A Vibrant 35th Avenue NE

UPDATE: DPD’s presentation on zoning, Wednesday evening, June 24th, was well-attended.  Here is a report on the the meeting.

The Future of 35th Ave NE project considered what will happen as buildings age and are replaced along the 35th Ave NE business corridor between NE 65th to 95th Streets, including Hawthorne Hills, Ravenna-Bryant, View Ridge and Wedgwood.

Seattle’s Department of Planning & Development (DPD) is considering zoning changes to the neighborhood business districts along 35th Ave NE at the cross-streets of NE 65th, 75th, 85th, and 95th Streets, to provide more opportunities for retail goods and services.  This rezone could involve changing some areas currently zoned for low rise development to neighborhood commercial, increasing the height allowed in existing neighborhood commercial zones from 30 feet to 40 feet, and designating the business districts at NE 65th and 95th Streets as pedestrian zones.

The pedestrian zone designation has recently been applied to the NE 75th and 85th Street intersection business districts. The pedestrian zone provides for minimum ceiling heights on the ground floor (13 feet), prevents live/work units, and requires that ground-floor retail spaces have tenants that attract and encourage pedestrian activity, such as restaurants, shops, and gyms. The pedestrian zone also requires ground-floor retail to have amenities such as overhead weather protection (a canopy for pedestrians when walking along the sidewalk.)

Seattle’s Department of Planning & Development will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 24th, which will allow DPD to hear from the community. This meeting will help the City evaluate whether the community is supportive of the proposed zoning changes and their effect on the way 35th Ave NE functions. Come and share your thoughts about how to make 35th a more vibrant commercial experience.

Meeting Details

The meeting will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom on the corner of NE 68th Street directly across 35th Ave NE from the Northeast Branch Library.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Congregation Beth Shalom
6800 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. — Open house
6:00 – 6:20 p.m.  — Presentation and general questions
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. — Open house, recommendation-specific questions, and comments

Your input will be shared with the Mayor and City Council, and DPD will report back to the community on the info.  Important: Out of respect for the venue, please do not bring any food to this meeting.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Moore
(206) 233-2537
ryan.moore@seattle.gov

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