Category Archives: Champion

Sound Transit releases the RFP for Capitol Hill Light Rail properties

Sound Transit released the Request for Proposals (RFP) yesterday. Inexplicably buried within a “closed” document (perhaps for the RFQ), the proposal lists the requirements for each property. Here are the general documents:

  1.  RP 0010-14 Capitol Hill TOD Request For Proposals
  2. RP 0010-14 Housing Tool All Sites
  3. Attachment B Sound Transit Timeline
  4. Attachment D Technical Documents

Here are Exhibit A Reference Documents

  1. Urban Design Framework
  2. Urban Design Framework cover letter
  3. Sound Transit Tunnel Easements
  4. Development Agreement and Coordinated Development Plan
  5. LBA-Capitol Hill Station Survey

Here are the lot specific documents:

  1. SITE C – Retail Approach
  2. SITE C – Parking Approach
  3. SITE C – Housing Approach
  4. SITE C – Green Factor and Sustainability Approach
  5. SITE C – Development Program
  6. SITE C – Community Center Approach
  7. SITE C – Amenity Areas
  8. SITE B SOUTH – Parking Approach
  9. SITE B SOUTH – Housing Approach
  10. SITE B SOUTH – Green Factor and Sustainability Approac
  11. SITE B SOUTH – Development Program
  12. SITE B SOUTH – Amenity Areas
  13. SITE B NORTH – Parking Approach
  14. SITE B NORTH – Housing Approach
  15. SITE B NORTH – Green Factor and Sustainability Approac
  16. SITE B NORTH – Development Program
  17. SITE B NORTH – Community Center Approach
  18. SITE B NORTH – Amenity Areas
  19. SITE A – Retail Approach SITE A – Parking Approach
  20. SITE A – Housing Approach
  21. SITE A – Green Factor and Sustainability Approach
  22. SITE A – Development Program Scoring
  23. SITE A – Community Center Approach
  24. SITE A – Amenity Areas



8 developers chosen to submit bids for Cap Hill station developments

CHS reported this morning that

Sound Transit has selected eight firms to submit bids to develop four housing and retail properties that will surround the future Capitol Hill light rail station.

The shortlisted firms will also sit down with the Capitol Hill Championgroup at a June 2nd public meeting to make sure they understand and adopt the community priorities forged over several years.

Read who made it and more here.


General Meeting 5/22/14, 6:30; focus on Development

Capitol Hill Community Council
General Meeting
Cal Anderson Shelterhouse
May 22, 2014, 6:30

6:30 Welcome and announcements:
CAPA yard sale

6:35 CH Champion update John Akamatsu and Cathy Hillenbrand 5 min
Upcoming June community meeting
6:40 Streetcar Extension Update (Emily Mannetti) 10 min Where the project stands, upcoming open house, and opening dialogue with community
6:50 Committee Report:
· Safety Summary

7:00 By-laws: John and Erie 10 disc (to be discussed one more time in June, and voted on during the July meeting).
· Resolution

· Revising quorum
7:10 City Light and City Construction Hub team 25 min

7:35 Mike Podowski, DPD 40 min
· update on zoning heights and microhousing legislation

8:10 Brady Walkinshaw, Representative of 43rd Legislative District 10 minutes

8:30 Adjourn

John Akamatsu, Vice President

Champion to Hold Developer and Community Meeting

Save the date!  Meet the Developers June 2nd

Let developers know that you support community priorities at the Capitol Hill Station TOD sites.  Attend a Community Meeting with short-listed bidders on June 2nd from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the SCC Broadway Performance Hall (corner of Pine and Broadway).  Bring your questions!  Refreshments will be provided by the Broadway Farmer’s Market.  Keep Capitol Hill’s voice strong!


Sound Transit posts RFQ for CH TOD site

Sound Transit posted the RFQ for the CH TOD site, to develop its surplus properties as the light rail construction sheds its outside construction sites. (You can read a saved, zipped version here without registering for the ST site.) Besides pushing for the public amenities, the CH Champion also:

* Secured a public meeting co-hosted by ST, where the community will be able to meet proposing teams and bring in the community’s energy and vision.

* Published a concise piece of communication that will provide developers clear initial guidance, and an open door for further discussion.


Champion update on Sound Transit meetings for Sept ’13

From Mel Burchett at Capitol Hill Champion:

Thanks again to all of you who have supported the Champion’s efforts in realizing and advocating for the community’s vision for the development at the Broadway Light Rail Station.

This afternoon Sound Transit’s Capital Committee will meet to discuss the Development Agreement that was unanimously approved by City Council on August 5th and will implement some of the neighborhood vision for affordable housing, public plaza, festival street and more.  The public is welcome to attend, but please note that public comment will NOT be taken during this meeting.

The Champion will provide testimony in support of the Development Agreement at the September 26th Sound Transit Board Meeting. Public comment is welcome and will be taken at the start of the meeting, but there is no need to speak. You can support the Champion and Community by simply attending and standing up during our testimony to be counted.

We want to show our appreciation to the Sound Transit Board for taking the big step of embracing the process with Capitol Hill and the precedent it sets.

Sound Transit Board Votes on Development Agreement

Thursday, 26 September 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Union Station, Ruth Fisher Boardroom
401 S. Jackson St.

Submit written comments before the vote to:

questions?? / comments- email


Mel Burchett
Community Outreach
Capitol Hill Champion

7/15/13 — Cap Hill Light Rail Public Hearing for Development Agreement

This is a reminder about the Public Hearing on Monday evening- 5:30pm at the Miller Community Center- 330 19th Ave East.

The City of Seattle Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee will be taking comment on the proposed Development Agreement and Site Specific guidelines for the Broadway Light Rail Station Development. This includes the community requests for a farmer’s market home and more affordable housing.  Links to documents on DPD’s website here.

Written comments may be submitted before noon on Monday July 15th to .

The Capitol Hill Champion has put together a list of talking points based on these community requests: 13-0713-Champion Talking Points Public Hearing Final 2013_0715.

The Champion members have requested that you listen to comments, and instead of repeating the same comments, use the opportunity to elaborate as well as to remain supportive of the community engagement process.

Questions? Please contact


Champion meetings with PLUS committee and Public hearings

As a reminder, the Champion has its own official site at

Links to proposed Development Agreement, Site Specific Guidelines, Urban Design Framework, Legislation and other documents can be found on DPD’s website here.

PLUS Committee Briefing

On Friday, June 28, Sound Transit, the DPD, and the Champion will brief the Seattle City Council’s Planning, Land Use, & Sustainability (aka, PLUS) Committee.

Comments from the public are welcome

Friday June 28th
Council Chamber, City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

9:30am Begin public comments
10am (tentative) Project presentations/briefings to the committee

Tell our city council members that you support the proposed Development Agreement and Site Specific Design Guidelines implementing our neighborhood vision for the sites that has been crafted over the past decade.

Questions and mailing list sign-up:

Public Hearing July 15th at 5:30pm

After being briefed at the above June 28th meeting, the PLUS Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed Development Agreement. The hearing will be held at the:

Miller Community Center
330 19th Avenue East

For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to:

Councilmember Richard Conlin
Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA  98124-4025
or by email to

Written comments should be received by Monday, July 15th, at noon.


Capitol Hill Light Rail Station Sites Updates

Please visit DPD’s blog for the following updates:

  • Proposed development agreement and site-specific design guidelines for the Capitol Hill light rail station sites
  • Environmental determination for the development agreement and site-specific design guidelines
  • Director’s Report summarizing the proposed development agreement and site-specific design guidelines

For more information contact Vanessa Murdock at (206) 733-9271 or