July News + Updates
2019 Inspiration Fund Application Now Open
In 2018, the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (BIA) granted a total of $10,000 in matches to support two projects in 2018. Last year's recipients included  Home Now: Stories of homesteading and homelessness in Pioneer Square  featured at Impact Hub Seattle and the Pioneer Square Residents' Council's  Art Outside the Box  project.

This year, the BIA increased the matching fund to $20,000, matching volunteer hours and/or funding, for community members to implement projects and programs offering a positive impact in the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Project goals include celebrating neighborhood diversity, benefiting the community, and neighborhood storytelling. The BIA encourages applicants to propose their best and most creative ideas. Potential projects might include work around murals, art, alleys, public area improvements, cleanup, experiences, or events. Think big! Think outside the box! Applications are due July 8th, 2019 at midnight.
Meet the Makers Campaign Launch
The Alliance for Pioneer Square and Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area recently embarked on a marketing campaign entitled "Meet the Makers." Meet the Makers is intended to highlight the unique food, drink, retail, art, attractions, and everything else which makes Pioneer Square a vanguard neighborhood in Seattle.

We believe if our neighborhood could talk, it would tell intriguing stories. We are using visual storytelling to develop a deeper connection to our audiences. We believe storytelling is a fundamental human experience that unites people and drives stronger, deeper connections. In our fragmented media world, storytelling will allow us to engage with our audiences a new perspective on Pioneer Square. Accordingly, we are producing six videos which will highlight Pioneer Square's one-of-a-kind offerings.

Our first video underscores one of the many rich aspects of the history of Pioneer Square- our vibrant and visionary art scene. The video features Phen Huang, Director of Foster/White Gallery and Ten Hundred (Peter Robinson), Owner of Statix. The video posits to viewers: whether you seek an art experience that is colorful and bright, or quiet and contemplative- you will find it in Pioneer Square.

We are seeking your support in the Meet the Makers campaign. Our social media content is created using photography, words, and ideas found in the neighborhood. We encourage you to utilize the Meet the Makers campaign hashtags of #PioneerSquareMade #PioneerSquare so that we can reshare your content across our channels. We already know that your organization is doing great work, and using the hashtags will allow us to more easily find your beautifully photographed products. Show us what you are making today. Help us Meet the Makers .
Business News and Updates
A warm welcome to our newest businesses and attractions in the neighborhood!

  • Pacifica: 322 Occidental Ave. S.– a cozy tavern from the London Plane family, featuring Latin American beer, cocktails, and small bites such as tamales and chorizo sandwiches.
  • Armoire: 505 1st Ave. S. – this high-tech clothing rental start up recently relocated their headquarters, which serves as a hybrid retail space, warehouse, and office.
  • Matsu: 501 Stadium Pl. S. – the operators of Girin re-opened their space under a new concept in mid-June, adding sushi and seafood to the menu in addition to steaks.

We bid farewell to these neighbors this month!

  • Flury & Company Ltd: 322 1st Ave S.- this art gallery specializing in Edward Curtis' photographic works and antique American Indian art has retired from their Pioneer Square location.
  • MadeHere: 115 S. Jackson- this local-focused retail store vacated their former space to make way for a long-planned redevelopment of their building, and is seeking to relocate in the future.
Patio Season Has Arrived

Discover your new favorite sunny spot today with our hot summer patio list! Seattle is teasing some sunny weather, and restaurants and bars in Pioneer Square are starting to break out the patio furniture. When these precious moments arise, diners will want to be ready to seize it and stock up on some precious warmth and vitamin D. We have sun-seekers covered with this non-comprehensive short list, a sampling of Pioneer Square's hot patios, from cantinas with al fresco seats to restaurants that serve entire meals outdoors. Check out our online short list here .
Mark Your Calendars: First Thursday Art Walk
July 11, 5-10 PM

Every First Thursday*** of the month (except this 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.

( "It's Spring Wake Up" by Joe Max Emminger acrylic on paper 30"x44" at Linda Hodges Gallery)

***July's First Thursday will take place on July 11 due to the July 4 holiday.
Artist Feature: Cristina Martinez


Cristina Martinez , who operates in the Good Arts building '57 Biscayne space, creates tender, emotional imagery through a multitude of mediums. Upon starting a fashion degree which she left unfinished, Cristina Martinez felt less connected to trends and mass production and was instead drawn to the illustrative side of the industry. She began painting things that she loves and admires, drawing much of her inspiration from the power and beauty of women. After having only shown her work for about two years, art enthusiasts near and far are hungry for art such as Cristina's. Looking ahead, Cristina hopes to incorporate her passion for painting with her knack for sewing for a new June & Mars experience. Expect more wearable art and collaborations with her kids from this artist in the future.
From the Public Realm
Q2 Clean Walk Report

In late June, Neighborhood Property Managers, Alliance for Pioneer Square staff, along with representatives from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Solid Waste and the Metropolitan Improvement District (MID) walked the neighborhood as part of our Clean Walk pilot program.

 The next Clean Walk takes place in September, starting at the offices of the Alliance for Pioneer Square (105 S. Main St.) and will continue on to S. Washington Street from Alaskan Way to Fourth Ave.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page for more Q3 Clean Walk event information.
Changes at Coleman Dock

Washington State Ferries' Colman Dock Project has a number of changes on the horizon, including modifications to how pedestrians enter and exit the terminal. Later this summer, Washington State Ferries will move into a new terminal and open a passenger-only ferry facility . Additionally, a new temporary sailing schedule will be implemented between July 13-15. Attend a drop-in outreach session this month to stay informed. Sessions will be held at the Seattle Ferry terminal Information Booth on July 9, July 17, and July 25 from 1:15PM to 6:30PM.

For more information please visit the WSF website or email the WSF outreach team.
Neighborhood Construction Updates
Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program

WSDOT continues to remove the Alaskan Way Viaduct from Seattle's waterfront to make way for the City of Seattle's   Waterfront Seattle Program .

The Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition is on the edge of Pioneer Square this summer. Demolition has already begun at the South end of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. View WSOT's fact sheet for more information regarding what to expect from the construction project over the summer.

Click here  to see real time demolition progress and  join the email list to receive weekly updates.

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

Check out our walking tour video , led by representatives from WSDOT and Kiewit.
Courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives, item No. 61755
Pioneer Square
Areaways Program
SDOT recently implemented a strict vehicle weight limitation and increased commercial vehicle enforcement. An assessment of current load zone placements will occur in response to a structural analysis of the underground areaways in Pioneer Square.

Throughout 2019-2020, SDOT will install a monitoring system and conduct a complete assessment of the areaways to determine a long-term plan of action to repair necessary areas. In the meantime, our goal is to provide adjacent businesses and residents with accurate and timely information as we move forward to improve safety.

Visit the project page for more information.
Proposed New Cruise Terminal Information Session Follow-Up

The Port of Seattle Commission recently approved $348 million to invest in the future of the Seattle’s working waterfront. A key investment is a proposed cruise terminal at Terminal 46 (King Street and Alaskan Way). In May, the Port of Seattle hosted an information session regarding the proposed terminal. Visitors learned about the proposed cruise terminal and timeline, Seattle's cruise industry and its passengers, and background on how cruise terminals work and operations on a typical day. Missed the information session? Stay up-to-date on the proposed cruise terminal at Terminal 46 though the Port of Seattle's project page .
Press Highlights
What Are We Up To This Week?
Learn more about what the Alliance for Pioneer Square teams are working on by reading our weekly staff highlight features.
Monthly Resource
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has a new Workplace Preparedness Guide . With guidance on developing life safety procedures and business continuity strategies, the guide is a great tool for better preparing your organization. It includes easy to follow tip sheets, links to videos and planning tools, and fillable forms for documenting important contact information. The Office of Emergency Management provides free in-person training on Workplace Preparedness and other topics which you can request by filling out their  online training request form .  
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Are you a resident or business owner in the neighborhood? The Alliance for Pioneer Square recently created a Facebook page. This page will communicate resident and business owner specific news/information that to compliment our more general Pioneer Square Facebook page. Follow us today!

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