Exciting changes are coming to Pike and Pine in downtown Seattle. As part of the City's Waterfront Seattle Program, the City of Seattle's Office of the Waterfront and the Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) are leading the design of Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One. The first phase (Act One) of this multi-year effort seeks to improve the pedestrian experience and connect Pike and Pine to the waterfront – from Pike Place Market to Capitol Hill. The City will construct these improvements as a part of the Waterfront Seattle Program.
This stretch of downtown features shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation. The area is home to Pike Place Market, Westlake Park, the Washington State Convention Center and the city's second biggest transit hub, at Westlake Station. People from across Seattle and beyond visit Pike and Pine each day to work, shop and play.
Act One of the Pike Pine Renaissance will capture the spirit of DSA's 2013 Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape Design Vision. It will also achieve a key objective of Waterfront Seattle: to improve east-west connections between the waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods. Together with the community, we will enhance this vital corridor – to create a comfortable, more inviting space for all to enjoy.
- Pike and Pine should have a strong and distinct identity. The design choices in this project should reinforce their role as the primary east-west pedestrian streets in downtown.
- Pike and Pine should offer a generous, safe and continuous pedestrian experience from Capitol Hill to Pike Place Market and the waterfront.
- Pike and Pine should provide a vibrant stage for enjoying city life, whether for getting from place to place or for staying activities such as eating, drinking and people watching.
- Pike and Pine should be addressed as a whole – the uses and facades along the street are as important to success as the design of the public realm. Design enhancements should foster stewardship and activation by adjacent users, property owners and tenants. Pedestrian improvements should also complement elements of related corridor projects, such as transit and bicycle infrastructure.
Designing with the community
The process of designing pedestrian improvements for Pike and Pine began in late 2016 and will continue into mid-2019. To ensure the design is informed by community input, we will invite Seattle-area residents to a series of events, including public meetings and pop-up events, at public spaces along Pike and Pine. These events are free and open to all. See below for details on the first public meeting.
Additionally, in late 2016, we formed a project sounding board. Sounding board participants represent a broad constituency of Pike and Pine stakeholders – including property owners, residents, business owners, urban designers and community leaders – many of whom participated in the Pike Pine Renaissance Streetscape Design Vision in 2013.
This project will be developed in tandem with concurrent area efforts including One Center City, the Washington State Convention Center Addition, the Third Avenue Transit Corridor Improvements, the Center City Connector and the Center City Bike Network.
We anticipate reaching the first design milestone, concept design, in May 2017. The concept design will incorporate input gathered from the first public meeting and the sounding board. The community will have the opportunity to give input on the concept design at the second public meeting. The design team will then further develop the concept to intermediary milestones, 30 percent, 60 percent and 90 percent design. We anticipate developing a complete design plan (100 percent) in mid-2019. Public meetings, sounding board meetings and public pop-up events will be held throughout the process.
Project kick-off event
The Office of the Waterfront and DSA held a public open house to kick-off Act One of the Pike Pine Renaissance:
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017
5 – 7 p.m.
ACT Theatre, Bullitt Cabaret, 700 Union St.
At the public meeting, participants:
- Learned about Pike Pine Renaissance: Act One
- Shared their Pike and Pine experience and their vision for the future, and answered questions including:
- How do you use the area today?
- What kind of pedestrian improvements would you like to see and where would you like to see them?
- Would you use the sidewalks and pedestrian spaces differently if they were designed for both traveling and gathering?
- Learned about related projects in the area
- Met the project team and shared their feedback