The Voice for Industry
|November 6, 2008|
||Post Office Mystery
U.S. postal facilities in north SODO are now being processed through government surplus procedure, meaning they may soon be put up for sale. That normally wouldn't be too newsworthy but at this time it is.
The facilities include a multi-story parking garage that sits adjacent to the new Sound Transit station located at Lander and the 5th Avenue Busway. The station will open for transit riders in 2009 when Sound Transit initiates Link Light Rail service.
No parking facilities are presently planned to support the station, which would leave the transit riders competing with others for scarce SODO street parking. Which would seem to justify taking a look at using the existing parking garage to absorb some of the new parking demand. But, is that possibility being considered by the powers-that-be?
We don't know, but we are trying to find out in time for a community meeting scheduled for next Thursday, November 13.
The meeting will focus on transit and parking issues related to the Sound Transit station on Lander and another near the sports stadiums on Royal Brougham. The meeting is scheduled for 2-3:30 p.m. at the Mezza Café at the Starbucks Center at 1st and Lander.
Information will be provided by representatives from the City of Seattle Department of Transportation, Sound Transit and Metro. Representatives for the postal system will be invited to provide additional information about the parking garage. The meeting is sponsored by the Duwamish Transportation Management Association with support from the SODO Business Association.
The meeting is open to the public and Seattle Industry will distribute an article with any new information that comes forward prior to or after the meeting.
SODO post office staff confirmed this week that the property on Lander is going through the surplus process but couldn't provide details beyond that. Seattle Industry submitted a request for information to postal authorities today and will report back when additional information is received.
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