Seattle City Council approves plan for a collaborative review evaluating future uses of Pike Place street

Seattle City Councilmember Bob Kettle (District 7) released the following statement after the Council passed the Seattle Transportation Plan. That plan included an amendment, sponsored by Councilmember Kettle, setting up a collaborative process to evaluate future uses of the Pike Place thoroughfare:

“As the councilmember that represents the district Pike Place is in, I am proud to help bring people together for a truly collaborative conversation about the street’s future. My top priority has been to ensure we as a City are not making policies affecting communities without including them in the process – it’s just good governance.

The Pike Place Market PDA and Pike Place Historical Commission have been managing and preserving Seattle’s iconic market for more than 50 years. They have taken the market from the brink of ruin and turned it into a world-renowned landmark that supports nearly 500 small businesses. They deserve a say in this conversation.

I am proud to have sponsored this amendment that will bring SDOT, Pike Place Market PDA, Pike Place Historical Commission, and others into the same conversation. It creates a process for evaluating the future uses of Pike Place that ensures everyone has a seat at the table – from its residents, vendors, and visitors to first responders,” said Councilmember Kettle.

What does Councilmember’s Kettle say?

The amendment from Councilmember Kettle reads:

“This project will evaluate the functions, needs, and users of Pike Place to balance the continued multiple uses of the street such as emergency access, deliveries and logistics, and public use. This review will be led with the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority and this review will include Council district representation, public safety, and other community stakeholders.”