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24 JANUARY 2018
THE JUNCTION

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BACKGROUND
 Streetcar junction in 1920’s
 Hub Urban Village since 1990’s
 Walkable urban neighborhood
 4,000+ households
 226 acres
 204’ of elevation change Avalon-to-California

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DESIGN GUIDELINES
 Set forth in SMC 23.41.004
 Defines the commercial core
 Specifies pedestrian-orientation and
architectural standards
 Priorities include walkability and connectivity
through commercial zones and open spaces

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Avalon
(condo / apts)
California Ave
historic
commercial Triangle
(could be a
job center)
Single
family
housing Alaska St.
(apartments)

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ALASKA ST

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SEATTLE 2035 COMP PLAN
 Junction is a “Hub Urban Village” per FLUM
 Noted as “Underserved” for Parks/Open Space
 Includes adopted Neighborhood Plan with 40
goals and policies, such as:

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OUR PRIORITIES FOR ST3
 Walkable urban neighborhood, welcoming to all
 Consistency with adopted plans and guidelines
 Minimize impact to our businesses, and residents during
and after construction
 Centrally located station
 Coordination with City projects
 Strong links between transportation options, including
transit & commercial parking considerations

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ISSUES w/REP. ALIGNMENT
 Elevated alignment interferes with our pedestrian street
connectors (Fauntleroy & Alaska)
 Significant impact to nearby residents and businesses
 Extends across California Ave, impacting this cultural
center and our historic landmarks
 Bisects our neighborhood – breaks adopted guidelines
– “Moves the viaduct to West Seattle”
 Should turn south for future extension
 Missed opportunity to address open space issue

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ELEVATED VISUALS

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REPRESENTATIVE ALIGNMENT

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ENTERING THE JUNCTION

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AVALON STATION

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FAUNTELROY WAY

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ALASKA ST

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JUNCTION STATION

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CALIFORNIA/ALASKA JUNCTION

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CALIFORNIA/ALASKA - EAST

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CALIFORNIA/ALASKA – EAST (AGED)

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TERMINUS

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TUNNEL / CENTRAL STATION
ALTERNATIVE

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POSSIBLE ENTRY POINTS

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PROPOSED CENTRAL STATION SITE

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CENTRAL STATION CONCEPT

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CENTRAL STATION CONCEPT

Possible entrances
to station?
Private
redevelopment of
Jefferson Square?

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ALASKA ST DOWNHILL

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WHY?
 Solve open space issue
 Complete planned greenway and pedestrian
connectors
 Create central gathering place
 Integrate with existing park acquisition space
 Do a land swap? Trade some space at the
stadium / golf course area for new central park

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HOW TO PAY FOR IT?
 Use tunnel to minimize property acquisition,
environmental impact, and legal issues
 De-scope Avalon station and invest savings in
tunnel
 Add additional ST funding sources?
 Possible mixed-use zoning incentives at the
Triangle with impact fees?

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WHY TRADE AVALON STATION?
 Small walkshed
 Not designated in ST3 as a transit connector
 Difficult to access—steep slopes
 Ped access is bisected by major arterial streets
 Junction station is 4 blocks away
 Saves 60+ homes from demolition

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CONCLUSION
 Current proposal is out of step with established
area plans.
 Recommendations:
o #1: TUNNEL
o #2: ONE CENTRAL STATION
o #3: ADD OPEN SPACE
o #4: FOLLOW DESIGN GUIDELINES
o #5: PEDESTRIAN/BIKE CONNECTORS

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NEXT STEPS
 Deadline for suggestions for this or other alternatives is
March 5th !

 wsblink@soundtransit.org
 https://wsblink.participate.online

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ADDITIONAL SLIDES

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STATIONS ARE CLOSE TOGETHER – WHY SPEND THE $?

Compare
distances

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STATION AREAS OVERLAP

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AVALON STATION IS NOT NEEDED

Avalon Station
only adds this
WS Bridge
(barrier)

Served by
Delridge

Served by
Park area
Junction

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BUS ROUTES FROM NB 35th

Similar bus route


length from 35th
NB.

Benefit: Diverts
buses away from
congested area at
the entrance to WS
Bridge.

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FROM ST3 LITERATURE

...i.e. not Avalon

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