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Public Benefits

Public Benefits

To build the Addition project, the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) is requesting that the city vacate three alleys and underground portions of Olive Way and Terry Avenue. The project will pay for these rights of way and also provide a package of public benefits.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Public Benefits

What are alley and street vacations?

The Convention Center Addition project is seeking Seattle City Council approval for three alley and two street vacations. "Vacated" alleys and streets are components of the City's street grid system that become the property of the entity requesting the vacation and are no longer public property. The Convention Center is requesting vacation of:

  • The partial alley on Site A.
  • The alleys on Sites B and C.
  • Olive Way below-grade vacation between Ninth Avenue and Boren Street.
  • Terry Avenue below-grade vacation between Olive Way and Howell Street.

The vacations are being requested to enable construction of a below-grade loading dock and exhibition hall. Olive Way and Terry Avenue will remain public streets at the surface; the land below grade will become the property of the Convention Center.  

What will the Convention Center do in exchange for the vacations?

If the vacations are granted, the project will pay the City a fair market price for the value of the land.  In addition, the project will provide a package of improvements that will be of benefit to the general public in exchange for the loss of the rights of way. The public benefits can take the form of street improvements, open space, public art, park improvements, etc.   

Why is the Convention Center proposing to expand?

The existing Convention Center turns away as many meetings and conventions as it books, due to the lack of available space or dates. The Addition project will have a profound economic impact on the Greater Seattle region by hosting many of the conventions it currently turns away, benefiting our region’s workers, restaurants, shops and hotels by adding an estimated $230 million to $240 million per year in spending to the local economy.  

For more information on the city’s alley and street vacation policy, please visit their website here

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