The UDP is Hiring an Economic Development Manager

The U District Partnership is seeking an exceptional individual to lead our economic development efforts. This is a period of unprecedented growth and opportunity in the Seattle University District (U District). With an unparalleled surge in residential and commercial development, and the upcoming opening of a new light rail station, the economic landscape of the U District is being transformed and revitalized.

The Economic Development Manager (EDM) administers the U District’s economic development programs. The EDM shall support the businesses operating in the U District and serve as a resource to prospective businesses looking to enter the district. The EDM will work strategically to improve the district-wide business landscape and tactically to provide direct services to individual businesses. Read job description here.

A Message from Interim Executive Director Mark Crawford

Our fiscal year ended on June 30th and I want to report back to you, the people who live, work and play in the U District about what we accomplished and what we see happening in our shared community. Read message here.

New REACH Mental Health Outreach Program Coming to the U District

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The U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) and U District Partnership (UDP) are excited to announce the launch of our new contract with Evergreen Treatment Services to bring their successful REACH mental health outreach program to the U District. Starting on March 18th, REACH will provide a full time Outreach Care Coordinator dedicated to building relationships with members of our community suffering from various forms of mental illness and connecting them with the care and services they so desperately need. Bringing this program to our neighborhood is a critical and important step towards addressing the regional mental health crisis. To read our full announcement, go here.

"The REACH program will provide a critical wrap around community service that provides much more than a Band-Aid to our ongoing mental health crisis.  It is a proven, effective program that provides Seattleites who are struggling with long-term solutions and pathways to medical care, housing and job opportunities." - Maureen Ewing, Executive Director of the University Heights Center and UDBIA Chairperson

A Message from Interim Executive Director Mark Crawford

Our fiscal year ended on June 30th and I want to report back to you, the people who live, work and play in the U District about what we accomplished and what we see happening in our shared community.

First and foremost, I want to say thank you.

Thank you to the ratepayers who provide the majority of the funds we use to make this neighborhood cleaner, safer, more activated, more economically vital and with a public realm that reflects and speaks to our community. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Your support of our community is the very mortar that ties all of this work together.

I want to thank the many volunteers who give of their time, experience, wisdom, and experience to help us achieve our goals on behalf of the U District. I’d like to extend a special shout out to all of the individuals who serve on the Ratepayer Advisory Board and on the U District Partnership Board. Your participation and leadership requires so much of your time, energy and attention. Thank you for sharing all of that with all of us.

And thank you to all of the other volunteers who support our events and activities. Whether it is your work at Street Fair (Yay for 50 years of continuous StreetFair – the longest run in the nation!), Halloween on Roosevelt, Night Out, the monthly clean ups, serving on task forces or advisory committees or help given in any number of ways, we so appreciate your passion and support for this community. Thank you.

And finally, thank you to a terrific staff – Marcus, Chase, Evan, Jen, and Tyler for your incredible hard work, dedication, and creativity. What a year you made possible. Thank you.

We accomplished a lot this year and below, you will find a list of those accomplishments listed by program area. As you look at those accomplishments, I would like to offer an important piece of context. The U District is now IN a period of enormous change.

In 2017, large areas within the district were rezoned to allow greater building heights and corresponding density growth. Development has exploded with an emphasis on student and multi-family residential development occurring. Recently, commercial space development has also been announced. Our resident population and our business related population are seeing corresponding growth projections.

In 2021, the new light rail station will open. This will increase the number of people coming through and stopping in our community. It will spur additional transit oriented development, including further multi-family residential development. It will redefine our relative geographic proximity to downtown and to north Seattle and beyond. It will redefine transportation availability and services within the neighborhood.

And, as part of the larger Seattle and King County geographical footprints, we are experiencing the same positive and negative effects of a rapidly growing city and economy. What happens in the larger community happens here, in our neighborhood as well.

Whether each of us individually likes or dislikes some of the things that are happening in the U District, the reality is, our community is undergoing a radical transition that will continue for the foreseeable future. How do we maximize the opportunities that this transition creates while also protecting and maintaining the unique and treasured characteristics of this community?

The U District Partnership is committed to serving this community through direct services here in the district, through our efforts to be aware of and to inform all of you about major issues and/or public and private projects that affect our public realm, to convene our community when your voices need to be heard, and by serving as advocates for our community when the need arises.

