Record No: Res 31766    Version: 1 Council Bill No:
Type: Resolution (Res) Status: Adopted
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/2/2017
Ordinance No:
Title: A RESOLUTION creating an Arts & Cultural District in the Uptown neighborhood of Seattle.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff memo, 3. Affidavit of Publication
RESOLUTION _________________

A RESOLUTION creating an Arts & Cultural District in the Uptown neighborhood of Seattle.
WHEREAS, Resolution 31555 created a city-wide program of Arts & Cultural Districts, to be managed by the Office of Arts & Culture; and
WHEREAS, the Seattle Comprehensive Plan calls for the support of Arts & Cultural Districts as a means to "support arts and cultural uses and the economic benefits they provide," and encourages The City of Seattle (City) to "allow regulations and incentives to be adopted specifically for designated cultural districts," and to "allow adopted guidelines or regulations to modify, exempt, or supersede the standards of the underlying zone to encourage arts and cultural uses;" and
WHEREAS, the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study reported that Seattle's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $448,000,000 in annual economic activity, $248,000,000 in household income, $38,000,000 in local and state government revenues, and 10,807 full-time equivalent jobs; and
WHEREAS, arts- and entertainment-related businesses and organizations add cultural and economic diversity to a city, enhance the lives of the city's residents and visitors, and positively impact the city's economy by generating jobs and revenue; and
WHEREAS, the Uptown neighborhood is already one of the most culturally rich and dense areas of Seattle. It is home to some of the region's largest cultural institutions, as well as being fertile ground for emerging small arts organizations. Within a one-mile walk of the Space Needle a Seattleite can take advantage of over 60 cultural spaces - art galleries, museums, studios, theaters, cinemas, clubs, bookstores, music venues, and art, music, and culturally-oriented community events; and
WHEREAS, the City wishes to recognize and protect its arts-rich areas from the displacement that the twin successes of growth and new development often bring; and
WHEREAS Uptown has been home to some of t...

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