In the P-I
The city also posted legislation to allow comatose sites near light rail stations to spring to life as official parking lots. This would apply to roughly 60 sites in Southeast Seattle, with potential to create up to 2,400 all-day parking spaces.
Light Rail Interim Parking
The legislation would allow light rail parking as an interim use on existing lots in station areas in Southeast Seattle (North Beacon Hill, Mt. Baker, Columbia City, Othello and Rainier Beach Station Areas) where principal use (commuter) parking is not currently allowed.
Vacant Underused Lots
The pilot would promote the following:
- Make it easier to allow active uses, such as food vendors and retail kiosks, on lots in commercial and mixed-use areas such as downtown and neighborhood business districts; and
- Require accompanying active uses when allowing short-term parking (parking for business customers) on lots where construction projects are stalled in areas where principal use parking (parking for commuters) is currently restricted (i.e. downtown, South Lake Union and other business districts).