Seattle council approves big U District upzone

The Seattle City Council’s vote Tuesday paves the way for Seattle’s next high-rise neighborhood.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an upzone that will pave the way for the University District to become Seattle’s next high-rise neighborhood.

In the works for years, the legislation raises maximum heights, allowing buildings to climb to 320 feet on some blocks near a light-rail station opening in 2021.

Mayor Ed Murray and the council are seeking upzones for many Seattle neighborhoods, in an attempt to make developers help create more affordable housing.

The U District upzone was contemplated longer and is more dramatic than those in other areas. It is the first upzone to trigger a new requirement that developers include affordable apartments in their projects or pay to help the city build them elsewhere.

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