Pilot Streetlight Project to Begin in Pioneer Square & Pike Place Market

Starting this August, Seattle City Light will be piloting a program to improve customer safety, reduce carbon emissions and conserve resources by installing LED streetlight fixtures in the downtown Seattle area. The new fixtures will be evaluated for appearance, historical integrity and light levels. City Light is inviting customers to provide their feedback on the pilot LED fixtures.

The utility is testing LED fixtures in the following areas:

  • Pioneer Square: 2nd Avenue South between South Washington and South Jackson streets
  • Pike Place Market: 1st Avenue and Pine Street


Benefits of the pilot project:

  • The new LED streetlights will enrich the quality of lighting, improve pedestrian and traffic safety, and maintain the historic nature of Seattle’s lighting districts.
  • LEDs reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing as well as when they are in use. Additionally, about 20,000 tons of reduced carbon emissions per year are the result of fewer service vehicle trips.
  • The pilot program provides an opportunity for community feedback that may affect which fixture will be chosen.


What you can expect:

  • Maintenance power outages are not planned for this work.
  • Customers can expect some traffic impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures. Parking may be impacted within the immediate area.
  • The test fixtures at Pine Street and 1st Avenue are temporary and will be removed at the end of the pilot project. The original globe fixtures will be reinstalled.
  • If the test fixtures at Pioneer Square are not approved, they will be scheduled for removal, following the decision by the Pioneer Square Preservation Board.
  • Once the data has been collected and presented, City Light will select an approved fixture. A replacement schedule will then be developed to address all globe streetlights in City Light’s service territory.


From August 15 – 31, customers can provide their feedback on the pilot fixtures by accessing the surveys below:

For more information, customers can contact Carol Anderson, Project Manager at (206) 733-9961 or carolj.anderson@seattle.gov.

Visit seattle.gov/light/atwork for the latest updates on these projects and others in your neighborhood.

Small Business of the Month: Indi Chocolate

Owner Erin Andrews and her daughter Siena.

The newly-expanded Pike Place MarketFront has a new tenant: indi chocolate, purveyors of everything from chocolate bars to orange-chocolate scented lotion to spice rubs to chocolate liquor infusion kits to chocolate mixology classes, and much more.

Indi is a family business: both of founder Erin Andrews’ daughters work at the store, facilitating classes and helping customers. Her husband helps make chocolate in the adjacent small factory, visible to customers through a glass wall. The business itself is named after Andrews’ eldest daughter.

Inspired by a family trip, Andrews first began dabbling in the chocolate business by working directly with farmers in Belize. After traveling back and forth to Belize for two years, she started indi chocolate as a way of bringing her business closer to home. “indi chocolate was started in my kitchen where I made cocoa butter-based lotions and lip balms. I started selling at fairs and festivals to be able to afford the equipment to make chocolate,” she explains.

Office of Economic Development staff smelling cacoa butter soap.

Indi was able to expand to a small retail space at Pike Place Market, where the business was housed for five years. The family produced their chocolate and other products to sell at home, in a commercial kitchen space attached to their house. Siena, Andrews’ youngest daughter who gave us a tour around the shop, seemed relieved at no longer having to do business in such a small shop with her mother and older sister.

The process of expanding into the new, significantly larger factory and retail space was “difficult and stressful,” but worth it, Andrews says. Along the way, she worked with one of the Office of Economic Development’s consultants, who provide free consulting for local small businesses. “One of the great surprises of working with the Office of Economic Development has been how fantastic the free one-on-one marketing consulting has been,” Andrews says. “Working with Lisa Gardner has really helped us up our marketing game and been a valuable resource for growing indi chocolate.”

Now that the business is settled into their new factory, Andrews is looking to expand even further, drawing on the fresh produce and products available daily from fellow Pike Place vendors. “Increasing the amount of local agriculture and dairy has been a long-term goal for indi chocolate, and this will allow us to make fresh and zero shelf-life creations that need to be eaten immediately to be enjoyed at their best,” she says. Indi is also looking to host more classes, events and tours as they head into the summer tourism season, and they hope to focus on wholesaling their products as well.

