Wait a second. They’re going to tunnel through Capitol Hill?
Most of the big decisions surrounding the construction of the Capitol Hill light rail station and tunnels connecting UW with downtown via subterranean Capitol Hill were made a long, long time ago. Most of the decisions left ’til today are like the noise variance issue — important but, in the grand scheme of things, trivial compared to miles of tunnels and eight years of construction.
But the decisions around how the land included in the light rail station construction will be developed in terms of community space, retail and housing weren’t made in the past. Capitol Hill’s transit oriented development discussion is just beginning. Next Tuesday’s public forum is billed as the last of Sound Transit’s public discussions about the development but it really will be the start of the political and community process to shape this critical space in the heart of the Hill.
Transit Oriented Development Public Forum
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010 06:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Where: Century Ballroom 915 E. Pine St., Seattle, WA 98122
What: Sound Transit: “This is the final in a series of quarterly community forums exploring future transit oriented development concepts at the station site. This forum will focus on community feedback received during the last year, initial results and the process moving forward.”
Below are three reports developed by a working group that has been meeting with Sound Transit to help shape this conversation. More on the group from the CHS post where these reports were first shared:
The Recommendations Report, is the culmination of efforts by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, Seattle Departments of Planning and Transportation, Sound Transit, and the TOD Stakeholders Committee – a group that represents a wide range of Capitol Hill residents, business owners, and organizations. For over a year this group met regularly to influence the future of the Sound Transit sites adjacent the Capitol Hill light rail station.
Here are the final products from that working group. They’re a little wonky but consider them your crash course in TOD. View in full screen or download.