Sound Transit Extension
What is the West Seattle Ballard Link Extension?
Sound Transit is currently working on the West Seattle Ballard Link Extension. They have decided that a whole new link station must be created in the Chinatown-International District as part of this route. The CID community is concerned with the placement of this new link station and how it will effect our small businesses. There are 5 potential locations up for discussion, 2 on 4th Ave S and 3 on or near 5th ave S.
Why does it matter to us?
All options will cause road closures and impact to the CID in a significant way. However, the 5th Ave S options will close or displace up to 19 local businesses. The construction in this area will seriously impact the entire neighborhood.
The 4th Ave S will cause road closures and displace only 5-8 businesses. We believe the 4th Ave shallow station will cause the least amount of harm to our historic buildings and community.
Some of our fave businesses at risk on 5th:
- Fuji Bakery
- Seattle’s Best Tea
- A+ Hong Kong Kitchen
- Chun Chun Rice Dog
- International Model Toys
- Milkie Milkie
The final decision about here the tunnel & station will be located has not been decided yet. Update: The Sound Transit board will make a decision by June 2022.
Want to learn more?
The Historic South Downtown is a great resource for learning more on how the extension will impact the CID neighborhood and has great summaries on the Sound Transit Draft EIS plans. Check it out here: www.historicsouthdowntown.org/advocacy