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

We want to hear your ideas on what we should consider for development on this site. Click the link below to answer a short questionnaire.

Once we complete the survey, we will report back on what we hear.

Potential temporary use: Tiny house village

While we prepare for development on the site, we are in talks to lease the property to the City of Seattle through early 2024 for use as a temporary tiny house village for people who are currently living unsheltered outside. Homelessness is a critical issue facing our region, which has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.