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01/11/2016

Chamber hails exceptional community benefits in Amazon’s Block 21 alley vacation agreement

SEATTLE – The Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Seattle City Council’s approval of a street alley vacation that will create unprecedented public access, amenities, and improvement. Today’s decision enables Amazon’s Block 21 proposal in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood to move forward.

Maud Daudon, president and CEO of the Chamber, said, “We believe that the proposal will have a transformational effect on the development of a livable and sustainable community.

Through this agreement, Amazon—the city’s largest private employer—has set a higher standard for making sure the benefits of economic prosperity are widely enjoyed. The business community does best when the whole community is healthy, and the public benefits in Amazon’s Block 21 project exemplify this concept.&rdquo

She added, “Given the lengthy process, extensive community outreach, and the absolute adherence of this proposal to city law and policy, it’s hard to imagine why the decision on this alley vacation was deferred to 2016. We appreciate that a majority of the Council approved this proposal, which will significantly enhance Seattle’s downtown core.”

Last week, the Chamber joined with Cascade Bicycle Club, local design firm Weber Thompson, and Bell Street Corridor advocate John Pehrson to send a letter of support for the alley vacation to Council.

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The Seattle Metropolitan (Seattle Metro) Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most diverse network of influential business leaders in the Puget Sound region. Founded in 1882 by local business leaders, the Chamber today is an independent organization of 2,300 businesses representing a regional workforce of approximately 700,000 people. For more information, visit www.seattlechamber.com

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