Mayor Ed Murray recently announced a $1.4 million investment in 24 Seattle, neighborhoods as part of the Only in Seattle initiative, including more than $359,000 for several South Seattle business communities.
The MLK/Othello area is the biggest south-end winner with $15,000 for an electronic kiosk and $135,600 for:
- Business and retail development (supporting businesses, attracting new businesses)
- Marketing and promotion (events, social media, district advertising)
- Cleanliness and safety (graffiti removal, garbage pick-up, lighting)
- Streetscape and appearance (catalytic development projects, façade, public art)
- Business organization development to sustain the effort, including the creation of a Business Improvement Area (BIA) or exploration to form one
“We’re extremely excited to have received an Only in Seattle award from the City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development to continue the work we’re doing along the Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. business district and in the Othello neighborhood,” said Tony To, Executive Director, HomeSight. “Two coalitions we support, Martin Luther King Business Association and On Board Othello are both working on some inspiring projects to cultivate and celebrate all that makes Othello such a wonderful neighborhood.”
Other South Seattle neighborhoods receiving Only in Seattle grants include:
- Beacon Hill, $37,000
- Georgetown, $15,000
- Hillman City, $15,000
- Mount Baker, $35,000
- Rainier Beach, $69,000
Beacon Hill will also receive $10,000 so the Seattle Department of Transportation can install “Welcome to Beacon Hill” signage throughout the neighborhood.
In addition, five Seattle neighborhoods — including Mt. Baker and Rainier Beach — will receive support from the Office of Arts & Culture to “consult on cultural placemaking activities in the business district.”
Finally, through the partnership with the Department of Neighborhoods, neighborhood business districts are receiving support from Community Liaisons – bi-lingual, bi-cultural outreach specialists – to offer technical assistance and problem solving for businesses of color in their districts. Five neighborhoods will receive support to the tune of $28,000 and participate in a training cohort to develop tools and identify resources to build equity in their work plan, including MLK/Othello, Mt. Baker, Rainier Beach, Central Area and Chinatown/International District/Little Saigon.
Rainier Valley Haiku by Artist Roger Shimomura — a 13-foot-tall sculpture of stacked objects that stimulates public interpretations about immigrant culture in America — sits on MLK Jr. Way at Myrtle Street in the Othello business district. Photo/GO: South Seattle