12th avenue meets broadway
Capitol Hill Housing, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, and Capitol Hill Entrepreneurial Women jointly manage the 12th Avenue Meets Broadway initiative. This initiative works to ensure diversity and affordability, strengthen community engagement, support small business, improve the pedestrian experience, and advocate for community benefits in redevelopment projects on 12th Avenue, Pike-Pine, and Broadway
Ensuring diversity and affordability
With one building under construction and another in the planning stages, Capitol Hill Housing is focusing major investment in affordability on 12th Avenue. The subsidized housing in these projects helps maintain the neighborhood's diversity of income levels and provides stability for low income residents. These projects will also include commercial spaces that we strive to make affordable, appropriately sized, and community-oriented - with input from local business and arts organization partners.
Strengthening community engagement
Community involvement is central to making Capitol Hill and 12th Avenue vibrant neighborhoods. We are engaging community members and small businesses to identify and work on planning and development issues. Through this engagement we build the capacity of local community organizations such as the 12th Avenue Stewards, the 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival Planning Committee, and the Capitol Hill Transit-Oriented Development Champion.
Small business support
To encourage a vibrant and healthy business district, Capitol Hill Housing partners with local organizations to offer business assistance and tools. We organize frequent small business gatherings and provide welcome kits to new businesses and aspiring local entrepreneurs. We also promote the district through events such as the 12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival and marketing tools like the 12th Avenue walking map and other resources on the 12th Avenue website and Pike Pine Triangle website. The Chamber is partnering with City consultants to improve the existing Broadway Business Improvement Area and coordinate a marketing presence for Capitol Hill on the City's Only in Seattle website and YourCapitolHill.com. Capitol Hill Entrepreneurial Women assists member businesses with marketing and networking.
Improving the pedestrian experience
Working with community groups, institutions, and developers, we advocate for forward-thinking urban design in all new developments and creative solutions for providing open space, such as the recently funded James Court Woonerf project. We pursue efforts to activate vacant lots and connect pedestrian, bicycle, and stormwater planning efforts to improve the streetscape.
Community Benefits in Redevelopment Projects
12th Avenue Meets Broadway also provides a context in which Capitol Hill Housing advocates for community benefits in redevelopment projects throughout the business district. These include the Capitol Hill Light Rail station, King County Youth Services Center, and Yesler Terrace.