DSA, City and County Join Forces To Clean Up, Improve Third Avenue
Transit ushers some 42,000 people to Third Avenue every single day, essentially marking this as the “welcome mat” for those entering Downtown Seattle. Truth be told, Third Avenue has been less than welcoming over the past few years.
With the challenges along the Third Avenue Transit Corridor in their sights, DSA, the City of Seattle and King County are putting forth a collaborative effort to clean up and make improvements to this area in Downtown. Making Downtown a clean, safe and vibrant place for residents and visitors to work, shop, live and play is at the core of DSA’s mission, and turning a vision of this scope and size into a reality requires help.
“The Third Avenue MOA represents significant progress for a transformative project DSA has worked tirelessly to move forward,” said Urban Renaissance Group CEO, LLC and DSA Board member Patrick Callahan. “Armed with a shared vision, the partnership of DSA, the City of Seattle and King County has the potential to create tremendous urban experiences in Downtown Seattle. Projects like these are not just about fixing what is wrong, they’re about producing what will be great.”
The MOA calls for coordination in five areas:
- improve transit and streetscape infrastructure,
- clean and maintain the Third Avenue corridor,
- reduce crime and the fear of crime,
- enhance management of public spaces, and
- improve response to homelessness, mental illness, and/or chemical dependence.
Specific actions in these five areas include, but are not limited to:
- installation of real-time transit arrival information at all major stops,
- installation of new, well designed street furniture (i.e. litter cans, newspaper boxes),
- afternoon and evening cleaning of sidewalks,
- a more visible Seattle Police presence during periods of the day with greatest pedestrian volumes, in conjunction with Metro Transit Police,
- directed foot-beat patrols at hotspots,
- continued work between Seattle Police and human service providers and community leaders on non-traditional strategies to address low-level drug offenses, and
- DSA, through its MID Ambassadors, will work with the City and other stakeholders to conduct targeted outreach to individuals in need of housing and services who frequent Third Avenue.
DSA President & CEO Kate Joncas joined Mayor Mike McGinn and King County Executive Dow Constantine at Benaroya Hall to sign the Memorandum of Agreement and address gathered members of the media. Joncas reiterated the importance of bringing all parties to the table when approaching a project of this magnitude.
“The issues on Third Avenue are very complicated,” Joncas said at the press conference Tuesday. “Instead of each of us doing our own part, we’re going to try and work together.”