Form revised April 10, 2006
FISCAL NOTE FOR NON-CAPITAL PROJECTS
Martha Lester / 4-8149
relating to the Waterfront Streetcar; stating the City’s design goals for a
new mixed-use development in Pioneer Square that incorporates a new streetcar
maintenance facility; stating the City’s intent that these design goals must
be met before the City will make its $1 million contribution toward the new facility;
and encouraging the developer to incorporate sustainable building design,
construction, and operation into the development.
Summary of the Legislation: This
resolution supports good design and sustainability for a new mixed-use
development in Pioneer Square that
incorporates a new streetcar maintenance facility.
1982, the George Benson Waterfront Streetcar has operated along the Elliott Bay waterfront and through Pioneer Square to the Chinatown / International District. Due to the development of the new Olympic
Sculpture Park, the original streetcar maintenance facility was torn down. Working in conjunction with a private
developer, King County Metro identified a location for the replacement
streetcar maintenance facility in Pioneer Square. The
City has agreed to contribute $1 million toward the construction of the new
streetcar maintenance facility, and an appropriation for this purpose is
included in the 2006 Adopted Budget in Finance General Reserves.
To facilitate construction
of a mixed-use development in Pioneer Square that incorporates a new streetcar
maintenance facility, the City Council is reviewing proposed amendments to the
Land Use Code (C.B. 115464) that would increase the maximum allowed height for
such a structure. The Seattle Design
Commission and the Pioneer Square Preservation Board will each have a role in
reviewing the proposed design of such a development.
states design goals to promote design that will complement the existing
historic architecture of Pioneer Square, including scale, texture, and character. It also states that before releasing the
City’s $1 million contribution, the
Council intends to assess the extent to which the project has incorporated the
recommendations of the Seattle Design Commission and the Pioneer Square
Preservation Board based on these design goals.
Finally, it encourages the developer to incorporate sustainable building
design, construction, and operation into the development, and to achieve a
“Certified” or higher rating under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design) system.
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