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Older, Smaller, Better Neighborhoods

Older, Smaller, Better Neighborhoods

The Preservation Green Lab figured out why we love Pioneer Square: Older, smaller neighborhoods are better! The Lab studied neighborhoods around the country. Among other discoveries they found:  1/ Older, smaller buildings provide space for a strong local economy 2/ Older business districts provide affordable, flexible space for entrepreneurs of all backgrounds 3/ The creative economy thrives in older mixed-use neighborhoods 4/ Young people love old buildings  Join us for a discussion on the Older, Smaller, Better report and how Pioneer Square is a model of the movement to save and reinvigorate historic buildings and neighborhoods. A panel discussion will […]

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Business & Community Development Update – September 2014

Business & Community Development Update - September 2014

We’re still feeling the afterglow of last week’s announcement about Weyerhaeuser and 200 Occidental. What a bright spot in our future. Right now is a great time, too…. If the weekend move went as expected, the Seattle Mystery Bookshop, a beloved and sought-out Pioneer Square destination for 24 years, should be open for business today in their new location a few yards east of their former doorway. Can’t wait to see the new digs! We’re thrilled about Seattle Magazine’s article about our growing retail scene. Of course, this is only a fraction of all-that’s-fabulous in our neighborhood. Want to see […]

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Weyerhaeuser Moving HQ to Pioneer Square

Local timber company Weyerhaeuser has announced plans to move its headquarters from Federal Way, WA to Pioneer Square. The company’s new home will be at 200 Occidental, a new development by Urban Visions that is planned for completion in 2016. The move will bring 900 employees to Pioneer Square. See Weyerhaeuser’s press release here, as well as Mayor Ed Murray’s blog post about the big news here. Thank you to Urban Visions and Weyerhaeuser for bringing this development and activation to the neighborhood. The announcement was made public on August 26, 2014 in a press conference in Occidental Square Park, […]

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Changes to Sunday Parking in Pioneer Square

Changes to Sunday Parking in Pioneer Square

In late September, SDOT will add Sunday time limits to parking spaces near retail and restaurants in Pioneer Square. The new time limits are designed for customers and visitors to more easily find parking on Sundays. The change affects about 25 percent of the on-street parking spaces in Pioneer Square with limits of two hours between 10 AM to 6 PM. The blue lines on the map show the streets affected. These new time restrictions connect to the existing time limits along the Waterfront, which SDOT found allowed an extra 30 to 40 percent of vehicles to find parking. Parking […]

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Cafe Nordo’s Letter to Pioneer Square

Cafe Nordo's Letter to Pioneer Square

Dear good people of Pioneer Square, Café Nordo announces that we have found a permanent home. In the winter of 2013 we were practicing our semi-annual ritual of looking for a space that would allow us to install a theater and a kitchen for eight weeks and present one of our performances to the public. We met Karen True of the Alliance for Pioneer Square who convinced us Pioneer Square was the only place we should consider and walked us through the neighborhood with the kind of infectious fervor we find to be, quite simply, the best quality in a […]

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Community & Business Development Update – August 2014

Community & Business Development Update - August 2014

Everybody’s talking… Café Nordo co-founders Erin Brindley and Terry Podgorski fell in love with Pioneer Square when they produced last year’s spaghetti western, SMOKED!, at The Kitchen by Delicatus. Later, after they tired of moving their live theatre-dinner productions from venue to venue, they decided to look for a permanent home in our neighborhood. Last month they announced they are ready to begin the build-out of Nordo’s Culinarium in the Globe Building. They’ll take the space at 109 S Main that runs along Nord Alley. (Nordo’s on Nord Alley. Fun, yes?) The press is all a-twitter about the news. (Check […]

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Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program News – August 2014

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program News - August 2014

Topics: Bertha update – Construction of the access pit’s underground walls will continue through August Early warning – Four-day closure of SR 99 coming in late August Milepost 31 Speakers Series – Bertha and progress on the SR 99 Tunnel Project Bertha update – Construction of the access pit’s underground walls will continue through August Earlier this week, Seattle Tunnel Partners notified us that building the underground walls of the circular pit (pdf 2.5 Mb) crews will use to access and repair the SR 99 tunneling machine will continue through August. While this date is later than anticipated, STP reports that […]

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Pioneer Square Health Impact Assessment

Pioneer Square Health Impact Assessment

Does Pioneer Square need a grocery store? According to a study recently completed by the Health Impact Assessment graduate class at the University of Washington we do. The Pioneer Square Health Impact Assessment (PDF) considers the neighborhood’s built environment, community and social services, mobility, and economic issues, all with an eye on the effects on human health. Other key findings include: Provide a public toilet in the heart of the neighborhood Encourage developers to include affordable housing in new residential buildings Continue the expansion of bike lanes and pedestrian sidewalks Much of the assessment considered the goals and objectives of the […]

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TK Art of the City Street Fair + Call for Volunteers

TK Art of the City Street Fair + Call for Volunteers

Calling all lovers of art, music, food, and dancing in the streets!  The Tashiro-Kaplan Building is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on Saturday, August 2 by closing down Prefontaine Pl S and filling it with creative juice.  We need a little help from our friends and admirers to throw this party, if you can pitch in a couple hours of your time we’ll make it worth your while. Volunteers are needed for security, staging, and guiding guests through the amazing array of delights throughout the building and in the street.  Shifts run all day from 7am to 10pm, for just a […]

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Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Update – July 2014

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project Update – July 2014

Contractor announces details of repair work plan for the SR 99 tunneling machine Bertha, the SR 99 tunneling machine, has always been big. The focus now is on rebuilding Bertha and making her better, according to a new repair work plan unveiled Monday, June 16, by Seattle Tunnel Partners, our design-build contractor for the SR 99 Tunnel Project. STP’s work plan (pdf 4.8 Mb), which is illustrated in a new animation (view on YouTube), contains four major repair and enhancement elements: Replacing the damaged seal system with a more robust system Replacing the main bearing Installing enhanced monitoring systems Adding steel […]

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