Back in 2012, a community-driven “neighborhood planning” process began to initiate a discussion about the future of the 35th Ave NE business district. This is intended to be a proactive approach so that our community’s voice and values may be infused in the inevitable changes to 35th Ave NE. The neighborhood planning began following the Vision Plan developed by the Wedgwood neighborhood back in 2010. While the Wedgwood Vision Plan only applied to the Wedgwood neighborhood, north of NE 75th Street, it clearly identified that the 35th Ave NE business district was not meeting the needs for many of its users. The neighborhood plan concept conceived was an ambitious plan for a volunteer committee of non-planning professionals, and we have been slowly but surely moving ahead.
The first step that we began was to initiate a series of Coffee Talks to discuss neighborhood planning topics. The first Coffee Talk was on the conditions necessary to support neighborhood businesses. We heard from Theresa Barreras with the City’s Office of Economic Development (OED) discuss the importance of data to characterize the background conditions. With this in mind, we completed a business inventory of 35th Ave NE. We realized that of the businsses along 35th Ave NE, between NE 87th Street and NE 68th Street, 71% of all businesses (store fronts) were service-based and 24% of all businesses were retail-based.
With this information in mind, we have developed a survey to better understand who is using the 35th Ave NE business district and how the business district is meeting their needs. You can take the survey between June 1st and July 14th in 3 ways:
- Take the survey online by clicking HERE
- Download a hardcopy (PDF) or pick up a copy of the survey and return it to one of many local businesses with drop off locations, including HomeStreet Bank, Washington Federal, Cafe Javasti, Van Gogh Coffee House, and many more!
- Download a hardcopy (PDF) or pick up a copy of the survey and mail it back to
35th Ave Committee, PO BOX 15770, Seattle, WA 98115