So, please, take a moment and review our 2018-19 work outcomes. We are proud of the U District, of our incredible businesses and merchants, the wonderful people who live and work here, the opportunities that exist for art, culture, and entertainment. We are proud of our world famous University of Washington with its outstanding student population, faculty and staff. We are proud of the diversity and strength of our community. We are proud of our legacies and we are excited for our future. So, thank you U District for all that you are and all that you do.

In 2018-19:

The U District is a cleaner, safer and more vibrant neighborhood because of the work funded by the UD BIA. Our work in keeping our neighborhood clean and safe, both through the Special Cleaning Areas and our work district wide, our investments in flowers, lights, on-going teams removing graffiti and picking up trash and bio hazards throughout the district, our constant efforts to get appropriate City cleaning resources in “hot spots” for both cleanliness and safety, and our deployment of Ambassadors (to name some of our on-going programs) have all contributed to a better district. Yes, there are still problems and messes. There always will be. But the BIA investment has kept us ahead of many other neighborhoods and well ahead of what we would be experiencing without that work.

We also added the pilot program for the REACH worker – a huge, courageous step by the BIA and UDP to lead in addressing an enormous social challenge that our public officials have not yet addressed. 

We hired Economic Development staff and re-established the Economic Development Program Advisory Committee. We launched the Business Network, the Business Block watch and through the work of the Committee, have articulated a vision for a robust, diverse, district wide economic ecology. We produced a major study on current and future retail opportunities in the district as the district is shaped by the change elements described above.

We reconfigured the scope of the previous “Urban Design Committee” and relaunched it with a broader mandate to ensure that the concerns and needs of the U District were represented to all parties impacting the greater public realm. We have engaged with developers and city agencies in constructive dialogue and provided a voice of the community in both private and public development and infrastructure improvement. We partnered with U District Let’s Go to provide low cost transportation education to businesses, create a wayfinding cart, and support community dialogue about transit issues with our Transit Talk series.

We partnered with other BIAs to raise awareness and demand action from City officials to address the extraordinary impact of recidivist criminals are having on our neighborhoods. We also partnered with other BIAs to share information about Clean and Safe Programs and Events and Marketing Programs.

We created activities and events throughout the district throughout the year. We piloted a new Halloween event in the Roosevelt corridor to bring greater awareness of local businesses to the residents who live in the area. We maintained our current events like Up Your Ave, Night Out, Park(ing) Day and Holiday Swag. We sponsored music activations all around the district.

All in all, 2018-19 was an action and service packed year. As you know, we were severely impacted (and still are) by a fire on January 19, 2019 which gutted our office space. Even though we lost all physical resources associated with an office and we lost access to data and files for a period of time, we maintained all service commitments we made to our community.

 2018-19 Program Manager Work Plan Report

CLEAN AND SAFE

Clean

1. Clean and Safe Committee Meetings – Completed. Had multiple guest speakers including the City masonry reinforcement expert, LEAD representative, consistent police presence and reporting and consistent community attendance and support.

2. North and South Cleaning Areas – Completed with $33,120 reduction in cost and added branding to cleaning services.  Succeeded in replacing Recology with a vendor who agreed to co-brand so ratepayers and businesses know that the service is provided with assessment resources.

From July ’18- May ’19 in our cleaning areas we:

o   Picked up 4,114 bags of trash

o   Removed 1,760 stickers and graffiti tags

o   Cleaned up 673 biohazardous messes

a. South Area (South of 52nd)

i. 7-days a week, 362-days a year

b. North Area (North of 52nd)

i. 2-days a week, 104-days a year

c. Monthly BIA Walks

i. 12 BIA Walks a year - Completed

3. Beautification Team

a. Two part-time team members - Have had one consistent team member. The second position has been vacated twice. Currently trying to fill second position.

4. Volunteer Community Cleanups – we have noticed the cumulative impact of our monthly clean ups – amounts of trash being cleaned up is decreasing as we are maintaining a cleaner district.

a. 11 monthly cleanups planned and coordinated - Completed

b. 1 Annual Cleanup - Completed

c. UW Facilities Cleanup – Did not happen this year due to turnover and change of leadership within UW Facilities. They are interested in doing a cleanup in fall of 2019.

