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Seattle Station Area Planning: Summary of Developer Focus Groups

Summary of developer perspectives on station area planning in Seattle

To help craft policies that will support transit-oriented development around light rail
stations, the City of Seattle’s consultant team conducted small group interviews over the
course of a day with fifty individuals involved in the design, development, and financing
of new housing, retail spaces, and offices. The interviews helped identify some of the
opportunities and obstacles for more dense, pedestrian-oriented development around
transit stations. While the individuals interviewed were not of one mind, certain themes
emerged about the development potential in station areas and the appropriate direction
of future City policies.