Visions to transform the downtown waterfront of Seattle moved one step closer to reality. Mayor Jenny Durkan announced that the city had negotiated with downtown property owners who threatened to block the location-specific tax.
Waterfront Seattle capitalizes on the removal of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and the rebuilding of the Elliott Bay Seawall to enhance Seattle’s shoreline with new public spaces that invite all communities and cultures to enjoy a “Waterfront for All.”
Extending 26-blocks, these spaces will be a commons for a range of cultural, recreational, and educational activities. With gardens that bio-filtrate stormwater, and working in conjunction with the new salmon-friendly seawall, the project promotes a sustainable, bio-diverse nearshore ecology. Reachable by bike, ferry, transit, automobile and foot, Seattle’s future waterfront will be one of the most accessible places in the city—physically and psychically reconnecting people to the scenic working waterfront and surrounding mountains. Waterfront Seattle is a public benefit partnership between Friends of Waterfront Seattle and the City of Seattle.
|Infrastructure Type||Waterfront / Waterway|
|Design Team||James Corner Field Operations, Miller Hull (Pike Place MarketFront expansion), LMN & Mithun (Seattle Aquarium expansion), Mithun|
Managed by Friends of Waterfront Seattle in partnership with the City of Seattle
|Project Leader||Thatcher Bailey|
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Thousands of tourists migrate to Seattle’s waterfront each year to experience the ferry rides, kitschy stores and sweeping views of Elliott Bay.
Those who’ve spent years planning a transformation of Seattle’s waterfront closely watched the final leg of Bertha’s journey and celebrated when the tunnel boring machine finished digging on Tuesday morning.