Our Work on the U District Upzone

The U District Alliance worked to improve the recent U District Upzone. Here are provisions in the final bill we worked on:

1.       A 50% minimum employer transit subsidy in new medium and large commercial and residential buildings in the Upzone area.

2.       A city study of multi-employer child care voucher subsidy programs, which will include union participation.

3.       A more extensive study, including a racial analysis, of housing displacement in Seattle.

4.       U District developer payments for affordable housing should be prioritized for building affordable housing in the same neighborhood.

5.       Defeated a UW-requested amendment to increase the floor sizes in the UW’s planned building above the new Light Rail station. 

UW Proposes 150 Unit Housing Project in Response to Alliance

September 6, 2017 - In response to nine months of pressure from the U District Alliance, the UW has proposed building 150 units of affordable housing for its staff in partnership with Seattle Housing Authority. The UW made the announcement the same week the City of Seattle began reviewing the UW's Campus Master Plan expansion proposal. Josh Castle, representing the Alliance and the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), said the proposal was "too little, too late," given the housing crisis facing thousands of low-wage UW employees and homeless students.