Transit-oriented development

Boosting ridership and creating vibrant neighborhoods within walking distance to transit


Map of the Transit Oriented Development area near U District Station

Sound Transit owns a property at 1000 NE 45th Street in Seattle's U District, approximately two blocks from the U District Link station (opening in October 2021). At 18,000 square feet, the property is about the size of six tennis courts, and was used during construction of our light rail extension to Northgate. Located near the core of the U District, we plan to make this property available for transit-oriented development, which could include housing, retail, office, and/or community space.

We will be working through early 2024 to prepare for development on the property. We will provide opportunities for you to share your ideas on what the site should become, and your feedback will help us prioritize goals for development on this property. This will inform our process to select a developer.

Share your ideas and feedback

Thanks to everyone who participated in our June 2021 survey about what we should consider for development on this site. Once we have analyzed the results, we will report back on what we heard.

Temporary use: Tiny home village

While we prepare for permanent development on the U District TOD site, Sound Transit will be leasing it at no cost for a temporary tiny home village. Rosie's Tiny Home Village will be managed by the City of Seattle and operated by the Low Income Housing Institute. It will provide 36 furnished residential units and house up to 65 people experiencing homelessness. The lease has a term of one year with the option to be extended through 2024.