Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area
Alliance for Pioneer Square
BDS Planning & Urban Design facilitated a two-year effort to expand and renew the Pioneer Square Business Improvement Area (BIA). The oldest BIA in Seattle, Pioneer Square’s assessment district had fallen far out of date with the realities of the neighborhood. BDS helped the lead organization, Alliance for Pioneer Square, establish a funding base to match its solid organizational leadership. The effort included outreach to each of the district’s 1,400 business ratepayers to establish and document support from large and small businesses throughout this National Register Historic District that has emerged from a decade of decay and neglect into one of central Seattle’s hottest centers of technology employment and a thriving restaurant scene.