5. Seasonal Cleaning

a. Fall leaf street sweeping – Completed.

b. Spring sidewalk pressure washing – 80-100 hours will be completed this fiscal year.

Safe

1. Clean and Safe Committee Meetings – Completed – see above.

2. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Reviews – 15 reviews completed, most of these reviews were of multi-family properties

3. Ambassador Program – We moved from a “pilot” program to a fully funded on-going program. Ambassadors cover the entire district with a regular route and check in stations but are always responsive to immediate calls anywhere in the district.

From July-May our Ambassadors:

o   Stopped into businesses 1,786 times

o   Checked on hotspots 2,511 times

o   Engaged with our homeless population 143 times

Other

1. Homeless Youth Employment

a. Sponsoring youth internships with Sanctuary Art Center – Completed

2. Beautification Projects

a. 75 Spring/Summer Baskets - Completed

b. 75 Fall/Winter Baskets - Completed

c. 68 trees lit for the holidays – Completed

3. 2019 Launch of REACH program – pilot launch of assertive mental health outreach worker in the district providing access and referrals to services for  individuals experiencing homelessness and mental health challenges.

From mid-March to May, our outreach worker David Delgado

o   Helped with transportation for where they wanted to go outside the U District 14 times

o   Helped 7 people get into shelter

o   Helped get 2 people into a drug treatment program

o   Helped get 3 people the medical attention they need

o   Helped people get food or clothing 27 times

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

1. Rebuild data collection function.

o   Completed the Retail Saturation Study which includes a 2018-2018 U District Retail Market Outlook (udistrictpartnership.org/biz-retail).  The study also included an update of the local demographic data (udistrictpartnership.org/demographics).

o   Began development of a database of all business and commercial properties (and pertinent information) in the UDBIA.

o   Identified potential KPIs to measure the economic health of the U District and the efforts of the economic development program.  Currently tracking vacancy rate, net promoter score for business and property owners, and number of businesses in the UDBIA.

2. Initiate and support U District Business Network.

o   Launched the U District Biz Network and hosted the Q1 Meeting in February 2019.

o   Hosted the Q2 Meeting in May.

o   Based on business network feedback, partnered with UDP Clean & Safe Program to launch the U District Business Block Watch.

3. Provide support and resource access to individual businesses.

o   Established the Economic Development Committee to provide guidance on how to best serve the economic interests of local businesses.

o   Coordinated a Fall 2018 campaign to update contact information for all business and property owners in the U District.  Increased contact information rate from 17%-39%, which has since grown to 43%.

o   Surveyed all businesses and property owners in the U District on 1) their baseline satisfaction and 2) which endeavors they want economic development staff to direct efforts.

o   Created the online Business Resource Center (udistrictpartnership.org/biz-center).

4. Serve as a resource for potential business interest in the district.

o   Created the online ‘Reasons to Open a Business in the U District’ (udistrictpartnership.org/biz-reasons) which includes the commonly requested information and tools for launching a business in the district.

o   Created the ‘Retail and Office Space for Lease and Sale in the U District’ (udistrictpartnership.org/biz-vacancy) which includes a monthly updated list of all UDBIA commercial vacancies in addition to a tool for property owners to list their vacancies.

o   Reached out to all commercial real estate agents brokers with active local listings and provided a copy of the Retail Saturation Study, links to the Business Resource Center and Space for Lease and Sale pages, and offer to provide support in filling UDBIA vacancies.

o   Met with various developers on potential retail space options for future developments.

o   Coordinated a low-cost pilot project to generate marketing collateral designed to educate potential businesses about the U District and begin them down the path on locating their business here. 

5. Economic Development Committee

o   Established the Economic Development Committee to provide guidance on how to best serve the economic interests of local businesses.

o   Developed foundational statement of a district wide economic development vision focused on the business for business sector; business of providing and meeting the needs of the  leased/rented residential population; and the retail/transactional/entertainment economy.

