Seattle Municipal Archives Guide

ID: 1627-03

Record Group: Department of Community Development

Record Series: Yesler-Atlantic Parcel Appraisals
1961 -1985
6 cubic feet (15 boxes)

In 1959, a City ordinance designated the area "bounded by Yesler Way, Empire Way South, Lake Way, Rainier Avenue Sout h, and 14th Avenue South" a "blighted area" and proposed an urban renewal project -- the 340-acre Yesler-Atlantic Neighb orhood Improvement Project -- which would fund "rehabilitation, redevelopment, or a combination thereof" with federal dollars. The City was authorized to apply for $89,200 to fund plans and surveys of the area; this figure was later amended to $13 7,854. A $2 million capital grant was requested to demolish decaying structures and construct and install "streets, utilities, parks , playgrounds...public buildings or facilities..."; displaced families would be relocated. In 1959, when the federal government expressed concern about the costs of funding the entire project, the area to be imp roved was divided into two sections (the Yesler-Atlantic "U" and the "T," so named for the shape of the areas covered). The 137-acre "T" was selected as the first to undergo development because a large non-cash grant would accrue from the construction o f the New Washington Junior High School in the "T" area. Survey and planning of the area began in 1960. In 1966, a new plan for the Yesler-Atlantic neighborhood was approved; structural inspections and an economic feasibilit y study were carried out, and a new project plan was created. A public hearing was scheduled for discussion of the new p lan, and some property owners petitioned to have the hearing delayed on the grounds that the City Council had not made known the speci al procedures that applied to urban renewal hearings. Although their request was denied, the resulting litigation would delay the start of the project until 1968. In 1968, the project received HUD approval. By 1973, 42 homes had been rehabilitated, n ew complexes had been constructed, and a new park had been completed. Series consists of itemized appraisals of real property, including structures. Used for documenting conditions in the ne ighborhood and for property acquisitions for the Yesler-Atlantic Street Neighborhood Improvement Project, which was comp rised of 137 acres in the central core of the city. Also includes appraisals, 1971-1985, of disposition parcels owned by the City in the Project area. Appraisals include photographs of the property and appraisals of comparable sales in the neighborhood.

Seattle Municipal Archives

Finding Aids:
Folder List
EAD Guide to the Yesler-Atlantic Parce l Appraisals 1961-1985

Corporate Name Subjects:
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Community Development.

Topical Subjects:
Yesler-Atlantic Neighborhood Improvement Project (Seattle, Wash.)
Community development, Urban -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Urban renewal -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
Civic improvement -- Washington (State) -- Seattle
City planning

Geographical Subjects:
Seattle (Wash.)