September 2017

5Neighborhood News + Updates
September 2017

Join us in welcoming these new additions to the neighborhood

As we slide into fall, it’s a grand time to discover and rediscover the array of stores and restaurants in our neighborhood. Here are some of the latest additions, as well as a glimpse of what’s coming…


Pioneer Square represents the best of Seattle in new interactive feature

Recently, Travel + Leisure and Food and Wine magazines teamed up to find the most exciting and unique neighborhoods in a handful of cities across the country. Pioneer Square was chosen to represent Seattle, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

“[…] thanks to a handful of visionary chefs, retailers, and other entrepreneurs, as well as some major property investments (real estate company Weyerhauser’s new, high-design headquarters opened on Occidental Square this past fall), Pioneer Square has sprouted some of the city’s chicest new restaurants, bars, and shops. Cruise the length of 1st Avenue South to take the measure of this neighborhood’s vibrant revitalization.”

Several of our local businesses were highlighted in this interactive feature. Congrats to Copal, The Sovereign, E. Smith Mercantile, Division Road, and Elm Coffee Roasters!


SDOT is currently rehabilitating the Yesler Way Bridge

Built in 1910, the Yesler Way Bridge is one of the oldest permanent steel roadway bridges in the City of Seattle. It is vital in connecting residents, commuters, workers and businesses in the surrounding area and neighborhoods. In addition to providing a major east/west arterial connection across I-5, the bridge displays unique and historic design elements which include decorative pedestrian railings, parabolic and circular features of the exterior “fascia” girders, and ornamental capitals and casings on the “fascia” girder columns, all of which will be preserved with the bridge rehabilitation.


Once complete, the Yesler Way Bridge Rehabilitation Project will improve safety and reliability while preserving the bridge’s historical elements. The bridge is scheduled to re-open this fall.


You can check out the project video below by following the link. The video features the historical preservation of the bridge and a general project update by SDOT. 


Construction is starting soon in Pioneer Square

Tuesday, September 12, 3:30-6:30 PM – drop in anytime!
The Ninety, 406 Occidental Ave S

Come to our September 12 drop-in session to meet the project team and learn about:

  • How this project will link the South Lake Union and First Hill Streetcar lines, creating a system that will connect over a dozen neighborhoods
  • Upcoming street closures and parking/load zone changes in Pioneer Square, along 1st Ave between S Jackson and Madison streets
  • Planned water shutdowns in the Pioneer Square area to install a new water main, along 1st Ave between S King and Madison streets

We plan to hold additional drop-in sessions as construction progresses north.

To see the overall construction timeline, click here for the map and timetable.

Load zone and parking changes
The streetcar will have dedicated lanes on 1st Ave so it can run reliably every 5 minutes at peak times. To allow space for the dedicated lanes – while also balancing other modes like walking, biking, deliveries, and through-traffic – most on-street parking along the route will be removed.

We’ve been working closely with businesses and residential buildings to replace load zones 1 for 1 within a block of their existing locations. To ensure new load zones are ready to use prior to construction, we’ll add the new load zones in mid- to late September on side streets off 1st Ave.

Contact the project team at or by calling (206) 400-7578.

For more information about the project:

Online event calendar and social media

As we head into the upcoming fall season, we’re looking forward to all the great events and new business openings in Pioneer Square. Did you know the Alliance for Pioneer Square maintains a robust online calendar and multiple social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) to share neighborhood news? They’re an excellent way for the community to connect with local businesses and learn about everything going on in our vibrant corner of Seattle.

These online tools are an included resource offered for BIA businesses, and it’s quick and easy to submit information! Here’s how:

  1. Visit the website and navigate to the bottom of the page
  2. Click on either “Submit Your Event” for sharing event info, or “Submit Your Business” to announce the opening of a new business.
  3. Fill out the form with your info
  4. That’s it! We’ll take care of the rest!

We hope you find using these resources a fun and easy way to share news and stay in the know for all things Pioneer Square.

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.

All regular reservations must be received by October 15th to participate.

Installation will begin on Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving Day).

First Thursday Speaker Series

First Thursday Speaker Series: Continuity and the Importance of Place

Warren KingGeorge, Muckleshoot tribal member and historian

6 – 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 7
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S., Seattle
Admission is free.

Warren KingGeorge is a Muckleshoot tribal member and historian who works for the MIT Preservation Program. Join him on Thursday, Sept. 7, as he discusses local ancestral ties and the remarkable pace of change for Puget Sound Natives.

As a reminder, after a successful six year run, Milepost 31 will be closing its doors in late November 2017. Milepost 31 was created to meet WSDOT’s commitments under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires agencies to take into account the effects of their projects on historic properties and neighborhoods, such as the Pioneer Square Historic District. With tunnel mining complete, this commitment has been fulfilled.

Pioneer Square Impacts

Center City Connector Project (Overview)
Center City Connector Project (PSE phase)
Western Ave Roadway Restoration
Yesler Bridge Replacement
Seattle City Light Upgrade 1st & Jackson
Seattle City Light Upgrade at 1st & Main
Seattle City Light Upgrade at Alaskan Way & Washington
Central Waterfront Transmission Line Relocation
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project

450 Alaskan Way
Gridiron Condos
255 S King Street

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

August press from the Square

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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.