URBAN VITALITY

1. Staff and support a volunteer populated Urban Vitality Committee. This assumes any work of the committee is actually done by volunteers.

a. Urban Vitality Committee was relaunched. The committee is made up of board and other community members

b. The committee has created three task force groups including additional community members on the Mobility Plan, Church Redevelopment, and the 43rd Street Projects.

 i. Mobility Plan – staff and board members participated in Mobility plan process. Task force reviewed final proposed document and presented analysis and recommendations to UDP Board for limited approval of some items and encouraged further community engagement o others

ii. Church Survey Group – has competed survey process and is currently engaging community stakeholders in discussions about potential next steps.

iii.  43rd Street Project -- Convened stakeholders and continues to support dialogue between property owners, businesses and SDOT on all phases of construction and post construction work.

c. The committee supported the outreach and adoption of the updated U District Design Guidelines.

d. Staff and committee leadership continues U District development tracking and engagement – meeting with developers on proposed projects, attending public presentation meetings and design review hearings.

2. Continued partnership with U District, Let’s Go!

a. Completed pilot project with onsite staff to provide technical assistance to local businesses on transportation affordability options.

b.  Created a thorough co-branded transit map to help visitors find their way to and around our business district.

c.  Supported and participated in 3 Transit Talk events in the District.

d.  Provided 1,600 people with wayfinding help during the Special Olympics USA Games

e.  Supported and housed U District, Let’s Go! Intern.

3. Began partnership with the Friends of Christie Park

a. Acted as fiscal sponsor and advisor on the creation of an artwork installation for the expanded and redesigned Christie Park.

EVENTS AND ACTIVATIONS

Events

1.    Up Your Ave – Fall student passport event to introduce to U District businesses

a. Over 800 Students Participated on September 31st.

b. 53 businesses officially participated. Sponsorship income increased to $14,000.

c. Partnered with Sound Transit to support 10 businesses impacted by station construction through space activation and both digital and physical marketing.

2. Celebrate Roosevelt – Celebration of our Roosevelt businesses and residents.

a. Collaborated with local businesses to create first ever Trick or Treat on Roosevelt on October 31st.

b. Estimated 60 children and their families participated. 14 businesses participated. Live family friendly music and a fire engine!

c. Broad support for continuation and expansion of the event in 2020.

3. Alley Lights – Winter art installations in the Allegro Alley.

a. Was not accomplished this year due to change in staff capacity

4. Event Support for other Departments – Assistance of other departments’ events with time, volunteer management, and equipment.

a.Supported annual cleanups, monthly cleanups, U District Night Out and various Urban Vitality related meetings and talks.

b. Held community wide information public meeting in April.

Activations

1. Popup and onetime events to activate the streetscape and contribute to neighborhood vibrancy. Ex) U District Night Out and outdoor musical performers

a.  Produced YoU Find… Summer Music Series which provided over 90 total hours of live music from local musicians at 7 locations across the U District over 57 days.

b. Produced a co-branded mobile wayfinding cart with WSDOT funding through SDOT for use at pop ups and other engagements.

c. Revitalized all neighborhood kiosks with signage detailing UDBIA services, volunteer opportunities, major events, and wayfinding.

d. Transformed a parking spot to provide outdoor cafe seating and live music during Park(ing) Day in collaboration with U District, Let’s Go!.

e. Partnered with Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets and U Heights Center on annual Holiday Swag event.

Marketing

1. Management of Events and Marketing Committee – Hosting and coordination of monthly meetings of an advisory committee on events and marketing for the U District.

a. Supported and informed short term “YoU Find..” marketing campaign which over only 69 days won 4,299,772 positive impressions about the U District and earned 10,665 clicks to our test website about the neighborhood detailing lodging, food and beverage, retail, and entertainment opportunities.

b. Advised on creation of better UDP and UDBIA marketing signage to increase community awareness of services and the source of their funding. Including

c. Updated kiosks with new wayfinding and marketing messaging.

d. Created UDP – BIA canopy and support materials to explain work of the BIA impacting the community while also using space to share local business and community highlights with visitors.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

1. Attending Community Meetings – Identification of and attendance at important community meetings as a representative of the UDP and UDBIA.

a. Staff have increased attendance at various meetings around the community including annual celebrations and fundraisers to increase UDP/UDBIA presence including Rotary, Evergreen Treatment Centers, NAIOP, DSA, Farmers Market, Food Bank, and ROOTS.

5. Organizing Community Meetings – Gathering and hosting community discussions around important topics.

a.  Public Meeting on BIA work in April.

b. Collaborated with other BIAs to host two city wide meetings on public safety and crime response.

