Broadway streetcar project raises parking concerns

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KING5.com

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 11:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 11:31 PM

SEATTLE - The Broadway Streetcar would roll through Capitol Hill's commercial core, according to project plans.

Residents and business owners had the opportunity to see pictures and charts of the proposed route as well as ask questions at a Seattle Department of Transportation open house event Tuesday.

Carla Becker has lived on Capitol Hill for nearly 50 years, and has concerns about streetcars in her neighborhood.

"Streetcars are charming. I love them," said Becker. "But I see the streetcars in South Lake Union empty. I am thinking, what is this? It takes a lot of money and nobody is riding on it."

Art Brochet with SDOT acknowledged the project calls for some parking to be eliminated.

"We will lose anywhere between 35 and 70 parking spaces total along the route," said Brochet.

But based on the city's findings, Brochet says there should be a boost for businesses.

"Where streetcars have gone in, the activity of the business area has actually been increased. There's more people that will access that area by streetcar," he said.

Property owner Allan Jones says it is a wonderful idea, but he's worried about the estimated $25 million dollar price tag.

"I am just concerned about who is going to pay for it," said Jones.

The project is in the design phase. SDOT still needs to work out details about funding before construction can begin. Brochet says the goal is for the project to be operational by the end of 2016.

Learn more about the project here: http://www.seattlestreetcar.org/broadway.htm

 

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