Downtown Seattle to get Taller?


Last week Seattle City Council unanimously approved a measure that will allow building heights to rise in much of downtown Seattle.

“It is a milestone today, and it is an important turning point,” said city councilman Peter Steinbrueck, who crafted changes to a proposal advanced by Mayor Greg Nickels last year. “We will do more with this legislation than change the look of downtown. … We’re going to change the feel of downtown and some of the dynamics of downtown.”
The measure also included requirements for affordable housing, green buildings, and underground parking. City Council is also working on other issues to improve downtown livability. In the planning stages are: a major park in Belltown, providing tax-breaks to developers targeting moderate-income residents, preserving historic buildings, and a possible elementary school in the city center.
Read more about Seattle City Council’s Downtown Zoning and Livability Plan. Here’s is another link to the downtown zoning changes.

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