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Deadline tomorrow for Northgate design feedback

September 29th, 2013 by master

The arrival of light rail isn’t the only thing that’s coming to Northgate in the next eight years.

The city is also in the process of developing the appropriate urban framework to support a new and improved transit center in the area, which means the chances it will affect Maple Leaf are about 100 percent.

Luckily, your opinion is sought on the draft of the so-called Northgate Urban Design Framework, but you only have until tomorrow, Sept. 30, to submit feedback. The draft plan:

  • Identifies key design concepts for Northgate’s Urban Center to create a healthier, more livable, and denser mixed-use community with more houses and shopping opportunities
  • Illustrates recommended street improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users
  • Identifies design advice for the area closest to the light rail station, where future development will add to the growing area

Goals of the plan are to: [

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Share your vision for Northgate Urban Design

July 17th, 2013 by master

How would you like to see the Northgate urban area evolve as we move closer to the completion of the neighborhood’s light-rail station in 2021?

You’re invited to share your thoughts at the upcoming Northgate Open House from 6-9 p.m. July 30 at Aljoya Thornton Place, 450 N.E. 100th St. Based on your feedback at previous meetings, Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development already has drafted an Urban Design Framework for the neighborhood, but it’s seeking your help before it finalizes the plan in the fall.

The plan encompasses the station area and expands throughout the Northgate Urban Center, and includes such features as “urban plazas, active and green streetscapes, and a more complete neighborhood district near the light rail station.”

Your feedback is sought on:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle connections to the station
  • Public spaces in the vicinity
  • Other community amenities
  • Creating an active, healthy and sustainable neighborhood
  • Getting more green improvements
  • Getting more affordable housing

For more information or to comment online, go to the Northgate Urban Design website.

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