Chuck’s Central District is already a bottle and mug-filled playground for beer lovers on E Union. This summer, it should add a new place to hang out along the street as the beer shop will join the roster of businesses participating in the city’s growing parklet program.
The new location is one of three new parklets added to the program including a Madison Valley spot in front of Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse.
Earlier, the new owners of the Comet and Lost Lake also jumped into the expanding program with a plan to exchange a few parking spots at 10th and E Pike with a street park.
In 2013, Capitol Hill became home to the first parklet in the city as Montana’s management financed a small deck and hangout space in front of the E Olive Way bar.
The program, which works with neighborhood businesses to trade street parking to create public park spaces, will add a wave of new locations in 2014. Though privately financed, parklets are considered public space and people do not need to be customers to enjoy them. Liquor also cannot be consumed in the parklet — though some of the projects include adjacent sidewalk cafes permitted by the city for outside service.
Three More Parklets Added to Seattle’s Pilot Parklet Program
SEATTLE – The Seattle Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the inclusion of three additional parklets in the 2014 Pilot Parklet Program:
- · Equilibrium Fitness in West Seattle (3270 California Ave SW)
- · Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse in Madison Valley (2818 E Madison St)
- · Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District (2001 E Union St)
This brings the total for the pilot program extension to 13 new installations, joining three parklet locations that were approved in 2013 as part of the initial phase of the program. The parklet hosts will work with SDOT over the next several months to design, permit, and construct their parklets with the goal of opening this summer.
Parklets, which convert a small number of on-street parking spaces to public space, serve Seattle communities by activating streets and promoting economic vitality. After selecting 10 of 14 parklet applications in late March, SDOT received additional information and statements of community support for the applications that initially were not chosen for the program. Staff met with applicants to reconsider their parklet proposals and determined that the newly presented ideas for their parklets would make them excellent candidates for the program.
Expanding the Pilot Parklet Program to 13 parklets provides SDOT with additional opportunities to evaluate parklets in neighborhoods throughout the city before making a recommendation on a permanent program later this year.
For more information about parklets or SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program, please visithttp://www.seattle.gov/