Page 1

OTHELLO SQUARE Master Plan AP R IL 2018


Othello Light Rail Station Image: HomeSight


OTHELLO SQUARE Master Plan

Prepared by Weber Thompson April 25, 2018


S ECT IO N NA M E

Community Meeting #3 [Location ?] March 2017 Image credit: Weber Thompson


Contents EXEC UT IVE S UMMA RY Othello Square Background ..............................................................................................2–9 Othello Square Stakeholders..........................................................................................10–11 Partners...................................................................................................................................12–13

VIS IONING Image: Weber Thompson

Visioning Exercise...............................................................................................................16–17 Emerging Schemes............................................................................................................18–27

CONC EPT Concept Development................................................................................................... 30–35

A NA LYS IS Othello History................................................................................................................... 38–41 Othello Location ...............................................................................................................42–43 Site Analysis........................................................................................................................ 44–45 Use Analysis.........................................................................................................................46–47 3D Massing.......................................................................................................................... 48–49 Site Shadow Analysis....................................................................................................... 50–51 Image: Weber Thompson

IMPLEMENTAT ION Master Plan.......................................................................................................................... 54–61 Principles & Guidelines................................................................................................. 64–89

REF ERENC ES References............................................................................................................................92–95

All images courtesy HomeSight except where noted.


Community Meeting #5 Ethiopian Community Center, April 2017 Image: HomeSight


DRA F T 0 3 . 0 8 . 1 8


Othello Square Bringing ideas into form This document reflects over 18 months of work between September 2016 and April 2018 when the Othello Square Governance Committee, together with the Othello Community, established guidelines and criteria to ensure their vision for the Othello Square site was embodied in each phase of implementation. The process is as important as the outcomes, and this document seeks to record the work that has been done so that future phases, stakeholders and new members of the community can each help shape the future of Othello.

Community Meeting #2, New Holly Gathering Hall, November 2016 Image: HomeSight

2


Executive Summary

D

B C

A

M

ar tin

Lu t

he

he

rK

t O S

in

g

Aerial view from the northeast corner of the full site and surrounding context Image: Weber Thompson

St o ll

Jr

W ay

S


The Southeast Economic Opportunity Center Renamed Othello Square Building on past efforts Othello Square began as a grass roots movement where

These ideas are developed from the efforts of many

community members in Othello banded together to

organizations and individuals over the last decade.

influence the future of their neighborhood. The result has

The focus has been to ensure that the future of the

been a rich and inclusive process driven by the community,

neighborhood honors the area's history and serves the

for the community. The goal has been to ensure future

people who call Othello home.

opportunities and access for people of all backgrounds and incomes. The aim is to be inclusive and forward thinking while celebrating diversity and cultural heritage. Othello Square is a cumulative vision for the evolution and development of this site. The vision for the SEOC has expanded into a collection of four properties, named by the community as Othello Square. This Master Plan is meant to illustrate the vision of the Othello Community, and to guide and influence the design of Othello Square.

4

The Othello neighborhood is incredibly culturally rich and diverse. It is home to 40 distinct ethnic communities with at least 120 languages spoken in the neighborhood. The Othello Square Master Plan works to represent this multiplicity of cultures and integrate elements from these cultures into the design.


– Tony To, HomeSight

Hello Othello Signage Image: Gabe Rodriguez

Executive Summary

"If this community doesn't own something, we're going to get pushed out. We have to own real estate. We have to own our own assets. We have to own our own programming. And this is not something that is easy to do. This is, frankly, not something necessarily Seattle is used to, which is marginalized people controlling their own destiny."


Governance Committee Guidance Othello Square seeks to be a culturally-relevant and welcoming place where people in Southeast Seattle and beyond can access opportunities, create connections and contribute to the health of the community. Integrating shared space for cultural organizations and workforce housing will help stabilize communities at risk of displacement and engage diverse residents. An integrated vision for Othello Square creates synergies between education, business development, and community health resources. This integration will ensure that all residents and neighbors have what they need to achieve and maintain health and well-being. The Othello Square Governance Committee has established a mission statement, guiding principles, and values that will influence the design of the site. Othello Square has five main components: Economic Opportunity, Housing, Health & Wellness, Early Childhood Education, and Post Secondary Education.

6


Executive Summary

Mission Statement "The Campus is designed to represent the diverse and international nature of Southeast Seattle, providing a place that serves the whole community with homes, educational and business development opportunities, family-wage jobs, health care, social services support, and a variety of small enterprises at which to shop, eat and play." – Othello Square Governance Committee Mission Statement BUILDING A

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

D

BUILDING B

B

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

C

M

ar tin

A

Lu t

he

in

g

SO

Jr

W ay

t oS

ll he

t

rK

BUILDING C

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

BUILDING D

• HomeSight Homeownership

S

Aerial view from the northeast corner of the full site and surrounding context Image: Weber Thompson

7


Guiding Principles 1. Reflect the history and traditions of the Othello neighborhood as a place that has always been welcoming to all people. 2. Create an iconic campus for the Rainier Valley and the surrounding community as a whole, reflected in architecture that is unique enough to be known and recognized as a distinct building or set of buildings, differing in some way from the architecture that is commonly seen. 3. Consider the design values and traditions of the current cultural communities. 4. Provide opportunities at the site, particularly through art, to reflect the current diverse ethnic groups that make up the community, the current users of the site, and those in the future. 5. Allow for flexibility over time, as community needs change, for the site to be imprinted by different users, people and generations. 6. Create a space at the ground plane to connect Othello Square as a whole, that engages not only Othello Square partners, employees, clients and residents, but also surrounding communities as a whole.

8


Executive Summary

Values 1. Equity: work intentionally to eliminate disparities in health and well-being for the entire community. 2. Community Engagement: authentic engagement that is an inclusive, fair and open process and involves listening to and understanding the unique histories and heritages of the community. 3. Guided by quantitative and qualitative data: data will track and report progress, as well as provide support for promising and evidence-based practices. 4. Innovation: We take risks and learn from failures.

9


Othello Square Stakeholders

STAK EH OL D ER D I AGR A M The diagram on the next page illustrates the breadth of the partners that have come together to shape the Master Plan for Othello Square. The development partners have been identified for each building and will move forward on independent, but coordinated timelines and permitting processes. Each building is a member of a joint agreement called the Governance Committee, which will seek out and facilitate synergies and activation of Othello Square and its management. Throughout the master planning process, the community has been engaged as an invested partner, along with the Governance Committee, to ensure the project reflects the Othello Community.

