Jackson Hub

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About this Project

Our agencies and departments have disproportionally impacted the Pioneer Square and Chinatown International District neighborhoods by constructing large infrastructure projects without centering Black, Indigenous, and People of Color voices who continue to bear the burden of systemic racism, COVID-19, and racialized violence. We seek to remedy this by building on past community-led planning processes, raise up community voices, and improve coordination to center racial equity and focus on community values. 

We are working on an inventory of actions for Sound Transit, City of Seattle, King County, and others to advance community-desired outcomes for the Chinatown International District and Pioneer Square neighborhoods, to together create a well-planned transportation hub gateway serving the neighborhoods, the city, and the region.

For a more in-depth review of how past community efforts have been integrated with the Jackson Hub work, please go to our online report page.

Our work on Jackson Hub Planning is related to the early station area planning work for expanding the Chinatown International District Light Rail Station. Please visit the city's Light Rail Expansion page or Sound Transit's project page for more information.

Jackson Hub Base Map

In 2019, a few South Downtown Stakeholders from the Chinatown International District and Pioneer Square  asked the City, Sound Transit, and King County to collaborate to:

  • Review past outreach outcomes to understand what community members have been saying for the past 20 years about their interests, needs, concerns, and priorities.
  • Work together - and with community members - to identify actionable objectives that local agencies and organizations can advance in these neighborhoods to address community priorities and minimize harm.
  • Incorporate community priorities into future projects and plans that affect these neighborhoods.

We - the City, Sound Transit, and King County - are still waiting for the public health and economic impacts of the pandemic to subside enough to safely engage with community members. In the meantime, we have reviewed past outreach outcomes, sought to understand what community members have said about what matters to them, and considered what that might mean for future projects. The Alliance for Pioneer Square, Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), Downtown Seattle Association, Historic South Downtown, InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), and Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) have supported this effort by helping us to understand what community members have said in past outreach.

With the disruptions, heartache, and transformations of the pandemic, priorities may have shifted and we seek to understand what still resonates through future engagement. Future engagement will include:

  • Whether we understood past feedback correctly
  • What else we should know about
  • How we might incorporate community-led priorities into current and future projects and plans

Future engagement will include:

  • If we understood past feedback correctly
  • How we might incorporate community led priorities into projects and plans
  • Potential actions for agencies to advance

Neighborhood Priorities

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Planning and Community Development

Rico Quirindongo, Director
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 94788, Seattle, WA, 98124-7088
Phone: (206) 386-1010

The Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) develops policies and plans for an equitable and sustainable future. We partner with neighborhoods, businesses, agencies and others to bring about positive change and coordinate investments for our Seattle communities.