A group of community outreach specialists and structural engineers will tour Columbia City on June 5th to examine firsthand the buildings identified by the city as Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URM). The City is currently considering policy options for strengthening these buildings, which are vulnerable during earthquakes. The team will tour two routes – one north and one south including the core business district of Columbia City where the highest concentration or cluster of URM buildings are located.
All community members are welcome to join the team for an informal walk, noting building features, cultural assets, and talking with community members about their experiences of these often beloved structures.
Join us! Meet at S Edmunds and Rainier 10 am June 5th, we'll walk south along the west side of street from there. Free, no rsvp required.
This tour is part of a larger outreach effort, conducted on behalf of the City of Seattle as they investigate potential policy options. Columbia City was identified as the pilot area for the first outreach efforts due to the diversity of its residents coupled with the extent of URM buildings in the business areas and their critical value in the daily economic and cultural activities of the neighborhood.
To learn more about the City of Seattle’s URM Policy visit:
To learn more about the Consultant Team visit:
Ellen Southard at Site Story (206) 579-8645 or by email moc.wnyrotsetis|nelle#moc.wnyrotsetis|nelle
Sandy Howard at City of Seattle DPD email: vog.elttaes|drawoh.ydnas#vog.elttaes|drawoh.ydnas