April News + Updates
Get Ready for Spring Clean!
We are over the grey, dreary weather as much as you are, and we’ve got spring on our mind. What a better way to celebrate that with our 11th annual Pioneer Square Spring Clean

Join us the morning of Saturday, April 27th to help make the neighborhood an even more beautiful and welcoming place. Team up with community members, employees, and neighbors for this fun and free event. Volunteers will receive a free bandana (while supplies last)! 

When: Saturday, April 27th
Where: Occidental Square Park
Check-in: 8:30am
Cleanup activities: 9am-12pm
Stay Engaged!
Open Office Hours

When : Thursday, April 18th, 10-11am 
Where: Mezzanine at Cherry Street Coffee at 700 1st Ave. & Cherry

Join Lisa Howard, Executive Director for the Alliance for Pioneer Square, for a cup of coffee and chat about all-things-Pioneer-Square or just to say "hi. " Lisa will be joined by one of our small business advocates from the Office for Economic Development (OED) to help you navigate the maze of permitting, find consultant services, understand licencing requirements, address construction impacts, or finance your small business.
Find us on Facebook

Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square recently created a Facebook page. This page will spread resident and business owner specific news/information that to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page. Follow us today!

Business News and Updates
A warm welcome to our newest businesses and attractions in the neighborhood!

  • ARTS at King Street Station: 303 South Jackson St.- the Office of Arts & Culture recently opened their dynamic space for arts and culture in the heart of the city dedicated to increasing the opportunities for communities of color to present work.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Pioneer Square: 612 2nd Ave-This stylish hotel housed in the historic Alaska Building will celebrate its grand re-opening on April 17.
  • Underbelly: 110 1st Ave S. – a warm and welcoming neighborhood bar, this daytime cafe will offer wine, beer and basic cocktails along artisanal cheese and charcuterie plates.
  • Medzo: 107 1st Ave S.– offering house-made artisan gelato and sorbet using organic dairy and the highest-quality, natural ingredients, Medzo hosts exotic flavors of the Mediterranean region and opens late April.
  • Pioneer Square Cafe: 562 1st Ave S. Ste 100- South Pioneer Square now hosts a new grab and go, or heat and eat cafe featuring breakfast boxes, parfaits,pastries, bowls, salads, and more.
Artist Feature: Celeste Cooning
Celeste Cooning grew up in Indiana, studying painting and art history at Indiana University, Bloomington. Graduate School at the University of Washington brought her to Seattle in 2005, where she continues to live and work at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts as an independent, visual artist.

Her outdoor installations are known for dawning Occidental Park of historic Pioneer Square. Celeste exhibited among select northwest artists in the 2012 Bellevue Art Museum Biennial: High Fiber Diet. Seattle’s local Theo Chocolate Company commissioned a custom-designed rainforest canopy, which hangs in their tour hopper. 2013 proudly marked the completion of a permanent outdoor sculpture for the City of Seattle through the 1% for Public Art Fund. The metal structure, titled Bounty, transforms her signature cut paper aesthetic into an overhead arch and functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail.
First Thursday + FREE Parking
April 4, 5-10 PM

Every First Thursday of the month, Pioneer Square welcomes you to join us in the venerated tradition of Art Walk with exceptional artists, innovative works, and creative kinship. During Art Walk, parking is FREE from 5-10 PM! Make sure to grab your voucher from a participating gallery or studio to park for free at one of three neighborhood garages.
More Public Art Coming to Pioneer Square

The Pioneer Square Residents’ Council recently launched its first public art project. In collaboration with the Chief Seattle Club , Council will embellish five Seattle Department of Transportation signal boxes.


A public comment event at the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts on Thursday April 4 th from 5-8pm. Stop by, see the winning artworks, share your thoughts, and share some bites.

The Council selected artworks created by Coast Salish artists through an open call for artists. The jury panel consists of Native American artists and community leaders, as well as representatives of Pioneer Square’s residential and business communities. Five artists will have the opportunity to have their artwork on display for 5-10 years on SDOT boxes on 1st Avenue S between Main and Cherry.
From the Public Realm
Rat Walk with King County Public Health

Your Public Realm Team had the opportunity to walk the neighborhood with King County’s rat experts! We learned a lot about what rats need to survive, how to identify rat activity, and what we can do to help suppress the rat population. Rats need three elements to survive: food, water, and harborage. Rats will not live long without one of those things.

