23rd Avenue Business Stabilization Fund: A Change in Seattle's Policy?
On February 22, 2016, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced the City of Seattle would provide $650,000 in funds as well as tax deferrals for businesses affected by roadwork on a 1.5-mile stretch of 23rd Avenue. Businesses on 23rd Avenue complained after the City undertook extensive street improvements, with a one-mile section of 23rd Avenue completely closed to northbound traffic. The City had previously refused assistance to local businesses, citing a policy against providing mitigation funds for City construction projects and restraints imposed by the Washington Constitution.
An article by TMW attorney Brad Doll examines the City’s 23rd Avenue Business Stabilization Fund in the context of other recent City efforts to mitigate impacts on businesses affected by City construction. For more information, contact Brad Doll at firstname.lastname@example.org.