Office of Economic Development South Lake Union Records, 1998-2001

Overview of the Collection

Seattle (Wash.). Office of Economic Development; Torgelson, Nathan
Office of Economic Development South Lake Union Records
1998-2001 (inclusive)
1.2 cubic feet, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Records relating to the sale and development of City-owned parcels in South Lake Union.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of Economic Development (OED) was created in 1972 as part of the Department of Community Development to provide information to businesses expanding or relocating in Seattle. Its main efforts consisted of business development and capital investment, business assistance and advisory services, business liaison, special projects, and research.

In 1992 the City Council reorganized the functions of the Department of Community Development and established the Economic Development Transition Project. This project was assigned responsibility to contract for services to manage the City's business loan programs and to develop and recommend a strategy for the City's economic development programs.

OED was reorganized into the Executive Department in 1993. Its assigned functions included coordination of programs and policies related to the support of a diversified economy, livable wage jobs, access to education, job training and self-employment opportunities, and increased capacity for local neighborhood revitalization. OED administered the City's business loan programs, including loans funded by Urban Development Action Grants, the Neighborhood Business Development Loan Program, Washington State Development Loan Funds, the Seattle Small Business Lenders Association, and Community Development Block Grants.

The Office negotiated and administered contracts with organizations engaged in the provision of economic development services. Additional functions included the implementation of Community Development Block Grant contracts, as well as administration of federal, state, and local grants such as Central Seattle Neighborhood Special Purpose Grants, Economic Development Administration Planning Grants, the Southeast Opportunity Fund, and the Southeast Good Neighbor Fund. OED provided staff support to the City's Industrial Development Corporation, which issued industrial revenue bonds to provide low-interest financing for private business investment in Seattle. The Office also assumed responsibility for staffing the Mayor's Small Business Task Force and administering certain contracts. The director was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The South Lake Union Records contain reports, correspondence, and memoranda on the sale and development of City-owned parcels in the South Lake Union neighborhood and background on neighborhood planning efforts. The sale was a result of the South Lake Union Neighborhood Plan, approved by the City Council in 1999. The three objectives of the Plan were to develop South Lake Union Park, improve transportation in the South Lake Union area, and redevelop the City's holdings in the area. The Plan urged the City to encourage redevelopment of its property in a way that would enhance the overall neighborhood and complement the development of the Park. The records document the City's request for proposals for redevelopment of its property and the development of the purchase and sale agreement with City Investors, Inc. (Vulcan Northwest). The neighborhood planning files reflect the work of Nathan Torgelson, Manager of Neighborhood and Community Development at OED. Files also reflect planning for South Lake Union Park and the siting of the Maritime Heritage Center.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], South Lake Union Records, Record Series 2105-02. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Neighborhood Plan 2000
1 2 Neighborhood Plan - including approval and adoption matrix 1999-2000
1 3 Neighborhood Plan - includes parking 1999
1 4 Neighborhood plan - parking and transportation 1998-1999
1 5 Financial issues 1998-2000
1 6 Surplus Properties 2001
1 7 Urban Design - Makers / Heartland 1999-2000
2 1 Purchase and Sale Agreement 1998-2000
2 2 Naval Reserve Building 1999
2 3 Burke Museum 1999
2 4 Maritime Heritage Center 2000
2 5 Maritime Heritage Center 1998-1999
2 6 Nordic Heritage Museum 1998-2000
2 7 Maritime Heritage Center 1999-2000
2 8 Mercer Portal Landscape Project 2000
2 9 Maps 1999-2001
3 1 Appraisal summary 2000
3 2 Council consultant reports 2000-2001
3 3 Arts Activity 2001
3 4 Housing 2000-2001
3 5 South Lake Union Friends and Neighbors - SLUFAN 2000
3 6 South Lake Union Planning Committee - SLUP.Com 2001
3 7 Public objectives matrix and lists 2001
3 8 Request for Qualifications for for Disposal and Redevelopment of Surplus Properties 2000
3 9 Request for Qualifications ( RFQ ) Responses and Communication 2000
3 10 Request for Qualifications ( RFQ ) - Vulcan Proposal 2000
3 11 Public Private Partnership Review Panel ( P4 ) - Communications 2000-2001
3 12 Public Private Partnership Review Panel ( P4 ) - Report June 13 2001
3 13 Public Private Partnership Review Panel ( P4 ) - Protocol May 8 2001
3 14 Public Private Partnership Review Panel ( P4 ) - Protocol June 19 2001
3 15 Purchase and Sale Agreement - Background 2001
3 16 Purchase and Sale Agreement - Exhibits 2001
3 17 Purchase and Sale Agreement - Fact Sheet 2001
3 18 Purchase and Sale Agreement - Legislation 2001
3 19 Purchase and Sale Agreement - Press Releases 2001
3 20 Purchase and Sale Agreement - Proceeds Framework 2001
3 21 Purchase and Sale Agreement - South Lake Union and South Lake Union Park - Resolutions 30080 and 30206 1999-2000
3 22 Zoning - Maximum Height 2000-2001
3 23 Transportation summaries 2001

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • City planning
  • Economic development--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Neighborhood planning--Washington (State)--Seattle

Corporate Names

  • Seattle (Wash.). Office of Economic Development
  • Vulcan Northwest

Geographical Names

  • Seattle
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • South Lake Union (Seattle, Wash.)