The process bringing neighborhoods from both sides of I-5 together to design solutions for lidding the busy freeway with space for resources like open park space and housing will move forward with a night of beer-fueled presentations Thursday night.
It’s time for the Central Hills Triangle Collaborative Collab #1 event:
CHS reported on the January design charrette that kicked off the process as teams of community members, engineers, and architects worked together to explore possibilities for lidded space above I-5.
In 2017, developers of the Washington State Convention Center agreed to a $80 million package of community benefits as part of the downtown facility’s $1.6 billion expansion. Included in that package is $1.5 million to power a City of Seattle feasibility study of building a lid across I-5 adjacent the WSCC.
Led by co-chairs and architects John Feit of the Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council and Scott Bonjukian of the Lid I-5 effort, the collaborative’s goal is to “inform the scope” of the city’s lid feasibility study and “to create captivating illustrations of how lids will benefit the health, economy, and cohesion of urban neighborhoods.” It is powered by a $48,000 grant from the Department of Neighborhoods.
Thursday night’s event will feature “seven professional teams” presenting proposals for “a major urban design effort: re-imagining what the space above I-5 could look like when the freeway is eventually lidded.”
“Everything is on the table,” the group writes, “from bikeways and schools to housing and commercial development, and we need your help! This is your chance to critique the early design concepts and challenge the teams to dig deeper and embody community priorities.”
The next event is planned for May 15th, with a third in July before a final presentation currently planned for September.
Meanwhile, the Lid I-5 group and the collaborative announced the City Council will hold an April 18th public hearing before voting on the WSCC community benefits package.
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