The Capitol Hill Design Charrette will be a one-day workshop where community members work in small teams to examine the development possiblities and realities for every block of Broadway. Unlike some community meetings, the charrette should be a creative and collaborative experience — and, best of all, it’s the kind of thing Capitol Hill needs to start working on now to be ready for what comes next with the massive changes happening on Broadway.
When it comes to community involvement with the ‘transit oriented development’ process, Sound Transit hasn’t been exactly clear with how it will use community feedback. When asked what his agency was going to do with survey data collected in this recent community meeting, Ron Endlich, ST’s deputy project director for the Capitol Hill station and University Link said, “The survey was an attempt to reach a broader audience. There’s some good info in there.” Thanks for your input.
What we do know is that Sound Transit owns prime commercial real estate in the heart of Capitol Hill. By 2016, there will be a new burst of retail and housing activity around the station. In between now and then somewhere around 2012 or 2013, an important process will be played out when Sound Transit assembles a framework for taking bids on developing the land that will be part of the Capitol Hill station. The request for proposal (RFP) will ostensibly set the guidelines for what kind of transit oriented development happens at the site. The Capitol Hill ‘community’ — you and me, that is — will need to be ready to shape that RFP process through communication, information, ideas and good old fashioned political pressure. How do we prepare ourselves in the meantime?
September’s charrette is an opportunity to begin muscling up on our collective community development strength. It’s a chance to work with community members and community experts like architects and developers to create a vision for how Broadway should be on the best of all possible Capitol Hills. It’s also an opportunity to set some of the vision for the Capitol Hill light rail station’s retail and housing development. And it should also be a creative and fun Saturday afternoon.
Capitol Hill Design Charrette
Saturday, September 12th, 1-5pm
Seattle University community room at Marion and 12th