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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 ]

Mayor Harrell Announces Public Forums to Discuss Creating a Safer Seattle

Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced upcoming public forums to discuss his vision for creating a safer Seattle and to hear directly from community members on this important issue. The first Creating a Safer Seattle discussion will be Thursday, March 14, from 6 – 7:30 pm at the downtown… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Announces New Tentative Agreements with City Employees on Labor Contracts to Strengthen City Services, Raise Wages 

Centered on wage equity for the City’s lowest paid workers, proposed contract would ensure a living wage for all City employees through 290 title adjustments following a marketplace assessment to ensure competitive salaries. Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell and the Coalition of City Unions announced that they have reached… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Releases Draft One Seattle Comprehensive Plan, Expanding Housing Opportunities Across All Neighborhoods 

Following two years of community outreach, the draft plan advances significant policy improvements and a thoughtful approach to growth to build a more affordable, equitable, and sustainable Seattle SEATTLE – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell announced the release of the Draft One Seattle Plan, a major update to Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell Statement on SPD Homicide Arrests

Seattle – Today, Mayor Harrell released the following statement after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) announced arrests made in three recent homicide cases:  “These homicide arrests are another example of why I am grateful for the service of our police officers. They were persistent, patient, and thorough – and the… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Harrell’s Recommended Seattle Transportation Plan Heads ­­to City Council

Once adopted, the Seattle Transportation Plan will formally become Seattle’s vision for the future of transportation Seattle – Today, Mayor Bruce Harrell submitted the recommended Seattle Transportation Plan to the City Council for their review, feedback, and adoption. The detailed plan outlines the vision for the city’s streets, sidewalks, and… [ Keep reading ]