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Light rail forum is chance to make station a people place

Next week, there’s yet another important public meeting on the CHS Calendar. It’s difficult to keep up with all these meetings — there’s another design review tomorrow night and the Capitol Hill Community Council will be discussing plans for a new Pride event on Capitol Hill on Thursday night, for examples — so you need to pick your battles. Why you might consider this one: the Sound Transit forum will be the first of quarterly meetings to discuss the “transit oriented development” phase of the light rail station project. This is your chance to tell ST, the city and everybody else who shows up what you would like to see the vision — and rules — be for how we use the space surrounding the new transportation hub.

Here are some of the ideas mentioned here in CHS comments in the past and a few bonus ideas floating around:

  • Community meeting space
  • Community performance space
  • Expanded Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market on a closed Nagle Pl
  • Market stalls for craft vendors
  • An open roof viewpoint area for views of the city below

Add your comments to this post with support for these or new ideas and I’ll bring a printout to the forum to post. I also — with my Cap Hill Community Council hat on — have the opportunity to present for a few minutes about enabling community space as part of the development. I’ll try to bring your ideas into that presentation, also.

Sound Transit Capitol Hill Station TOD Public Forum

March 25, 2009
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Seattle Central Community College – Room 4106

710 Broadway, Seattle, 98122

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Welcome to a series of quarterly community meetings hosted by Sound Transit

Join in a discussion about transit-oriented development after construction is complete on the Capitol Hill light rail station. This is the first in a series of quarterly community forums exploring future transit oriented development ideas at the station site.

The first community forum is scheduled for March 25. We hope you will be able to join us.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Open house at 6:00 p.m., presentation to begin at 6:15 p.m.)

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