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Seattle City Council statement on likely passage of Seawall proposition

News Release:
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, chair of the Council's Transportation Committee, released the following statement on the likely passage of Proposition No. 1 for General Obligation Bonds for the Alaskan Way Seawall:


Legislation approved September 17, 2012, and filed with the City Clerk

PDF copies of the signed legislation are available in the database records linked below: Ord. 123955 C.B. 117571 AN ORDINANCE vacating a portion of Broad Street between Taylor Avenue North and 6th Avenue North, initiated by Resolution 31374 and as reflected in Clerk File 312319; accepting a Deed for Street Purposes from an escrow account [...]


Proposed 2013 budget keeps greenways and cycle tracks moving forward

Today, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director Peter Hahn gave his department’s presentation (PDF) to the City Council Budget Committee. (Download the SDOT section or the entire proposed budget from the Mayor for 2013-2014 from this page – see the left navigation pane). SDOT described two categories of investment: Addressing the maintenance backlog (street repair, bridge maintenance and [...]


Action Summary, Monday 9/17/12

The following is a summation of Council actions at today’s 2:00 p.m. Full Council meeting.   No absences.    FULL COUNCIL: 1. Clerk File 312426 FILED AS AMENDED (9 – 0) Report of the Office of Professional Accountability Review Board (OPARB) on recommendations regarding civilian oversight of the Seattle Police Department.           COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC RESILIENCY [...]


Splendors of the Waterfront

Seattle’s waterfront is “a many-splendored thing.” The late Ivar Haglund used that phrase,  in full page ads in the papers, to describe the less-than-splendid 1959 waterfront.

At that time, the waterfront neighborhood was being criticized by civic activists who deplored conditions there. Concerns over the shabby, neglected waterfront were a perennial story, one that would be voiced time and again, punctuated by periodic attempts to improve matters. But, in fact, there were more proposals and plans than concerted activity.

In the 1980s, a civic group analysis of the waterfront described the area from Pier 59 Pier 70 as “a virtual no man’s land.” They singled out a bleak section from Piers 62 to 65, which, at the time, was wrapped in … Continue Reading »


Waterfront Draft Plan Approved by Council

On Monday, August 13, the Council unanimously adopted Resolution 31399, which creates the framework for the new Seattle downtown waterfront.  The resolution supports the direction developed by the citizen group that has been working for years on this project, the Central Waterfront Committee, lays out a funding plan, and delineates the timeline for the next [...]


Action Summary, Monday 8/13/12

 The following is a summation of Council actions at today’s 2:00 p.m. Full Council meeting.  No absences.  COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC RESILIENCY AND REGIONAL RELATIONS: 1. Clerk File 312487 CONFIRMED (9 – 0) Reappointment and Oath of Office of Sue A. Tanner as Hearing Examiner, for a term of confirmation to July 20, 2016.     2. Clerk [...]


Seattle City Council special committee supports initial Central Waterfront concept design and strategic plan

News Release:
This afternoon the Seattle City Council unanimously approved Resolution 31399 supporting the overall direction of a Central Waterfront concept design and strategic plan. This resolution also addresses a funding plan for public, private, and philanthropic sources for the Waterfront Improvement Program and states the City’s intent to form a local improvement district to help pay for the waterfront improvements. The resolution calls for partnerships with the Pike Place Market and Seattle Aquarium and supports formation of a Friends of the Seattle Waterfront non-profit organization.


Seattle City Council Introduction and Referral Calendar July 30, 2012

Seattle City Council Introduction and Referral Calendar July 30, 2012      BY BURGESS 1. C.B. 117529 AN ORDINANCE appropriating money to pay certain audited claims and ordering the payment thereof. Committee referral: Full Council      BY BURGESS 2. C.B. 117530 AN ORDINANCE authorizing, in 2012, acceptance of funding from non-City sources; authorizing the [...]


Seawall meets its nemesis, the gribble

Originally published July 20, 2012, on Crosscut.com

There’s a piece of wood on desks down at City Hall. The chunk, with its dozens of air pockets and traverse cavities, resembles a rotting wedge of Swiss cheese. But, in reality, the crumbling wooden chunk is a piece of the Seattle seawall, the nearly mile
and a half wall that separates downtown Seattle from the salty waters of Elliott Bay.

That barrier, built between 1916 and 1936, extends from South Washington Street to Broad Street. It was never designed to withstand earthquakes or heavy tides. Nor to resist invasion by generations of gribbles, a tiny marine worm.

The city has been patching breaks its seawall for decades, but there is no getting around reality – … Continue Reading »