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U District receives revitalization grant

March 13th, 2012 by master

By Julia Li

A grant from the city of Seattle could help kick-start a new round of revitalization efforts for the U District. The Office of Economic Development awarded the University District Chamber of Commerce a $70,000 grant to help grow the neighborhood’s economic and cultural livelihood. The grant is a slice of $844,000 the city is doling out to nine business districts this year through the Only in Seattle Initiative. According to Seattle’s OED website, the Only in Seattle Initiative “promotes a healthy business environment for business organizations and neighborhood business districts.”

Don Schulze, best known in the neighborhood for his restaurant Shultzy’s, is on the Chamber’s board of directors and is helping to lead the task force. He says the planning process has just begun, and the grant money will help generate structure and organization to get the wheels rolling. Part of the grant money will help create a steering committee of representatives from residential areas, businesses, and the University of Washington. The main idea behind the committee is to get the various U District stakeholders on board with any future development plans.

“We want to make the U District a vibrant neighborhood not just for students, but also for the private sector and university staff,” Schultze says. “We expect to see a lot of growth and urban density.”

Schulze is specifically in charge of the marketing portion of the steering committee. Some of the marketing projects include promotion for events like the U District Street Fair, Ave-venture, and a music festival for local artists. A Festival of Lights is also in the works, in which local businesses would decorate their buildings with white lights. These kinds of events help bring community members together and celebrate U District culture.

In addition to marketing, there will also be committees concerning public safety, urban design, organizational leadership, and retail and business development.

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U District chosen for 'Only in Seattle' campaign

July 27th, 2011 by master

Check out the hidden gems of the University District with the city’s 2011 “Only in Seattle” marketing campaign.

Thirty-six new businesses in eight Seattle neighborhoods will be highlighted throughout the current campaign, which will showcase some of Seattle’s unique independent stores and restaurants. It also encourages people to “buy local” and explore new neighborhoods.

Café Allegro is one of the businesses selected. “We are thrilled that Café Allegro was chosen to be part of Only in Seattle this year,” said Chris Peterson, co-owner of Café Allegro in the University District. “As the first espresso house in Seattle founded in 1975, we have seen a lot of changes and businesses come and go. The past few years have been difficult for small business owners, but businesses in Seattle have been lucky because of the overwhelming support of the community and campaigns like this. Only in Seattle helps guide people to some of the best local gems in the city, but really it is about trying out new stores and restaurants, venturing outside of your own neighborhood and discovering all that Seattle’s local businesses have to offer in your own backyard.”

The participating neighborhoods are the U District, Phinney/Greenwood, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Madison Park and the International District. “The businesses featured in the campaign all deliver one-of-a-kind experiences and range from wine shops to butchers to the home of one of the largest video collections in the world,” from the press release.

The University District will be in the spotlight on the OnlyinSeattle.org website next week. You can also follow Only in Seattle on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

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U District chosen for ‘Only in Seattle’ campaign

July 27th, 2011 by master

Check out the hidden gems of the University District with the city’s 2011 “Only in Seattle” marketing campaign.

Thirty-six new businesses in eight Seattle neighborhoods will be highlighted throughout the current campaign, which will showcase some of Seattle’s unique independent stores and restaurants. It also encourages people to “buy local” and explore new neighborhoods.

Café Allegro is one of the businesses selected. “We are thrilled that Café Allegro was chosen to be part of Only in Seattle this year,” said Chris Peterson, co-owner of Café Allegro in the University District. “As the first espresso house in Seattle founded in 1975, we have seen a lot of changes and businesses come and go. The past few years have been difficult for small business owners, but businesses in Seattle have been lucky because of the overwhelming support of the community and campaigns like this. Only in Seattle helps guide people to some of the best local gems in the city, but really it is about trying out new stores and restaurants, venturing outside of your own neighborhood and discovering all that Seattle’s local businesses have to offer in your own backyard.”

The participating neighborhoods are the U District, Phinney/Greenwood, Queen Anne, South Lake Union, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Madison Park and the International District. “The businesses featured in the campaign all deliver one-of-a-kind experiences and range from wine shops to butchers to the home of one of the largest video collections in the world,” from the press release.

The University District will be in the spotlight on the OnlyinSeattle.org website next week. You can also follow Only in Seattle on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

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