3D-printed buildings for Community Meeting #5, Ethiopian Community Center, April 2017 Image: Weber Thompson

10


Multicultural Community Center Coalition

LEGEND COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS BUILDING A STAKEHOLDERS BUILDING B STAKEHOLDERS

HomeSight

BUILDING D STAKEHOLDERS

Rainier Beach Action Coalition

BUILDING A

• HOMESIGHT • MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY COALITION • SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE COLLABORATION • POST-SECONDARY EDUCATORS • HOUSING • EDUCATION

National Development Council

International Community Health Services

• HOMESIGHT • BARRIENTOS RYAN

OTHELLO SQUARE MASTER PLAN

Teachers

BUILDING B

• RAINIER VALLEY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL Students

Life Enrichment Group

DEVELOPMENT TEAM:

Post Secondary Education

BUILDING C STAKEHOLDERS

Rental Residents

Executive Summary

Ranier Chamber of Commerce

STEM Paths Innovation Network

Rainier Valley Community • Development Fund

DEVELOPMENT TEAM: • WASHINGTON CHARTER

Othello Neighborhood Association

COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS / PUBLIC

*DOES NOT INCLUDE FULL LIST OF

Othello Station Community Action Team

COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS

SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT

On Board Othello

BUILDING C

Parents

• SOUND CHILD CARE SOLUTIONS • SEATTLE CHILDREN’S ODESSA BROWN CHILDREN’S CLINIC

• HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT TEAM:

Rental Residents

• SPECTRUM

BUILDING D

DEVELOPMENT TEAM: • HOMESIGHT • BARRIENTOS RYAN

Patients

Parents Wellness Practitioners

Young Women Empowered

• HOMEOWNERSHIP

Home Owners

East African Community Services

Community Retail

11


Partners HomeSight HomeSight is a community development corporation

Rainier Valley Community Development Fund (RVCDF)

and longstanding member and representative of the

Rainier Valley Community Development Fund is a self-

Southeast Seattle community. They have worked to

sustaining, community-controlled financial institution

preserve and promote economically and culturally-diverse

with loan products designed to meet the needs of small

communities through affordable homeownership, business

business owners.

development, and community advocacy since 1990.

rvcdf.org

homesightwa.org

barrientos RYAN

STEM Paths Innovation Network (SPIN) The mission of SPIN is to increase student and community

barrientos RYAN is a unique urban real estate development

access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

firm focused on making places, not just building buildings.

(STEM) and build culturally relevant collaboration and

They value a people-focused approach to developing mixed

problem-solving skills that will support underserved

used and multi-family housing by striving to intentionally

youth and communities to succeed in STEM-based fields.

create places where people want to live.

SPIN works to build digital equity by:

barrientosryan.com

1. Building high quality STEM programming

Multicultural Community Coalition (MCC) The Multicultural Community Coalition is a group of eight immigrant, refugee and people of color-serving community organizations in Southeast Seattle.

2. Connecting organizations to capacity building opportunities to increase their ability to offer high quality STEM experiences 3. Advocating to provide more STEM opportunities to girls and scholars of color stempaths.org

12


Executive Summary

Spectrum Development Solutions

Sound Child Care Solutions

Spectrum Development Solutions is a mission-driven real

Sound Child Care Solutions is a young non-profit

estate development and advisory company with a diverse,

organization creating a new way to improve education for

cross-sector focus spanning workforce housing, student

young children. At Sound Child Care Solutions, child care

housing, healthcare, and civic oriented projects. All of

centers have joined together to share the business and

Spectrum’s projects have a strong community focus with

professional development side of child care while each

an emphasis on transit-oriented and environmentally

keeping their own name and community identity.

sustainable development.

soundchild.org

spectrumdevsolutions.com

Seattle Children's Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School's

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic is

academic model is based around a college going culture

an enduring community partner with a dedication to

with high expectations and high support, including

promoting quality pediatric care, family advocacy, health

acceleration and intervention.

collaboration, mentoring and education in a culturally

wa.greendot.org/rvla

relevant context. seattlechildrens.org/contact/odessa-brown

13


Visioning Session, Othello Monthly Stakeholder Meeting HomeSight, November 2017 Image: Weber Thompson


Visioning Exercise Creating a shared vision Synergy happens when ideas come together and build on each other. At the November 2017 On Board Othello work group meeting, the design team facilitated a stakeholder discussion to capture the vision of what Othello Square will embody. A question was posed to the stakeholders –

How do you want the site to embody the spirit of Othello? With strong consensus and a rich discussion, a list of 39 ideas were generated. The group then distilled the ideas into themes and looked at potential tensions or ideas that might be difficult to achieve. From these themes and tension, actionable goals were identified to incorporate into the Master Plan.

Discoveries of the visioning session at the Othello Monthly Stakeholder Meeting, November 2017 Image: Weber Thompson

16


COMMON THEMES

Energy & vibrancy 

Evolving & progressing

Equitable & just

Families

Friendly to all ages 

Welcoming & open & diverse

Sustained 

Wisdom-ness / collective-ness

Representative (history forward thinking)

Health & economic wellness 

Place of pride

Growth

Interaction of diversity of people 

Timeless (meaning across ages) *

Uplifting & optimistic & vibrant

Distinctive

Hub of community activities 

Unity

Inviting 

Inclusive 

Hub

Welcoming 

Entrepreneurial 

Home, family, belonging

Equitable just society 

Growth (self & community)

Love

Celebrates community's history 

Resourceful / bounty

Co-creating space

Multicultural richness 

Unity

Open / diverse 

Ownership* (who)

TENSIONS

Feels like home

Beauty

Hub & Commons

Limitless opportunities 

Seeds of life / growth

History & Future (Old & New)

Uplifting  (inspiring)

Community led

Who's at the table?

Finding your place

Anti-oppression

Energy of this project & connections to

Diverse-ing (past / present / future)

Interdisciplinary

Strength based

Innovation

Adaptive and flexible 

stakeholder vote

Belonging & life-giving

* topic may require additional discussion

Visioning

39 BRAINSTORM RESPONSES

supporting other efforts Safe & Open

Collaborative 

17


Emerging Themes from Visioning Exercise

Brainstorming Session, Weber Thompson, December 2017 Image: Weber Thompson

18


From the collective exercise that helped shift the vision to concept, common themes emerged. Four main themes built upon ideas identified in the exercise – dream, unity, center, crafted – from which the design team assembled images to show how these ideas could take form within Othello Square's open space and buildings.

