Seattle City Council Approves Designation For Two Historic Landmarks

Seattle City Council recently approved landmark designation ordinances for two city of Seattle landmarks. Located in Downtown and South Lake Union, these buildings showcase the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for each of these landmarks, and provided draft ordinances to the City Council. The final step to the process is approval by City Council.

The new landmarks are:

  • Fire Station No. 5 built in 1963 (address: 925 Alaskan Way). Designer: Robert Durham of Durham, Anderson & Freed
  • Pioneer Sand and Gravel Company Building built in 1927 (address: 901 Harrison St.). Designer: The Austin Company

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as seven historic districts located throughout the city. Visit our webpage for more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks.

Greenwood Recovery Office Is Open

The Greenwood Recovery Office will continue to be open for the neighborhood from Monday, March 21 – Friday, March 25.  The temporary office is located at Works Progress (115 N 85th St, Suite 202), a coworking space in Greenwood, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The phone number is 206-396-2788 during regular business hours. If you have been affected by the Greenwood explosion, please call or visit us. Staffs from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Economic Development are there to help.

More information for neighborhood businesses and residents can be found at:

Site of Greenwood Explosion Transitions from Cleanup to Recovery

Neighborhood Recovery Center Established to Continue Support

On Tuesday, Mayor Murray announced that the Incident Command Center for the explosion in Greenwood has wrapped up operations and opened a neighborhood office to support local businesses and residents.

“I am very grateful to the cooperation and support from the community, partner agencies, local businesses, and multiple City departments,” stated Mayor Murray. “This goes to show that when tragedy strikes, we come together to support one another.”

Greenwood Avenue North is open in both directions, although the southbound bike lane between 85th and 84th will remain closed until cleanup is complete. The sidewalk on the west side remains closed, and the City is working with the property owner to open it as soon as possible.

“Thank you to the community for their support and understanding during the investigation and clean-up activities,” stated Captain McDonagh, incident commander with the Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Office of Economic Development will coordinate the Greenwood Recovery Task Force, an effort to continue to support the community. The Greenwood Recovery Office has been set up at Works Progress (115 N 85th St, Suite 202), a coworking space in Greenwood, which will be staffed by the City Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The office will be open through Friday, March 25. The phone number is 206-396-2788.

More information for neighborhood businesses and residents can be found at:

Work Continues at Greenwood Incident Site Monday, March 14

On Monday, the City’s departments continue to work vigilantly at the Greenwood incident site with state and utility partners. We appreciate the community’s efforts to clean up debris throughout the neighborhood and its patience while the city departments’ work continues.

On Sunday afternoon, Greenwood Avenue reopened to traffic with the exception of the southbound bike lane. Traffic is flowing normally.

Greenwood Avenue is Open to Traffic

As the investigation continues into the explosion that destroyed a building near 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue, a multi-functional team from the City of Seattle has been able to open an additional lane of Greenwood Avenue for traffic.

Greenwood now has two traffic lanes for northbound traffic and one southbound lane. The northbound bike lane is open. Cyclists riding southbound on Greenwood must merge with traffic or take other routes.

Puget Sound Energy crews were working to determine what caused the explosion. Seattle police officers and employees from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Light and other departments were working to support the investigation, control traffic through the work zone and provide information to residents, area businesses and people who travel through the area.

84th is closed westbound from Greenwood and restricted one block to the east.