Transit-Oriented Development Catches on as Cities Need to Boost Ridership And Housing Supply

When a new station is built by the Seattle transit agency, they try to be as efficient with space as possible. After the Lake Station was built, 33,500 square feet had been left over.

According to Smart Cities Drive, “We’ve really been thoughtful about how we design our stations so that land that we might need for, say, construction staging, we use afterward for transit-oriented development,” explained Thatcher Imboden, director of land use planning and development at Sound Transit.

With this extra space, Mercy Housing Northwest will develop the transit-oriented development with at least 85 affordable housing units.

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