Community celebrates new Northgate on Saturday
Mayor Greg Nickels’ office sent a news release about a celebration Saturday of a key part of Northgate’s revitalization:
At 12:45 p.m. tomorrow, Mayor Greg Nickels will mark the opening of several major projects immediately south of Northgate Mall.
The ribbon-cutting event also debuts the new Thornton Creek headwaters, the centerpiece of Northgate’s revitalization.
In an effort to transform Northgate from an aging mall to a vibrant urban village , the city invested $56 million in key public
improvements, including a new library, community center, sidewalks, two new parks and the Thornton Creek Channel – a 2.7-acre natural drainage system . The city’s efforts sparked private investment totaling more than $265 million, including 700 new housing units and more than 850 permanent jobs.
“This long-awaited celebration shows what can happen when we join
together,” Nickels said. “For too long, progress on Northgate was
deadlocked. We broke the logjam, and today, Northgate is an example of great urban design, environmental stewardship and the power of
The Northgate revitalization story began in December 2004, when
Nickels and the City Council ended a decade of controversy and
litigation by reforming land-use regulations and convening a local
stakeholders group. The dispute over Thornton Creek was settled after
Simon Properties, the Northgate Mall owner , provided the land for the
Thornton Creek Channel and the Northgate Stakeholders reached
consensus on the design.
“It’s very satisfying to see the work of the Northgate stakeholders
group come to fruition. The carefully planned development, with all
its amenities, is really revitalizing the neighborhood,” said Dr. Ron
LaFayette, president of North Seattle Community College . “Now the
Northgate area is becoming a destination for people from other parts
of the city and helping improve North Seattle’s economic fortunes.”
“I have lived here since the ’40s, and this is beyond my greatest
dreams,” said Marilyn Firlotte, a member of the stakeholder group
and longtime resident.
Saturday’s grand-opening celebrations include:
● The Thornton Creek headwaters , a major environmental project by the
city of Seattle to clean stormwater runoff entering Thornton Creek
while providing an attractive parklike space with pathways meandering across the former 9-acre parking lot to the Northgate Transit Center.
● Aljoya, an 143-apartment senior living community scheduled to open
● Thornton Place development by Lorig Associates, with 109
condominium units, 278 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail
and restaurant space.
● The 14-screen Regal Theater at Thornton Place.
● A new Third Avenue Northeast pedestrian-friendly street between
Northeast 103rd and Northeast 100th streets, with improved access to
Northgate Transit Center buses and the future Sound Transit trains .
Other recent changes to Northgate include:
● 507 Northgate – Wallace Properties mixed-use development with 163
apartment units above 55,000 square feet of new retail space. This
project utilizes the city’s Multi-Family Tax Exemption Program to
provide affordable rental housing.
● Major additions to Northgate Mall with a number of new stores and
● Improved Fifth Avenue Northeast, including landscaped median and
● Maple LeafCommunity Garden at 529 N.E. 103rd St.
● Acquisition and planning for the new $14.5 million Hubbard
Homestead Park at the site of the Northgate park and ride at Fifth
Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street on which the city plans to break ground this fall.
“This is a great achievement for the Northgate community and the
neighborhoods around Northgate . The residents, businesses and
community organizations led the way in creating these truly positive results,” City Council President Richard Conlin said. “It was incredibly
rewarding to be able to support them in their efforts. The outcome is
something we all can take pride in and enjoy.”
With the city’s investment in Northgate and all of the momentum that
has been created both by these redevelopment efforts and by the
approval in November of Sound Transit 2, which will bring light rail to
Northgate and beyond, Northgate’s transformation is expected to
To learn more about the Northgate revitalization project, go to:
Dr. Ron LaFayette
North Seattle Community College
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Place: Northgate neighborhood, corner of Third Avenue Northeast and
Northeast 100th Street, immediately east of the Northgate Transit Center and immediately south of Northgate Mall.
Free parking in the Thornton Place parking garage; enter on Third
Avenue Northeast .