D R E AM SCHEME

UNI TY SC HE M E

CE N T E R SCHE M E

Visioning

Translating vision into concept

C R A F TED S C H EM E

19


DREAM S C H EME

Dream takes into account vertical elements that represent uplifting, aspirational forms. These include linear structures that have a lightness to them.

ST R E N GT H

U PL IFT IN G T O T H E SK Y

opportunity GR O W T H AN D WE L L NE S S EMPOW E R I N G

natural or structural form P RID E a support framework

20


Visioning Image: Serie Architects, Photographer: Fram Petit

Image: Carolina Diniz and Debora Apsan

Image: The Base Phetkasem Landscape Architects Âť Arsomsilp

Image: Javier Callejas Architecture Photography Image: Natura Futura Arquitectura, photograph – Juan Alberto Andrade Image: !melk Landscape Architecture Urban Design

21


UNITY SC H EME

Unity focuses on elements that evoke a sense of belonging and comfort. Spaces that make everyone feel welcome and provide the right scale to allow small and large groups to gather.

JUST

O WNERS HIP

embrace

EQUITABLE

PL AC E TO G ET HER NEST

inclusion

H OME

relatable

FA M I LY B EL ONG I NG

enclosure 22


Visioning Image: Cookson and McNally

Image: Mirallest Tagliabue, HafenCity

Image: Seksan Design

Image: earthwrights.co.uk

Image: izjones112 (Creative Commons)

Image: Studio on Site (Hiroki Hasegawa) Image: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Co. Ltd

23


CENTER S C H EME

Center draws on natural forms that represent life, and growth. The idea that the site can be restorative to visitors as well as the environment, and that nature is a thread that connects us all.

grow / growth

LI F E A N D N AT U RE

FRESHNESS

CO NNECTED

E COSY ST E M

R E ST O R AT I V E E ST U ARY

freedom F L IG H T ( M IG RATI ON )

24


Visioning Image: floradoragardens.com

Image: Figura Divina

Image: SaffronArt

Escuela de Arquitectura de la Universidad de Talca, Chile / Photo: recity magazine

Image: Philip Jodidio, Tree Houses: Fairy Castles in the Air Image: Buro Sant en Co landschapsarchitectuur - Daktuinen Essent

Image: atelier VILLES & PAYSAGES

25


CRAFTED S C H EME

Crafted speaks to an attention to detail and thoughtfulness in how site elements are assembled. It is rooted in many cultures where everyday objects are celebrated as pieces of art because of the care taken to make them.

representative CO- CR EAT I N G

C R A F T /CR AFTE D

multicultural richness COM MU N I TY MA D E E V IDENCE O F TH E H AN D

reflective I MP R I N T I N G

26


Visioning Image: Gijs De Cock, Freek Dendooven and Jon D'haenens

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Anders Thessing

Image: Ryan Kennihan Image: Dovecot studios Image: El Hieroglyp

27


Community Meeting #6, New Holly Gathering Hall, March 2018 Image: Weber Thompson


29


Concept Development Node, Nest, and Connection As the boundaries of the buildings become more defined, the open space between and around the buildings takes shape. Three distinct ideas were explored to craft the Master Plan concept that will inform the development of the building architecture and the exterior spaces of Othello Square. These three ideas were node, nest, and connection. These concepts were differentiated by exploring the emphasis given to circulation versus gathering spaces. The open space can function as one unified area or a sequence of spaces. The spaces can relate more directly to the adjacent buildings or provide more nuanced areas throughout that create a unified feeling. After further exploring the concepts, the idea of node was selected to investigate further.

30

belonging T HR ES HO L DS

E Q UI TAB L E

MU LT ISCAL E

TA PESTRY

distinctive places ‘ D I V E RS I N G ’


DEFINING NODE Node was chosen because it linked the four parcels of the site with a unified idea. This idea of congruent spaces As a cohesive sequence, the public spaces around and between the four separate buildings will shape the

Concept

embodied the overarching goals for Othello Square.

visitors' experience. The node concept allows for expression of the community's past, present and future and unites the common goals for a supportive, inclusive neighborhood.

31


Node Concept Development Node – A series of smaller, linked exterior spaces, each distinct to specific building functions. APPLIED TO TH E S I TE Node explores a series of related spaces that are knit

in and around the spaces to create a network of trails

together by the flow of circulation on the site as well as

that people move through. The pathways unify the site

character. Nodes act as attraction points across the site,

navigating through, in, and around both nodes and rooms.

sitting at entries, gathering spaces, meeting points, and programmatic elements. Rooms are defined by stepped terraces and traverse the boundary between interior and exterior. Pathways flow

32

Function and use dictate the overall size and hierarchy of the spaces. The pathways lead the users from one area to the next crossing thresholds between the nodes.


C

Concept

A B

D

Note: Building outlines are shown for illustrative purposes only, and do not reflect specific building design.

33


1 – HAND MADE

ITER ATIO N S OF N OD E CO N C E PT

Mechanical manipulation of ropes, threads, fabrics Creates knots, tapestries, woven elements

Node has many different definitions that range from mathematic origins to crafted elements to organically formed and connected things. Pulling from the many definitions when designing each building and the connected site will allow for a

Knots

umbrella of Othello Square.

Weaving

2 – ORGANIC

broader range of meaning to be instilled in each project and tie everything together under the

Tapestry

Forms derived from plants and animals Can be experienced at many scales – micro to macro

Each separate building can embrace an expression of node that is most relevant and authentic for their patrons. The term node can be viewed through many different lenses, each contributing to the fabric of the site. On the following page are examples of a few interpretations

Nerves

of node that represent cultural communities currently in the Othello neighborhood.

