Yesler Terrace Redevelopment

(Seattle, WA)  Landau Associates provided technical support for the preparation of the Draft and Final Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for the Seattle Housing Authority’s proposed $300M Yesler Terrace Redevelopment project in downtown Seattle, Washington as a subconsultant to CollinsWoerman, the Master Plan lead. The Yesler Terrace site is located on approximately 30 acres of land on the southern slope of First Hill and is currently comprised primarily of multifamily residential housing (over 550 units), institutional/community buildings, neighborhood commercial use areas, and open space. Redevelopment of the site is proposed to create a mixed-income, mixed-use community that includes affordable and market-rate housing, office and commercial space, community services use, parks and open space, transportation and infrastructure improvements.

Landau Associates conducted analyses and prepared technical reports for the Plants and Animals, Earth, and Environmental Health elements of the EIS. For each element, Landau Associates evaluated the existing site conditions (e.g., presence of wildlife and vegetation, slope stability, environmental conditions related to the potential presence of hazardous materials, etc.), the potential impacts of each redevelopment alternative on humans and the environment, and potential mitigation measures that may be appropriate to limit the potential adverse impacts of site redevelopment.

The Final EIS was issued in April 2011, and the following month the Seattle Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a plan to guide development of the site over the next 10 – 15 years. 

Photo 1: Seattle Housing Authority by Stephanie Bower