Seattle has bountiful water sources, and food sources are also plentiful and difficult to eliminate. So, that leaves harborage. That’s why the King County Public Health Department is concentrating their efforts on removing the dark, cool, well covered places that rats like to live.

If you would like King County to come help you identify areas that might be enticing for rats around your building reach out to us at info@pioneersquare.org! Our new rat expert friends said they would be happy to meet with any property owner or manager looking for advice on how to keep their buildings secure from rats.To learn more or report rat activity, please visit the King County Public Health website.
LED Streetlight Conversion

In 2018, Seattle City Light piloted a program to install light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights in downtown Seattle. Based on community feedback, City Light selected an approved fixture and will begin converting all of Seattle’s downtown globe streetlights to LEDs. This work is scheduled to start April 1, 2019.

The project will make arterial streets safer by increasing visibility at night, maintain the character of Seattle's historic neighborhoods (that's us!), and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during manufacturing and while in use.

What you can expect:
•Conversion work will start in Pioneer Square in early April 2019. This work will progress through other areas in the downtown corridor. 
•Customers can expect some traffic and parking impacts during the removal of existing streetlight fixtures and the installation of new LED fixtures.
•Work hours are from Mondays through Thursdays, 10 p.m. – 4 a.m. 
•The entire LED conversion project is expected for completion by the end of 2019.

Visit the project website for the latest.
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Who Let the Buses Out?

On March 23, all buses that use the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel to permanently relocated to surface streets. This change was made to accommodate the Washington State Convention Center construction and future Link light rail expansion to the Eastside in 2023. To keep buses and riders moving, the City of Seattle built a new bus lane on 5th and 6th Avenues and Metro will launched all-door boarding on 3rd Avenue. Additionally, a new bus stop has been added at 1st and King Street, effecting the following routes: 21X, 37, 55, 56, 57, 113, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, C Line.

Here’s what you can do:

• Plan your trip. Visit the City's Traffic page for ideas and updates.
 
• Spread the word. Please share this update and any resources with your employees, neighbors, or stakeholders. 
 
• Continue to support local . Take some time to patron a local business, say hello to your neighbor, and enjoy the sunshine.   
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

Viaduct demolition began on Feb. 12, starting with the Columbia Ramp.  Click here  to see real time demolition and j oin the email list to receive weekly updates.

Questions? V isit the website, email to viaduct@wsdot.wa.gov, or call 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463).

The next Viaduct Demolition Progress meeting will be a virtual walking tour along the Viaduct and Pioneer Square border. Join the live-stream on April 22 from 2-3p on our Facebook page .
Port Announcement: Terminal 46

In March, the Port of Seattle announced plans to renovate Terminal 46 .  The Port Commission approved plans to seek ideas for the renovation, which would allow for a new cruise ship terminal in Pioneer Square. The Alliance for Pioneer Square is tracking this story and will be working directly with the Port of Seattle on community outreach efforts. 

If you have interest in attending upcoming community meetings regarding this topic, email  info@pioneersquare.org  with the subject: Terminal 46.
Press Highlights
Meet Our Communications Team
The Alliance for Pioneer Square's Communications team is now fully staffed and is thrilled about the opportunity to work with and for the Pioneer Square neighborhood.
Jennie Kovalcik, Communications Director

As Communications Director at the Alliance for Pioneer Square, Jennie oversees the brand and marketing of the neighborhood. Focusing on experiential design, authenticity, and intentionality, she uses storytelling to highlight the people that make this neighborhood so unique - including the work of her Alliance team members. From business openings to community meetings to construction updates, her job is to make sure the right information engages the right audience.  



Chris Woodward, Marketing Manger


Chris is the most recent hire at Alliance for Pioneer Square, where he implements the organization’s marketing and communication strategy. Chris utilizes a diversity and equity lens to tell the Pioneer Square community’s story through various digital and print communication mechanisms. Chris values and honors the authenticity that Pioneer Square exudes by finding innovative approaches to amplify the neighborhood’s ethos. 
Monthly Resource
Notary Services at the Alliance for Pioneer Square
Do you need a document notarized?

Our Office Manager, Nikki, who is a certified Notary Public, provides notary services to business and individuals in the neighborhood.

Send a message to info@pioneersquare.org for help getting your business and personal documents notarized quickly and efficiently. We will set up an appointment with you to make your life a little bit easier by eliminating another to-do!
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