Capitol Hill is all too familiar with stalled construction projects that leave blighted empty space in our neighborhood. Luckily, were also pretty good at keeping them fun, active and entertaining. Well, with the Great Recession putting many projects on hold indefinitely the city is looking to do something with these empty lots through their “Holding Patterns” Initiative. From the press release:
Have you noticed how many lots have been left empty or partially developed due to the stalled economy? These vacant project sites are all around us. Unattractive and unbecoming of our city, we pass by them every day: empty holes, barren plains of gravel, voids in the city fabric. How can we convert these eyesores to opportunities?
Whether a concert space or a bumper car track, basketball hoops or a fleeting performance stage, from temporary to semi-permanent, wacky, practical or both, the Design Commission is welcoming any and all ideas. Artists, designers, non-profits, businesses, developers, students, astronauts, everyone is invited to contribute ideas. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged.
Capitol Hill’s most notorious empty lot is certainly 500 E. Pine, aka The People’s Parking Lot, but there are quite a few others sitting idle around the hill. Here is a map of all of our sites (disclaimer: I’m not as familiar with the NE part of the hill, so if I’ve missed anything let me know).
View Capitol Hill’s Empty Spaces in a larger map
In all I’ve counted 9 lots for a total of nearly 3.5 acres of empty space. So what say you Hillites? What are some good ideas for these lots? Bounce some around here but if you’re really serious, here is how to submit a formal proposal to the city:
Submit via e-mail to Valerie.Kinast@seattle.gov a pdf formatted file and in the body of the email the names/backgrounds of participants and contact information for one person. Please put “Holding Patterns” in the subject line. 6 MB maximum file size.
Deadline: Monday, May 24th 2010
Your submission should include the following:
- a brief narrative including rationale, goal, purpose, program, and design
- intent the location, if specific (all city-wide locations are acceptable)
- a site plan and/or images that communicate your ideas
- Maximum of four 8.5” x 11” single-sided pages per site category