August 2017

Neighborhood News + Updates

August 2017

August 3-6 at CenturyLink

Founded by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Art Fairis a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase of the vibrant arts community here in the Pacific Northwest. The fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming August 3-6 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.
The Alliance for Pioneer Square is a proud Cultural Partner of the Seattle Art Fair and excited to offer our supporters a 20% discount on Seattle Art Fair tickets including single-day, three-day and Beneficiary Preview tickets. Purchase your tickets online* here:
 *Discount is only redeemable online
For more information on the Seattle Art Fair visit them online at:
Or find them on social media @SeattleArtFair on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Tell us what you think
You can help drive design decisions for both a new Pioneer Park and King Street Station Plaza! The Alliance for Pioneer Square is currently asking members of the community to take a brief online survey. This is an exciting opportunity to weigh in on how to reinvigorate these spaces and reconnect with what makes them so great. You can access the survey here:
This open house is part of the Parks and Gateways Project, led by the Alliance for Pioneer Square. The goal of the project is to create a full system of parks and public spaces that are inspiring, active, and inclusive for all. Find project details here:

A Pioneer Square tradition …for 35 years!

It’s that time of year again! Pioneer Square businesses can now sign up to have fresh cedar garlands and custom handmade red mylar bows installed on their buildings and storefronts for the holiday season. A Pioneer Square tradition, these classic decorations create a festive mood that attracts visitors and customers to the neighborhood.

City Planters has mailed reservation requests to all previously participating business and property managers. They are also available to measure storefronts and create individual cost estimates on request. Please email City Planters at to set up a meeting time.
Installation will begin on Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving Day).

Community Open House offered to hear more about the plan.

The Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI) is pursuing rehabilitation funds for the Frye Hotel. Proposed work includes: updates to building systems, interior units and common areas, as well as cleaning and repair of the historic exterior. LIHI is welcoming the community to an open house to meet staff, hear more about the proposed plan, or simply come check out the beautiful lobby and historic photo collection.

Evening option: Wednesday August 2nd from 5:30 to 7:00 PM
Daytime option: Thursday August 3rd from 9:30 to 11:00 AM
Frye Hotel Lobby: 223 Yesler Way

If you can’t make either open house but want to learn more about this project, please feel free to contact Jill Davies at or 206-443-9935 ext 152.

We did it!
Our Indiegogo campaign to restore the prism glass sidewalks of Pioneer Square was a success. You helped us raise $41,250 so far to help repair and replace these unique gems in our city landscape!
We’re so excited to have the opportunity to demonstrate to the business community and public how beautiful and special these features are to Pioneer Square. Our goal is to get more people on board with preserving these important aspects of our historic urban legacy for generations to come. Thank you for your support and stay tuned as the projects get underway!


Explore historic Pioneer Square

Where: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
When: 2pm Every Friday, Saturday, & Sunday through September
Pioneer Square is the historic birthplace of Seattle. We’re pleased to partner with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park to offer summer tours along the “Trail to Treasure”. Join a guide or grab a map and get walking to learn more about the people who became local legends – some born and raised here, others who traveled from afar to settle in this historic neighborhood. You’ll also learn stories of the special places and events that helped shape the history and development of Pioneer Square, the city of Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region.
Find a Trail to Treasure walking map at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Milepost 31 visitor center, and the information booths at Occidental Square and Pioneer Square Park. Pick up a map and start your historical tour from any of these spots..
You’ll find Trail to Treasure exhibits along the sidewalks throughout Pioneer Square. These informational panels feature historical photos and facts that give pedestrians the opportunity to see the urban environment around them as it once was.
Whether you come across a wayside, take a summer tour, or start at the first point on the Trail to Treasure walking map, we’re excited to have you explore the history of the neighborhood and of Seattle!

Center City Connector updates
The Center City Connector is a segment of Seattle’s streetcar system that will link the South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines through the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Before the streetcar track construction can begin, several major utilities must be relocated and replaced along the future route. Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is relocating segments of natural gas pipeline along 1st Ave S and S Jackson St. Construction on S Jackson St is now complete and crews will complete a small section of brick surface restoration at Occidental Mall next week. PSE crews will return later this summer to continue work on 1st Ave. For more details and to view a project map, visit here.

To contact the project team:

Outside of the Center City Connector project, Seattle City Light (SCL) is taking steps to maintain the electrical reliability in the Pioneer Square area. Starting the week of July 31, crews will excavate to replace underground electrical conduits (duct banks) and then pull in new electrical cable at vaults along S Jackson St. The work will start approximately ½ block east of 1st Ave S and end at S Jackson St’s intersection with 1st Ave S. Check out SCL webpage for updates.
See the construction folio for more details on the first phase of utility construction, focused in Pioneer Square.
If you live or work along the Center City Connector streetcar alignment and would like to schedule a briefing on the project for your group, email
More information about the project:

Tips for managing your commute during the water taxi service suspension

In August, service for the King County Water Taxi will be suspended for up to 7 days, starting August 7th, while its ferry facility is moved to a temporary location on the north side of Colman DockHere’s some helpful info to make getting through the upcoming construction easier for water taxi riders.
Alternative transportation options to consider – While service is suspended in August, water taxi riders may be utilizing different forms of transit to get to and from the downtown core.
Ongoing impacts to the water taxi schedule – The summer/fall West Seattle water taxi schedule will be shifting to help accommodate construction:
To stay up-to-date on the latest rider info around the service suspension, please visit King County Water Taxi online for service advisories, or follow the official Captain’s Blog, which provides news about the water taxis in general.

Coming soon: Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition open houses
With tunnel boring complete, WSDOT is deep in the planning stages for the demolition of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct. WSDOT will hold an  online open house August 3 – 14 to show what’s ahead and give the public a chance to comment on the work to come.
Removing the seismically vulnerable viaduct will be the most visible change to Seattle’s waterfront in decades. The demolition work begins shortly after the new State Route 99 tunnel opens, which is estimated for early 2019. Demolition is expected to take up to nine months and will occur in sections to minimize localized disruptions.
An in-person open house on August 10 is a chance to learn about demolition and other projects happening along the waterfront, and to speak with project staff. Details:
  • Date:  Thursday, August 10
  • Time:  5 to 8 p.m. (walk-in style, no formal presentation)
  • Where:  Waterfront Seattle, 1400 Western Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

Pioneer Square Impacts
For more detail on upcoming projects and events in the region see SDOT’s three week look ahead.

Have you seen an issue in the neighborhood, but didn’t know how to report it to get it taken care of? ” Find It, Fix It” is a smartphone app offering mobile users one more way to report selected issues to the City of Seattle. Reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with your smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit. Help us keep our neighborhood a clean and well maintained. Be on the look out to report graffiti, potholes,street lights out, abandoned cars and other issues through the Find it, Fix it app, online or call 206-684-7587. If graffiti shows up on your property, make a police report by calling 206-625-5011.