Land Use Review Commettee (LURC)


New Developments in the Neighborhood

The Central Area Land Use Review Committee is a group of local residents, including (but not only) design professionals whose aim is to influence the shape of future developments in the neighborhood.

For more information, and to get up to date notice on future meeting dates see the Facebook page of the Central Area Land Use Review Committee.

Recent meetings of the LURC have included engaging with the developer and designer of the project that will bring big changes to the site of Pratt Fine Arts, impacting Pratt Park and Jackson Street.  The development would expand space for the arts center by about 75%, bring 160 new apartment homes (no plans for any “affordable” units), and add retail space on Jackson Street.   (To see the documents filed with City Planning:

Also, in March, the developer and design team for the project proposed at 12th and Yesler accepted an invitation from LURC to meet with community members.  That proposed project will displace the buildings in which Seattle Curtain, Saba and Universal Auto Body are currently located.  The proposal is for a single building with about 280 – 290 apartments, eleven live/work units, and approximately four retail spaces totaling 12,400 square feet.  The developer's representative has stated that there’s no plan at this time to design units attractive to families with children. The Early Design Guidance meeting for this project is scheduled for April 25, at 6:30 PM in Rm. 103, Pigott Building, Seattle U.  For documents see:,,,12TH,AVE,

The Early Design Guidance meeting is an important opportunity for neighbors to see and comment on design proposals.  Be there and express your thoughts.

The 12th and Yesler project is adjacent to the King County Archives and King County Records buildings.  The records site has been sold to the Seattle Housing Authority which is in the early stages of planning a development of about 100 apartments intended to serve families with children.

The County Archives Building is on a different site, which is located between the two developments discussed above, and it is still in the hands of King County.  This is the case even though it would seem to be an appealing location for a park or open space which would enhance the Seattle Housing Authority’s plans for a new child-friendly community directly across from Bailey Gatzert School.

For First Time, Central Area gets its own Design Guidelines

Several community organizations, over the past two years, have worked with the City to develop design guidelines to be applied by City staff and the Design Review Board to future major building developments in the Central area.  The City Council committee took up the proposed guidelines at its March 21 meeting.  The date for future Council consideration is not known at the time of this writing. For more information on the Guidelines, see:


Our Future in Greenways, Eco Districts, Upzones, Design Reviews, Parks, Major Institution Master Plans, What does it all Mean?

Save the Date, April 11th and Attend

Certainly it is the people not the infrastructure that brings vitality to a neighborhood. Nonetheless, the design and type of development will have a profound effect on the character of where we live and work and this will be the focus of our April Quarterly Meeting with presentations by the Central Area Land Use Review Committee, Capitol Hill Housing and more. Why did you invest in the neighborhood? What are your aspirations for the Squire Park Neighborhood? Deciding to live in a neighborhood is an investment. How can you contribute your neighborhood? Squire Park residents and businesses, along with neighboring community councils have worked for decades to establish the Central District as a great place to live and work, while striving to maintain the residential character, the diversity, and history of our neighborhood. We have a great new board, and now more than ever we need ideas and energy from everyone in Squire Park.

The neighborhood-scape of Squire Park is changing and new development often feels chaotic, exciting and challenging. Newer and long-time residents know that some areas in the neighborhood are finally getting the attention they’ve needed and at the same time do not want to lose what brought them to this neighborhood or its familiar landscapes and landmarks. When poorly executed, these man made forms can contribute to feelings of isolation and alienation.  When well designed, neighborhood architectural styles and landscapes contribute to a welcoming, open, and neighborly feeling, while also reflecting a sense of the history and character of the place. The presentations will give an over-arching picture of what is being planned and currently under construction on 12th Avenue, E. Union, 23rd Avenue, S. Jackson and everywhere in between.

An important piece of the discussion will be how we can connect with the information to become effective advocates for our needs and aspirations for the neighborhood. Make this your neighborhood. Plan to attend the Squire Park Community Council Quarterly Meeting. In addition to the main presentation we will have updates on transportation and how you can be involved in restorative justice.

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