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Capitol Hill Light Rail TOD Forum 2/23/10

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  • 1. Sound Transit University Link Capitol Hill Station Transit-Oriented Development Community Forum February 23, 2010 N
  • 2. Forum Agenda
    • 6:00 pm Open House
    • 6:15 pm Presentation – Michelle Ginder, ST
    • - 2009 Outreach Summary
        • - Next Steps/Moving Forward
        • - Q & A
    • 7:15 pm Return to Open House
  • 3.
    • 3.15-mile extension of Initial Segment and Airport Link
      • Capitol Hill Station
      • UW Station
    • Schedule
      • Design: complete
      • Construction: 6.5 years
      • System testing: 6 months
      • Open for service: 2016
    • Adds 70,000 daily riders, 114,000 riders systemwide
    University Link
  • 4. Capitol Hill Station
    • Underground station, 3 entrances
    • Construction staging area - station and tunnel excavation at site
    • Ridership: 20,000 daily boardings
    • Travel time:
      • 3 minutes to downtown Seattle (University St.)
      • 3 minutes to UW Station
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7. Capitol Hill Transit Oriented Development Sites
  • 8. TOD Outreach Process
    • Community Stakeholder Group
    • Sound Transit quarterly community forums:
      • March 25, 2009
        • TOD work program
        • Community uses
      • June 24, 2009
        • Housing
        • Retail
      • October 27, 2009
        • Nagle Extension design
        • Broadway Farmers Market
        • Parking
      • February 23, 2010
        • 2009 Outreach Summary
        • Moving Forward
  • 9. Community Uses – March 2009 Forum
      • Understand community priorities for potential TOD community space
        • Broadway Farmers Market (Chris Curtis, NFMA)
        • Arts and Performance Space (Michael Siewerath, CODAC)
        • Community Meeting Space (Justin Carder, CH Community Council)
      • Acknowledge not all desired community uses can be accommodated in TOD sites
  • 10. Community Uses
    • What Sound Transit heard:
    • Desire for more community space
    • How to balance community desires with ST financial/business limitations
    • Sound Transit should be bold and creative in requiring developers to create community space
  • 11. Housing and Retail – June 2009 Forum
    • Understand community priorities
      • Speakers
        • Artist Live/Work Housing (Cathryn Vandenbrink, Artspace)
        • Senior Housing (Lua Pritchard, Korean Women’s Association)
        • Broadway Retail Study (Jack Hilovsky, CH Chamber)
        • Retail Opportunities (Richard Muhlebach, Retail Consultant)
        • Broadway Retail Developments (Jennifer Severson, Real Retail)
      • Small group discussions
    • Survey on housing and retail priorities
      • 93 responses
  • 12. Housing
    • Forum and survey: broad mix of housing needed on Capitol Hill - mix of affordable and market rate housing will bring necessary balance of diversity and sustainability
  • 13. Housing
    • What Sound Transit heard:
    • Need for some affordable housing, but also need for a mix of different types of housing
      • Mixed income levels in housing maintains diversity
      • Market rate housing helps keep neighborhood sustainable
      • Workforce housing needed to reduce commutes and allow people to live and work in their neighborhood
    • Broad range of opinions about definition of affordable housing
  • 14. Retail
    • Forum and survey: Need for mix of local, independent and national anchor retailers that serve local neighborhood and residents but also attract regional shoppers to area
  • 15. Retail
    • What Sound Transit heard:
    • People desire options not currently available including hardware/garden, bakeries/specialty food, home furnishings, etc.