While Pike Place is known to host crowds of tourists in the summer, it’s home to a strong community of farmers, artists, chefs and other vendors throughout the year. “From the outside, many people don’t realize the importance and strength of the Market community,” Andrews says. “I love personally knowing our regulars. I’m often at the same table doing work alongside them or popping up to help when we have a line of customers.”

Siena Andrews rings up an order.

Next time you’re at the Market, drop by indi for the chance of a free sample of molten, cacao-of-the-day chocolate from one of their machines. Siena tells us that they make the world’s best hot chocolate, and her mother particularly recommends their take on s’mores: “We’ve worked hard to make a s’more I adore with an oat cake instead of graham crackers, our chocolate and our mole spice rub marshmallow freshly roasted for each guest. We’ve been hearing from our customers that it is the best s’more they’ve ever had too.” You can also order online, if you can’t wait to visit in person. (No fresh s’mores online though.)

Thinking of opening or expanding your own business? Get your questions answered on our Restaurant Success site, and get in touch to learn more about our one-on-one consulting.

Participate in final Online Open House for Victor Steinbrueck Park improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) encourages the community to participate in the final Victor Steinbrueck Park Online Open House. Visit the Online Open House at http://vspark.participate.online/  from March 9 through March 30, 2018.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park. The project includes improving sight lines into the park, providing better connections and circulation, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading seating and landscaping. The park sits atop a privately-owned parking garage. The membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing. Major repairs to, or complete replacement of the membrane, will be necessary as part of any improvements to the park. We are in the final design phase of this project and anticipate construction beginning in 2019.

SPR has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of Market, surrounding residents and businesses, as well as homeless advocates regarding the park. We have hosted two public meetings, held an online Open House, conducted surveys in the park and on-line, and have presented to the Pike Place Market Historical Commission Design Review Committee throughout the design process.

For additional information, please contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/victor-steinbrueck-park

 

 

 

 

 

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Next steps for Victor Steinbrueck Park Improvement project

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) will be conducting additional investigative work into the structure below the surface of Victor Steinbrueck Park. This work will begin the week of December 18, 2017 and inform the design process for the Victor Steinbrueck Park Improvement Project. The park will not be closed. Park visitors will see boring equipment and access will be denied in the immediate work zone(s). Additionally, there will be construction noise during working hours.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocated funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park. The project includes improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping. The park sits atop a privately-owned parking garage. The membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing. Major repairs to, or complete replacement of the membrane, will be necessary as part of any improvements to the park. We are in the final design phase of this project and anticipate construction beginning in 2019.

SPR has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of Market, surrounding residents and businesses and homeless advocates regarding the park. We have hosted two public meetings, held an online Open House, conducted surveys in the park and on-line and presented to the Pike Place Market Historical Commission Design Review Committee throughout the design process.  To see the schematic design please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/victor-steinbrueck-park.

For additional information, please contact David Graves at david.graves@seattle.gov or 206-684-7048 or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/victor-steinbrueck-park.

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Community invited to participate in Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project

Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to participate in the Victor Steinbrueck Park renovation project by providing input on Tues. October 4, 2016 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Space, 1400 Western Ave. Seattle, 98101. This meeting is an opportunity to learn about the project, review design options and provide input on the renovation.  Seattle Parks and Recreation staff and Walker Macy, design consultant will present the proposed design options, gather input and answer questions. 

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy allocates funding to improve Victor Steinbrueck Park public safety including but not limited to improving sight lines into the park, renovating seating, renovating the former children’s play area, improving and expanding lighting, and upgrading landscaping.  In addition, the park partially sites atop a privately owned parking garage. The membrane between the westerly portion of the park and the parking garage below is failing.  A complete replacement of the membrane will be necessary as part of the renovation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation’s design team will continue to work with the community to prioritize park improvements and anticipates presenting a final design for the park in early 2017. Seattle Parks and Recreation has been and will continue to be engaging organizations including the Chief Seattle Club, the Friends of Market, surrounding residents and business and homeless advocates regarding the park renovation. We encourage the community and park users to attend and participate in the design process.

For more information, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/projects/victor_steinbrueck/ Visitors to this site may also access an on-line Open House starting Friday, Sept 30, 2016.  For additional question please contact David Graves, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 684-7048 or david.graves@seattle.gov

 

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