The City Council was busy today. First, it unanimously approved the project that will eliminate a traffic lane and create a park boulevard on the north side of Bell Street between 5th and 2nd, with 30-foot wide sidewalks and 17,000 square feet of green space. The project will cost $2.5 million, which is a smaller figure than it might have, as it will piggyback on already-scheduled City Light work on the street.
Next, the Council voted--unanimously, again--to approve the Pike/Pine conservation overlay district (which would rename and replace the current overlay district). This bill will require developers to preserve or incorporate into new developments the neighborhood's existing warehouse buildings, will limit the size of new commercial spaces (to try to avoid a rash of ground-floor Kinko's, Quiznos, and nail salons), will try to preserve arts spaces, and will do a bunch of other stuff. See Capitol Hill Seattle and the P-I for more info. Or print up the 30+ pages of jargon-filled legislation, take it to the beach, and digest it yourself. It's light reading, we swear.