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:

Large fire in the park this Friday

September 25, 2013  |  Announcement, Construction, PI  |  No Comments


In their weekly update, Puget Sound Energy would like to let residents and business owners know that there will be a large (controlled) flame in the neighborhood this Friday. See below for information. For weekly updates, you can check out their website.

1. Beginning as early as Wednesday, Sept. 25, final street paving will take place on Yesler Way between James Street and Western Avenue.

2. On Thursday, Sept. 26, the newly installed natural gas pipe will be filled with natural gas.

3. On Friday, Sept. 27, crews will be retiring the section of old pipe, which requires us to burn off excess natural gas in the pipeline before permanently isolating it from the larger system. Here’s a look at what you can expect:

  • You may see a large, controlled flame that is expected to burn for approximately six hours on Friday
  • Flaring will take place at the intersection of S Main Street and Occidental Avenue as well as on Western Avenue between Yesler Way and Columbia Street.
  • Because the natural gas is burned off as soon as it leaves the pipe, the flaring procedure is safe and controlled. Only minimal amounts of natural gas will escape into the atmosphere, and because natural gas is lighter than air, it will quickly dissipate.
  • The flame will be monitored nonstop by natural gas employees until the flaring procedure is completed.

Nighttime closure of South Jackson Street on July 2

July 1, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

FIRSTHILLOn the night of July 2 from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. South Jackson Street will be closed to traffic between First Avenue South and Second Avenue Extension in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. A contractor working for the Seattle Department of Transportation will be repaving this section of roadway and the closure is required for this work.

A signed detour will be in place directing westbound traffic on South Jackson Street to utilize Fourth Avenue South, Prefontaine Place South, Yesler Way, and First Avenue South. Eastbound traffic on South Jackson Street will utilize First Avenue South, Yesler Way, and Second Avenue Extension. Pedestrian access and access to businesses will be maintained.

When complete, the First Hill Streetcar line will have ten stations along a two and one-half mile route from South Jackson Street and Occidental Avenue South to Broadway and Denny Way. The City of Seattle is developing the First Hill Streetcar in partnership with Sound Transit, with funding provided through the 2008 voter approved Sound Transit 2 (ST2) transit expansion plan. Completion is planned for mid- 2014. For further information, visit the project Website at

Puget Sound Energy natural gas relocation work

April 2, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

InfraSource, Puget Sound Energy’s natural gas service provider, started construction today along South Jackson Street between Second and Third avenues (see map). The work is to relocate portions of PSE’s natural gas system in coordination with the construction of the Seattle First Hill Streetcar Project. We expect the relocation work to be completed on or around April 21, 2013.

Work, which is expected to take place Mondays through Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., will entail open trenching in the roadway, relocating the existing 2-inch natural gas pipeline out of the pathway of the streetcar tracks along South Jackson Street, working with adjacent natural gas customers to relocate service lines to their property, and site restoration. We recognize the inconvenience to the neighborhood, and will do our best to minimize construction impacts as much as possible, including discontinuing work during major events in the area.

For more information on this project and other natural gas relocation projects in the area, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Todd Beckley, InfraSource project manager, at 425-765-0551.

Experience the new Stadium Place in a video fly-through

March 22, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

There is a video up on YouTube (with what looks like Chinese subtitles?) that showcases renderings and fly-throughs of The Embassy Suites at the Stadium Place development.

According to the caption, “this is a project that combines residential, office, and recreational spaces with an ease of transportation and great views of the city and Mt. Rainier.”

Update on PSE natural gas pipeline relocation project

February 21, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

In conjunction with WSDOT’s Alaskan Way Viaduct project, Puget Sound Energy needs to relocate approximately 2,500 feet of existing 12-inch high pressure natural gas pipeline in the core downtown Seattle area to ensure continued public safety and service reliability for PSE’s Seattle-area natural gas customers (see map below).

The project team originally targeted a construction start date in January or February 2013, depending on permitting. The project is still in the permitting phase and we now expect to start construction in spring 2013. More details on timing and construction impacts will be shared as soon as we have additional information. We are working hard to come up with a construction plan that minimizes impacts to the community as much as possible.

In the meantime, for more project information, please visit If you have questions or comments about the project, please email or call PM Julie Kelly at 425-462-3919

First Hill Streetcar Construction Updates

February 20, 2013  |  Construction, PI  |  No Comments

Below is a general rundown from SDOT on streetcar construction in Pioneer Square in the coming days:

Intersection of 2nd & Jackson

Intense work began in the southern leg of the intersection shortly after the New Year, work that appears likely to continue into April.

Seattle City Light is about done with their current work, but will be followed immediately by duct bank and vault construction by the streetcar contractor for several weeks. City Light will then return to pull cable through the newly installed duct banks. Fortunately, the later City Light work should have a more limited impact than their recent work, primarily the loss of parking for the trucks to pull cable between vaults. Puget Sound Energy will then follow City Light to replace the gas line between 2nd and 3rd avenues for two to three additional weeks.

Finally, storm drain installation east of the intersection and on the northeast corner of the intersection is currently scheduled for this weekend and the week of February 25, respectively.

Traffic on Jackson and 2nd Avenue will be limited to one lane in each direction during much of the remaining work. (Notice will be distributed of any street closures likely to have any significant impact.)