Social Media Management

1.   Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Engagement - Increase of regular posts on multiple platforms sharing stories and data about the work of the UDP and UDBIA.

a.   Staff has increased our posting to approximately 678 times across all platforms. We have increased our followership across all platforms by 14%

2.  Information Nexus and Sharing – Utilization of social media to provide information about the U District to the community and important updates from local businesses, nonprofits, and community groups.

a.  Staff has increased tracking and sharing of stories about and by local businesses, nonprofits, and community groups through strategic partnerships, information gathering and 3rd party calendar utilization.

b.  Staff has also supported the management, growth, and promotion of the U District Art Walk with U Heights and local business partners.

3.  Website Management – Maintenance of the UDP and UDBIA websites as landing pages for information about the organizations.

a.  Redesigned the homepage for clearer communication of top stories, search functionality, and better mobile usability.

b.  Secured 3rd party funding for and began the process of completely redeveloping the UDP, UDBIA, and U District, Let’s Go! pages to prioritize quick access to services.

Communications

1) Growing and Organizing Contacts – Gathering of additional contacts and organizing in useful groupings.

a.  Extensive effort to gather business and ratepayer contacts through in person, web, mail, email, and phone engagements lead to significant increase in contact numbers and accuracy.

b.  Began adoption of CMS and organization of contacts therein to better communicate with various individuals and business.

2) Monthly Newsletters – Monthly email newsletter highlighting the stories and data about the work of the UDP and UDBIA and including information about events in and resources for the community.

a. Sent 12 monthly newsletters and increased subscribers by 44%

b. Redesigned format for better mobile usability.

3) Weekly Updates – Weekly email featuring brief updates of recent UDP and UDBIA work and upcoming events in the U District.

a. Sent 51 weekly updates and increased subscribers by 61%

b. Moved to more professional format through the use of inbound marketing platform and increased overall content amount.

4) Issue Based Communications – Creation of specific email communications to self-identified groups in the community as the need arises. Ex) Event alerts and business opportunities and resources

a. Addressed through creation of departmental sections in newsletters and updates. Additional topical specificity increased through expanded business network, committee, and task force communication.

Community Presence

1) Visiting with Community Members in the Neighborhood – Regular outreach on the street and availability for one on one meetings with community members.

a. Most street outreach handled by Ambassadors and REACH program staff. Together they have made over 1,956 individual engagements.

b. One on one meeting availability underutilized by community members while partner organization meetings were requested and scheduled.

2)  Responding to Community Questions and Concerns – Prompt response over all channels questions and requests from community members.

a. Prompt responses made to community members through phone, email, and social media channels. Slight delay occurred around the time of the fire.

b. New phone system installed to better guide callers to the appropriate services and staff members.

 

Report on Prolific Offenders in Seattle’s Criminal Justice System

Dear U District Community Member:

On February 25, several of Seattle’s neighborhood business districts, including the U District, transmitted a report to municipal elected officials that analyzes the impact of prolific offenders in our city.

“System Failure – Report on Prolific Offenders in Seattle’s Criminal Justice System” was commissioned by neighborhood business districts in Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, SODO, Downtown, Ballard, the University District, and Seattle’s tourism industry. It analyzes a sample of 100 individuals with high-frequency levels of criminal activity (four King County Jail bookings within the past year), community impact, root causes of problem behaviors, and why Seattle’s criminal justice system fails to reduce their recidivism. Report data was compiled from publicly available databases.

Why was the report conducted?

  • The report follows up the neighborhood public safety forum last fall where prolific offenders were discussed among residents, elected officials, criminal justice system representatives and police. The neighborhoods took it upon themselves to investigate further.

  • Neighborhood business leaders across the city want to understand why public safety conditions have not been improving and to document prolific offenders’ impact

  • Offenders with dozens of state and local criminal cases, some compiled in just a few years, are repeatedly returning to Seattle’s busiest neighborhoods and inflicting more crime

  • A large amount of criminal behavior seems to be carried out by people who have been cycled through the criminal justice system with little impact on their behavior

  • Neighborhood businesses, residents and visitors are asking for help in the face of thefts, assaults, and other crimes

Key Report Findings

  •  A substantial portion of the criminal activity that has the greatest impact on Seattle’s busiest neighborhoods is committed by a relatively small number of prolific offenders who have a large number of criminal cases in Seattle and King County courts. This data aligns with the Seattle Police Department’s SeaStat which addresses crime hotspots based on analysis of crime data and community reports of incidents

