In recent weeks local media and eager residents alike have been buzzing about the possibility of one day covering Interstate 5 with an urban park. The concept is not as impossible or improbable as it might seem as similar accomplishments can be found in Dallas and other cities through the US. In fact, Seattle’s own Freeway Park is our very own example right here at home. Editorial contributor Clair Enlow explores the potential for such a “lidding” remedy designed to reconnect Capitol Hill with downtown Seattle while providing an urban greenspace and sheltering nearby residents from the noise of an active interstate freeway.
“If any measure of this initiative was to take shape, it would be like living alongside Central Park,” said Dean Jones, President and CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty. “Not only would it be a significant amenity for our residents at NEXUS but it would certainly bode well for their investments. Time will tell.”
Jones recalls local residents and developers coming together on a similar project back in 2000 when his firm helped raise $250,000 with presale buyers at the Concord, a new condominium tower he developed in Belltown. At the time the fundraising was to help The Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park adjacent Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront.
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