    • Residents should be able to meet basic day to day retail needs in neighborhood
    • Restaurants, coffee shops and specialty foods creates buzz and brings people to Capitol Hill
  • 16. Nagle Extension – October 2009 Forum
    • Provides station maintenance and operations access
    • Provides delivery vehicle and underground parking access for TOD Site A
    Nagle Extension
  • 17. Nagle Extension
    • What Sound Transit heard:
    • Strong support for Farmers Market
    • Support for other community activities at Nagle Extension
    • Consideration of pedestrian/auto interaction
    • Consideration of building height
  • 18. Farmers Market Sound Transit Staff Preliminary Conclusions
    • Sound Transit supports use of Nagle Extension for long-term Broadway Farmers Market home
      • Does not compromise station requirements or TOD project plans
      • Market’s requirements appear to be “doable” at minimal design or construction costs
      • Market would attract additional ridership to station
      • Market would increase appeal of adjacent TOD sites (retail and housing) and further activate area
      • Consistent with Sound Transit sustainability goals and supports Market’s sustainability mission
      • Strong public support
  • 19. Parking at TOD Sites – October 2009 Forum
    • Sound Transit to limit total parking inventory
    • No commuter or commercial public parking
    • Limited underground parking for site tenants/customers
    • Parking amount & configuration determined through developer proposal and design process
    • Sound Transit to encourage/require alternatives to reduce car parking
      • Shared parking
      • Zip car
      • Shopper/resident financial incentives
      • Transit info
      • Bicycle parking
  • 20. Parking
    • What Sound Transit heard:
    • Support for limited parking
    • Consider also: bike sharing, motorcycle parking
    • Unbundle parking costs from residential and merchant rental costs
    • More parking management needed on Capitol Hill for existing parking supply
    • Consider impact of parking on pedestrian environment
  • 21. Chamber Stakeholder TOD Charrette
    • September 2009 - community design charrette on Capitol Hill TOD
      • CH Chamber consultant (Schemata Workshop and Makers)
    • Summary of Community Goals for TOD
      • Development projects of highest quality
      • Permanent home for Farmers Market
      • Affordable housing and business space
      • Cultural center and community spaces
      • A gateway and neighborhood wayfinding
      • Environmentally responsible building practices
      • Low ratio parking
  • 22. CH Chamber Stakeholder TOD Report
    • Development Guidelines and Urban Design Recommendations Report
      • Influence ST TOD
      • Supplement and clarify existing land use plans
      • Guide future neighborhood planning efforts
  • 23. What We Know
    • Summary Report
    • Community issues Sound Transit plans to implement/require in TOD:
      • Farmers Market
      • Limited parking
      • Some affordable housing
    • Selected developer plans will determine :
      • Actual retail and housing type and size
      • Potential for community space
      • Building design and construction elements
      • Other elements based on market at time of RFQ/RFP
  • 24. Other ST TOD projects
    • TOD at Federal Way Transit Center (Korean Women’s Association)
    • Firestone property at Mount Baker Light Rail Station
      • Evaluation criteria include:
        • Green building standards
        • Community meeting space
        • Bike parking, Zipcar
        • Reduced auto parking
    • Other Sound Transit TOD projects will bring experience helpful to future Capitol Hill TOD
  • 25. Capitol Hill TOD Sites Next Steps (2010-2011)
    • Review CH Chamber TOD Recommendations Report
    • Continue internal technical review of TOD and design issues
    • Advance Nagle Extension design and Farmers Market concept
    • Meet with community stakeholders as needed
    • Address public policy review
      • Community/City actions regarding zoning, design guidelines, etc
  • 26. RFQ/RFP Process (2012-2013)
    • Request for Qualifications / Request for Proposals
      • 2 stage process to select TOD developers
      • Results of community feedback provided to developers
      • ST will identify requirements and preferred design recommendations, with associated evaluation criteria
      • Developers required to pay fair market value but will be encouraged to think creatively to achieve goals
      • Details of RFQ/RFP to be determined
        • Phasing strategy
        • Number of RFPs
  • 27. TOD Site Development (2014 – 2016+)
    • Developer community design review process
    • Permitting
    • Construction
    • First TOD open at or after station opening in 2016
  • 28. How to Stay Informed
    • Sound Transit Capitol Hill TOD website
    • www.soundtransit.org/CapitolHillTOD
    • Monthly electronic newsletters www.soundtransit.org/subscribe
    • ST project and outreach staff contacts
      • Capitol Hill Station/TOD lead - Michelle Ginder, [email_address]
      • Construction – Rhonda Dixon, Community Outreach Coordinator, [email_address]
  • 29. Questions? Comments?
  • 30. TOD Work Program Schedule

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