Morning Fizz: Its Own Mission
Caffeinated News & Gossip featuring no options, new options, and housing options.
1. Sound Transit's capital committee failed late last week to resolve the intractable debate (seriously intractable—our 2012 coverage here) over which site to choose for its planned 25-acre maintenance base for the expanded ST line that heads east into Redmond and north to Lynnwood. (The current SoDo maintenance base for the existing downtown Seattle-to-Sea-Tac ST line won't be able to handle all the trains for the expanded system.)
All the sites under consideration—a Lynnwood school district property; a Bellevue office park known as the Plaza 520 that's home to 100 businesses; and land next the Spring District, a planned Her-style mixed-use development in the walk-shed of the future 120th St. light rail station—face fierce opposition from their respective communities.
With its own mission of promoting transit-oriented development (building public transit in commercial and residential hubs), it's weird that Sound Transit is considering the Spring District site at all, especially given that the city, which testified at last week's meeting against the Spring District site, rezoned the area in accordance with the future-city-style development ST had in mind for the corridor.
The board, however, refused to take sides (not even backing its own TOD agenda) unanimously voting not to pick a preferred option yet, punting the decision to the full board which meets on July 24.
2. Speaking of transit-oriented development, in case you missed it, late Friday, Josh had the news that the Seattle Department of Transportation has added a fourth option to its list of approaches to planning for the expected Seattle residential boom; Seattle is already one of the fastest-growing big cities in America.
SDOT planner Patrice Carroll identified the new option as the "transit strategy" and told Fizz it would add two more "nodes" to the 38 current locations around the city that would be slated to make room for the 120,000 additional people that are expected to live here by 2035.
The transit option [see page six, alternative four] would corral density around transit hubs including light rail stations and popular bus hubs. (The other options are a center city focus, an urban village focus, and a light rail focus.)
3. Last week, we had the news that, according to the Seattle Department of Planning and Development, nine of the 14 South Lake Union residential developments that entered into the city's development process after the new SLU height rezone was enacted last year were planning to go for the new incentive zoning plan—getting increased height for a commitment to set aside a certain percentage of units for affordable housing.
DPD has since provided Fizz with the list of projects.
They are: 901 Harrison St ; 427 9th Ave; 1120 John St; 1120 Denny; 110 9th Ave N.; 625 Boren Ave N.; 630 Westlake Ave N.; 630 Boren Ave N.; 401 8th Ave N.