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Record No: CB 120212    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120212
Type: Council Bill (CB) Status: In Committee
Current Controlling Legislative Body Finance and Housing Committee
On agenda: 12/7/2021
Ordinance No:
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to employment in Seattle; requiring employers to provide parking or compensation for parking expenses to construction employees working in Seattle; amending Sections 3.02.125, 3.15.000, and 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and adding a new Chapter 14.35 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
Sponsors: Kshama Sawant
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation, 3. Central Staff Memo
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to employment in Seattle; requiring employers to provide parking or compensation for parking expenses to construction employees working in Seattle; amending Sections 3.02.125, 3.15.000, and 6.208.020 of the Seattle Municipal Code; and adding a new Chapter 14.35 to the Seattle Municipal Code.
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WHEREAS, construction has long been a major economic driver in the Seattle region, employing tens of thousands of skilled trades workers in building in Seattle; and
WHEREAS, before the COVID-19 recession, construction in Seattle was booming and in 2018 Rider Levett Bucknall reported that Seattle was the acclaimed construction crane capital of the United States (US) for three consecutive years and had more cranes than at any point since Rider Levett Bucknall began counting cranes in 2014; and
WHEREAS, as the economy emerges from the worst of the COVID-19 recession, Seattle construction is booming again, and Dodge Data and Analytics reported that Seattle was the eighth top metropolitan area in the US for commercial and apartment building construction starts in the first half of 2021; and
WHEREAS, in June 2021, the Puget Sound Business Journal reported that the top construction projects in Seattle included the Light Rail expansion mega-project, the $1.8 billion Washington State Convention Center Expansion, the $1.15 billion Climate Pledge Arena, along with the $900 million Expedia headquarters project, the $570 million high-rise luxury commercial and residential Rainier Square downtown project, the $455 million Colman Dock rebuild, the $381 million high-rise luxury tower project at 1200 Stewart, the $370 million luxury Ovation Towers on First Hill, the $317 million Martin Selig Real Estate project at Third and Lenora downtown, and the $187 million luxury condominium Spire highrise in downtown Seattle; and
WHEREAS, Seattle's construction surge is only powered by the ski...

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