Currents

3 – MATHEMATIC Formulas or principles where a curve intersects itself or other curves Relates to orbits and a connection to a larger system

Curves 34

Branching

Orbits

Anchors


JANTAR MANTAR, JAIPUR, INDIA 1734, Astrological Instruments

Image: Weber Thompson 15th Century, Solar Calendar, Abu Mahmud Hamid ibn al-Khidr al-Khujandi

MURAL SEXTANT, AFGHANISTAN Image: Alaexis 5th Century, Observatory for Venus

Image: WikiCommons Fcb981 14th Century, Ancient Beijing Observatory

ARMILLARY SPHERE, BEIJING, CHINA

Image: Daisuke Tashiro YELLOW RIVER, CHINA

CHINESE KNOTS

ROOF WEAVE, POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER, FALE FAKATU'I, TONGA

Image: ProjectManhattan (L), Webridge (R)

EL CARACOL, CHICHEN ITZA, MEXICO

Image: Rosmarie Voegtli GINKGO BRANCHING, TOKYO, JAPAN

BAMBOO NODE

TEXTILES, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

Image: Kente Kumasi Image: WikiCommons Daderot

Concept

PILLOW, HMONG QUILTING, VIETNAM

Image: Daniel Ramirez

Image: Pixabay

Image: Kallgan

35


Community Meeting #3, New Holly Gathering Hall, January 2017 Image: Weber Thompson


History of the Neighborhood The history of Othello is a story of ever changing people,

languages spoken making this one of the most highly

cultures, and languages. While Seattle has been settled

diverse neighborhoods in the country. Rainier Valley

for centuries, the neighborhood of Othello began to

and the Othello neighborhoods specifically reflect this

build its history in the last 150 years. Since then, this

incredibly racial, cultural, and economic diversity on every

neighborhood has been a continuous landing place

street. This diversity has become a beacon.

for immigrant and refugee communities new to the Seattle area. It serves as a mixing pot for numerous small, family owned businesses that range from farms to restaurants to specialty shops. The neighborhood has become an energetic and progressive community binding together long-time residents and new comers through its unique blend of diversity in the city of Seattle.

38

For over 100 years, the Rainier Valley, of which the Othello-Graham area is arguably the heart, has been a landing place for immigrant communities, and an “incubator of small, family-owned businesses, including farms, restaurants and specialty shops.� This photo shows the Hawthorne School graduating class of 1926. Image rights courtesy the Rainier Valley Historical Society

The neighborhood of Othello sits at the heart of the

Italians, Irish, Scottish, and Japanese immigrants were

Rainer Valley zip code of 98118. Across the 23,000 homes

some of the early communities to establish themselves

in this zip code, the 2010 census found 59 different

in the Othello neighborhood in the 1850s. Much of the


Across the 23,000 homes in this zip code, the 2010 census found 59 different languages spoken, making this neighborhood one of the most highly diverse neighborhoods in the country. industry surrounding the neighborhood at this time centered on forestry and farming and were run as small, family businesses. Old-growth forests were cleared as part Analysis

of the forestry industry, roads were built, and Othello built itself around small family-run farms. Since 1850, many groups of immigrants have arrived in Othello. In the early 1900s, another group of Italian and Japanese immigrants settled in the neighborhood. The mid-1900s brought Filipino immigrants and African Americans from the South to Othello. In the 1960s and 1970s with the Vietnam War, many Cambodians, Laotians, and Vietnamese immigrated to the neighborhood. In the last two decades with ongoing conflicts in East Africa, many Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Somali families have arrived in addition to Guatemalans and Mexicans. These new arrivals have continued to reinforce the idea of Othello as a diverse community and an ideal place to start a small business. Throughout the neighborhood, 1936 Rainier Avenue Streetcar

Image: Engineering Department Photographic Negatives, courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives.

39


shops, restaurants, community centers, nonprofits, and small businesses have popped up that reflect the diversity of cultures, languages, and religions that have come to define Othello. Many of Othello’s businesses and nonprofit organizations are community oriented and work to reach across differences. They consciously work to bring together people of different cultures, ages, income levels, and languages rather than cater to a single demographic or selfselected group. Farming dominated the Othello neighborhood for decades after the trees had been logged and homesteads built. While

New Holly Market Garden, 2013 Image: Seattle.gov

farming is not a dominant land use today, the legacy of urban food growing has survived and thrived in P-Patches around the valley. The New Holly Rockery Community Garden and Market Garden sit adjacent to our site. Most gardeners of the 19 plots are from Southeast Asia and live in the New Holly mixed-income housing adjacent to the P-Patch. The New Holly farm stands that are open during the summer bring fresh organic produce to the neighborhood and continue the tradition of farmers working the land of Othello.

1949 photo taken from South Othello Street looking north down Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and Renton Avenue South. Othello Square is indicated in red. Image: Engineering Department Photographic Negatives courtesy, of Seattle Municipal Archives.

40


Analysis 1946 aerial view of Othello Town Center at Othello Street and Empire Way (now Martin Luther King Jr. Way). Othello Square is indicated in red. Image: Pacific Aerial Surveys, Inc., courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives.

41


Othello Location Downtown Seattle

SE AT T L E PUGET SOUND

LAKE WASHINGTON

I-90

I-5

Othello Neighborhood OTHELLO SQUARE

Othello Neighborhood Location

Diagram: Weber Thompson. Image: Google Earth

42

NOT TO SCALE


CH IEF

OTHELLO LINK STATION

SE ALT HT

VAN ASSELT PLAYGROUND

RA

Analysis

IL

S OTHELLO ST

SITE

OTHELLO PLAYGROUND

CH IEF

LEGEND

SE TR AIL

MLK JR WAY S

TH AL

Othello Vicinity

Multifamily Residential Commercial Community Education

NOT TO SCALE

Diagram: Weber Thompson. Image: Google Earth

43


Site Analysis

Othello Square sits at the heart of the Othello neighborhood, at the confluence of multiple modes of transit – light rail, bus, pedestrian, and bicycle pathways. The site is adjacent to multiple green spaces including Othello Park, Chief Sealth Trail, and a community P-Patch. Major pedestrian and vehicular pathways run along South Othello Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way South bordering the north and

Principal arterial Bicycle path Link Light Rail Major pedestrian path

east of the site. Minor pedestrian connections are desired through the

Minor pedestrian path

site to connect the surrounding neighborhood to the Link Light Rail

Bus stop

station and bus stops along the major vehicular streets – South Othello

Light Rail station

Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way South. The nearest bus stops and

Park & open space

Link station directly connect Othello to Renton, Downtown, Columbia

Othello town center

City, Seward Park, Beacon Hill, Rainier Vista, Hillman City, West Seattle,

Project site

the International District, SeaTac, Angle Lake, Sodo, Capitol Hill, and the University of Washington.

