Archive for November, 2013

Pioneer Square in the News

November 25, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

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Private garages, mobile apps and the quest to save waterfront parking (Crosscut)
Waterfront construction will cost nearly 900 parking spaces by 2019. Here’s how Seattle plans to mitigate the loss.

A long wait for food at Seattle’s train station (Seattle Times)
It’s going to be a while before Amtrak passengers will have a place to buy coffee, magazines, snacks or light meals in the newly-restored King Street Station.

Man Climbs into Ambulance with Knife in Pioneer Square (Seattle Times)
Seattle medics were in the back of an ambulance with a patient in Pioneer Square on Friday night when a man with a knife opened the doors and tried to climb in, according to the Fire Department.

Two more housing projects planned for Seattle waterfront (PSBJ)
Goodman Real Estate will build a 7-story apartment and Mack Urban is moving ahead with plans for a 16-story residential building on the waterfront.

Suspected cigarette thief behind bars (Q13)
On October 28th, security cameras at a Pioneer Square convenience store captured a man smashing his way through the front door of the business and fleeing the scene with dozens of packs of cigarettes.

Big Reveal: $525K For 2-BR Condo In Pioneer Square (Curbed)
This week’s PriceSpotter property, a two-level, 2-BR condo in Pioneer Square, garnered a guess of $499K and another guess of $550K. The actual price falls right smack dab in the middle…$525K. For a nice condo in the heart of Pioneer Square, is that worth it to you?

Wash. charter schools will target broad spectrum (Tri-City Herald)
In this photo taken Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, Hannah Williams pets police horse “Harvest” in Pioneer Square, where she would like to open a charter school without walls, allowing children to go outside the building to learn math or architecture or history by walking around the neighborhood, in Seattle

Agreement outlines cleanup plan for Pioneer Square block(UW Ecology)
An investment group would follow through on pollution cleanup plans while redeveloping a Seattle city block in Pioneer Square under a proposed legal agreement with the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).

Save the Date: Residential Council Meeting 12/4

November 18, 2013  |  Event, PI, Residential Council  |  No Comments
psqrcJust a quick save the date before the holidays are upon us.
Our Q4 meeting for 2013 will be:
Wednesday, December 4th from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Place: The nolo clubhouse on the rooftop
All PS residents are welcome, so bring a neighbor. We’ll have something to sip and snack on. Agenda will be sent out later, with a final reminder.
For more information, you can follow the Pioneer Square Residents Council on Facebook here.

Two-year anniversary of Milepost 31

November 15, 2013  |  Event, Viaduct  |  No Comments


Can’t believe it’s already been two years. Here’s the invite:

Join the Washington State Department of Transportation and our partners as we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Milepost 31, the SR 99 Tunnel Project information center in Pioneer Square.

Before you head out in the cold for the Pioneer Square tree lighting ceremony, come warm up with a cup of hot cider and some history, and learn about Bertha the tunneling machine’s journey underneath downtown Seattle.

December 5, during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday
4 – 8 p.m.
Brief speeches at 6:30 p.m.
Milepost 31, 211 First Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104

Since opening Milepost 31 in December 2011 the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program has:

Completed a 400-foot-long and 80-foot-deep launch pit.
Named our tunneling machine Bertha, and assembled her in her launch pit.
Started digging the SR 99 tunnel.
Welcomed more than 20,000 visitors to Milepost 31 and Pioneer Square.
Led hundreds of tours to the tunnel site viewing platform.

Park for free in Pioneer Square at participating garages on First Thursdays from 5 -10 p.m. Visit for other parking options.

Can’t make it to the event? Find out how you can take a tour of the SR 99 tunnel viewing platform!

Milepost 31 is an award-winning information center that highlights the people and projects that shaped Pioneer Square, and provides an inside look at the SR 99 Tunnel Project.


Todd Trepanier
Program Administrator
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Pioneer Square 3rd most walkable neighborhood in Seattle

November 14, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

Although Seattle’s overall walkscore decreased from past years, Pioneer Square actually jumped from 18th place to 3rd place, a 10 point gain.

Last week, WalkScore posted their new 2014 rankings of Most Walkable U.S. Cities & Neighborhoods and Pioneer Square comes in at 3rd most walkable neighborhoods in Seattle with a Walk Score of 97. We were beat out this year by the downtown core, and by Denny Triangle.

Although our neighborhood has a transit score of 100, our bike score is lacking — coming it at a low 76. The website also notes that there are 819 restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in our neighborhood, which I find dubious, but there doesn’t seem to be a place to look more into those numbers.

Check out our neighborhood page to learn more.

PSq + CID Historic South Downtown Mixer

November 13, 2013  |  Event, PI  |  No Comments

Pioneer Square and Chinatown International District’s Historic South Downtown board members invite you to attend their annual mixer. The event will be held Thursday evening, November 21st, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

This year’s mixer will be in the CID’s newest café/event space, the Eastern Café, located at 510 Maynard Avenue South. We will be serving complimentary appetizers, beer, and wine.

Mingle with friends and neighbors. Learn about our growing economies. Take part in their annual new board member election process.

Downtown Seattle Families Fun Night next Friday

November 12, 2013  |  Event, Families, PI, Residents  |  1 Comment

Next Friday, come to the PlayDate SEA (a new indoor playspace in South Lake Union) to meet and connect with other downtown families. As our partner, PlayDate SEA is offering half off of admission, which is applicable for the whole day (i.e. you could come in the morning with your kids, and then come back at 6pm to meet other downtown parents).

