Folks of Modest Means envision life with light rail stations in Shoreline

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Small group discussion at workshop
on Sound Transit stations
On August 7, 2013 over 50 people of limited incomes including representatives from agencies that serve them attended an event at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church convened by Senior Services and facilitated by Dori Gillam. Deputy Mayor Chris Eggen provided opening remarks with a special welcome from Kevin Osborn of Hopelink.

The event was made possible by an Equity Grant from the Growing Transit Communities Project administered by Impact Capital. 

Shoreline City Council Member Jesse Salomon also attended the event. Successful transit communities are created through inclusive planning and decision making processes, which is why the event was held. Participants engaged in conversation about, and envisioned, the kind of community they want to live in, specifically, the amenities and services they would like to see at or near the Light Rail Stations in Shoreline.

This is the first time people of more modest means have been organized to provide input to such a long-range and large-scale project. A summary of their feedback is organized under the topic areas below.

  • Bicycle storage that is safe and secure
  • Parking spaces for commuters only (keep them out of neighborhoods)
  • Disabled parking and drop-off zones, and larger parking spaces
  • Accommodations for: elders and people with disabilities; families with strollers; travelers with luggage
  • Expanded bus service to connect with the station, especially East-West
  • Full-service transit hub for trains, bus, bike, shuttles, walking; Orca card station
  • Bicycle lanes and trails connecting community to the station
  • Bicycle rentals including 3-wheeled bikes, zip bikes
  • Safe, ADA compliant wide walking paths, sidewalks and cutouts (non-slip)
  • Circulating shuttles that loop to the station, shops, library, grocery stores, etc.
  • Housing with variety: for seniors; families with small children; pet-owners; immigrants; students; both subsidized and affordable; all ADA compliant
  • Residential and commercial mixed-use development
  • High number of subsidized units and low income vs. affordable
  • LEED and other environmental friendly and sustainable housing
  • Mixed density and type: low-rise, townhouses/condos, owned and rentals
  • Layer-cake or stair-stepped skyline; departure from current SL style
Recreation/Community Services
  • Fitness facilities, exercise area, courts
  • Open spaces with water fountain or water feature and drinking fountains
  • Art, especially local artists and native American, humorous, interactive art, murals
  • Music venue
  • Maintain current Senior Center and Community Center
  • Park, pocket parks, playgrounds
  • Small education/community commons with meeting spaces, library
  • Community gardens or P-Patches, green spaces, picnic areas
  • Dog park; skate park
  • Social Services, Food bank, meal programs, DSHS
Jobs and Businesses
  • Delis, coffee shops, bakeries, cafés, ethnic foods, bar
  • Grocery stores, mini-marts; local or mom and pop; drug store
  • Internet café, wi-fi, charging stations, small office space, copy and postal substation
  • Bike shop and auto shop
  • Pet care and child care
  • Food carts and vendors
  • Artist lofts
  • Gym
  • Dental/Healthcare/Urgent Care
  • Affordable business sites
  • Safety/security by day and night; security cameras, clean, well-lit, bicycle patrolled
  • Ample restrooms at and near the stations
  • Maximum noise abatement
  • 155th station not favored; must rebuilt all of 145th anyway
  • Emphasis on locally-owned over chains
  • Community reader boards
  • Green and ADA construction for anything new built at or near the station
  • Sound signals for visually impaired
  • Covered areas, plenty of covered and uncovered benches at and near the station
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