The design for the Broadway TOD (Transit Oriented Development) creates a vibrant urban environment along Broadway, north of Cal Anderson Park, and at the epicenter of Capitol Hill. The design is based upon a community-driven outreach effort in 2009 by a team effort from Schemata Workshop & MAKERS. A subsequent City-led master-planning effort in 2012 provided for both market-rate and affordable housing, an array of small to large retail spaces, and community-oriented venues. The project embraces the new, underground Capitol Hill light-rail station, positioning transit to serve both residents of Capitol Hill and as a regional eat-shop-play destination.
Over 400 units of 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments are included, of which approximately 38% will be affordable — at or below 60% of Seattle Area Median Income. A community center will anchor the northeast corner at John Street and will provide local citizens with a space for meetings and other events. At the center of the proposal, and above the train station, is a public plaza to host the year-round Capitol Hill Farmers Market. A large market hall adjacent to the plaza will host additional local vendors in a high-energy, interior environment. The variety of retail and housing types, the collaboration between designers and the community, and the generous public spaces reflect the neighborhood’s diverse history, vibrant character and visionary aspirations for Capitol Hill.