Transit-oriented development
Boosting ridership and creating vibrant neighborhoods within walking distance to transit

U-District

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, about two blocks from U District Station, which we used during Northgate Link light rail construction.

Now we’re making this property near the core of the U District available for transit-oriented development, which could include housing, retail, office and/or community space.

Project updates

In 2021, we worked to learn more about the community’s aspirations for TOD near our new U District station, and we heard strong support for maximizing affordable housing for families and individuals in this high opportunity neighborhood in very close proximity to the station. 

You can read the public feedback we gathered throughout our engagement process in our Community Engagement Report (see the Documents section on this page for summaries in four languages).

Ongoing work

We’re preparing a development strategy and goals for the project and collaborating with the Seattle Office of Housing to explore potential affordable housing outcomes. We’re also coordinating with the city to see if we can reconfigure the alley that runs through the site to create one building footprint and increase the site’s development capacity.

The Sound Transit Board of Directors has not yet made a determination as to the future use of the site. We expect the Board will provide direction on the strategy and goals for the project in Fall 2022. 

Following this action, we’ll select a development partner or partners using a competitive bidding process (request for proposals, or 'RFP').

Upcoming milestones*

  • Spring/Summer 2022 – partner with Seattle Office of Housing on development outcomes
  • Fall 2022 – receive policy direction from the Sound Transit Board on development strategy
  • Winter 2023 – release Request for Proposals
  • Winter/Spring 2023 – select and begin negotiations with top-ranked proposal(s)

* Note: Milestone dates are subject to change

Project facts

  • Size: Approximately 18,000 square feet, or about the size of six tennis courts
  • Opening date: To be determined
  • Construction start: 2025 (target)
  • Affordability: To be determined

Temporary use: Tiny home village

While we prepare for permanent development on the U District TOD site, Sound Transit has leased the property to the City of Seattle at no cost for use as a temporary tiny house village. The one-year lease term can be extended through 2024.

The village provides 36 furnished residential units and houses up to 65 people experiencing homelessness. Rosie’s Tiny Home Village is managed by the City of Seattle and operated by the Low Income Housing Institute. A community advisory committee supports the success of the village. Contact Erica Henry at LIHI to get involved.