Seattle Vacant Storefront Legislation

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement regarding legislation that allows more flexibility in permitted uses for empty downtown storefronts moving out of the Seattle City Council’s Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee.  

“The downtown core is Seattle’s economic engine and heartbeat, and it’s up to us to help it come back better than ever for all those who live, work, or visit. This newly passed legislation is what we need as we build back better, and work to revitalize our city.   

“The COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting economic crisis has be so difficult on our business, and downtown community. This legislation will give flexibility for our businesses, artists, and other organizations to utilize our empty storefronts for several new options.  

“We want to activate downtown, increase foot traffic, and revitalize our downtown corridor. I appreciate the Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee for quickly moving on this legislation, and supporting my vision to help downtown businesses recover.”