Update to the Neighborhood March 2014

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Delighted to announce new staff joining us this month. David Yeaworth, formerly staff to Seattle Councilmember Sally Clark will be joining us as the Deputy Director of the Alliance. His work will focus on the pedestrian realm and coordination across the various construction projects in the neighborhood. Liz Stenning will be returning to the Alliance to work on our subsidized parking program including developing strategies for managing the neighborhood parking supply. Both positions are being paid for by grant dollars. Please join me in welcoming them to the team.

Street Civility

Our work on street civility and public safety has picked up pace with the new administration. Two pilot projects, LEAD (law enforcement assisted diversion) and the MDT (multi-disciplinary team) will begin providing outreach and intervention (services and/or legal intervention) in Pioneer Square. These pilot projects are the result of the Center City Stakeholder process where business and human service interests working with the police and prosecutors ensured funding for all of downtown. We are developing a system for social referral from neighborhood stakeholders; we will be looking for all neighborhood members to assist with referrals.

Grants

The International Sustainability Institute received federal funding to re-surface Nord Alley. We have been partnering on a master plan in the design for alley resurfacing and there is already money to finish one alley. We also received city funding to get the medians south of King Street lit and to repair all the broken light pole panels across the neighborhood. This is in addition to the funding for curb cuts, crosswalk painting, and tree trimming that has been occurring the past few months.

 

Stay tuned, there will be many opportunities to become informed and involved. Thanks for your support and see you in the neighborhood.

 

Leslie Smith

Alliance for Pioneer Square

Executive Director