In case you’ve missed it, plans are underway to redevelop the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC). This billion dollar project, dubbed the “Addition,” will double the capacity of the existing convention center and is expected to begin construction in 2017.
Before that happens, the Addition is assembling a package of community benefits that will go along with the project. Why are public benefits on the table? As part of the project, they are requesting the city vacate three alleys and underground portions of Olive Way and Terry Avenue. In exchange, the developer has agreed to pay for these rights of way and also provide a package of public benefits.
Next Wednesday, December 7th, WSCC Addition is hosting an open house to present and get feedback on different community benefit concepts. Our friends from the Lid I-5 campaign will be advocating for a feasibility study to figure out where lidding I-5 is most reasonable citywide, what the new land should be used for, and how the freeway can be improved for commuters and neighbors alike.
We’ll be there to make sure that affordable housing is part of the conversation. Check out the graphic below to understand what’s at stake and how the WSCC addition can help us build more affordable homes and house more people.
Make sure to show up on Wednesday to make your voice heard. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook. WSCC has also circulated an online survey where you can vote on which concept you will like to see.
WSCC Public Benefits Open House
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
WSCC, (705 Pike St, Seattle, WA) Room 2AB