44

LEGEND


S MYRTLE ST

KING’S SQUARE

EP

L

CHURCH OF CHRIST OTHELLO LIGHT RAIL STATION OTHELLO NORTH

SAFEWAY

S OTHELLO ST

OTHELLO EAST

SITE

OTHELLO PLAYGROUND

43RD AV S

CENTRAL PARK

MLK JR WAY S

COMMUNITY P-PATCH

Othello Neighborhood Context Diagram

SITE

HOLLY PARK DR

CHIEF SEALTH TRAIL

Analysis

YR TL

KING’S PLAZA

44TH AVE S

37TH AVE S

SM

UNION GOSPEL MISSION YOUTH MINISTRY

LIHI OTHELLO VILLAGE HOMELESS ENCAMPMENT

NOT TO SCALE

Diagram credit: Weber Thompson. Image Credit: Google Earth

45


Use Analysis To define node locations on the site, use diagrams for

the location of a node. Use patterns include movement to

morning, noon, afternoon, evening, and weekend were

destinations across the site, hanging out, eating lunch, play

developed to illustrate where types of activity occur across

for all ages, and larger gatherings at a stage or projection.

the site. Locations of high activity across all hours define

46

6/7 AM

LUNCHTIME

3 PM

6 PM

9 PM

WEEKEND


Analysis

Locations of high activity across all hours define the location of a node.

LEGEND People Nodes Note: Building outlines are shown for illustrative purposes only, and do not reflect specific building design.

47


3D Massing These massing diagrams begin to define how the space is

the sense of space the building encloses. Massing helps to

contained and created across the site. They outline how

explain sun angles on the site (where sun and shade will be

the volume of spaces are beginning to take shape – both

located) and the location of microclimates (smaller areas

interiorly and exteriorly. Massing has a direct impact to

within a general climate zone that have their own unique

the visual impact a building makes from afar. It influences

climate) across the site.

D

B C

M

ar tin

A

Lu t

he

rK

th

in

g

SO

Jr

W ay

S

Aerial view from the northeast corner of the full site and surrounding context Image: Weber Thompson

48

o ell

St


A

C

A

D B

View at the north entry to the site

Image Credit: Weber Thompson

Analysis

View from the north at the entry to the site

Image Credit: Weber Thompson

C

A

B

View from the south, through the P-Patch into the courtyard and to South Othello Street Image: Weber Thompson

49


Site Shadow Analysis 9AM

12 NOON

3PM

S P RI N G E QU I N OX

S U M M E R S O L ST I C E

50

6PM


12 NOON

3PM

6PM

Analysis

9AM

FA L L E QU I N OX

WI N T E R S O L ST I C E

51


Community Meeting #6, New Holly Gathering Hall, March 2018 Image: Weber Thompson


53


Master Plan Through feasibility study and analysis, each parcel has evolved to reflect the anticipated users, project budgets and priorities.

The following diagrams reflect the appropriate detail for early massing of buildings, but will change and evolve as each project is designed and constructed. Each of the major street frontages on South Othello Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way South is activated by retail and commercial building uses and common space, and supports activation of public open space between and around the buildings. Educational uses face into the public open space, as well as South Holly Park Drive in an effort to calm traffic during peak hours of drop off/pick up. The intention is to blur the interior property lines so that Othello Square feels like a cohesive experience, while reflecting the varied uses and site conditions.

54


Othello Light Rail Station S Othello St

C

ing J

K ther

B

yS

A

BUILDING C

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

r Wa

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

39th Ave S

BUILDING B

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

BUILDING D

• HomeSight Homeownership

Implementation

S Holly Park Dr

LEGEND Community Retail

Office

D

Residential Amenity

55


Circulation Activation in and around each building that is part of Othello Square is essential to the success of the larger community goals to create a welcoming, safe and loved place for the community. Pedestrian connections and experience have been prioritized and reinforced by building forms and locations to strengthen the pathways between the residential neighborhoods west and south of the site to the Othello Light Rail station and the numerous other transit connections at the major intersection of South Othello Street and Martin Luther King Jr Way South. The site incorporates significant grade change of ten feet (almost a full story) between the highest point at the southwest and the lowest point at the northeast. It is a priority to ensure equitable and direct building access to all visitors to the site. To achieve this, the main circulation pathway will provide ADA accessibility to all, and will use the grade change to provide opportunities for seating, vegetation and play. Vehicular circulation has been highly considered to reduce traffic congestion, make access to underground parking easy to find, and allow for efficient drop off and pick up from the site by private, rideshare and emergency vehicles.

56


URBAN ENTRANCE TO OFFICE SPACE

Othello Light Rail Station

DIRECT CONNECTION ACROSS COURT S Othello St

ing J

A

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

yS

BUILDING C

r Wa

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

C

K ther

BUILDING B

39th Ave S

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

B

BUILDING D

• HomeSight Homeownership

LEGEND Visual connection

Vehicular circulation

Pedestrian circulation Node

GRADE TRANSITION SUITED FOR: • Tiered Seating • Site Walls • Planting

Implementation

S Holly Park Dr

ENCOURAGE DAILY ACTIVATION OF COURTYARD WITH OFFICE ACCESS

D

Focal points

Critical views

Grade transition

57


Focal Points / Nodes As the site plan has taken shape, the consensus is that the shared courtyard should function as a series of medium to small gathering spaces. The scale and interconnectedness of the spaces will promote and be conducive to formal and informal interactions across parcel lines. The Master Plan lays out the locations and relative sizes of the nodes or outdoor rooms that will support the programmatic elements within each building and collectively for all the users of Othello Square. Focal points are identified as strategic points of interest to draw people into and through the site, as well as to help provide wayfinding elements and points of reference.

58


LOWER COURT: • Accommodates high foot traffic • Relatively flat • Hardscape • Arrival / sense of entry FOCAL POINT AT NE CORNER FOR OTHELLO TRAFFIC • Provide sense of arrival / gateway

Othello Light Rail Station

S Othello St

PROMINENT ENTRY

ing J

A

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

yS

BUILDING C

r Wa

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

C

K ther

BUILDING B

39th Ave S

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

B

BUILDING D

PROVIDE SENSE OF ARRIVAL / GATEWAY

S Holly Park Dr

LEGEND Visual connection

Vehicular circulation

Pedestrian circulation

NATURAL / UNSTRUCTURED PLAY • Incorporate landform • Overhead components • Integrate required fencing into site design to de-emphasize barriers

Node

Focal points

Critical views

Grade transition

OUTDOOR EVENT SPACE: • Focal point • Exterior seating • Relatively flat BUFFERED PLAY • Natural play features • Connects to after-hours access

Implementation

• HomeSight Homeownership

D

UPPER COURT: • Smaller, informal seating • Vegetated / feeling of oasis • Meandering movement • Arrival / sense of entry

59


Visual Connections This diagram highlights the critical views that should be addressed within the design of the site and the architecture. The views should be iconic for the neighborhood, they should be memorable and they should evoke the spirit of Othello. These views should be considered when establishing a hierarchy of architectural languages and when locating and integrating artwork. The site should feel open and welcoming to the public and draw people into the site. Creating visual porosity within the site and into key interior spaces is a priority. These indoor/outdoor connections improve safety on the site, create a more activated outdoor experience and establish a common language for the four distinct buildings within Othello Square.