  •  Many individuals profiled in the report have 10 or more bookings into jail in the past year and 50 or more criminal cases over a multi-year span

  •  Prolific offenders repeatedly victimize Seattle’s busiest neighborhoods as they cycle through the criminal justice system, creating ongoing public safety hazards and possibly causing harm to themselves  

  • Many are drug-addicted, have mental health problems and do not, or cannot, comply with the terms of their sentences and deferrals.  They continuously cycle through the criminal justice system with no changes in their behavior, and are repeatedly returned to Seattle’s streets to commit more crimes and may often pose harm to themselves and others

  • Many prolific offender crimes involve theft to pay for drugs

  • Prolific offenders frequently manipulate the system to evade jail bookings

  • Case filing delays hamper Seattle’s retail theft program; it takes the city attorney’s office an average of six months to file theft cases from major retailers, allowing offenders to remain on the streets in the interi

For several years, our organizations have raised concerns about growing public safety challenges in our neighborhoods. And many of you, your customers and visitors are asking for help in the fac of thefts, assaults, and other crimes.

Recommendations

  • Based on this report, Seattle’s criminal justice system is not meeting its obligation to protect public safety in our communities

  • We fully support a policy that includes alternatives to incarceration and access to behavioral health treatment - but for that system to work there must be accountability for outcomes within the justice system and for the people who continue to repeatedly cause harm in our communities

  • The answer, we believe, is wholesale reform of our city's criminal justice system that facilitates greater accountability in dealing with prolific offenders effectively and humanely

What are the neighborhood business districts asking for?

  • We expect our municipal leadership to begin working on a long-term solution, and take immediate action to reduce the impact these prolific offenders have upon our neighborhoods

  • This issue is of paramount importance to our organizations and the tens of thousands of businesses, residents, and visitors that we collectively represent. As such, we are committed to working together collaboratively with you in the days and weeks ahead

  • Seattle’s neighborhoods are in need of immediate relief from the impact of these prolific offenders – we need the criminal justice system to demonstrate accountability

  • We want to work with Mayor Durkan to fix this broken system, improve outcomes for these offenders and improve public safety throughout the city

  •  We understand that this is a complex issue. By no means do we consider ourselves experts in criminal justice reform. However, as leaders of our respective neighborhoods, we are acutely familiar with the results of this system failure 

We have shared this report with Seattle’s elected officials, including the mayor’s office, city council, city attorney, municipal judges, and others – and we have asked Mayor Durkan for her leadership in finding long-term, sustainable solutions to this issue. We hope you’ll raise your voice as well.

Speak Up

Please send your comments via email to the city officials listed below.  It is critically important that we take this opportunity to have our views on public safety known to the elected leadership of our city:

Mayor Jenny Durkan, Jenny.Durkan@seattle.gov

Pete Holmes, Seattle City Attorney, Pete.Holmes@seattle.gov

Honorable Ed McKenna, Presiding Judge, Seattle Municipal Court, Ed.Mckenna@seattle.gov

Seattle City Councilmembers:

Bruce.Harrell@seattle.gov

Lisa.Herbold@seattle.gov

Kshama.Sawant@seattle.gov

Rob.Johnson@seattle.gov

Debora.Jaurez@seattle.gov

Mike.Obrien@seattle.gov

Sally.Bagshaw@seattle.gov

Lorena.Gonzalez@seattle.gov

Teresa.Mosqueda@seattle.gov

Sincerely,

Mark W. Crawford
Interim Executive Director
U District Partnership 1415 NE 45th Street Suite 401
Seattle, WA 98105 
Office:  
206-547-4417


Public Meeting: The U District 2020 t­o 2030

The U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) and the U District Partnership (UDP) hosted a public meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the University Masonic Lodge, 4338 University Way NE.

Thank you to everyone who attended and filled out our survey. If you missed the meeting, we still want to hear from you. Take our online survey here. The survey deadline is March 31, 2019.


UDP Interim Executive Director Mark Crawford shared information on the U District BIA and its current work; major change influences impacting the U District; and proposals for meeting those change influences. UDP staff asked for input from community members at the meeting through direct dialogue and surveys. If you were not able to attend or would like to review the presentation slides, those are available here. You can also find information about the meeting on our Facebook event page.

