Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Update Open House

Capitol Hill is experiencing a phase of rapid growth. Since the neighborhood design guidelines were adopted in 2005, nearly 50 new building designs have gone through the Design Review program and received development permits. As the neighborhood continues to grow, the City of Seattle is teaming up with Capitol Hill Housing, the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and local community members to update the existing Capitol Hill Neighborhood Design Guidelines, which will serve as a guide for future development throughout all areas within the Capitol Hill Urban Center. This is a joint effort we are working on with the Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD).

Come meet the team, learn more about design guidelines update, and share your thoughts about design of new development on Capitol Hill.

Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Open House
Thursday, November 16, 5:00 – 7:00 pm (brief presentation at 6:00 pm)
Pike/Pine Room of 12th Avenue Arts
1620 12th Avenue, 2nd Floor
RSVP on Facebook here

What are Design Guidelines?
Design Guidelines serve as a tool to establish a set of expectations, goals, values, and qualities used to evaluate construction projects. They define the qualities of architecture, urban design, and public space for the City’s Design Review Program. Guidelines are intended to address how new buildings support and enhance the character of the existing community fabric.

Please visit OPCD’s website to learn more about the project and review related materials.

For more information, please contact:

Patrice Carroll, OPCD

Christina Ghan, SDCI

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of Bonney-Watson Funeral Home for landmark status

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home (1732 Broadway) on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on December 5:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Capitol Hill Branch Library (425 Harvard Avenue East) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on Department of Neighborhoods website (, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

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Seattle City Council approves ordinances of two Seattle landmarks

Seattle City Council approved the landmark designation ordinances for two Seattle landmarks: Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park and the Maritime Building in Downtown. These icons join the more than 450 landmarks in the city that contribute to the cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

The City’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for these two landmarks. The final step in the process was approval by Seattle City Council which occurred on September 25.

The landmarks are:

Seattle Asian Art Museum (address: 1400 E. Prospect Street) Architect: Carl F. Gould (Bebb & Gould) Date Built: 1933

Maritime Building (address: 911 Western Avenue) Architect: Edwin W. Houghton Date Built: 1909

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 450 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city. For more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit

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Volunteers needed to advise on development plans for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Here’s your chance to advise the City on the development plans of Kaiser Permanente (formerly Group Health). Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the Kaiser Permanente Standing Advisory Committee (SAC). This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the medical center to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational services, or just an interest in their neighborhood’s future are encouraged to apply.

The committee meets in the evenings at Kaiser Permanente one to four times a year. Committee members serve a two-year renewable term. If you are interested in serving on this committee, send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Wednesday, August 30 to:

 Maureen Sheehan
Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.



The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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Electrical Infrastructure Repairs on Harvard Avenue Begin This August

Starting in early August 2017, Seattle City Light will be taking steps to maintain reliability in the Capitol Hill area by repairing handholes and conduit along Harvard Avenue. This work is being coordinated with W.G. Clark Construction and the 722 East Pike Street project.

Stage 1 – Week of August 7, 2017

Crews will be trenching for electrical conduit across Harvard Avenue, between East Pine Street and East Pike Street.

Harvard Avenue will be open for local access only during construction hours.

Stage 2 – Week of August 14, 2017

Crews will close the north side of Harvard Avenue between East Pike Street and East Union Street to access a handhole.

The south side of Harvard Avenue will be accessible for local access. Parking will be restricted on Bolyston Avenue to allow for detoured traffic.

Project Impacts

Parking will be restricted within the construction work area. Traffic and pedestrian safety will be maintained by uniformed police officers and flaggers.

Crews will be careful to maintain access to buildings. Driveways will remain open during construction.

Maintenance outages are required to do the work safely. Customers will be notified in advance of any outage.

Timing & Coordination

This project is anticipated to start during the week of August 7, 2017. It is expected that the work will take approximately two weeks to complete. Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with possible weekend work.

For more information, customers can contact Kristy Tibbetts, Crew Coordinator at (206) 684-3043 or

Visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website for the latest updates on this project: