City Council notes: Town Hall block ‘alley’ vacation, pedestrian plan report

The full Seattle City Council handled a few pieces of legislation Monday involving the streets around Capitol Hill and the nearby:

  • Town Hall ‘alley’ vacation: A public hearing was set for March 6th during the council’s sustainability and transportation committee meeting to discuss the proposed vacation of the public right of way through Town Hall’s block as part of the planned development next to the community forum space that will create twin 32-story apartment towers. Vacation proceeding typically include public benefits packages to offset the value of the lost public space. The land in question for the March 6th, 2 PM hearing is currently part of the surface parking lots surrounding Town Hall.
  • Pedestrian plan report: The full council Monday also approved the first version of a new annual process to document implementation of the Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan. This first report (PDF) got a later start — regular updates will take place every September in advance of the city’s budgeting process. The first report includes a roster of prioritized projects being planned for implementation between 2018 and 2022. We’ve pulled out a list of Capitol Hill, Central District, and First Hill-area projects:
    2018
    17th Ave E & E Thomas St Curb Bulbs
    9th Ave & Cherry St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    9th Ave & Alder St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade2019
    29th Ave E & E Madison St New Signal
    18th Ave & E Madison St New Signal
    Belmont Ave & E Pike St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Boren Ave & Marion St Signalized crossing evaluation

    2020
    Boylston Ave & Seneca St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Broadway and E Fir St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    9th Ave & Marion st Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Boylston Ave & E Pine St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Seneca St & Summit Ave Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Belmont Ave & E Pine St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    9th Ave & Spring St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Boren Ave & Pine St Signalized crossing evaluation
    Melrose Ave & E Denny Way Signalized crossing evaluation
    Boren Ave & Madison St Signalized crossing evaluation
    8th Ave & James St Signalized crossing evaluation

    2021
    Summit Ave & E Pike St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Broadway & E Spruce St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    15th Ave & E Union St Evaluate for Crossing Upgrade
    Boren Ave & Olive Way Signalized crossing evaluation
    Madison St & Terry Ave Signalized crossing evaluation

    2022
    Madison St & Minor Ave Signalized crossing evaluation
    9th Ave & Madison Signalized crossing evaluation
    Howell St & Olive Way Signalized crossing evaluation

    Expect the roster to be tweaked, added to, and revised — especially the post-2019 projects — in future updates.

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