SDOT hosted an open house for the Westlake Streetcar Plaza last Wednesday. (For background, Adam covered the project in great detail last year.) The open house presented the project at the 60% design stage and took public comments. From this point SDOT will move towards finalizing the design and implementing the project. If you want to make a comment, do it as soon as possible. Construction is planned to begin this July and finish this November.
A full report from the open house after the jump…
Many of the attendees were members of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board. The proposed design has covered bike parking next to the streetcar platform and also a secure bicycle storage facility, kind of like the Bikestation but on a much smaller scale. The current idea is to use one of those prefabricated bike storage units that can be moved to another location should a permanent full service bike station be constructed.
While the long term vision has transit removed from 5th Avenue, this project will not change current bus routes. SDOT worked with Metro to ensure buses have adequate turning radius from Stewart St to 5th Ave. The signaling will allow traffic to turn left on to 5th and cross Olive Way without stopping. Another transit improvement is widening of the Olive Way sidewalk at the bus stop in front of the Medical Dental Building. This should relieve crowding and eliminate the need for buses to move over a lane in the middle of the intersection. The current load zone will be preserved.
A mobile vendor or kiosk can set up business near the McGraw monument. Water, sewer, and power hook ups will be provided. The curb ramp on Olive Way will be wide enough for mobile vendor access. There should be sufficient space for many tables. Who will occupy that space is still under consideration and will be worked out in later stages. Runnels (a small channel loosely paved with bricks) arranged in circles channel water to the rain garden for irrigation and filtration. It also defines the plaza space.
You can view the current proposed design and send comments at SDOT’s website.