Thoughtful, deliberate and inclusive planning is essential to ensure that neighborhoods are not gentrified and that urban centers retain the vibrant diversity and vitality that are the hallmark of great cities. Over the years, InterIm CDA has led or worked on planning efforts and projects to make sure that neighborhood growth and development is balanced with the need to retain the unique cultural characteristics and histories of both the Chinatown/International District and Little Saigon Business Districts. The following are some of the current projects we are working on.
SOUTH DOWNTOWN LIVABLE NEIGHBORHOOD
Major zoning changes are being proposed for the Chinatown/International District through the City of Seattle’s Livable South Downtown Planning Study.
These zoning changes include “up-zones” that, by raising the height limits for buildings, have the potential to significantly alter what the South Downtown area will look like over the next several years and decades. These proposed changes will be debated by City Council Members and city leaders in the spring and summer of 2009.
InterIm CDA is working with neighborhood groups, businesses, and residents to ensure that the Chinatown/International District is able to maintain its distinct cultural character and identity through these zoning changes, and that our community will also directly benefit from any major land use changes.
KING STREET TASK FORCE
This is a new, exciting collaboration between InterIm CDA and the Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) to concentrate our neighborhood revitalization efforts on the King Street commercial corridor, the historic core of Chinatown. As part of this effort, InterIm CDA and the PDA are facilitating the King Street Task Force to develop recommendations over the next several years on how best to spark or sustain commercial revitalization along King Street, both in its historic core and reaching into the Little Saigon Business District along King Street east of the I-5 freeway overpass.
For more information about the King Street Task Force and to get involved, please email Tom Im or call him at 206.624.1802 ext.17