In the midst of the many reviews and public oversight shaping the expansion of the Washington State Convention Center is one special process designed to determine the public benefits developers must provide as part of the $1.4 billion expansion project that will reshape the connection between downtown and Capitol Hill.
A public meeting has been scheduled to identify concerns about the site and to receive public input into establishing public benefit priorities, which may include low income housing, townhouse development, historic preservation, public open space, implementation of adopted neighborhood plans, improvements to pedestrian circulation, urban form, transit facilities and, or other elements that further an adopted City policy and provide a demonstrable public benefit.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at (Seattle City Hall 600 4th Ave/601 5th Ave, Bertha Landes Room). Written and/or oral comments may be submitted prior to the meeting or at the meeting.
All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. Translators or interpreters provided upon request. Please contact the Public Resource Center at email@example.com or (206) 684-8467 at least five business days prior to the meeting to request this service.
Written comments may be submitted through September 2, 2015 and should be submitted to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to:
DPD – Attn: PRC
PO Box 34019
Seattle, WA 98124-4019
Here is how the meeting will work according to DPD:
The public meeting is meant to provide an overview of the proposal so the public can offer feedback on the range of public benefits that should be considered by the Department of Planning and Development. After the meeting, staff will development a PCD report identifying at least three public benefit priorities that should be addressed as a part of the approval process. These benefits are separate from what will be required for the alley/street vacation process.
According to the city, public benefits may include low-income housing, historic preservation, and public space.
Representatives for the Convention Center tell CHS they aren’t sure what they’ll hear from the public come Wednesday night but that affordable housing is already planned for the future developments due to requirements from King County attached to some of the property involved. Continue reading