60


STRONG VISUAL CONNECTION VISUAL CONNECTION

Othello Light Rail Station

S Othello St

ing J

A

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

yS

BUILDING C

r Wa

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

C

K ther

BUILDING B

39th Ave S

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

B

BUILDING D

• HomeSight Homeownership

Implementation

S Holly Park Dr

EXPRESSION OF SITE CHARACTER • Connect area to courtyard through materials / art / lighting

LEGEND Visual connection

Vehicular circulation

Pedestrian circulation Node

Focal points

Critical views

PROVIDE SENSE OF ARRIVAL / GATEWAY VEGETATED THRESHOLD TO COURTYARD STRONG CONNECTION TO COMMUNITY ROOM

D

STRONG VISUAL CONNECTION SITE DESIGN PROTECTS PRIVACY OF OWNERS

Grade transition

61


Community Meeting #6, New Holly Gathering Hall, March 2018 Image: Weber Thompson

62


63


1 G UIDING PR I N C I PL E 1:

Master Plan Implementation:

Reflect the history and traditions of the Othello neighborhood as a place that has always been

Architectural and landscape elements should be human

welcoming to all people.

scaled to help welcome people to the site and emphasize inclusion and belonging. A series of gateways, visual anchors, and thresholds have been identified across the site to draw people in, and create connections through the site, and into the buildings. The gateways and visual anchors should help

M ASTER PL A N GUI D EL I N E S :

to express character and identify this as a unique place in

1. Convey a sense of inclusion and

a longer threshold, or a sequence of spaces which lead

belonging through human scaled

users into the site. Building thresholds should be treated

elements

carefully and emphasize interior/exterior connections, and

2. Emphasize important gateways and visual anchors 3. Avoid gates and fences 4. Incorporate weather coverage whenever possible 5. Create welcoming thresholds at building and site entries

64

the neighborhood. Site gateways should be created using

welcoming entries. Weather coverage should be included whenever possible and especially at building entrances. Covered areas should provide flexibility, allow for planned and spontaneous activity throughout the year, and provide pedestrian comfort. Avoid gates and fences to allow the site to feel welcoming to all people by avoiding physical barriers.


S Othello St

C

ing J

K ther

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

r Wa

BUILDING B

39th Ave S

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

Othello Light Rail Station

BUILDING C

yS

A B

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

BUILDING D

S Holly Park Dr

Implementation

• HomeSight Homeownership

LEGEND Visual Anchors Gateway – Site

D

Threshold – Building Weather Coverage Visual Connections

65


2 GUIDING PR I N C I PL E 2: Create an iconic campus for the Rainier Valley and the surrounding community as a whole, reflected in architecture that is unique enough to be known and recognized as a distinct building or set of buildings, differing in some way from the architecture that is commonly seen.

M ASTER PL A N GUI D EL I N E S : 1. Building facades should be a distinct style 2. Express vibrancy, energy, strength, and timeless multicultural richness through architectural elements 3. Use building color, materials, patterns, and expressive elements for articulation 4. Incorporate elements that convey a sense of uplift, opportunity, or empowerment through vertically oriented elements (consider facades, canopies, rooflines and interior common spaces) 5. Avoid blank walls

66

Master Plan Implementation: The four buildings on the site should reflect the diversity and cultural richness of the surrounding community. Each building should be distinct, but speak to each other to form an interconnected campus. The architectural design should also be distinct from other contemporary Seattle architecture styles, in order to provide a contextual response specific to Othello. To achieve this, color, material, patterns, and architectural and landscape elements should be utilized to express vibrancy, energy, strength, and timeless multicultural richness. Blank walls should be avoided. Artwork should be considered and integrated throughout the site in a variety of locations, sizes, and elements. Along the longer stretches of faรงade, consider including elements that create rhythm and scale for pedestrians and vehicles. The site design should respond to adjacent open spaces to increase the shared amenities. Specifically, the tree canopy should be carried across South Holly Park Drive from the existing P-Patch into the site.


S Othello St

C

ing J

K ther

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

r Wa

BUILDING B

39th Ave S

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

Othello Light Rail Station

BUILDING C

yS

A B

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

BUILDING D

S Holly Park Dr

Implementation

• HomeSight Homeownership

LEGEND Architectural Beacon on Corner

Interior/Exterior Common Spaces with vertically oriented elements Exterior Building Overhang – use vertically oriented elements

D

Building Facade Expression Facade Patterning

Tree Canopy – Landscape vertically oriented elements

67


3 G UIDING PR I N C I PL E 3: Consider the design values and traditions of the current cultural communities.

Master Plan Implementation: The neighborhood of Othello is currently home to more than 50 languages and cultures. The neighborhood is a beacon of cultural and economic diversity. The design should reflect the diversity of the past, present and future communities within the neighborhood. Commonalities of design values and traditions among the diverse cultural communities,

M ASTER PL A N GUI D EL I N E S : 1. Explore form, character and scale from a wide range of architectural styles 2. Explore themes that are universal within highly diverse communities

in addition to unique cultural design elements, should be considered in the design. Opportunities should be explored using texture, pattern and materials. Building forms should also respond to environmental context, buffering sun, wind and rain in functional and beautiful solutions. Utilitarian elements such as light fixtures, doorways and hardware, and paving should exhibit a sense of craft, artistry and uniqueness. In order to provide detail and human-scale to the site, curves, angles and patterning should be considered, along with a degree of ornamentation not commonly seen in contemporary Seattle architecture.

68


KENYA

Implementation

Image: Javier Callejas

SEVERIN, KENYA

Image: Rex Hammock

Image: Bangiga Dhaxe

MENDEFERA, ERITREA

Image: Greg Walters

MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

Image: John Hickey Fray

CHINA

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE

The following pages reflect the wide range of architectural styles that could be drawn from to reflect the cultural communities that reside in Othello.

