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October 14, 2014

Access Seattle Brokers Free Parking Program in West Seattle Junction

A new free parking program brokered by the Access Seattle team will help West Seattle businesses and customers get through concentrated construction! The projects at 4203 SW Alaska St (Andersen Construction) and 4724 California Ave SW (Compass General Construction) are taking up more than 20 parking spaces in that neighborhood block.

The Access team brought contractors, the West Seattle Junction Association and area businesses to the table to come up with a solution. The result is a free parking program that Andersen and Compass are helping to fund: http://wsjunction.org/blog/west-seattle-loves-free-parking/

Customers get up to two hours of free parking in Jefferson Square’s underground parking garage, at SW Edmunds St. and 42nd Ave. SW. The only requirements are that customers:

  1. Use Diamond Parking’s Call to Park service (www.calltopark.com)
  2. Go directly to a participating business to provide their license plate number (Wallflower Custom Framing, Elliott Bay Brewery and Talarico’s Pizzeria)

The brokered mitigation effort is in effect until January of 2015—so come enjoy improved West Seattle access—just pardon the construction dust!


Hub

Seattle is experiencing unprecedented growth and development, both in the downtown Center City area and surrounding neighborhoods. The City of Seattle recognizes that construction can create challenges. Access Seattle is an initiative focused on maintaining mobility in the city during peak construction periods, addressing the impacts in three ways:

  1. Business and community support;
  2. Traveler engagement; and
  3. Construction coordination

A critical element of the Access Seattle Initiative is the new Construction Hub Coordination Program. The hub team of project and on-site coordinators assess permitted construction holistically, across public and private lines, in areas with multiple simultaneous construction projects in close proximity—otherwise known as construction hubs. See below for more information on the current identified hubs-subject to change with the evolving construction landscape.

MISSION

The job of the Construction Hub Coordination Program is to pro-actively address and respond to the cumulative mobility impacts in Construction Hubs through active management of construction-related issues. The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • Identify high development areas as Construction Hubs
  • Evaluate impacts for the duration of each project for all projects within these areas collectively, highlighting potential conflicts and cumulative mobility impacts
  • Provide guidance on ways to maintain mobility in these areas experiencing significant construction impacts
  • Establish reliable lines of two-way communications with key community and business representatives to address construction-related impacts and to flag policy level issues
  • Respond and resolve construction-related impacts in “real-time”

The Access Seattle construction coordination effort comes at a time when downtown Seattle has more projects under construction, about to break ground or recently completed (the last 1.5 years) than it has in the seven years preceding January 2013, according to the Downtown Seattle Association Development Guide June 2014 Update. That update also found that in the last year the amount of office space under construction has nearly doubled, and there are more than three times the number of apartment units under construction compared to the last development cycle in 2007.

CONSTRUCTION HUBS

At present, seven Construction Hub areas are identified. These areas are shown on the Construction Hubs Boundaries Map below, and listed in the chart that follows.  

CONSTRUCTION HUB BOUNDARIES

South Lake Union

Area bounded by Mercer St to the north, Dexter Ave N to the west, Denny Way to the south, and Eastlake Ave E to the east

Alaskan Way Viaduct South (Central Waterfront)

Area bounded by Bay St/Broad St to the north, S Holgate to the south, Elliott Bay to the west, Occidental Ave S/1st Ave to the east.

Alaskan Way Viaduct North

Area bounded by Aloha St the north, Bell St to the south, 5th Ave N/4th Ave N to the west, and Dexter Ave N/7th Ave to the east.

North Westlake

Area bounded by 9th Ave to the northeast, Bell St to the northwest, 5th Ave to the southwest, and Stewart St to the southeast.

Capitol Hill

Area bounded by E Harrison St to the north, Broadway to the west, E Madison St/E Spring St to the south, and 15th Ave to the east.

Ballard

Area bounded by NW 65th St to the north, 24th Ave NW to the west, Shilshole Ave NW to the south, and 8th Ave NW to the east.

West Seattle

Area bounded by Oregon St to the north, California Ave SW to the west, SW Dawson St to the south, and 37th Ave SW to the east.

BACKGROUND

Given the recent increase in development, there are now multiple private and public construction projects simultaneously underway in close proximity in many neighborhoods across the City of Seattle. These areas have been identified and named Construction Hubs.

Construction Hubs often happen within urban village boundaries or areas that were recently re-zoned, and where there is also significant public investment (e.g. First Hill Street Car, Denny Substation, Mercer Corridor, etc.).

If projects in these areas are not coordinated across departments and between the public and private sector, they can cause significant cumulative mobility impacts to businesses, residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

In mid-2013, SDOT Street Use refocused the work programs of two existing staff to create the backbone of a Construction Hub Coordination Program. Additional staff will be hired in 2014 to build in-office and on-site capacity to meet the critical need.
The Construction Hub Coordination Program is a part of Access Seattle, a Seattle Department of Transportation initiative to keep businesses thriving, travelers moving, and construction coordinated during peak building periods.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Construction Hub Team E-mail: SDOTConstructionHub@seattle.gov

Hub Team

Key contacts for residents and businesses concerned with construction:

  • Site Coordinator Ken Ewalt for construction related concerns in Center City area, Alaskan Way Viaduct, North Westlake and South Lake Union hubs | 206.684.4995 or SDOTConstructionHub@Seattle.gov
  • Site Coordinator Wayne Gallup for construction related concerns in West Seattle, Capitol Hill and Ballard hubs | 206.681.6099 or SDOTConstructionHub@Seattle.gov
  • Business Liaison James Kelly for business impact concerns in all hubs | 206.684.8612 or james.kelly2@seattle.gov

Other Program Contacts:

  • Melody Berry – Supervisor
    206-733-9052
  • Elizabeth Weber – Project Coordinator
    206-386-4173
  • Emily Spahn – Project Coordinator
    206-727-8711

  • Construction Hub Team E-mail: SDOTConstructionHub@seattle.gov

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