Interurban Building Installs New Alley Lighting

Photo Credit Grant Wohjan
Photo credit Grant Wohjan

Next time you pass by the alley next to Tat’s Delicatessen off Yesler, look up at the new alley light fixtures on the Interurban Building. These new attractive lights replace the standard wall packs.  Grant Wojahn, Quote Wizard and Pioneer Square BIA Board, headed up the project to make the alley a safe and pleasant route. Grant took on everything from applying to the Pioneer Square Preservation Board, negotiating with the building owner on permission and costs, and managing the contractor. The project also involved cleaning up old unused wires and conduit on the building façade.

The project drew inspiration from the alley lighting concepts developed by Leni Schwendinger, Olson Kundig Architects and SvR Design Company. This team was hired under the leadership of Pioneer Square based International Sustainability Institute (ISI) with funding from a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant to develop surface and lighting designs. Since 2008, ISI has spearheaded efforts to make our alleys safe, walkable and active routes. The new lighting concept illustrates suggested lighting for Pioneer Square alleys from overhead string lighting to light fixtures. The intent is to inspire building owners, residents and businesses to improve their alley lighting and replace energy consuming lights.

In other alley news, check out the new alley door at Casco Antiguo. Another fantastic example of illuminating the alley by opening up the back of a restaurant.

If you’re interested in finding ways to illuminate your alley, check out the alley lighting concepts here or drop me a line (liz[at]

Business & Community Development Update – February 2015


  • The lease is signed and the process of build-out has begun at 111 S. Jackson. Galvanize will be a technology campus for students and start-ups. They will also host events. Galvanize will be occupying the entire building, with the exception of the retail spaces at street level – Dry Soda on 1st Ave S and the currently vacant space on the corner of 1st Ave S & S Jackson. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.


  • Artifact Gallery is opening their doors for this month’s First Thursday at 313 First Ave S. Joshua Majchrzak, the gallery owner, describes Artifact as a gallery and “merchant outfitter”. Curious? Stop by to check it out and welcome Artifact to the neighborhood!


  • And venture down the street to introduce yourself to Ross Burtness and his team at Surface Theory at 536 1st Ave S. Their new showroom will feature custom flooring, furniture, and fine art. You will be amazed.



  • Pioneer Square is known for its creative and collaborative vibe, so it’s no wonder why the founders of The Pioneer Collective thought this would be a great location for their co-working space scheduled to open in April. Watch their website for more details.

Update to the Neighborhood December 2014

Happy December Everyone. Let the Festivities Begin!

Tis the season. Shopping for the holidays? Shopping for yourself? Support your neighborhoods old and new.

First Thursday! Visit your favorite venues, see art, buy art, enjoy.

Shop the Square! Visit the participating stores, shop local, support the neighborhood. More information here.

Annual BIA Meeting! Save the Date.

The annual BIA meeting, open to all ratepayers in good standing is Friday, December 12th from 4-5:30 at Altstadt. Please join us in a celebration of all we have accomplished, look forward to 2015, and raise a glass of holiday cheer. RSVP here.

And Pioneer Square Howlidays! Back by popular demand. People. Dogs. Fun. More information here.

Have a lovely month and see you in the neighborhood.

Leslie Smith

Executive Director, Alliance for Pioneer Square

Happy New Year from the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (PSBIA)!!

Existing BIA compared to Pioneer Square Historic District
This map shows the previous BIA boundaries compared to the larger proposed boundaries that encompass all of the Pioneer Square Historic District. City Council passed the expansion of the boundaries in 2013.

As many of you know, a huge effort was made in 2013 to expand the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (PSBIA) boundaries to match the Pioneer Square Historic District boundaries, and I’m pleased to say that effort was successful.  The result is that we have a bigger, better opportunity to make a positive impact on behalf of the people who work, live and play in the Pioneer Square neighborhood and to support the businesses in the neighborhood …  all very exciting stuff!

One of the best things about being in a Business Improvement Area (BIA) is that the money raised and all the efforts made are directed by the Ratepayers.  This creates an opportunity for Ratepayers to weigh in on what you think will make Pioneer Square a better place to work and do business.  We have a fantastic staff working on our behalf, a strong partner in the Alliance for Pioneer Square, and a great opportunity to make significant improvements to our neighborhood.

We are looking for PSBIA Ratepayers to step up and serve on the PSBIA Board of Directors.  We need a Board that adequately represents the various types businesses in the neighborhood, and we are looking for individuals with the energy, enthusiasm and vision to help make the neighborhood a better place to work and do business.  We have several very qualified people already volunteering, and if you are a Ratepayer and are interested in joining us we’d love to hear from you! Email bia[at] for information.

Thanks for your support, and here’s to a great 2014!

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Apply to be on the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area Ratepayer Board. Download the BIA Ratepayer Board Application and email it to or send to 310 First Ave S, Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98104.


Barry Blanton, Blanton Turner

Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area Ratepayer Board Member