Neighborhood Update – October 2013

Pioneer Square Business Improvement AreaTwo wonderful pieces of news for the neighborhood.

1. The Pioneer Square BIA expansion was passed unanimously by City Council on Monday September 23rd. This ensures that Pioneer Square will have resources for on-going economic development for years to come. What does this mean to me you ask? If you want additional information please visit our BIA Expansion page on our web-site or e-mail and one of our team will answer your questions. On behalf of  the BIA Ratepayer Board, I would like to thank all of the neighborhood business owners and staff who stepped up to ensure that this happened. It was truly a team effort. Well done everyone!

2. Yesterday afternoon the City Council passed a piece of legislation that allows the development at 200 Occidental to move forward (PDF of Council Bill). The Community Benefits of this development include several components….activating the east edge of Occidental Park (something the neighborhood has long wanted/needed), brings much needed market rate residential apartments to Pioneer Square, and lastly, the developer will be purchasing and installing a Portland Loo….something else Pioneer Square has long needed. This too was an effort that required many partners. Our thanks to everyone who worked on the various aspects of this project.

Thanks to everyone for their on-going support and belief in a better Pioneer Square. See you in the neighborhood!


Leslie Smith

Executive Director


Letter from the West Precinct Commander

Seattle Police Department

September 14th, 2013

To Our Pioneer Square Residents, Business Owners, Employees, Guardians and Visitors:

Many of you may know by now, a horrific double stabbing occurred in Pioneer Square last night at 2nd Ave. Ext. S. & S. Jackson St. at approximately 10:30PM.  An adult male has since been pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center and an adult female is being cared for there.   We believe that only one suspect was involved and he was placed into custody at the scene by two of our SWAT Officers who were patrolling nearby at 5th S./S. Jackson when the 911 call was broadcast.  The adult male suspect was booked into King County Jail early this morning.

SPD Homicide detectives continue their investigation in order to provide as complete a picture as possible for the King County Prosecutors Office to present charges in court.

West Precinct Officers on all three watches and other support units will continue to provide proactive foot, bike and car patrols in Pioneer Square and its surrounding neighborhoods as they were last night.  As previously planned for, we will also have significantly more staffing in Pioneer Square and adjacent neighborhoods tomorrow afternoon and night as 67,000+ community members come to CenturyLink Field.  I will be on site and in command of all Seattle Police Units working inside and outside CenturyLink Field and surrounding neighborhoods tomorrow.

No words can adequately express the sorrow we have for the victims, their families, friends and co-workers.  We want to thank the witnesses who called 911 and who stepped forward to help the two victims, putting themselves at risk by doing so.

Captain Dermody

West Precinct Commander

A Message from Seattle Seahawk Doug Baldwin

Doug Baldwin, wide receiver of the Seattle Seahawks (#89), reminds the 12th Man to be a good neighbor. Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District border CenturyLink Field, and thousands of fans come through each neighborhood to eat, drink or park on game days. Thank you to Doug Baldwin and the Seattle Seahawks for reminding us that all of Seattle is our home.