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Seattle In The Spotlight August 11 - 17

Seattle in the Spotlight: August 11 – August 17

Seattle Adding $1 Million Neighborhoods at a Blistering Rate, Putting City among Top U.S. Markets

GeekWire | Kurt Schlosser | August 17

“The Seattle area’s soaring home prices are putting the city and its surrounding neighborhoods in exclusive company when it comes to pricey housing in the United States. A new analysis from Zillow, the Seattle-based real estate technology company, found that Seattle is among cities with the highest number of $1 million neighborhoods…In the Seattle area, where a booming technology sector led by companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook has propelled housing demand and prices to record highs, the city has 38 $1 million neighborhoods, putting it at seventh among the top 10 cities…Seattle has added 22 neighborhoods to the $1 million group in the last three years, trailing only New York (53), San Francisco (36) and Los Angeles (29).”

After A Quarter-Century, Sodo’s Lander Street Overpass Gets Funded

Seattle Times | Mike Lindblom | August 16

“After a quarter-century of discussion, Seattle’s Lander Street overpass finally has a funding plan this week, and a goal to open the four-lane crossing by the end of 2019. The $123 million structure will soar over freight and passenger railroad tracks in the Sodo area, and include a barrier-separated, 14-foot trail for bicycles and pedestrians…A final funding piece fell into place this week, when the Port of Seattle Commission voted 4-0 to increase its $5 million contribution to $15 million, from its annual property tax revenues. This fills a $10 million gap, as the federal grant was $10 million short of what the city asked.”

New Pilot Program Leaves Bikes All Over Seattle

KING 5 | KING 5 Staff | August 15

“You may have noticed bikes randomly parked on Seattle sidewalks.

If they’re painted bright orange or green, they’re part of the new bike share pilot program launched by the city last month. Two private companies, LimeBike and Spin, are permitted by the city to operate…Seattle Department of Transportation says it may add a third bike share company this week and more than a dozen other companies have expressed interest in joining the pilot program.”

UW Gets in on $5.9 Million Boost for ShakeAlert Earthquake Warning System

GeekWire | Alan Boyle | August 15

“The University of Washington and six other research institutions will benefit from $4.9 million in funding from the U.S. Geological Survey for the ShakeAlert earthquake warning system, which could eventually provide precious seconds of advance notice that a seismic shock is coming. The grant funds a fresh set of two-year cooperative agreements with UW as well as Central Washington University, the University of Oregon, Caltech, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Nevada at Reno and the Colorado-based UNAVCO research consortium. The USGS and its partners have been working on a sensor network and computer software that can take advantage of the fact that earthquakes generate two types of seismic waves. P-waves travel through the ground more quickly. S-waves travel more slowly, but are more devastating.”

Port Commission Adds $213M to Sea-Tac Project Costs as Work Starts on International Passenger Terminal

Seattle Times | Dominic Gates | August 15

“Port of Seattle Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved adding $213 million to the budgets for two major construction projects at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, citing more defined cost estimates as the designs have progressed. Later in the morning, airport officials hosted guests for the formal groundbreaking of one of those projects, the new International Arrivals Facility (IAF). The IAF, which will streamline and expand access for passengers arriving from other countries, is set to open in 2019…The other project, the North Satellite renovation that will expand a terminal used exclusively by Alaska Airlines, has already broken ground. The first phase will be completed by 2019 and the work finished in 2022.”


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