June 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:

World Cup 2018 Occidental Square | June 15 – July 15
Grab lunch and head to Occidental Square to watch the 2018 World Cup Games with other fans.

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.

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Restoring the Historic Occidental Park Visitor Kiosk

4Culture awards a Preservation Special Projects grant to the project

Thanks to a recent Preservation Special Projects grant provided by 4Culture, the historic visitor information kiosk in Occidental Square Park will soon be receiving a thorough structural assessment!

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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.

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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 

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Jackson Hub Meetup

Grab a free bubble tea and lend your project feedback

The Alliance for Pioneer Square and SCIDpda are co-hosting a plaza activation meetup near Union Station in Pioneer Square. As part of the Jackson Hub project, we’re getting more public feedback on the Jackson Hub area, which will help to shape recommendations for the project. Stop by, give us your feedback, and grab a free bubble tea!

June 21st between 4 – 6pm

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

May 2018

Top Highlights:
Seattle Week: Pioneer Square blends modern life with historic design (KHON 2 Honolulu)
CityStream: Alley Upgrade & Art Therapy (CityStream)

Arts & Culture News:
What to Do in Seattle in May 2018 (Conde Nast Traveler)
Upstream 2018: From Miguel to Tacocat, here’s who you need to see and who you should get to know (Seattle Times)
Upstream Fest Aims To Show Off The Best That Seattle Has To Offer (UPROXX)
After first-year kinks, Upstream Music Fest shows improvement on Day 1 of festival’s return (Seattle Times)
Photos: Day 1 of Seattle’s newest music festival, Upstream, starts strong (Seattle Refined)
Photos: The sun came out for Day 2 of Upstream Music Fest (Seattle Refined)
Photos: Last but not least! Fans are back for the final day of Upstream Music Fest (Seattle Refined)

Restaurant & Retail News:
On the Block: Long vacant Trattoria Mitchelli space to reopen with Scott Carsberg’s new Bisato (Daily Journal of Commerce)
Scott Carsberg Brings Bisato Back—to Pioneer Square (Seattle Met)
James Beard-winning chef bets on Pioneer Square to reopen Bisato (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Seattle sips: Get caffeinated at mega-Starbucks, then try bistros, bars, tasting rooms (Dallas News)
MOD Pizza to open in Weyerhaeuser’s Pioneer Square HQ building and seeks more downtown space (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Bar stools and brunch: Seattle’s top 5 diners to visit now (Hoodline)
The Tastiest Cookies in Seattle (Seattle Magazine)

Other News:
Big changes ahead for Seattle’s waterfront and downtown (King 5 News)
I’m New to the City and Lonely, So I Took The Stranger’s Advice on What Lonely New People Should Do (The Stranger)
Avalara files for $150 million IPO (Puget Sound Business Journal)
21 of Seattle and Puget Sound’s best wedding venues (Curbed)
Seattle program brings underserved students outdoors: ‘Snowshoeing! That’s fun!’ (Seattle Times)

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.