New School In Downtown Seattle? Downtown Seattle Update
Is Downtown Seattle going to get a new school? The short answer is yes – more on this later in the post.
On Friday, I attended the Downtown Seattle Association President’s Roundtable at their headquarters in the Retail district of Downtown Seattle. I wanted to share a bit more about what we discussed and give you guys some things to look forward to in the coming months/years.
It started with some networking, and once we sat down it was evident that the one hour discussion would thoughtful and informative. The attendees were both public and private. commercial real estate, a social media firm, a principal engineer, technology founder, and many other sectors represented.
The president of the Downtown Seattle Association, Jon Scholes opened up the discussion with a recap on the DSA’s history, the areas of focus and some future projects to look forward to. 3 principal issues the DSA is focused on:
Real Estate Growth
Traffic and Transportation
Creating A Healthy and Vibrant Urban Environment
After we went through each category and discussed some of the challenges Downtown Seattle faces, we discussed some positives as well. Those topics included:
New Seattle Convention Center
Public Schools and Building Seattle Schools Downtown
Newly Approved Budget for Expanded Light Rail Stations and Routes in The Downtown Core
A few of the issues that came up from attendees included:
Traffic patterns and transportation for their employees
Competing to keep employees
Affordability for housing and the current state of housing inventory
So let me recap what I think was very exciting. First and foremost, Downtown Seattle will be getting a school soon. Many of you have seen the stories around the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium. In my opinion, it was obvious that the DSA wants schools in the Downtown core. There was an abundance of enthusiasm that getting a school was not just possible, but probable. Some details were left out of the discuss for confidentiality but it was obvious that a plan was in the works.
Downtown Seattle School
I think getting a school makes sense for a ton of reasons. Look at what the data shows us:
26% of Downtown Residents Are Families
- Nearly 3,400 children live downtown, an increase of 46 percent from 2010 to 2017 (school-aged children increased by 58 percent) ) (Source DSA)
Employers Like Seattle
One other exciting take-away from the roundtable discussion is that employers, both big and small, want to offer Seattle as a destination for their employees. This isn’t breaking news, but it is always good to confirm with other people active in the downtown community. There was some great feedback from a commercial real estate broker about the effort being made by major corporations to secure office space in the Downtown core.
I put together a slide deck for a recent presentation that shows how abundant the Seattle job market is. Take a look at the list of companies in the Downtown Seattle core:
In summary, great meeting, exciting things to come for Downtown Seattle and we are proud to both a member of the Downtown Seattle Association as well as an active participant.