Image: David Stanley

69


SHANGHAI, CHINA

3

Image: Mass Design Group

HANOI, VIETNAM

Image: Xiquinhosilva

GANDEN SUMTSELING MONASTERY, TIBET

KENYA

Image: Manh Hai

THIEN MU PAGODA, VIETNAM

TAY NINH, VIETNAM

Image: Yong Lu

Image: Xiquinhosilva

70

Image: Xiquinhosilva


CHINA

IMPERIAL PALACE, CHINA

Image: Dan Kaufman / Studio Kaufman

KONSO, ETHIOPIA Image: Jim Bowen

CHINA

Image: Rod Waddington

ROOF, CHINA

MODHERA, SHENZHEN, CHINA

Image: Gauthier Delecroix

Image: Bernard Spragg

Implementation

Image: Jean-Pierre Dalbera

IMPERIAL PALACE, CHINA

CHINA

Image: Gauthier Delecroix

Image: Simón Vélez

71


SEVERIN, KENYA

NEW CALEDONIA, PACIFIC ISLANDS

Image: Neil J. Spicer

Image: David Stanley

ETHIOPIA

ETHIOPIA

KEREN, ERITREA

3

Image: Peter Rich

Image: David Stanley

Image: Andrea Schaffer

ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA

HANOI, VIETNAM

Image: Franny Schertzer

Image: David Stanley

72


PACIFIC ISLANDS

Image: Motivation Australia Image: TurffStuff (flickr)

Implementation

HAWAII

Image: Jun Acullador

MANILA, PHILIPPINES

SAINT MICHAELS ORTHODOX CHURCH, ERITREA

PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE

STEP WELL, RAJASTHAN, INDIA

LA PYRAMIDE, ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST

Image: Weber Thompson Image: Iwan Baan

Image: Iloilo Ward

Image: Clay Gilliland

73


4 GUIDING PR I N C I PL E 4: Provide opportunities at the site, particularly through art, to reflect the current diverse ethnic groups that make up the community, the current users of the site, and those in the future.

Master Plan Implementation: An overarching theme will be recommended by a local arts curator to narrow the focus to a common theme, with final decision to be determined by the Governance Committee of Othello Square. Art and ethnic expression should feel integrated rather than additive. Art and expression should be used to connect the indoor and outdoor common spaces.

M ASTER PL A N GUI D EL I N E S :

While a range of art styles and forms should be encouraged,

1. Incorporate art in permanent and

site specific.

temporary construction elements 2. Provide co-created and collaborative opportunities for artwork 3. Prominently express the story of the campus, the community and the buildings' uses

the collection of art across the site should feel cohesive and

Permanent and temporary art should be incorporated onsite. Art should be incorporated across building and site elements as well as temporary construction elements. Murals, sculpture, and exhibits across the site should have opportunities for collaboration across cultures and generations. Changing exhibits and performance art can be used to bring repeat visitors to the site who are not currently onsite. Light exhibitions, reflective panels, movement or digital projects can help to create opportunities to reflect the community’s diverse ethnic groups and adapt to changing users over time.

74


Othello and Rainier Valley have a strong history of permanent and temporary art in their neighborhoods. A representation of art in the surrounding community shows a cross cut of types (murals, sculpture, building integration, mosaic), sizes (entire walls, framed views, small paintings, collections), materials (paint, tile,

CENTRAL DISTRICT

Image: Weber thompson

Implementation

CAPITOL HILL

chalk, metal, clay) and cultures represented.

Image: Weber Thompson

75


4

RAINIER VALLEY

CENTRAL DISTRICT

L A RG E B UILDIN G MURALS

CENTRAL DISTRICT

Image: Weber Thompson

76

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson


RAINIER VALLEY

L A RG E B UILDIN G MURALS

RAINIER VALLEY

BEACON HILL

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson

Implementation Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson

BEACON HILL

RAINIER VALLEY

RAINIER VALLEY

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson

77


Image: Weber Thompson

BEACON HILL

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson

78

RAINIER VALLEY

F RAME D MURALS

RAINIER BEACH

CENTRAL DISTRICT

4

Image: Weber Thompson


Implementation

Image: Weber Thompson

RAINIER VALLEY

RAINIER BEACH

Image: Weber Thompson

RAINIER VALLEY

RAINIER BEACH

F RAME D MURALS

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson

79


CENTRAL DISTRICT

Image: Weber Thompson

S C U L PTURAL / MOS AIC

CENTRAL DISTRICT

CENTRAL DISTRICT

4

Image: Weber Thompson

80

Image: Weber Thompson

RAINIER VALLEY

Image: Weber Thompson

RAINIER VALLEY

RAINIER VALLEY

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson


Implementation

Image: Weber Thompson

Image: Weber Thompson

RAINIER VALLEY

RAINIER VALLEY

BEACON HILL

I N T E G RAT E D / COLLE CTION

Image: Weber Thompson

81


5 GUIDING PR I N C I PL E 5: Allow for flexibility over time, as community needs change, for the site to be imprinted by different users, people and generations.

Master Plan Implementation: The design should be flexible to respond to events, time, changes in the community, influxes of new cultures, and climate even when they unfold in unpredictable ways. When flexible strategies are adopted, the life cycle of the spaces and buildings lengthen, adapting to transformations over time. Flexibility can be additive, updated, or changing. Flexibility should be

M ASTER PL A N GUI D EL I N E S : 1. Indoor and outdoor spaces should accommodate a variety of uses 2. Consider the past and future in the story conveyed 3. Provide opportunities for users to participate in the evolution of site elements over time

considered at all scales of the design from details to facades. This can be achieved through site furnishings, changing art exhibitions, spaces that can be split and united, among others. Elements that move across the site or that can be shifted to accommodate varying uses should be considered. Building and site details should consider time (history, present, and future) and the introduction of finer grain textures, crafted items, handwork, and allow for community imprinting. Incorporation of art across the site should include site users, visitors, and community members and change over time to reflect the changing makeup of the community. Interior and exterior spaces should have the ability to accommodate a diversity of uses. They should include smaller to medium spaces, and allow for a multiplicity of group sizes, functions, and type. Thoughtful attention should be given to indoor and outdoor relationships.

82


Image: Peter Stamos

ART BENCH, MARYLAND

Image: Elvert Barnes

MULTI-GENERATIONAL BENCH, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

MULTI-GENERATIONAL SEATING, NEW YORK CITY

Image: B. Phelps

Implementation

MOVABLE SEATING, GREELY SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY

Site furnishings with flexible uses and forms should be selected to serve multicultural and multigenerational population visiting the site. Dual use with elements and furnishings should allow for informal play, comfortable seating, human interaction, performance and event planning.

Image: Barrett Doherty

83


5

Image: Gaulthier Delecroix

Image: Michael Davis

CARDS, CHINATOWN, NYC

PLAYING MAHJONG, CHINA

Image: Elvert Barnes

Image: Dwayne Bent

84

CARDS, TIMISOARA PARK, ROMANIA

MAHJONG, SHANDONG, CHINA

CHESS, UNION SQUARE PARK, NYC

Tables for gaming can be integrated into the site to allow for a variety of cultural games to be played on site such as chess, dominos, or Mahjong.

