With reporting by Kelsey Hamlin
The Community Package Coalition has reached an agreement on an $80 million slate of public infrastructure investments surrounding the planned expansion of the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle.
Details of the agreement were set to be unveiled in a Monday afternoon press conference:
On Monday, October 16th at 1:30 PM, the Community Package Coalition, an alliance of community organizations adjacent to the planned the three-block, $1.6B Washington State Convention Center Addition (WSCCA), will announce results of their months-long negotiations with the developers of the WSCCA to secure a fair public benefits package for the people of Seattle.
The coalition represents community groups and nonprofits including the First Hill Improvement Association, Lid I-5, Capitol Hill Housing, Cascade Bicycle Club, Central Seattle Greenways, Housing Development Consortium, Freeway Park Association, and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.
UPDATE: Here is the announced roster of projects that made the benefits package cut:
|Summary of WSCC Addition Public Benefits and Investments|
|Community Package Projects|
|Freeway Park Improvements||$10.0|
|Lid I-5 Study||$1.5|
|Pike-Pine Bicycle Improvements||$10.0|
|Olive Way Pedestrian Improvements||$0.5|
|8th Ave Bicycle Improvements||$6.0|
|Terry Ave Promenade||$4.0|
|Other Public Benefits (current estimate)|
|Pike-Pine Renaissance Pedestrian Improvements||$10.0|
|9th Avenue Pedestrian Improvements||$0.6|
|Historic Building Lighting||$1.0|
|Improvements to Olive Way||$0.2|
The coalition has been pushing Convention Center and public officials to create a broader — and more expensive — package of public benefits package required to justify the vacation of three alleys for the $1.6 billion downtown project. Continue reading