March 2018

Pioneer Square News + Updates

March is certainly coming in like a lion here in Pioneer Square. The Alliance just announced the promotion of Lisa Dixon Howard to Executive Director, we have a new neighborhood business update to share, and there are a bunch of great events coming up for folks to get involved with this spring. This edition of the newsletter also contains helpful updates on current construction impacts as well as the press highlights from February. Thank you for reading and supporting Pioneer Square!


Alliance for Pioneer Square Announces New Executive Director

Lisa Dixon Howard will assume leadership of the organization

We are pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Dixon Howard as our new Executive Director. Lisa will fill the vacancy created by Leslie Smith’s departure in January to join Vulcan Inc. as their Public Policy Director of Government & Community Relations.

March Business Development Update

New openings, who’s coming soon, and notable established businesses

New businesses keep coming to Pioneer Square. They choose our neighborhood because of what you – all who work and live here right now – have put in place. They’re eager to work with you and make their own contributions to the Pioneer Square story. And like you, they believe future opportunities outweigh the headaches of our current construction challenges.

Upcoming Events

Occidental Square Park

Online Open House & Brown Bag Presentation
Occidental Square Park is the heart of Pioneer Square. To expand use of the park and existing activation, two new park elements are proposed: a new children’s play area and a new pavilion and concierge kiosk.
Share your thoughts on these proposed designs through one of the upcoming public events:
Online Open House
Open from February 28th to March 14th
Brown Bag Lunch Presentation
Klondike Gold Rush Museum Auditorium – 319 2nd Ave S
March 14th – 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Occidental Square Park Task Force Meeting

You’re invited!
On March 5th, the Downtown Seattle Association is hosting a meeting in Pioneer Square to go over their involvement in the park, and to give you the opportunity to share your ideas about the future of this vibrant public space. Meet your neighbors and chat over complimentary snacks and refreshments.
Monday, March 5
Recurring Presentation
at 4:30 and 6 pm


Save the Date – April 5th!

“Alley Rally” Celebration
Thursday, April 5th
4:30–5:00pm Remarks in Occidental Square Park
5:00–7:00pm Alley Festivities in Pioneer Passage & Nord Alley
Join us in Pioneer Square to celebrate the completion of Nord Alley and Pioneer Passage! Both alleys now feature beautiful new brick surfaces and improved stormwater drainage systems. Let’s kick off the new and improved alleys with music and art from local artists. Stroll the alleys and visit the adjacent businesses during April’s First Thursday Artwalk and help us celebrate this exciting achievement.



Spring Clean in Pioneer Square

Saturday April 28th

Spring will be upon us before you know it, which means it’s time for the annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean! Join us the morning of Saturday April 28 th to help give the neighborhood a little extra TLC. Team up with your fellow coworkers and neighbors for this community effort. All ages and abilities welcome!


Upstream 2018 Discounted Tickets

Get 10% off now
Early bird tickets are on sale now for Upstream 2018 and, because you’re an Alliance for Pioneer Square newsletter reader we’re excited to offer you a 10% discount that can be applied at any time*! Just follow the link below and make sure to use the discount code Upstream2 to get this special rate.
Discount code: Upstream2

*Discounts vary and are subject to availability. Discount codes exclude VIP packages.


Neighborhood Construction Updates

Center City Connector Streetcar

For more information about what to expect during construction, please visit the Center City Connector project website here:
Streetcar Construction Updates




Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Public meeting: Viaduct demolition noise variance
The Washington State Department of Transportation is making plans for demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. As part of the project’s application for a noise variance, a public meeting will be held from4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 8, 2018, at the Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave., Seattle. This meeting will give the public an opportunity to learn about the project and provide comments. Members of the public can also provide comments via email through March 8. Please include project number 3029782 in your email.

SR 99 Connections Project breaks ground

While preparations for viaduct demolition are underway, the SR 99 Connections Project recently started work at the project’s south construction area just west of Safeco Field. Crews will be installing drainage, illumination and signals, as well as building roadway, curbs and sidewalks. WSDOT installed a new construction time-lapse camera to capture this work at the tunnel’s south portal.

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

Press Highlights

Top Highlights:

Arts & Culture News:

Art Zone: “Awesome” Live at Café Nordo (Art Zone with Nancy Guppy)

Restaurant & Retail News:

Quality Athletics changes the sports bar game (King 5 – Evening Magazine)

Other News:

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.