Greater University Chamber of Commerce
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Sound Transit Brooklyn Station
University District Parking Rate Change This Week

Happy April From 

Your Greater 

University Chamber 

April 2011


We appreciate your involvement and interest in the U District Chamber and community news. In an effort to conserve paper, limit costs, and increase overall efficiency, GUCC newsletters and announcements will be distributed primarily in an online format.   


We would be happy to add anyone to our email address list if they contact us at

Take an opportunity to view the current art exhibits up at participating venues around the University District including featured artist Don Farrell showing at Gargoyles Statuary located at 4550 University Way NE.

 Be sure to check out the new April Artwalk as venues stay open late to showcase local artists on April 15th from 6-9pm. View the map of participants on line at the link above. 

15th Ave. NE Reconstruction

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is rebuilding 15th Avenue NE between NE Pacific and NE 50th streets with new concrete pavement and resurfacing the roadway between NE 50th and NE 55th streets with asphalt. This paving project is funded by the "Bridging the Gap" transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.


For more information and to view the weekly updates please click here.

Chamber Luncheon:

Sound Transit 

Brooklyn Station 

April luncheon will be held at Hotel Deca. 


Join the Greater University Chamber of Commerce for our April luncheon at the Hotel Deca. Our guest speaker is Tracy Reid from Sound Transit who plans to discuss the Brooklyn Station Project. Lunch will be catered by Tony's Events & Catering and the menu is listed below. 



Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Feta Cheese & Grilled Chicken

House Caesar Salad

Garlic Bread

Chefs Choice Freshly Baked Cookies

Water and Ice Tea 


DATE: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011  

TIME: Noon to 1:30pm                           

PLACE: Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105

COST: $15.00 Members/$20 Non Members

DEADLINE TO RSVP: Friday, April 15th, 2011


 RSVP yes                 RSVP no


Click the link above to RSVP or call 206-547-4417.  Please put a "yes" or "no" in the subject line and please make sure your name is on the email. If you require a vegetarian meal please indicate your preference with your RSVP.

University District Parking Rate Change This Week

New On-Street Parking Rates 


City of Seattle wants to inform the community of the on-street paid parking rate changes occurring in the University District. Changes should begin this week the rate will be going from $2/hr to $1.50/hr.


The rates were set based on the results of a Citywide Paid Parking Study that occurred in November 2010.  More information about the study and rate-setting methodology is available on-line at: These changes are the first steps in a multi-year effort to set parking rates using a data-driven and outcome based process.


How You Will Know

The rate change in the U District should take four to five business days. One to two days before a new rate goes into effect, SDOT will apply a new rate sticker on each pay station.


Other Parking Changes

Two other parking initiatives are underway to improve customer service and access to businesses. At the same time that the parking rate change occurs, customers will be able to use the next-day pre-payment option.  Pay stations will open at 10PM to sell parking tickets for the following morning, allowing greater convenience for both neighborhood visitors and residents leaving their car parked overnight.  This effort is part of the Mayor's Nightlife Initiative and more information can be found at


The second initiative is the extension of paid parking hours until 8PM in neighborhoods with active nightlife and high evening parking demand, including the U District.  This extension will occur between May and September.


I've appreciated working with you all on parking issues in the U District please let me know if you have any questions.


Allison Schwartz

Transportation Planner

Seattle Department of Transportation

Policy & Planning

(206) 386-4654

Thank you all for your continued support! If you have any events, questions, or just want to chat, our door is always open. 


Teresa Lord Hugel
Director, Greater University Chamber of Commerce
4710 University Way NE Suite 114
Seattle, WA 98105
P (206) 547-4417 F (206) 547-5266