RAINIER BEACH – Last week, Mayor Mike McGinn used Maya’s Mexican Restaurant in Rainier Beach as the setting to announce $1.6 million in business district investments throughout the city, including $263,500 for several in Southeast Seattle.
“I’m excited that the city is investing in the three major business nodes of the Rainier Valley: Columbia City, Rainier Beach and Othello,” said Executive Director of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce Susan Davis. “This funding will help ensure that we can bring business leaders together to maximize the potential of each of these major business areas.”
The south-end neighborhood business districts receiving funds are Beacon Hill ($57,500), Columbia City ($65,000), MLK-Rainier Valley ($76,000) and Rainier Beach ($65,000).
Other neighborhoods receiving funds include Capitol Hill/12th Avenue ($100,000), Chinatown/International District, $168,500), Pioneer Square ($100,000) and University District ($95,000).
The Only in Seattle initiative will also contribute $115,000 this year to support focused investments in Ballard, Georgetown, Madison Valley and South Park.
In addition, $450,000 is going to five neighborhoods for capital improvement projects designed to “enhance the commercial district experience”, including University District, Pioneer Square, Chinatown/International District, Roosevelt and Pike/Pine Corridor – Downtown.
The money will also include nearly $300,000 to continue the Only in Seattle marketing campaigns in 16 neighborhoods and help pay for building appearance improvements in the Chinatown/International District.
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