Friday, April 23, 2010

Partner with the new Public Facilities District on our enclosed space | Seattle Center Foundation

The Seattle Center is looking for good ideas. The effort is connected to the 50th anniversary of the World's Fair.

Please check out "the Buzz" and maybe subscribe (HERE) if you had any heartburn over the Space Needle glass gift shop. Don't be surprised two years from now because you were not paying attention from the word go.

This will be an interesting effort for the Seattle Center. It is a community asset in transition. What is a little strange is that the effort looks like a second run at the Seattle Center Master Plan that the city council accepted over a year ago. Soliciting more ideas now looks like it would compete with that unfunded plan.

You can also submit your ideas, below is a direct link to my suggestion (vote for mine, thanks). From there you can click around to sign up to submit your own on the "Brainstorm Wall".

Partner with the new Public Facilities District on our enclosed space
This past legislative session passed into law SB 6889, the creation of a new Public Facilities District. The State of Washington, King County, and the City of Seattle will appoint a board for the new PFD. That PFD will have resources/funding, and already has shown an ability to get the most out of the Washington State Convention Center.
I think that a limited partnership with the new PFD could leverage their skills with the Seattle Center enclosed spaces to manage a limited number of dates for smaller conventions or medium sized corporate gatherings. In exchange those enclosed spaces could get minor renovations funded by part of the city’s sales tax credit on hotels that is being transferred to the new PFD.
Get the most out of all of the enclosed spaces on the site, and limit the number of enclosed spaces. Getting the most out of what we have could help keep the open spaces open.

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Have a great day,
Mike Baker

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