On December 6th, a community openhouse was held at 420 E. Pike Street to show ideas and preliminary design proposals for development around the Capitol Hill light rail station. Input from the general public was encouraged. Hosted by Capitol Hill Housing and Gerding Edlen, (the latter is developing the site), members of the design team were on-hand to answer questions.
There appear to a number of goals surrounding the development, mostly having to do with creating a centric, community-based environment which promotes easy accessibility, while incorporating affordable housing in the mix. There are four sites that will be developed around the transit station at 140 Broadway East on Capitol Hill, some with resident-friendly features, such as a daycare center.
Here are a few of the ideas being proposed:
- a blend of housing and retail, including potentially a restaurant
- ground-floor daycare center, including an adjoining outside play area
- large anchor retail store
- twice-weekly, year-round farmers market on the plaza (adjacent to Cal Anderson Park)
- great accessability and an easy walk to the transit station
- 20-100% affordable housing, depending upon the building site, based on average median income
- “festival street” that would close to vehicles during special events
- rooftop deck
- underground parking
- library amenity on a 2nd floor
- urban agriculture (they are currently looking for a farming partner)
The Capitol Hill Link Light Rail station links the University of WA to Downtown Seattle on a 3.15 mile-long line, and greatly reduces the normal car commute. The station is located on the surface as well as underground, and was newly opened this year. Construction around the station will begin in the spring of 2018 and last for 18 to 24 months.