Intersection of Occidental & Jackson

While construction is not currently active at this intersection, a temporary chain link fence on the southwest corner is evidence that the work is not complete. The street restoration will require the use of brick pavers. Unfortunately, the initial paver proposed by the contractor was rejected by SDOT. Another paver is being proposed. Once approved work in the street will be completed. The vault in the sidewalk on the southwest corner was damaged and is awaiting evaluation, design and construction repair. The schedule for the repair has not been determined.

South Side Alley between Occidental and 2nd Ave S

The alley on the south side of Jackson between Occidental and 2nd Ave S has been closed for a number of weeks due to a sewer break unrelated to the streetcar project. Seattle Public Utilities has retained a contractor to make the necessary repairs, which are scheduled to begin this week and take less than two weeks. Access to the alley from King Street will remain open during this work.

Streetcar construction has demolished the alley entrance at Jackson. Restoration is to begin this week, although completion is dependent on repairs to a damaged vault and the aforementioned brick paver approval. SDOT and SPU are aware of the importance of this alley for access to building parking and are working to minimize the impact and speed completion and alley reopening.

North Side Alleys

The Jackson Street entrances to Nord Alley and the alley between Occidental and 2nd Ave S were closed for restoration for several days earlier in February. Unfortunately, the brick paver approval issue is delaying completion; however, the alleys are open until an acceptable paver is obtained.. No firm dates have yet been determined, but the neighborhood will be notified.

There is also an alley on the north side of Jackson between 2nd and 3rd Avenues S which will also be closed for duct bank construction and restoration. (This won’t take place until the work at 2nd & Jackson has been completed and the wiring from that location has been brought along the south side of Jackson and brought across the street into the vault in the alley.) This work is currently scheduled in early March.

Communicating with the Neighborhood

SDOT would like to take whatever reasonable steps it can take to minimize the impact of this construction and to keep neighbors aware of construction activity. We will attempt to provide information on dates and times, but ask that citizens understand that unforeseen challenges (including weather) can and frequently does cause dates to slip.

Feedback on how we might best convey this information and keep the neighborhood informed are encouraged.

Additional information regarding the First Hill Streetcar and its construction can be found at the project website, located at

Thank you for your patience.

The Post: new apartments opening in Pioneer Square

November 7, 2012  |  Announcement, Construction, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

A brand new building is slated to open December 21st at 888 Western Avenue, called The Post:

Warm sustainable and completely contemporary, The Post offers 208 luxury Studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments homes with unique layouts, condo-style finishes and stunning views of the city, waterfront and mountains beyond.

The Post also offers the following amenities:

  • Rooftop reflecting pool – lounge poolside and watch the ferries come and go
  • Terraces to top all terraces for year-round stargazing and fireside socializing
  • Workout + view = viewout. Fitness center and yoga studio
  • Stage your own Top Chef Seattle in the demonstration kitchen with party room
  • Game room complete with pool and poker tables
  • Urban dog meetup — rooftop dog walk with enclosed shelter so you can stay out of the elements
  • Viewing room for movies and must-see TV. Plus old school style popcorn machine
  • Conference space with flexible seating for colleagues and friends. Work, meet, solve, share — distractingly great views included.
  • Business Center with printer

Game Room

Game Room


Sounds amazing, but I’m sure you’re all wondering the prices of these great units.  There is a non-refundable application fee of $40/person, a non-refundable administration fee of $250/$300 and a refundable security deposit of $250/$300.  Pricing for the units is as follows:

Pricing are subject to change without further notice.

  1. Studios
    1. 427 – 542 Sq Ft
    2. $1254 – $1666
  2. Urban 1×1
    1. 590 – 656 Sq Ft
    2. $1603 – $2168
  3. 1×1
    1. 661 – 681 Sq Ft
    2. $1771 – $2066
  4. 2×1
    1. 852 – 872 Sq Ft
    2. $2360 – $2684
  5. 2×2
    1. 1177 – 1293 Sq Ft
    2. $3406 – $4035

2x2 living room + kitchen

Monthly garage parking is $195 and reserved garage parking is $250.  They also have pet fees and deposits for cats and dogs up to 60 lbs.

For more information, check out, call 206-467-POST (7678), or email If you go to the website, you can even live chat with someone.

Stadium Place project update

June 7, 2012  |  Construction, PI, Residents  |  No Comments

PSBJ (among other news sources) covered an update for the much needed Stadium Place project in Pioneer Square:

The two firms [American Life + Daniels Dev’t] announced their plans Wednesday to proceed with the remainder of the nearly four-acre development. Plans call for two high-rise towers including a 278-room conference hotel with a ballroom meeting space, an athletic club, 16,000 square feet of retail space and 376 parking stalls. A 170,000-square-foot office tower will be built at a later date.

Although they have previously been competitors, this project is a great opportunity for them to partner on a neighborhood changing development.

619 Western renovations have begun

May 18, 2012  |  Art, Construction, PI  |  No Comments

DJC has an article today regarding the shoring up that is happening on 619 Western:

The 112-year-old, six-story warehouse at 619 Western Ave. is fragile, said project architect Ron Wright of Ron Wright & Associates. It will receive structural and seismic improvements, followed by a renovation of the core and shell.

The Washington State Department of Transportation estimated the cost of the work at $15 million to $20 million last summer. The agency will split the cost with the building owner, covering structural upgrades related to preparing for the tunnel-boring work.

According to the article, work will take about a year, with interior renovations completed sometime in 2014. It is currently unknown if it will open back up to artists studios (my guess: unlikely) or what the use of the upper floors will be.