There will also be a complimentary puppet show by The Dragon Theater Puppets!

When: Friday, November 22 6-8 p.m.
Where: PlayDate SEA–1275 Mercer St (Entrance on Yale St.)
What: Meet and connect with other downtown families!

Downtown Seattle Families is an organization comprised of parents that are advocates for making downtown Seattle a better place for children to live, learn, and play. If you are interested in connecting with the group, or being aware of opportunities to volunteer, follow their facebook page.

Downtown Parents Group PlayDate Flier

Pioneer Square Open House this Wednesday

November 11, 2013  |  Business, Call to Action, Event, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

From the Alliance for Pioneer Square:


Greetings neighbor!

Come check out our new digs! The Alliance for Pioneer Square staff have settled into the new office and are ready to show it off. Please join us for an office open house on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 between 4 and 6 pm

If you are new to the Alliance, we would love to meet you and answer any questions you might have about what we do.

Old friends, please join us in celebrating this milestone!

New Address     (same building, new suite)
Alliance for Pioneer Square
105 South Main Street, Suite 201 (street address)
310 First Avenue South, Suite 201 (mailing address)
Seattle, WA 98104

Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Open House RSVP by Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

Pioneer Square in the News

November 11, 2013  |  News, PI  |  No Comments

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Police: Nearly 150 registered sex offenders in Pioneer Square (KIRO)
KIRO 7 discovered Pioneer Square is home to a staggering number of registered sex offenders. More than 140 Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders, the ones considered “more likely” and the “most likely” to reoffend, call Seattle’s Pioneer Square home. All of them live within a quarter-mile radius of Occidental Park. Dozens of them are homeless.

WA sex offenders congregate in city centers (MYNorthwest)
Because registered sex offenders have trouble finding housing, many are homeless and tend to congregate in urban areas close to offices where they have to regularly check in.

Open and Shut: This week’s restaurant round-up (KOMO)
Alstadt: This German-inspired meat shop and bar was slated to open in Pioneer Square this week, though the owners have been quiet on the Facebook page, noting that they were waiting on “final spections.” If you’re in the neighborhood and love sausage and sauerkraut, it may be worth it to do a little drive-by and see if the doors are still locked.

Seattle mayor: I have Comcast, and I would like better service (Columbian)
Q: I understand in the past you actually worked with Comcast for some high-speed broadband contracts, for instance in Pioneer Square.

Sources Say (Stranger)
The K3 police beat in which Steinbrueck stood, Pioneer Square, has seen a 24 percent drop in major crimes compared to this time last year.

Traffic Advisory: SR99 closed this weekend

November 8, 2013  |  PI, Traffic Alert, Viaduct  |  No Comments

Closure details

Friday, Nov. 8 – Monday, Nov. 11

  • Northbound SR 99 will be closed between South Spokane Street and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Southbound SR 99 will be closed from the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel to Spokane Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Southbound SR 99 will be reduced to one lane between Highland Drive and the north end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.

For Sounders FC fans heading to a potential Sunday night playoff match at CenturyLink Field and for all drivers, WSDOT recommends leaving early, carpooling or taking transit. Drivers can stay up to date with all closures and roadway conditions by checking the Seattle traffic page, the What’s Happening Now page, or WSDOT mobile app.

Seawall construction starts the week of November 18

November 8, 2013  |  Construction, PI, Waterfront  |  No Comments


After years of careful planning and coordination, we’re ready to begin seawall construction! Starting the week of November 18, you’ll see construction begin in earnest on the waterfront. The first step is to build a new roadway beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct that will carry all north/south traffic during construction of the new seawall. To make way for this, angled parking spaces under the viaduct, as well as those spaces between Pike and Virginia streets, will be removed and traffic will be shifted to the east.

Near term activities will include:

  • Mobilization of equipment and materials.
  • Placement of safety fencing at the perimeter of the work area.
  • Removal of angled parking adjacent to and under the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Madison and Pike streets initially, and later all the way to Virginia Street.
  • Placement of “No Park” signs as early as November 14.
  • Removal of trees and signal poles on the west side of Alaskan Way (in the sidewalk area).
  • Construction of the temporary roadway beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
  • Ongoing utility and telecommunications relocation work.


What you can expect:

  • Construction hours will be Monday through Saturday, both day and night. The noisiest work will stop each day by 10 pm and resume at 8 am.
  • No work is expected on major holidays.
  • One lane in each direction maintained on Alaskan Way.
  • Access to east side businesses maintained on the access road immediately east of the viaduct.
  • The multi-use path on the west side of the viaduct will be open, with interim closures and detours in the vicinity of Pike Street.
  • Increased noise, dust, and vibration.
  • Increased truck and oversized vehicle traffic moving equipment and materials.
  • Contractors can park work vehicles within the construction work zone, but are not allowed to park in on-street, short-term parking.
  • Flaggers will be present at different locations within the work zone to manage construction traffic and public access though the construction area.

Temporary Roadway Construction (November – December 2013)

Want to know more?
Stay tuned for more information on an upcoming open house in December. Check our website for further details and look for future notifications.

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If you have any questions about this update, please contact the project at 206.618.8584 or our new email address: