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As Fires Surge in Vacant Buildings, Mayor Harrell Proposes Emergency Legislation for Faster Demolition and Remediation of Risks

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that he has submitted emergency legislation to amend the Seattle Fire Code and allow the Seattle Fire Department (SFD) to order and complete demolition or remediation of unsafe vacant buildings in Seattle. “These dangerous vacant buildings are known hazards that put our first… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces 3rd Annual One Seattle Day of Service on May 18

Volunteer registration is now open for over 110 service events throughout the city Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced that volunteer registration has opened for the 3rd Annual One Seattle Day of Service which will be returning on Saturday, May 18, 2024. “Service to others is one of our… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Signs New Labor Contracts with City Employees to Strengthen Delivery of Essential Services

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell joined members of the Coalition of City Unions (CCU), councilmembers, labor leaders, and City employees to sign new labor contracts into law. The four-year contracts cover wages, benefits, hours, and other working conditions impacting more than 7,000 City workers represented by 16 unions and… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Proposes $1.35B Transportation Levy for Safe, Reliable, and Connected Seattle

Mayor Harrell’s draft Transportation Levy Proposal would fund SDOT to maintain and modernize Seattle’s transportation system, deliver major projects, and support better, safer connections in neighborhoods throughout the city. SEATTLE – Today Mayor Harrell unveiled an 8-year, $1.35 billion transportation levy proposal draft for public input. The proposal recommends more… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and SDOT Break Ground on East Marginal Way Improvement Project Supported by Levy to Move Seattle and Partners

Seattle (April 2, 2024) – Today, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell joined the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to celebrate the start of construction on the East Marginal Way Corridor Improvement Project. The upgraded streets will support the weight of heavy freight loads and include protected biking facilities, better serving our… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Proposes Legislation to Fill Vacant Storefronts in Downtown, Belltown, South Lake Union, and Uptown through Expanded Uses

Removal of regulatory barriers will create additional tools for the city to activate street environments, improve continuity of occupied street-level storefronts, and bolster economic revitalization.  SEATTLE – As part of his Downtown Activation Plan, Mayor Bruce Harrell has submitted new legislation to Seattle City Council aimed at filling vacant commercial spaces in existing buildings on key streets in Downtown, Belltown, Uptown, and South Lake Union. The… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle, Grow America and JPMorgan Chase Celebrate First-in-the-Nation Business Property Ownership Program: Business Community Ownership Fund 

BIPOC-owned design firm La Union Studio celebrates grand opening of new commercial space secured through the Business Community Ownership Fund  SEATTLE (March 19, 2024) – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell, joined the Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED), Grow America, and JPMorgan Chase to celebrate the opening of the first Business… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell and Education Leaders Announce Expansion of City’s Award-Winning Seattle Preschool Program  

Applications for the 2024-2025 school year now open for Seattle three-and four-year-olds, with affordable and high-quality education programs available. Seattle (March 18, 2024) – As part of Seattle’s commitment to bring high-quality preschool to our city’s young learners, Mayor Bruce Harrell and education leaders announced 16 new classrooms for the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Proposes Legislation to Support the Conversion of Existing Buildings from Commercial to Residential Uses Citywide

Building on the City’s Office-to-Residential Conversion competition, the proposed legislation would support projects that transform existing infrastructure, repurposing vacant commercial property to residential uses. SEATTLE -As part of his Downtown Activation Plan, Mayor Bruce Harrell has submitted new legislation to the City Council aimed at removing regulatory barriers for converting existing buildings from commercial to residential uses. The proposed changes… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Fire Department launches pilot program allowing paramedics to administer buprenorphine in the field

SEATTLE – Mayor Bruce Harrell joined Seattle Fire Department (SFD) Chief Harold Scoggins, SFD Medical Director Dr. Michael Sayre and other leaders today to announce the launch of a new pilot program in Seattle that allows SFD’s paramedics to administer a new medicine in the field. The medication, with a… [ Keep reading ]