IDEA Space

Master Planning, Seattle, Washington



IDEA Space Feasibility

Client: SCIPDA

MASTER PLANNING STUDY

SAGE Architectural Alliance was retained by Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority (SCIPDA) to explore the development potential of a critical block at the heart of the International District.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION & VISIONING WORKSHOPS

SAGE led community visioning workshops where participants brainstormed and shared ideas about the use of the important block. Community members were encouraged to actively diagram their ideas.

INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT &CULTURAL CENTER

Community visioning discussions evolved toward the community leaders calling for the block housing an international entertainment & cultural center.

SAGE worked closely with Heartland who produced a financial analysis of a range of use scenarios.

Analysis showed that it was not possible to expect to finance the best and highest use for the properties in the current depressed market but future development potential could be “seeded” with current actions.

COMMUNITY BUILDING TO “SEED” DEVELOPMENT

SAGE developed conceptual ideas for a night market at one corner opposite a proposed street-car stop and restaurant-theater partnership overlooking the future cultural center plaza.

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