Category: General

THE CITY’s “MOVE SEATTLE” LEVY — CREATING FUNCTIONAL TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

For over a decade, the City has studied the challenges and opportunities for a truly effective transit oriented development in the North Rainier Valley.   Finally, in recent months, our community is seeing real progress as SDOT has refined its Accessible Mount Baker project, and the Mayor and other City representatives have called for a…

Healthy Forest, Healthy Community: Neighbors Help Restore Cheasty Greenspace and Hanford Steps

In April, 2015, the Friends of Mt Baker Town Center celebrated the Earth Day weekend with a group of neighbors who focused on restoration of Cheasty Greenspace and the Hanford Steps, where they connect to Mt. Baker Town Center.   We removed invasive plants, such as the Himalayan Blackberry, disposed of garbage which has accumulated in…

UW Engineering Teams Focus on Mt. Baker Intersection Problem

In 2014, the Friends of Mt Baker Town Center reached out to the University of Washington Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering with a proposal.   We asked if the University might be interested in studying the complex infrastructure problem at the heart of the nascent Mt. Baker Town Center.  Specifically, could the UW focus its energy…

Next Stop, Mt Baker Town Center? Stakeholders Welcome City’s New Focus On Business and Community Development Near Transit Stop

On a Friday morning in 2015, a group of business and community stakeholders began meeting in North Rainier Valley at the 2100 Building and began identifying key priorities for sparking positive business development in the Mt Baker Town Center.   The meetings were well attended, with representatives from a variety of local stakeholders, including QFC / Rite-Aid,…

The North Rainier Neighborhood Plan: The Community’s Blue Print For Transit Oriented Development

In the early 1990’s, Seattle began a neighborhood planning effort that spanned 38 Seattle neighborhoods.   The plans provided the City with direction on a broad range of subjects important to the neighborhoods, which would be incorporated into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  The North Rainier Neighborhood Plan was completed in 1999.  During the process, the…

ACCESSIBLE MT. BAKER: SDOT REVEALS BOLD PLAN

After 15 years of study, a bold plan for solving the Mt Baker Town Center mess was unveiled by the Seattle Department of Transportation at the March 26 open house.  See Accessible Mount Baker.  The well attended event included members from throughout the surrounding community, and discussed SDOT’s recommended proposals for improving modes of travel…