Affordable 10-year lease
- ADA accessibility
- Exclusive entrance
- Moderate tenant improvement costs
Belltown Community Center Improvement Project
Over 65 citizens attended the first public meeting for this project. Key priorities from the community on future programming and operations of the Community Center include:
- Seattle Police Department - 24 hours Police desk space
- Free town hall meetings
- Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, possible martial arts classes for all ages
- Adult programs and classes, evening dances/events
- Open 7 days/week all day
- Creation of a community board that works in tandem with the operator
- Regular operator evaluations by the City and community board
- An operator who understands and is engaged with the neighborhood
Project Advisory Team (PAT)
A new Project Advisory Team was appointed by the Superintendent in February 2011. The PAT is an
advisory committee made up of representatives of key stakeholder groups.
It is intended to facilitate sustained and balanced stakeholder participation.
For more information visit the Project Advisory Team Roles page.
Meetings of the PAT are open to the public. At its meetings the PAT will be instrumental in the Request for Proposal process for the community center’s operator and types of programming, along with framing the public meetings. The group's recommendations on these topics are given substantial weight by Parks.
Meeting agendas and minutes are made available on this web page.
Project Advisory Team Meetings:
The Community Center Levy currently allocated $2.02 million for planning, design, build-out and lease of a new community center facility.
Archive of Previous Public Involvement
2001-2003 Project Advisory Team (appointed by the Superintendent in November 2001)
Project Advisory Team Meetings:
||Feb. 6, 2001
||Feb. 26, 2001
||Oct. 21, 2002, 6 p.m.
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December 12, 2013