Located along the edge of a number of Seattle’s historic, cultural and physical boundaries, the design for this mixed-use project at 12th and Jackson represents a “pedestrian gateway” that will serve as a physical link from the Yesler Terrace Neighborhood to the north, the Little Saigon Business District to the Southeast, and the broader International District to the Southwest.
Various long-range community plans have indicated a desire to improve some of the neighborhood’s pedestrian links and outdoor spaces. With this in mind, the project also features a large urban plaza amenity for public use, which provides public connections to nearby amenities. Two pedestrian corridors within the site serve to connect the urban plaza to the newly completed Yesler Terrace Hill-Climb to the northwest; to the 12th and Jackson bus and trolley stops to the southeast; and to the new Yesler Terrace Main Street re-alignment to the north. Three 85’ towers sit above a raised podium, which form the boundaries of these pedestrian pathway and plaza spaces.
The building program includes a variety of uses intended to be of direct service to the community, including both market-rate and affordable housing, an all-new Viet-Wah Grocery Store, a boutique hotel, a childcare facility, a small “black-box” community theater, 6-10 restaurants and a variety of small business / retail spaces. Many of the existing neighborhood businesses plan to relocate into the new development upon completion.