What is the future of 35th Ave NE? This arterial corridor through northeast Seattle has businesses clustered mainly at the intersections of NE 65th, 75th, 85th and 95th Streets. As buildings age and are replaced, we want to have a say in how new buildings look and what the commercial offerings will be. In a grass-roots process, the future of 35th Ave NE has been considered. Proposed zoning changes may require that in the future, new commercial buildings on 35th Ave NE must have a pedestrian-friendly street environment with storefronts at sidewalk level.
For the past several years the northeast Seattle neighborhoods of Ravenna-Bryant, Hawthorne Hills, View Ridge and Wedgwood have been working together in a process called The Future of 35th Ave NE. This Future Project addresses the disappointments of buildings which did not add to the commercial vibrancy along 35th Ave NE, such as the Jasper which does not have storefronts. The Future of 35th Ave NE incorporates our hopes for better-designed buildings with more of what we want, including pedestrian-accessible shops and restaurants.
The Future of 35th Ave NE process reached a critical turning point in this summer of 2015 after the committee requested that the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) take a look at the issues. In a well-attended meeting on June 24th, a DPD representative presented the zoning changes which would require that new buildings at the commercial “nodes” of 65th, 75th, 85th and 95th meet the proposed requirements. Potential zoning solutions could improve the pedestrian and retail experience along 35th Ave NE.
There is still time to participate in the process. DPD has created a special page for the 35th Ave NE rezoning project and public input can be given there.