10th Ave S Hillclimb to link Yesler, Little Saigon
Community members break ground on Hillclimb construction
SEATTLE — June 23, 2014 — Seattle Housing Authority today celebrated a ceremonial groundbreaking for the city’s newest hillclimb. It will connect Yesler Terrace with Little Saigon and the International District. The new pedestrian pathway along the 10th Avenue South right of way will include a staircase, access ramps and a gathering plaza with expansive territorial views. Construction is expected to be completed in summer 2015.
Seattle Housing Authority Executive Director Andrew Lofton
“The 10th Ave S Hillclimb will create a convenient pedestrian connection between Yesler Terrace, Little Saigon and the International District. Where once there was a steep bramble-choked hillside dividing these neighborhoods soon there will be a pathway opening access to shopping, restaurants and transportation options, creating an even more vibrant community,” said Andrew Lofton, executive director of the Seattle Housing Authority. “With the community’s input and generous support, we can build something that will truly draw us closer together.”
The Hillclimb received financial assistance from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the City of Seattle.
Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorganChase & Co.
“We are proud to support the Seattle Housing Authority and the Hillclimb, which is consistent with our mission of bringing people and communities together,” said Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co. “This Hillclimb will become a neighborhood asset for decades to come, and help create a stronger community.”
Seattle Housing worked with community groups including the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority and with residents of the Yesler Terrace and Little Saigon neighborhoods to design the Hillclimb with 24-hour lighting, a gathering plaza, accessible ramps, vibrant artwork and open sight lines. Additional features may include spaces for community gardening in the future.
Groundbreaking Participants (L to R): Richard Olson, Seattle Housing; Jack Peters, HUD; Tam Nguyen, Friends of Little Saigon; Andrew Lofton, Seattle Housing Exec. Dir.; City Council Member Sally Clark; Phyllis Campbell, Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co., City Council Member Tom Rasmussen; Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim; Chuck Weinstock, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Lofton, Campbell, Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, City Council Members Sally Clark and Tom Rasmussen, HUD representatives and representatives of the International District and Little Saigon communities.