Northeast Pioneer Square Framework Plan

Seeking consultant services for the Northeast Pioneer Square Framework plan. RFQ due Tuesday, March 17th.


The eastern part of Pioneer Square roughly encompasses the blocks between Yesler Way, 2nd Avenue Extension S, 4th Ave S, and S Jackson St. The area is home to a variety of businesses, art galleries, artist studios, and social services. Residents vary in social demographic make-up and live in a variety of housing types from market rate to subsidized housing.

Major transit and auto access in this area provides crucial access to the city and region. This concentration of buses and traffic essentially cuts off streets from other parts of Pioneer Square and downtown. Public spaces are mostly dark and underutilized coupled with a lack of police presence and enforcement. The area lies on a slope which poses difficult ADA access to reach transit and services. Additionally, the retail landscape is further challenged with theft and vandalism.   

Attempts to address issues in this area have been sincere and ongoing, yet disjointed and under resourced. 2nd & Yesler was identified as critical to address in the 1998 Pioneer Square Neighborhood Plan. In 2016, the Alliance for Pioneer Square undertook a project with funding from the Department of Neighborhoods to create a concept plan for public spaces in Pioneer Square. The Pioneer Square Parks and Gateways plan helped set the stage to restore the vibrancy of Pioneer Square’s parks and open spaces. 

Developing a long-term vision for this area, will require thoughtful designs, socioeconomic change and dedicated, progressive stakeholder engagement.


We have identified 2020 as the time to move forward with this work as opportunities and interest is at an all-time high. There are several planning initiatives and developments currently in process that will impact the area.  Some pieces, like the Pioneer Square Parks & Gateways Concept Plan, Fortson Square CPTED report, and the recent Public Space Public Life Study are already in place. Now is the time to pull these and other efforts together and develop a vision for a safer, better connected, healthier space for the diverse populations that live, work, spend time and pass through this part of Seattle.  A cohesive framework plan will tie together planning efforts to leverage opportunities and to ensure that displacement is minimized.  Listed below are several past, current, and future efforts:

  • King County Civic Campus Master Plan (King County)
  • Courthouse Vicinity Improvement Committee (King County)
  • 410 Second Ave S development (Chief Seattle Club)
  • Fortson Square Design (Chief Seattle Club, SDOT, Alliance)
  • Fortson Square CPTED Report (Seattle Neighborhood Group)
  • Prefontaine Fountain, City Hall Park, 3rd Avenue design and connections (Seattle Parks)
  • 123 Third Ave S/Canton Lofts development (Nitze Stagen)
  • Pioneer Square Transit Entrance Headhouse (Sound Transit)
  • Yesler Crescent Public Space Public Life Study (SDOT)
  • Civic Square (Bosa Development)
  • Frye Apartments building renovations (LIHI)
  • Third Avenue Transit Corridor Improvements Project (King County, SDOT)
  • Third Avenue Design Vision & Quick Wins (Downtown Seattle Association)
  • Imagine Greater Downtown (SDCI, SDOT)



The critical driver for this project is pulling together a diverse group to agree upon a shared vision and goals. With inclusive public outreach, the consultant will work on the following:

Click here for submission information: Seeking consultant services for the Northeast Pioneer Square Framework plan. RFQ due Tuesday, March 17th.