The 2016 Pioneer Square Map & Guide has arrived! We couldn’t be more excited to publish our newest edition of the neighborhood’s guide. It is full of great information about Pioneer Square and has colorful maps outlining the neighborhood’s points of interest, arts + culture, restaurants, shops and services. It even gives an in-depth overview on all the options for “getting here”. Take a look at the guide below and come see what everyone is talking about. Pioneer Square is trending!
The City of Seattle has adopted a Rental Registration Inspection Ordinance (RRIO) and an Unreinforced Masonry Retrofit (URM) ordinance to require seismic retrofit of URM buildings is anticipated later in the year. Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District (CID) will be particularly impacted by these policies. Together, the neighborhoods contain approximately 15 percent of all unreinforced masonry buildings in the city and are particularly vulnerable in the event of a major earthquake. Both also contain significant affordable housing for low-income individuals and families with children, seniors, and recent immigrants, as well as affordable commercial space for small businesses.
Much of the neighborhoods’ historic building stock may be subject to at least one of the new policies, and many buildings will be affected by both. In the CID alone, at least 700 affordable housing units (half of which are occupied) need work to comply with URM retrofit requirements; 600 of those will also require upgrades to meet rental inspection standards. Dozens of small businesses—largely located in mixed-use URM buildings—will also be impacted and potentially displaced.
SCIDPDA will conduct outreach in both neighborhoods as a practical way for property owners and city agencies to anticipate the work required to comply with the new policies, estimate associated costs, and create a sustainable, targeted financing mechanism for improvements. The pilot will explore the work required to rehabilitate 5 to 7 case study buildings for URM compliance, including needs assessments and cost estimates by professional consultants, and exploration of potential funding mechanisms to fund retrofit work. Community engagement will be conducted throughout the process. For more information, contact project manager Paul Mar at 206-838-8233 or PaulM[at]scidpda.org.
**Date change alert: Due to weather forecasts, Spring Clean is rescheduled for Saturday, May 17th. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Volunteer for the Pioneer Square Spring Clean!
Great things are happening in Pioneer Square, yet there is still a lot of work to do! Be part of the solution and join us on Saturday, May 17th for the annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean. Help brighten up the neighborhood! Open registration ends at 5 PM on May 9th.
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Occidental Park – S Main St & Occidental Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Event is from 9 AM to 12 PM on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Check-in begins at 8:30 AM in Occidental Square Park. Lunch will be served at noon. You may choose your t-shirt size and lunch preferences during registration. After you register, keep an eye on your email in the coming weeks for a selection of tasks you may be assigned to for the event (we will ask for your top two choices – make sure you respond!).
Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter! We’ll be posting updates and pictures of the event using the #PSQclean hashtag. Use #PSQclean to help us find your pictures and comments!
This event is brought to you by the Alliance for Pioneer Square. Special thanks to our partners Feet First, International Sustainability Institute, Recology Cleanscapes, and Seattle Parks Foundation. And thanks to you for being part of the continual revitalization of Pioneer Square!