Pioneer Square Project OpenHouse!

Framework and The Pioneer Square Alliance hosted a Community Meeting on Tuesday November 17th to gather input about the Pioneer Square Street Concept Plan project. 

Most of Pioneer Square’s streets are under consideration for change or already in construction. A combination of development and transportation projects give Pioneer Square an opportunity to improve much needed infrastructure in the streets, sidewalks and alleys.

The Alliance contracted Framework to provide research and design services for a Streetscape Concept Plan. The intent of the work is to look holistically at the Pioneer Square neighborhood, understand the optimal functionality and character of the streets from the neighborhood standpoint, incorporate public input, and coordinate with agencies, Pioneer Square Preservation Board, residents, businesses and property owners.

This project started with a research and inventory phase in spring 2015. The team conducted an in-depth review of all current plans and projects in Pioneer Square, spanning future planning efforts to near term construction projects. In addition, the team along with University of Washington Geography students, conducted an inventory of streetscape elements including physical components and social activity hotspots.

The second phase of work is the development of streetscape concept plans for a select number of streets in Pioneer Square.  This work includes three scales of concept designs and recommendations – 1. streetscape elements such as bike racks and seating, 2. typical design conditions, such as intersections and curbs, and 3. street concept plans. The elements and conditions work will apply neighborhood wide while full street concepts will focus on 1st Ave, Yesler, 2nd Ave Ext S and 2nd Ave. The final product will be a set of street concept plans to guide future development of the Pioneer Square streetscape.