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University Heights Open Space South Lot
Project Information


Location: University Way NE and NE 50th Street

Project Status

Summer 2015
All design and long-term maintenance agreements have been finalized. Seattle Parks and Recreation recently awarded the construction contract to WS Contractor and is moving forward with construction.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and University Heights Center collaborated on a revised plan that eliminates a driveway along Brooklyn Ave NE within UHCC property to allow more landscaped area and to preserves more of the current play yard space. A mid-block entry from NE 50th St. was also eliminated. Geo-technical work was completed in 2012 to help design the rain gardens.

The greatest change is tied to the fact that the Farmers Market moved to University Way in the fall of 2014. This reduces some of the details and improvements that the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance and UHCC had been seeking to accommodate the Saturday market. This change allows some flexibility in the design. In fact the project was on-hold for several months as UHCC and NMFA tried to negotiate a long term agreement.

University Way NE and NE 50th Street
The Pro Parks Levy provides $254,000 for planning, design and portion of construction costs.
The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund provides $747,000 for construction.
Planning: January - March 2011
Design: April 2010 - Summer 2015
Construction: September - November 2015
Completion: December 2015

Project Description

Create a multi-use community open space for public use on the south side of University Heights Center for the Community (UHCC), including a performance area/plaza, rain gardens to improve storm water quality, landscaped areas and other amenities. The design will incorporate the farmers market use on a portion of Parks property and the removal of parking from the Parks-owned portion of the site.

This project is one of fifteen community initiated projects that received Opportunity Funds, and combines $254,000 development funds from the 2000 Pro Parks Levy and $747,000 funding from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. The application receivedYou will need adobe acrobat reader to view this document. from the community is a preliminary concept and the final design may be constrained by the actual project budget. All Opportunity Fund projects will go through Parks public involvement procedure which includes public meetings and community input. They will also go through an internal Parks process to ensure the most effective implementation.

Community Participation

Public Meeting #1 06/06/11

Public Meeting #2 07/11/11

Landmarks Preservation Board Architectural Review Committee Meeting 08/26/11

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Updated August 27, 2015


Construction Kick Off and Back-to-School Carnival Bash
Thurs. September 10, 2015
3 - 6 p.m.
University Heights Center
5031 University Way NE,
Seattle, WA 98105

For More Information

Kelly Goold
800 Maynard Ave S
Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98134

Design Development Plan
Design Development Plan
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