We’re excited to announce three big endorsements of the Lid I-5 campaign by elected leaders! These are incredible milestones which validate our vision for a more connected, sustainable, and equitable Seattle.
Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw represents District 7 and the west side of Interstate 5 in Downtown and South Lake Union. In a blog post announcing her support, she notes, “We can create a ‘public land make, not a land take’ that could be available for affordable housing, more parks and green space, and private office space to help pay for it. As other big cities have shown, this is one way we can create new real estate for public/private partnerships and make our Downtown greener and more Age-Friendly.”
Joining her is Councilmember Rob Johnson, representing District 4 in northeast Seattle where I-5 splits neighborhoods such as the U District and Wallingford. Johnson previously led the Transportation Choices Coalition and is excited at the opportunity to reconnect neighborhoods.
43rd District Senator Jamie Pedersen, who recalls attending Freeway Park’s opening day in 1976, is also lending his support at the state level. Support from state legislators will be critical for future lid projects, as Interstate 5 is managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
We’re not done here. Our team of dedicated volunteers is continuing to meet with public officials and community groups, building a network of supporters for the Lid I-5 vision and incorporating a wide variety of ideas for future design.
We also moving forward with two public benefit proposals for the Convention Center expansion project: a lid feasibility study for the I-5 corridor and building a small lid park at the corner of Pine Street and Boren Avenue. The Convention Center has formally proposed funding the feasibility study, and they will have more details at the April 20th Design Commission meeting.
In this effort we have joined the Community Package Coalition, a partnership of local organizations proposing a suite of affordable housing, open space, and transportation projects. Learn more at communitypackage.org.
In addition, stay tuned for announcements of our public events in 2017. See below for details of a presentation we’ll be making with the First Hill Improvement Association on April 11th.