Image: Cernavoda


Designer and Photographer: The West Studio

Designer and Photographer: The West Studio

Implementation

EL CENTRO PLAZA ROBERTO MAESTAS, SEATTLE

Designer and Photographer: The West Studio

EL CENTRO PLAZA ROBERTO MAESTAS, SEATTLE

EL CENTRO PLAZA ROBERTO MAESTAS, SEATTLE

A colorful, multi-use courtyard is activated through art, planting and hardscape. The layering of elements such as lighting and seatwalls serves to make the space feel welcoming.

EL CENTRO PLAZA ROBERTO MAESTAS, SEATTLE

E L C E N T RO P L A Z A RO B E RTO M AE STAS, SE ATTLE

Designer and Photographer: The West Studio

85


A M A ZO N CA M P U S G RA N D P LAZ A, SE ATTLE

COMMUNITY BANANA STAND

FARMERS MARKET

5

Image: Yelp reviewer WarrenC

Image: Cornish College of the Arts

86

PET PARADE

OUTDOOR CONCERTS

Image: Amazon Blog

Image: Kurt Schlosser GeekWire photos

Amazon's campus plaza in South Lake Union provides flexibility for a variety of uses – from food carts and weekly farmers market to concerts and special events.


Image: John Henderson (flickr)

OUTDOOR DANCING

CHESS GAMES

Image: Seattle Parks

Downtown Seattle's Westlake Park also offers many different uses from outdoor dancing in the summer, site specific art exhibits and gathering spaces year round. Implementation

Image: John Duffy (flickr)

TEMPORARY ART

Image: Seattle Parks

SPECIAL EVENTS

BUSKERS

WE ST L AKE PARK, SE ATTLE

Image: John Henderson (flickr)

87


6 G UIDING PR I N C I PL E 6: Create a space at the ground plane to connect Othello Square as a whole, that engages not only Othello Square partners, employees, clients and residents, but also surrounding communities as a whole.

Master Plan Implementation: The design should include a strong pedestrian connection through the site that links South Othello Street to South Holly Park Drive. Within the central, shared courtyard, connections should be made between Building A, B and C as well as to D across the street. These pedestrian connections should be strengthened by visual connections and transparency

M ASTER PL A N GUI D EL I N E S :

between each of the buildings and from each building to

1. Design pedestrian oriented spaces to foster

be identified through an architectural or landscape feature

lively interaction 2. Building entries should be visually prominent 3. Celebrate the connections between buildings as well as between the site and other public spaces 4. Prioritize visual connection and transparency 5. Express and foster wellness, growth, nature, freshness, and restoration 6. Prioritize safety through circulation, lighting, visual connections, and eyes on the street

88

the adjacent streets' right of ways. Building entries should to strengthen wayfinding and safety throughout the site. Pedestrian-scale lighting should be thoughtful, dynamic and incorporated throughout the entire site.


S Othello St

C

ing J

K ther

• Rainier Valley Leadership Academy High School

r Wa

BUILDING B

39th Ave S

• HomeSight Opportunity Center • Multicultural Community Coalition • Residential

in Lu Mart

BUILDING A

Othello Light Rail Station

BUILDING C

yS

A B

• Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic • Sound Child Care Solutions • Residential

BUILDING D

S Holly Park Dr

Implementation

• HomeSight Homeownership

LEGEND Pedestrian Circulation Visual Connections

D

Building Entries Streetscape Lighting Courtyard Lighting

89


Othello Monthly Stakeholder Meeting, HomeSight, April 2017 Image: HomeSight


References Hello Othello

Curbed

The Southeast Seattle community came together in 2014,

A study for mitigating displacement and increasing shared

as On Board Othello, to create, coordinate, and implement

prosperity in Othello / Rainier Beach, was produced by

a shared vision of equitable economic development for the

HomeSight, along with parters Rainier Beach Action

Othello neighborhood.

Coalition and Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County.

helloothello.com/seocseattle

homesightwa.org/curbed

SkillUp Study (2014) – The Case for Creating the Southeast Seattle Economic Opportunity Center

Southeast Economic Opportunity Center Initiative (2017)

The City of Seattle in cooperation with SkillUp Washington,

located at the southwest corner of Martin Luther King Jr

Impact Capital and SouthEast Effective Development

Way South and South Othello Street is a uniquely integrated,

(SEED) examined the feasibility of integrating multicultural

culturally-competent, and welcoming gateway center.

service delivery at a single location accessible along the

Designed to represent the diverse and international nature

light rail line.

of Southeast Seattle, SEOC represents a community where

skillupwa.org/resources/the-case-for-creating-the-se-seattleeconomic-opportunity-center/

The Southeast Economic Opportunity Center (SEOC),

ALL residents and neighbors find homes, educational and business development opportunities, family-wage jobs, health care, social services support, and a variety of small enterprises at which to shop, eat and play. homesightwa.org/community-development/real-estatedevelopment/othellosquare

92


Othello Neighborhood Design Guidelines The Othello Neighborhood Design Guidelines are adaptations of the Seattle city-wide design guidelines. They are put together by community members to define the desirable qualities of architecture, urban design, and public space that make successful projects and communities. seattle.gov/dpd/cs/groups/pan/@pan/documents/web_ informational/dpds021309.pdf

Othello Neighborhood Plan Part of the Seattle Comprehensive Plan Initiative, the Othello Neighborhood Plan works to create a plan for a safe and vibrant town center that supports the economically and culturally diverse community of Othello.

Community Meeting #6, New Holly Gathering Hall, March 2018 Image: Weber Thompson

References

seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/OPCD/Vault/Othello/ OthelloNeighborhoodPlanUpdate.pdf


Community Meeting #3, New Holly Gathering Hall, January 2017 Image credit: Weber Thompson

We are growing. Rainier Valley, 1970

Join our Othello Community at: helloothello.com/othellosquare Image credit: Seattle Municipal Archives

94


oll

ark yP

D

SH

Dr

B

C

A

Ma

rti n

t

Lu th

SO

er

Kin

gJ

rW ay

S

lo

l he

St


h ome s igh t wa.org

Profile for Weber Thompson

Othello square master plan 180425 40mb  

This document reflects over 18 months of work between September 2016 and April 2018 when the Othello Square Governance Committee, together w...

Othello square master plan 180425 40mb  

This document reflects over 18 months of work between September 2016 and April 2018 when the Othello Square Governance Committee, together w...