Capitol Hill Light Rail TOD Forum 2/23/10


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Capitol Hill Light Rail TOD Forum 2/23/10

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