Chinatown/International District/Little Saigon Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment Update

A team from Global Green USA completed its site visit to Chinatown/International District, including Little Saigon, between May 9 and 11. The site visit is part of their Neighborhood Sustainability Assessment for the Chinatown/International District based on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Neighborhood Development (LEED – ND) standards. The assessment will help the community develop a holistic approach to sustaining the Chinatown/International District/Little Saigon neighborhood’s cultural, economic, social, and historical qualities.

The Global Green team toured the neighborhood, interviewed community stakeholders and City staff, and then applied the LEED – ND tool over the two and a half days site visit. Global Green USA will provide a report summarizing their findings and recommendations by August, 2016.

The assessment was awarded in 2015 to the Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) in partnership with OPCD and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDpda).

Chinatown/International District/Little Saigon Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment

The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) is partnering with the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIDpda) to improve the Chinatown/International District/Little Saigon neighborhood’s environmental performance in ways that will enhance its unique character.

The Environmental Protection Agency is supporting the City’s efforts through awarding us a Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment by Global Green USA. In the assessment, the Global Green team will:

  • Review existing neighborhood plans and policies
  • Meet with key stakeholders from the City and the community
  • Tour the neighborhood

 

Based on their assessment, the team will generate recommendations for physical and/or policy changes that would help the neighborhood become more environmentally sustainable. These recommendations could include improving transit and bicycle facilities, preserving affordable housing, expanding local job opportunities, or retrofitting to existing buildings to become more energy-efficient.

For more information about Global Green’s assessments, see http://www.globalgreen.org/blog/sustainable-neighborhood-assesments?rq=sustainable%20neighborhood%20assessments.

The Global Green team will visit the Chinatown/ID/Little Saigon neighborhood on May 9 – 11 and will facilitate a workshop with community members on the evening of May 10 (6:00 – 8:00 p.m., location to be determined). The Chinatown/ID/Little Saigon community is invited to attend.

To RSVP, and for more information, please contact:

Jamie Lee
SCIDpda
(206) 624-8929

Celebrate Little Saigon

Around 100 people stopped by the Little Saigon Business District planning booth at the August 24 Celebrate Little Saigon festival. Festival-goers from Seattle and other parts of King County including Issaquah, Lynnwood, Bellevue, and Tukwila had a chance to talk with DPD Community Development staff and Friends of Little Saigon volunteers about what they like about Little Saigon and their dreams for the future of the business district. Little Saigon is the social, cultural, and economic center for the Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian communities in Seattle and King County.  Beginning in October, the Little Saigon Business District planning effort will look at strategies to help Little Saigon grow while maintaining its unique identity, shopping, and cultural experience.

For more information on the Little Saigon Business District planning effort, visit the web site at http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/littlesaigon or contact:

Robert Scully
(206) 233-3854
robert.scully@seattle.gov