The Vision

Proposed Center

At the intersection of Broadway and John in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the longstanding center of LGBTQ culture in Puget Sound, a large project underway. Not only will this large hole in the ground become a major transit hub for the city of Seattle’s most dense neighborhood, it will connect the thriving micro-neighborhoods of Capitol Hill with a mixed-use development above the light rail station. The process is still underway, with no doors anticipated opening until at least 2016, yet the excitement is building. This is a neighborhood championed and revived by the LGBTQ community and a site more central to LGBTQ pride than any other in Seattle. It is only fitting that the LGBTQ Community Center of Seattle may be reborn here, a symbol of how the LGBTQ community is thriving in the Emerald City.

Here are a few excerpts from the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) Urban Design Framework for the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station Area Planning. More information including process and site documents on the Seattle DPD website and Sound Transit website.

Guiding Principles:

Community and Sustainability

  • Build community through the innovative and collaborative development of these parcels.
  • Provide an assembly of the highest quality buildings and public spaces capable of housing the diversity of uses identified by the community as priorities, as well as representing the diversity of community members of Capitol Hill.
  • Improve the livability and quality of life in the neighborhood.
  • Seek opportunities for innovative and integrated sustainable building practices across the development sites.

A Cultural Center and Community Space

Pursue the inclusion in the redevelopment of a community cultural facility that represents the history and evolving culture of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, including its prominent role as a center for LGBTQ culture and the arts.