U District Partnership Working in Temporary Office Space

Temporary office address: 1415 NE 45th St., Suite 401, Seattle, WA  98105

On January 19, 2019, the UDP office was damaged due to fire. We are thankful that there were no injuries and appreciate the excellent response by the Seattle Fire Department. We also thank the city's Office of Economic Development for sending a representative within 24 hours to reach out and work with affected businesses. Executive Director Mark Crawford said, “We had so many offers of help from folks in our community and we deeply appreciate this assistance. This is what makes this community such a great place to live and work.”

We have moved to a new space right down the street while our offices are being renovated after a fire. Our new address is 1415 NE 45th St., Suite 401, Seattle, WA  98105. The building is secure so please call our office in advance at 206-547-4417 for access if you are visiting. 

Thank you to the University of Washington for helping us locate temporary office space. We are very grateful to Director of Sales & Marketing Theresa Raleigh and the team at the Graduate Hotel for making a meeting room available to us for two weeks while we were displaced. We also appreciate WSECU for providing the Rita Koontz Community Meeting Space for meetings. Many thanks to these great neighbors for their support! 

If you need to reach us, please email us at info@udistrictpartnership.org or call us at 206-547-4417.


New Cleaning Contractor for the U District

The UDP has selected Elm Grove as the new cleaning company for the North and South Cleaning Areas starting on September 1. You will see Elm Grove staff working in the same purple UDP vests our Ambassadors and Beautification team members wear. We appreciate the seventeen years that Recology provided neighborhood cleaning services.

Elm Grove will provide the following services:

  • Seven day a week cleaning of the South Cleaning Area

  • Two day a week cleaning of the North Cleaning Area

  • Litter and leaf removal for sidewalks and streets

  • Graffiti on a case-by-case basis

  • Removal of stickers and illegal postings

  • 24-hour biohazard removal (human waste pickup and body fluid cleanup). To report a biohazard, email s.elmgrovellc@gmail.com or call 206-371-4486. Elm Grove is trained to ensure safe disposal of these dangerous items.

  • 8 hours of pressure washing per month throughout the cleaning areas as scheduled by our office; call Marcus Johnson at (206) 547-4417 to schedule additional pressure washing for a fee

  • Snow removal and salt application

Elm Grove has worked on other cleaning jobs in the U District since 2017. Owner Oliver Campos says, “We’re excited to be working in the U District again. It’s a great atmosphere.” Campos stresses the availability of the Elm Grove team: “We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365. We can dispatch any time.”

To learn more about the cleaning services within the BIA Cleaning Areas, contact Marcus Johnson by phone (206) 547-4417 or by email marcus@udistrictpartnership.org. Anyone is welcome to join the U District Partnership on our monthly BIA Walk where we walk the cleaning area with our contractor and other stakeholders. We meet at the UDP office (4507 University Way NE, Suite 209) on the third Friday of the month at 9:00 am.


The U District Partnership Seeks Qualified Candidates for Board of Directors Position

The Board of the U District Partnership (UDP) is recruiting candidates to fill a vacancy on its Board. Qualified candidates must have resided in the U District in either an apartment or condominium for a minimum of three years with the intent to continue living in the District for the foreseeable future.

Requirements for to be a Board member include: a belief in the UDP mission and a commitment to support its goals; regular attendance and participation at Board meetings (usually meeting once a month on the third Tuesday at 11:30) and a commitment to prepare for those meetings using materials that are distributed beforehand; active participation in at least one committee; and a willingness to serve as an ambassador for the U District and the UDP.

Requirements for to be a Board member include: a belief in the UDP mission and a commitment to support its goals; regular attendance and participation at Board meetings (usually meeting once a month on the third Tuesday at 11:30) and a commitment to prepare for those meetings using materials that are distributed beforehand; active participation in at least one committee; and a willingness to serve as an ambassador for the U District and the UDP.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, which includes address, phone number and email address, to Mark Crawford, UDP Interim Executive Director at mark@udistrictpartnership.org by January 15, 2019.

Mission: The UDP serves all who work in, live in, and visit the U District by fostering and sustaining a vibrant, diverse, and healthy neighborhood for the common good.