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Major Maintenance Project Information
Hubbard Homestead Park (formerly known as Northgate Urban Center) Development


Address: 11203 5th Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125

Current Status

Summer - Fall 2009
The planning and design phase of this project is complete. This page provides information on the planning and design of this new park.

The development of this project is partially funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. For information on the construction of this project please visit: under the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

Spring 2009
Seattle Parks and Recreation has named this site Hubbard Homestead Park. The name honors Harry Hubbard's family, homesteaders who lived at the site from 1913 - 1968. See press release.

The park and ride lot at 5th Ave NE and NE 112th Street (north of the Target store) was purchased from King County on April 1 for $9.5 million. The park and ride will continue to function as a park and ride until June 1, 2009. The commuter parking spaces were relocated to Lorig Associates’ nearby Thornton Place development with no net loss of parking.

This 3.74-acre park is currently in the design phase and permits are being submitted to the Department of Planning and Development. Parks is currently collaborating with Seattle Department of Transportation for improvements on 3rd Ave NE and 5th Ave NE.

Winter 2008/2009 This project received funding for construction in the 2009 CIP budget. The project team has been re-established and is moving forward with design development and construction documents for phase one of the park. Please review the phase one plan found in the summary report for community meeting #3.

July 2008
At the third public meeting Mithun and Parks presented the Vision Plan and Phase 1 design for the park. These plans will be brought to the Design Commission in August. The artist presented design concepts for artistic features in the park. Currently, this project is awaiting news on availability of construction funding.

May & June 2008
The design team is working with the information gathered throughout the outreach process, Design Commission, PAT and Parks to prepare preferred schematic designs. At the upcoming final community meeting on June 25, the design team will present a full development site plan and a phasing option. An artist selection process led us to the artist team of Laura Saddad and Tom Drugan. They will join the design team and integrate artwork into the landscape design.

April 2008
At the community workshop on April 12, 2008 Mithun presented three park schematic concepts to the public. Participants made comments on each design and the concepts in the designs. The designs are:

Concept 1: Blue Streak
Concept 2: Quiet Center
Concept 3: Overlook
The concepts can be seen below. We gathered feedback from the community and will use this information to develop a preferred design.

March 2008 Update
The community meeting on February 20 was well attended with approximately 85 participants. The information gathered at that meeting along with additional outreach efforts will be used as the ingredients to prepare a scope and vision for the park. This month the design team will use that information to prepare very rough design ideas which will be presented for comment at the second community workshop on April 12, 2008.

February 2008 Update
Parks received (8) Statements of Qualifications from local design firms and interviewed (4) on January 23. We were fortunate to have high caliber firms submit. The selection team recommended Mithun as the design consultant.
A list of community members for the Project Advisory Team (PAT) have been identified. The first two PAT meetings will be Feb. 13 & Feb. 27, the week prior and after the first community meeting.

Public Involvement Summary Geotechnical Report (Draft)

Project Description

Budget: $4,000,000
In 2008, $800,000 was allocated to start the planning and design process for this new park. In 2009, additional funding was added to complete phase one resulting in a total project amount of $4,000,000.
Construction begins: TBD
Project complete: TBD

The site was recommended for acquisition by the Northgate community when the 1993 Northgate Area Comprehensive Plan was prepared. It was further recommended in the Planning Commissions Northgate Town Center Visioning Charette and the Northgate Open Space and Pedestrian Connections Draft Report of 2004.

In 2006, a purchase and sale agreement was negotiated with King County. The City made an initial payment in November 2006 and will make a second payment for the balance at closing which is estimated to be in April 2009.

This project will convert an existing 3.73 acre park and ride facility to a new urban park. The park will provide open space to serve existing and future residential development in the area. It will provide amenities for low, medium and high intensity uses creating spaces and amenities for contemplation and recreation. A comfort station may be considered. The final scope will be determined through the planning process. The new park will be connected to and integrated into the overall fabric of the community.

Community Involvement

Public Meetings
Meeting #1 2/20/08 Meeting #2 4/12/08 Meeting #3 6/25/08
Public Advisory Team Meetings
PAT Meeting #1 2/13/08 PAT Meeting #2 2/27/08 PAT Meeting #3 4/09/08 PAT Meeting #4 4/30/08 PAT Meeting #5 6/11/08 PAT Meeting #6 9/10/08
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Updated September 28, 2015

More Information

Karen O'Connor
800 Maynard Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134


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Rendering of site plan
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View The Northgate Urban Center Cultural Audit video

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