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City Council approves $500,000 for Broadway revitalization
City Council approves $500,000 for Broadway revitalization
Ailing business district to get a boost for streetscape improvements and other amenities

SEATTLE -This week, the City Council approved $500,000 for Capitol Hill's ailing Broadway Business District for such improvements as enhanced building facades; prevention and remediation of graffiti and window-etching; sidewalk cleaning and streetscape projects; and a host of other improvements designed to revitalize one of the city's largest neighborhood business districts.

"Broadway is home to a diverse population of residents who have seen their beloved business district decline over the years," said Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck, chair of the Council's Urban Development and Planning Committee. "This much-needed funding will help support the community's goals of a robust Broadway."

The funding is a response to a resolution adopted by the Council this past June and signed by the Mayor stating City of Seattle's intent to explore strategies for revitalization of the Broadway Business District (Resolution 30774).

These strategies include:

o enhancement of Capitol Hill Design Guidelines to focus on Broadway's unique spirit;

o completion of an inventory of historic buildings on Broadway and adjacent areas of Capitol Hill;

o implementation of streetscape improvements;

o development of a strategy to encourage affordable housing production on Broadway;

o development of an effective marketing strategy for Broadway; and

o work to address the public safety and human service needs on Broadway.

"There is more to improving a business district than just raising building heights" said Finance and Budget Committee Chair, Councilmember Richard J. McIver. "This funding will help Broadway grow and thrive while still maintaining its character."



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