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[Update: Sound Transit has now said the 3 workshops below, while technically public meetings, are not intended for large public crowds. The format is a more intimate stakeholder outreach event, and the meeting room is small. There will be other opportunities to engage later this winter.]

With the UDistrict and Mt Baker standing out as exceptions, Link-related rezones have been relatively meager and disappointing. Capitol Hill’s TOD will be beautiful but also underbuilt, and 3-story buildings are still going up on the blocks surrounding the busiest neighborhood station in the system. Beacon Hill and many Rainier Valley stations still see single-family zoning adjacent to them, and in many cases suburban jurisdictions such as Kent and Lynnwood have adopted more visionary zoning than Seattle.

To much controversy, the Roosevelt rezone adopted back in 2012 allows higher density on 20 acres immediately surrounding the station, with a mix of midrise (MR) and Neighborhood Commercial (NC 85, NC 65, NC 40), all within a new Station Overlay District. This is very similar to what was adopted at Capitol Hill, despite less existing density. This means Roosevelt’s TOD opportunities could be relatively more transformative.

At the station itself, Sound Transit will have 53,000 sq ft of surplus land available for redevelopment, most of it in a single contiguous group of parcels. After a recent open house on January 12, the Roosevelt TOD process kicks into high gear in February with 3 stakeholder workshops at Calvary Christian Church (6801 Roosevelt Way NE)

  • January 25, 2017 (5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
  • February 8, 2017 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • February 22, 2017 (5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)

Please make your voice heard in favor of abundant housing, diverse commercial uses, and optimized transit, walk, and bike connections. Attend the public workshops, or take the survey that will inform Sound Transit’s RFP early this year.

Just 10 minutes from Westlake and set in a comfortable neighborhood near one of Seattle’s best open spaces (Green Lake), Roosevelt has the opportunity to be one of the most livable and accessible places in Seattle. You can help it get there.

18 Replies to “Roosevelt TOD Kicks Off: Take the Survey”

  1. Off topic, but can we have a thread to discuss it? Just passed by a packed 5 on Greenwood and 78th. I think we need a little real time discussion of Metro’s ability to move marchers

      1. I received an email about 30 minutes ago from Metro that they had to make revisions to the planned reroutes for the 7,14, 36, and 60 due to the Women’ March.

        Part of the new reroute for the 7,14, and 36 have them traveling on 4th Ave So and Holgate Street while the 60 will be on MLK Jr Way for part of its new reroute.

    1. During the Superbowl Victory Parade, there were still somewhat empty cross-town buses. Is the 45 crushloaded? That’ll get you to UW Station. Ride the train to Mt Baker Station. Then walk north to Judkins Park if there is not room on the 7, 8, 48, or 106. (This will likely be the historic first time route 106 is SRO.)

      It is quite frustrating that downtown Greenwood has taller buildings than the new ones going up around Capitol Hill Station.

      This whole march industry reminds me, though, of how Republican presidents get huge mobilizations against them when they do something really bad, and Democrat presidents can do no wrong. Wouldn’t it be a supreme irony of Mr. Trump managed to get us out of NAFTA, GATT, Iraq, and the Electoral College? and ended welfare for automobile manufacturers and the second-home mortgage deduction? A lot of groundbreaking stuff got passed during the Nixon administration. It took Bush, Sr., to pass the ADA.

      Partisan politics is never really on the up-and-up. Move-On started by distracting us from bombing raids that led to a mass slaughter. Too many see history through blue- or red-tinted glasses. I pray for an end someday to the Two-party Sithdom.

      1. You really have to separate economic policy (corporate welfare), trade deals, and the Electoral College. Different people have diverse viewpoints these, it’s not all all-three-yes or all-three-no. Nixon went to China and passed the Clean Water Act and contemplated price controls and a universal basic income in the environment of a Democratic congress and a post-WWII pragmatic consensus (“Just get things done and keep government effective”). That’s what’s gone now, and the majority in Congress wants to burn down the house — various factions in different ways, but all of it destructive. It’s possible Trump could do something magnificent like a good infrastructure package (not a privatization giveaway), single-payer healthcare, etc., but his inconsistent statements, conspiracy-theory and ultraconservative cabinet, and the ultraconservative Congress suggest otherwise.

      2. I can vouch for the 45. It was not particularly crushloaded, at least at 11:30 when I was on it.. Link was nice and busy at UW and there were enough transit police on the platform encouraging use of the third car. But by caphill, the third car was stuffed also. I noticed a smattering of folks who rode Link for the first time.

        One of the other issues with many Seattle transit riders is understanding that in a network, going backwards can be the way to go. For example, even if you are in 75th, I think its still going to save you time taking the 5 backwards to the 45, and thence to Link,

    2. At about 9, 32 was crushloaded from 40th and Wallingford to Campus Parkway, passing large numbers of people waiting. There were about 60 people waiting for 48 on 15th and even more at UW Hospital.

      We took light rail to Mt. Baker,which really cannot handle so many people exiting the station at once, as the escalator only goes up and the stairs are very, very narrow.

      Returning home, once again the 32 (west side of Seattle Center at its origin) was crushloaded but the 62 reroute came by and we took that. It got crushloaded at Dexter and Mercer, which was the first “regular” stop it took, but the driver opened all doors, didn’t care about collecting fares, and the bus got almost everyone waiting on.

      Unlike the Seahawks parade, the good thing about this march was that it didn’t all start and end at one time. People were still leaving Judkins Park at 1 pm.

  2. Walked through Roosevelt this morning. Lots of great redevelopment already underway. It could be taller in my view, but it is still great to see.

    1. I’m excited for the neighborhood too, but really interested in seeing more of the development closer to the station (in all directions) and not pushed to the edge of the freeway.

  3. I filled out the survey. I asked for no underground parking, because underground parking means ramps, which mean shallow storefronts, and that means super boring businesses like banks and tanning salons. We have plenty of that already. Or even just all residential, with townhouse facades (front doors and stoops). Anything besides more banks and tanning salons.

    1. I asked for childcare facilities so nearby residents don’t have to drive somewhere first to drop off child; a small grocery store to replace the one torn down to replace station; coffee and snack bar; and restrooms in the fare-paid area. NO salons, gyms, spas, or other body or vanity-related services. Neighborhood has too many of those already.

      1. I gave similar comments at the open house. Only code required minimum for parking, and no gyms. Also I suggested a connection below the ground surface, ala Westlake, to small commercial (coffee shop, pharmacy, etc), but was told the tie backs suppprting the station box structure preclude a below ground connection… as does the mezzanine design – not sharing a common wall with the tod lot.
        Also suggested some real time arrival signs on the roof, visible from I-5 with ST logo and time to downtown

    1. Did you explain what “second Ballard” means? Is this just a general anti-growth sentiment, or do you have a particular kind of growth you prefer? Starting from the viewpoint that adding housing is not optional: there’s a lot more need than existing units, and putting it near stations is a good thing.

  4. Anyone getting messaging that “This survey is not accepting additional responses at this time. Thank You!” It looks like they closed it already and/or chose a server that doesn’t take too many answers..

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