First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House

You’re Invited!

First Hill Transit-Oriented Development Open House

Sound Transit and the First Hill Improvement Association invites you to a community open house to discuss future development on First Hill, located at the northeast corner of Boylston Avenue and East Madison Street. This summer, Sound Transit will reach out to developers to build transit-oriented development (TOD) on this property. TOD usually involves a mix of housing and commercial uses to support the greater neighborhood.

Combining housing and commercial activity will make it easier for people to get around via transit, support local business and contribute to neighborhood growth, making First Hill a better place to live, work and spend time.

We are eager to hear from you. This meeting is an opportunity to share your thoughts on specific elements of the future development to help Sound Transit craft its offering to the development community.

Monday, June 5, 2017

6 – 8 p.m. (presentation starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Silver Cloud Hotel

1100 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Join us to comment on:

  • Affordable housing
  • Ground-floor space
  • Urban design features

To submit questions or comments to Sound Transit:

Email or call (206) 398-5300.


Attend the March Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Open House

The Madison Street BRT team will be hosting in-person and online open houses this March to share the updated project design.

This will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the:

  • Updated design, including information on sidewalks and pedestrian access, parking and loading zones, bicycle infrastructure, and station design
  • Preliminary construction information, including a draft construction sequencing plan and potential construction impacts

The project team and other City staff will be in attendance to listen and answer questions about the project. This is also an opportunity to learn more about Ben Zamora, the artist chosen to create public works of art along the Madison St corridor.


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 5:30 – 7:30 PM

First African Methodist Episcopal Church

1522 14th Ave


MARCH 8-22

Give feedback online!

(Link will go live March 8)

Check Out the First Hill Improvement Association’s 2017 Committee Priorities

The First Hill Improvement Association Board agreed to focusing on the following goals and priorities for each committee in 2017:

Clean, Healthy, Safe Neighborhood

  • Recruit new Committee leadership.
  • Host a Find It, Fix It Walk with Mayor Murray on First Hill.

Membership and Outreach

  • Create a branded outreach kit for public events fully stocked with FHIA and partner organizations.
  • Increase Individual Membership by 50%, to 180.
  • Institute “Member of the Month” element to the FHIA newsletter.
  • Oversee creation of a new brochure, and get it included in the Welcome Bags of at least 4 buildings.


  • Create committee that meets bimonthly with reps from small businesses, major institutions, and residents.
  • Host Mobile Business Clinic with Office of Economic Development support.
  • Survey 30 local businesses to assess their needs, priority concerns, and opportunities.


  • Advocate for extension of Restricted Parking Zones on First Hill. FHIA will meet with the RPZ program manager to understand what changes are planned for First Hill’s RPZ allotment and to make suggestions.
  • Fix pedestrian issues at signalized intersections. FHIA will meet with the traffic engineering department to advocate for deactivation of “beg buttons” at signalized intersections.
  • Protect First Hill’s transit options. FHIA will continue to remain involved in monitoring proposed changes to bus routes on First Hill, particularly the Route 2, 3 & 4.
  • Steward installation of pedestrian crosswalk at 9th & Columbia. This ask has been made to SDOT, who are in agreement of the need. FHIA hopes that this crosswalk with be a pedestrian activated full signal. FHIA will identify other intersections that ought to be signalized and promote installation of safe crosswalks.

Urban Design and Public Space

  • Acquire funding for 2 block Terry Avenue woonerf and recommend next steps for neighborhood involvement in creating the design.
  • Create standardized list of questions, criteria, precedence for evaluation of private and public development. ex: lighting, seating, amenities.
  • Develop comprehensive plan for expanding FH tree canopy, achieve expansion objectives outlined in that plan.
  • Install two benches, and four street libraries.

Attend the Lid I-5 Neighborhood Design Charrette 5/7

You’re invited to attend the first major Lid I-5 campaign event! Here are the details:

What: Lid I-5 Neighborhood Design Charrette
When: Saturday, May 7, 8am to 1pm
Where: Capitol Hill Housing (1620 12th Avenue, Suite 205, Seattle, WA)
Who: Open to all (RSVP here)

Why: To kickoff the public campaign for lidding Interstate 5 and to generate inspiring ideas and goals This event will bring together neighborhood residents and businesses, community leaders, and professional designers with the goal of demonstrating widespread support for closing the divide caused by I-5 in the Center City and beyond. This campaign is about you and your ideas for improving the quality of life in the heart of Seattle, whether you are an advocate for parks and open space, private development, affordable housing, or anything between. We are also interested in hearing what improvements are needed for our existing parks and streets in the vicinity of I-5, Freeway Park, and the Convention Center to make them lid ready.

How: We are asking interested parties to form design teams. Make sure to arrive early so you can get a seat! We’ll start off with an introduction of the campaign’s vision, provide you some background information for inspiration, and then set you off on three hours of brainstorming, sketching, and mapping.

Can’t attend all morning? Don’t worry, you can come by any time to participate in other ways and connect with Lid I-5 campaign volunteers. You might also get a chance to talk with elected officials and representatives of local organizations. They anticipate the design teams’ final pin-up and presentations to begin around 12pm.

There will be light refreshments and drawing materials on hand. For logistical purposes they request that all event participants RSVP via this online form (click here).

Looking ahead, they plan on organizing multiple design charrettes, with each event helping refine the vision and promoting concepts with city officials and other public agencies.

If you have any questions or want to be more involved in the campaign to Lid I-5 contact the Lid Team at

Get Involved in Your Community, Join a FHIA Committee!

The First Hill Improvement Association seeks volunteers to join our committees. This is a great chance to roll up your sleeves and get involved with us as we work to make on the neighborhood’s most pressing issues.

Committee topics include:
> Urban Design + Public Space
> Transportation
> Clean, Healthy, + Safe Neighborhood
> Economic Development + Retail

Committees typically meet monthly and are comprised of local residents, businesses, and major institutions. Meetings often include guest speakers from various developers, city agencies, and other community groups.

No special expertise is necessary, and membership is open. We’d love to have you!

For more information contact FHIA Director Alex Hudson at

Madison BRT Open House November 20th

Corridor Design Workshop and Open House

Thursday, November 20, 5-7pm, Silver Cloud Hotel 

Please join SDOT to develop design ideas for the Madison Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Study.

This community workshop will be organized around interactive design stations focused on each neighborhood in the corridor – Downtown, First Hill, and Capitol Hill/Central Area.  At each station, they’ll present community-developed design ideas that focus on key intersections or a potential station location within each area. Each station will be staffed with engineers, planners, and urban designers to allow for an interactive conversation and sketching of design ideas to capture community ideas and feedback.

Please be part of the community process to refine design ideas developed in preceding neighborhood-based design workshops and develop additional ideas.  These ideas will serve as the foundation for developing corridor-wide bus rapid transit alternatives to be evaluated in the Madison Corridor BRT Study.

For questions about the Madison BRT Design Workshops please visit the planning study website, email, or call Sara Walton, Senior Planner, 206-386-4645.

July Public Meeting – July 8

The next meeting of the First Hill Improvement Association will be on Tuesday July 8, from 6pm to 7:30pm. The location is:

Horizon House
900 University St, Seattle, WA 98104

Our agenda includes presentations from representative of:

  • SDOT. SDOT will present updates on the proposed Madison Bus Rapid Transit line including project overview, scope, and timeline.
  • King County Metro. Representatives from King County Metro will present on the proposed transit cuts resulting from the failure of April’s Proposition 1, and how these will affect our community.

We hope you’ll able to join us for this neighborhood update. Invite your neighbors!