Landmark Challenge Grants Applications Now Open for Rehab and Repair of Historic Properties

4Culture is offering another round of funding for stewardship of historic properties all around King County, including those within the City of Seattle, through the Landmark Challenge Grants program. This program funds “bricks and mortar” projects on individually landmarked buildings, sites, structures, objects as well as those in designated districts. Funds awarded through this program may be used for upfront structural or conditions assessments, preservation plans, and cost estimating; architectural design and engineering; materials and contracted labor; essential building systems; and certain project management costs.

4Culture’s Landmark Challenge Grant application period is now open, and Wednesday noon-time workshops are underway through June 27th. Application deadline is July 11. Guidelines and applications are on the 4Culture website.

  • Eligible properties: Seattle landmarks, contributing properties in districts, King County landmarks and suburban city landmarks
  • Eligible activities: bricks & mortar, also project planning, design, permits, etc.
  • Cost share: 1-to-1 cash match required
  • Minimum ask: $10,000
  • Applicants must indicate their intent to apply, and schedule a site visit

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Construction Closures – Highlights for Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 1

Visit WSDOT’s website for a complete list of closures. Closure information changes frequently, so remember to check for updates throughout the week.


Highlights for Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 1

Corridor wide:

  • The southbound SR 99 off-ramp to South Atlantic Street will close from 9 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday.

North end:

  • John Street will close between Taylor Avenue North and Sixth Avenue North from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Northbound Sixth Avenue North will close between Thomas and Harrison streets from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Friday.
  • Flaggers will alternate traffic through one lane on Thomas Street between SR 99 and Sixth Avenue North from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central waterfront:

  • The lanes adjacent to bus stop islands  on Alaskan Way and in the ferry holding area will close between Madison and Columbia streets around-the-clock Tuesday through Friday
  • Flaggers will alternate traffic in the intersection of Yesler Way and the road under the viaduct from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Quick links:


Website links

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

SR 99 Tunnel Project | South Holgate Street to South King Street Project

New Ticketing and Baggage Area Opens Tomorrow at King Street Station

From SDOT:

SEATTLE—A new, improved ticket and baggage area will open tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23) in Seattle’s historic King Street Station, upgrading the facility to meet the present and future needs of rail and bus passengers. Completed by the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to better serve Amtrak’s customers, this work is part of the ongoing major restoration of King Street Station.

What passengers will see tomorrow in the new ticket and baggage area is new terrazzo flooring, salvaged marble wall panels, refurbished wood doors and upgraded lighting. New baggage carousels will facilitate baggage handling and Amtrak buses will load and unload passengers in a newly paved turnaround area on the west side of the station. A quiet, energy-efficient ground source heat pump system has also been installed to provide heating and cooling for this area, and Amtrak employees will enjoy new office space.

Peter Hahn, director of the Seattle Department of Transportation, explained, “The beauty of this work is that we’re preserving the station’s historic elements while also adding modern passenger conveniences to better serve its customers.”

“Amtrak will be working hard to make sure that our passengers can navigate in and around the station during the next phase of construction,” said Amtrak Assistant Superintendent Gay Banks Olson. “There will be some challenges with regards to access to the station and the other construction occurring in the immediate vicinity. We want to let passengers know in advance so they can be prepared.”

As part of the station’s rehabilitation, vintage lighting was recently added to the new plaza that fronts on South Jackson Street. Other recently completed elements include all new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems, and the addition of a fire sprinkler system where none existed before. Renovation of the grand stairway that connects the Jackson Street Plaza to the station entrance below has been completed but it will not be available for use until the current seismic upgrade work is finished. Restoration of interior and exterior historic architectural details including the waiting room’s ornamental plaster work is now underway, in addition to seismic upgrades.

“Passengers are the reason behind everything we do,” said John Sibold, director of the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Rail Office. “We are pleased to implement federal funding to enhance the customer experience for all Amtrak Cascades passengers.”

Passengers will now enter the Amtrak ticketing and baggage area from a temporary entrance to the north of the current station entrance, but still located on the western side’s lower floor. There is a new taxi queuing area on South King Street, where there also are temporary 15-minute passenger load and unload spots, along with temporary ADA parking stalls to facilitate access to the station during construction. Passengers are advised to arrive at the station well in advance of the normally-recommended 30 minutes prior to departure and to be aware the ticketing area has been relocated. Parking in the area is also severely limited which may require additional time and passengers may want to be dropped off or take transit to the station.

King Street Station serves more than four million passengers a year with Amtrak trains, Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches and Sounder commuter rail. The multi-year project is financed with a combination of funds from the city’s Bridging the Gap transportation initiative as well as state, federal and private sources.

For more information on King Street Station, please visit its Web site at:

Targeting Graffiti in Pioneer Square

Graffiti artists love it when their tag is seen by the entire city. The more exposure a tag gets, the more notoriety the artist gets. That’s why buildings with tags that are left untouched for long periods of time are magnets for more vandalism. This is also why we must work together as a community to report vandalism and take prompt action to clean up graffiti. If you see graffiti in Pioneer Square:


  • Report online using the Online Report Form
  • Call the City’s Graffiti Report Line at (206) 684-7587
  • Make a police report to (206) 625-5011 when graffiti appears on your property.
  • If you see an act of graffiti vandalism in progress, call 911 immediately. Graffiti vandals must be caught in the act to be prosecuted.


The Graffiti Nuisance Ordinance requires property owners to remove graffiti in a timely manner, or have the property considered a nuisance. Visit SPU’s website to learn more about how the ordinance affects property owners, as well as tips and resources on how to rid your property of graffiti. If you need more graffiti support, please contact the Alliance.