The Alliance for Pioneer Square


Historic Elevator Car Wins Preservation Grant

Thanks to a Preservation Special Projects grant from 4Culture, the historic visitor information kiosk in Occidental Park will soon be receiving a thorough structural assessment! This is the first step toward restoring the kiosk and relocating it to a new home in Pioneer Park. Its relocation will make room for a new Pavilion and expanded concierge booth in Occidental Park. The kiosk, which started life as a pre-1900s elevator cab, is staffed by Park Ambassadors daily. Although its beauty and historic value are still evident, it is in disrepair internally and externally. Happily, 4Culture’s monetary support has provided us with […]

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Pioneer Square 2018 Inspiration Fund

Application Due – August 3 Award Notifications – August 27 The Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (BIA) is launching a matching fund for community members to implement projects and programs offering a positive impact in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. The BIA has set aside $10,000 for 2018 and is now accepting applications for projects ranging from $1-$10,000. Project goals might include celebrating neighborhood diversity, benefiting the community, and telling a good story. Apply Now

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March Business Development Update

New businesses keep coming to Pioneer Square. They choose our neighborhood because of what you– all who work and live here right now–have put in place. They’re eager to work with you and make their own contributions to the Pioneer Square story. And like you, they believe future opportunities outweigh the headaches of our current construction challenges. Here’s a quick look at who’s new to the neighborhood and who will be here soon: Welcome to: 13 Coins –This 24-hour Seattle institution is now open at the base of the new Embassy Suites hotel at 255 S King. Browne Family Vineyards […]

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Alliance for Pioneer Square Announces New Executive Director

Lisa Dixon Howard will assume leadership of the organization We are pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Dixon Howard as our new Executive Director. Lisa will fill the vacancy created by Leslie Smith’s departure in January to join Vulcan Inc. as their Public Policy Director of Government & Community Relations. Lisa has most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer for the past 3 years. “The Transition Committee discussed and debated what lies ahead for the organization and what type of leadership is needed to guide us successfully through those challenges, explained Ryan Smith, Co-Chair of the Alliance Board […]

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End of the Year Funding Drive

It’s hard to believe there are only two months left in 2017! As the Alliance turns its focus towards planning for the next year, we’re reminded of how much we’ve been able to accomplish over the last year in Pioneer Square thanks to the support of our community members. During 2017, the Alliance worked steadily towards achieving successes in the neighborhood through our programming, marketing, and community action work. After negotiating a positive outcome in the important Alaskan Way Waterfront agreement, we have been engaged in the continuing planning process to ensure vital access to the waterfront for the neighborhood. […]

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September Business Development Update

As we slide into fall, it’s a grand time to discover and rediscover the array of stores and restaurants in our neighborhood. Here are some of the latest additions, as well as a glimpse of what’s coming… NEW AND OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Cherry Street Coffee moved across the street from their original location on Cherry Street to their new space at the corner of 1st & Cherry. It’s big, it’s beautiful, and it’s just the beginning of what’s to come to the Good Arts Building. Kigo Kitchen is open at 105 1st Ave S. It’s a new collaboration with Ethan […]

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Leslie Smith on the “Homeland” Podcast

As the Executive Director for the Alliance for Pioneer Square, Leslie Smith is well-versed in the unique needs of our neighborhood. Over the past 8 years, her work has touched on many things. She has worked to ensure healthy public spaces in Pioneer Square, with one of the most visible examples of this being the transformation of Occidental Park. She has also provided leadership on addressing the complex social issues in our city, including the myriad challenges surrounding homelessness and how to best help the people in our community who are experiencing it. Recently Leslie was interviewed for the Homeland […]

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Pioneer Square Parks Online Survey

You can help drive design decisions for both a new Pioneer Park and King Street Station Plaza! The Alliance for Pioneer Square is currently asking members of the community to take a brief online survey. This is an exciting opportunity to weigh in on how to reinvigorate these spaces and reconnect with what makes them so great. UPDATE: The survey is now closed. Thank you to everyone who completed the questions and provided feedback. We will be reviewing those insights to help inform future discussions around the design of these parks. This open house is part of the Parks and […]

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Restoring Pioneer Square’s Historic Glass Sidewalks through Crowd Funding Campaign

Alliance for Pioneer Square and National Trust for Historic Preservation team up for an exciting collaboration. The Alliance for Pioneer Square and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with Heineken, are teaming up to restore one of the most unique pieces of Seattle’s history – the prism glass sidewalks of Pioneer Square. Through an ongoing public crowd funding campaign, the Alliance and the National Trust are working to raise funds to fully restore the prism glass sidewalks located at the iconic Smith Tower (2nd Avenue and Yesler Way). Additionally, this project will also help fund revealing the paved-over […]

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June Business Development Update

Covered windows lead to new business in Pioneer Square! We wanted to take a moment to let you know a bit more about each of these new ventures, and share the latest details about when each will be open for business. Join us in welcoming them! RECENT OR IMMINENT OPENINGS: Zocalo 224 Occidental Ave S Joe Bisacca, co-founder and CEO of Elysian Brewing, and Greg Smith, CEO of Urban Visions, opened the doors of Zocalo in May. Joe describes Zocalo as “a modern interpretation of Mexican cuisine”.  Chef Jeffrey Hunter, the former sous chef from Canlis, works a Mexican palette of flavors using […]

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