Arroyo Open House Scheduled for Wednesday, April 25

Seattle City Light is hosting an open house on Wednesday, April 25 to inform customers about an upcoming conduit installation project in the Arroyo/South Arbor Heights area. Customers are invited to stop by the Seattle Public Library’s Southwest Branch between 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to learn more.

Details for the upcoming open house are below:

Arroyo Conduit Installation –  Open House
Seattle Public Library – Southwest Branch
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The Seattle Public Library’s Southwest Branch is located at 9010 35th Avenue Southwest. The open house will be located upstairs in the meeting room on the library’s second floor.

Project Details:
Underground, direct buried cables in the Arroyo neighborhood are approaching the end of their useful life and will require new electrical conduit and cables. Seattle City Light has identified several areas within the Arroyo neighborhood that will require installing new conduits, vaults, and other associated work. Streetlights will also be replaced as part of this work. The work will result in enhanced electrical reliability and efficiency.

Construction work areas in the Arroyo/South Arbor Heights area. Crews will begin construction on California Avenue SW, between SW 106th and 107th streets.

  • Construction is scheduled to start in early to mid-May 2018, beginning with equipment staging.
  • Daily work hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and weekends from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction could extend beyond these hours, as needed.
  • Civil construction is estimated to last approximately 1 1/2 years. Additional streetlight and electrical work may follow.
To learn more, please visit our project website:

Attend a Jan. 13 Open House to Learn About Georgetown Steam Plant’s Future

For Immediate Release
Jan. 9, 2018

Contact: Scott Thomsen

Georgetown Steam Plant Prepares for New Future

January open house reveals advisory committee’s recommendations

SEATTLE – Seattle City Light will open the Georgetown Steam Plant to the public Jan. 13 for an open house, free guided tours and a chance to learn of key recommendations made by an outside committee comprised of historic preservationists, arts, culture and museum professionals and small business and history experts.

The Georgetown Steam Plant Advisory Committee was convened by the utility in spring of 2016 to advise on future restoration, use and management of the 110-year-old National Historic Landmark, owned by City Light since 1951. City Light accepted their recommendations and will recognize their work throughout this event with visual representations and a brief ceremony at noon.

The plant will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with tours beginning at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. City Light volunteers and advisory committee members will be on hand to elaborate and answer questions as well as accept community input on what is intended to become one of Seattle’s premier tourism and heritage destinations, serving diverse communities.

Georgetown Steam Plant Advisory Committee members include:
Lath Carlson, Living Computer Museum + Labs
Jennifer Mortensen, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Larry Kreisman, Historic Seattle
Kji Kelly, Historic Seattle
Charlie Rathbun, 4Culture
Matthew Richter, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
John Bennett, John Bennett Properties, LLC
Jennifer Meisner, King County
Charles Beall, National Park Service
Lendy Hensley, City Catering
Elizabeth Stewart, Renton History Museum
Paula Becker, HistoryLink
Sarah Kavage, Artist and Urban Planner
Laurie Haag (retired), Museum of Flight
David Unger, MOHAI

More information and driving directions can be found at
RSVP to the event on Facebook here:

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

Learn About Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel Project at July 8 Open House

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light, has put out a call for submissions from an artist or team of artists interested in writing and illustrating a fictionalized graphic novel which incorporates aspects of the Georgetown Steam Plant’s history.

The call for submissions is open to all professional writers/artists/illustrators residing in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or British Columbia. Experienced and published graphic writers/artists/cartoonists encouraged to apply. The deadline for applications is 11 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The chosen artist or team of artists will receive an $85,000 commission.

Want to learn more? The Office of Arts & Culture is offering a free, optional workshop on July 8 at the Georgetown Steam Plant, where staff will be able to answer questions regarding the project and the online application system. Guided tours of the Georgetown Steam Plant are also available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on that day, so you can get to know the prospective subject.  Visit the Georgetown Steam Plant website for driving and parking access information.

Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel Workshop
Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Georgetown Steam Plant
6605 13th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98108

To read more about the project and what will be covered in the workshop, visit the Georgetown Steam Plant Graphic Novel project page at the Office of Arts & Culture website.



City of Seattle to Host Community Open House in South Lake Union

South Lake Union residents, employees and businesses are invited to a community open house and informational meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25 at the South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Avenue North. This event is hosted by the South Lake Union Community Council and the City of Seattle.

From 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., various city departments will share information about their projects and programs that will affect the South Lake Union neighborhood.

  • SDOT will present information on changes they’re making to signal timing along Mercer; connecting the new Westlake Protected Bike Lane to the neighborhood and downtown along 9th Ave N to 7th Ave and Bell Street; upgrading bus service to the University District; extending the SLU Streetcar line to downtown; managing on-street
    parking and loading; and replacing the last timber-supported bridge in Seattle, the Fairview Ave N Bridge
  • The Office of Planning and Community Development will explain its Open Space Plan
  • Seattle City Light will explain its Advanced Metering program and the construction impacts of the Denny Substation Project
  • Seattle Public Utilities will have information about recycling and food waste collection for apartment residents
  • The Office of Housing will explain various affordable housing programs, including Mandatory Housing Affordability
  • There will be information about the city’s Democracy Voucher program

From 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Seattle City Light will also host a community information meeting about the possible sale of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street.

Aerial view of City Light’s property at 800 Aloha Street

The utility is considering selling or transferring the property for full market value. There will be representatives from various City departments there to answer questions about the proposal.

For more information on the 800 Aloha Street property, please visit