July 2018

Pioneer Square News + Updates

Summer in the Square

Kicking off the summer season in Pioneer Square

As we enjoy sunnier days, Pioneer Square would like to encourage folks to shake off the winter hibernation, get some much needed Vitamin D, and explore fun events and promotions in Seattle’s original neighborhood. Want to impress your family and friends with historic charm, up your cool factor at that hip restaurant or shop, and make some summer memories? Head to Pioneer Square! Upcoming events include:

Hit the Streets Happy Hour Series | 2nd Thurs – June 14, July 12, Aug 9, Sept 13
Enjoy happy hour food, drink, and shopping specials every second Thursday, all summer, in Pioneer Square.

Summer Break Away Day | August 23
Get out of the office and celebrate summer with a special day of promotions and fun in Pioneer Square.

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Upcoming Events

World Cup Pioneer Square

Cheer on your favorite teams with fellow fans

Bring your lunch to Occidental Square to join the Alliance for Pioneer Square and the Downtown Seattle Association for LIVE viewings of the 2018 World Cup during the weekday.

Schedule and More Info

Trail to Treasure Summer Tours

Every weekend through September

The FREE Trail to Treasure summer tours in Pioneer Square have started. Jump on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday walking tour with a knowledgeable guide from the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Hear the fascinating stories of the people, places, and events that helped shape the history and development of Pioneer Square, the city of Seattle, and the greater Puget Sound region.

2pm Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays
June 1 – September 2 

More Info

Neighborhood Construction Updates

Center City Connector Streetcar

On March 30, Mayor Durkan directed the City of Seattle to halt the ongoing projects related to the Center City Connector streetcar, except for work on seismically vulnerable water mains in Pioneer Square, pending an independent review. While conducting a preliminary assessment, it was discovered that the proposed project could face a significant capital shortfall. As a result, the City also has initiated an independent investigation of the projects management to date.

Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Update on progress

WSDOT has selected a contractor for the project that includes demolishing the Alaskan Way Viaduct. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. was named the apparent-best-value contractor on May 16, which means the bid they submitted was the best combination of technical proposal and cost.

Timelines and additional information about the work will emerge after the contract is finalized and the contractor receives approval to being design work. Demolition will not begin until after the SR 99 tunnel opens to drivers, which could happen as soon as this fall. Information will be posted on the demolition section of the program website as it arrives, which is also where you can sign up for the demolition mailing list.

Elsewhere on the program, crews are continuing their work preparing roads near the tunnel’s south portal for tunnel opening. Street restoration is underway to shift Alaskan Way out from beneath the viaduct and back to its original alignment to the west of the structure. Closer to the south portal, crews are working on the roadways that will connect SR 99 to Alaskan Way via on- and off-ramps.

Send an email to viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov if you would like to be added to email lists for updates on the viaduct demolition and/or the SR 99 Connections Project.

Construction Roundup

June 2018

Top Highlights:
Illuminating the Path Forward for Seattle’s Pioneer Square Prisms (National Trust For Historic Preservation)
Seattle swims comfortably Upstream (Daily Mail – Australia)

Arts & Culture News:
Seattle artists use maps to explore the physical and mental landscape of the natural world (New Day NW)
Ray Tagavilla: Private eye, cowboy, playboy in Seattle (Inquirer)
Collaboration & Connection: William Hernandez transforms Christa Kaainoa’s poetry into vibrant works of art in gallery show (Real Change)
18+ Club Nights Return To Seattle’s Pioneer Square Neighborhood (Dance Music Northwest)

Restaurant & Retail News:
3 new businesses to check out in Pioneer Square (Hoodline)
Macaron Royalty Lady Yum Plans to Shake Things Up With New Location (Eater)
New tattoo spot Parlour now open in Pioneer Square (Hoodline)
Goodbye to Radici, Pioneer Square’s Excellent Southern Italian Restaurant (Eater)

5 Reasons Why Seattle’s Upstream Is How All Music Festivals Should Be (Forbes)
Review: Upstream Music Fest + Summit brings over 30K music fans to Pioneer Square and exceeds expectations again (Northwest Music Scene)
Embracing The Quintessential Seattle-Ness Of Upstream Music Festival (UPROXX)
New Year, New Changes For Upstream Music Fest And Summit (Dance Music Northwest)

Other News:
Seattle – Enjoying a walkabout in Pioneer Square (The Walking Tourist)
Avalara raises $180 million in initial public offering; stock climbs in Wall Street debut (Puget Sound Business Journal)
100 business and community leaders call for mayor to resume streetcar expansion (Kiro 7 News)
Pioneer Spirit: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Businesses seek answers from Mayor Jenny Durkin on stalled streetcar project (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Find It! Fix It!

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 clean and well maintained. Be on the lookout to report graffiti, potholes, street lights out, abandoned cars and other issues through the Find it, Fix it app, online, or by calling 206-684-7587. If graffiti shows up on your property, make a police report by calling 206-625-5011.