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Belltown Community Center
Belltown Community Center Open House
Friday September 14, 2012
For any additional information contact the Parks Project Planner
The 1999 Community Center Levy provides $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.
Tenant Improvements to the building are underway and are expected to be completed in early September of 2012, with the facility open to the public in mid-September 2012.
Parks is currently working with potential partners to operate the facility, making sure to incorporate the needs and desires of the community in those discussions. Parks will also incorporate a mechanism for community members to be involved in future operations and programming decisions related to the center.
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 has 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:
Parks is currently pursuing a lease option for a site at the southwest corner of 5th Avenue and Bell Street. An independent operator will be selected through a Request for Proposal process for this community center.
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:
Best of Belltown Event
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
2200 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121
Seattle Parks and Recreation is planning a new and unique Community Center for the Belltown neighborhood. Whether you’re hearing about it for the first time, or are already actively involved, we invite you to bring your ideas and creative thoughts to the initial public meeting. At this meeting, Parks staff will outline the project scope and schedule, and learn what the community priorities are for programming and operating the center.
|Meeting #1||March 16, 2011||Agenda||Notes|
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:
|Meeting #1||February 28, 2011||Agenda||Notes|
|Meeting #2||March 28, 2011||Agenda||Notes|
|Meeting #3||May 23, 2011|
The Community Center Levy currently allocates $2.02 million for planning, design, build-out and lease of a new community center facility.
Sr. Recreation Program Coordinator for Central Recreation
|Meeting #1||Feb. 15, 2001||Agenda||Minutes|
|Meeting #2||June 18, 2003||Minutes|
|Meeting #3||August 24, 2005||Minutes|
2001-2003 Project Advisory Team (appointed by the Superintendent in November 2001)
Project Advisory Team Meetings:
|Meeting #1||Feb. 6, 2001||Minutes|
|Meeting #2||Feb. 26, 2001||Minutes|
|Meeting #3||Oct. 21, 2002, 6 p.m.||Minutes|
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