Mayor Harrell expands ‘Seattle Restored’ program with plans to fill 45 vacant storefronts

Aug 1, 2022, 11:52 AM | Updated: Aug 4, 2022, 4:34 pm
Aerial view of downtown Seattle. (KIRO 7)...
Aerial view of downtown Seattle. (KIRO 7)
(KIRO 7)

Together with the Seattle Office of Economic Development, Mayor Bruce Harrell has announced plans to expand the “Seattle Restored” economic recovery plan, which matches small business owners with vacant storefronts throughout the city.

OED initially launched the program in December 2021 with 30 commercial properties in downtown Seattle neighborhoods.

Now, an additional 45 vacant storefronts throughout Seattle’s downtown neighborhoods will soon be occupied by local entrepreneurs, artists and manufacturers.

“The expansion of the Seattle Restored program across the city and beyond the downtown core means more neighborhoods, business districts, and communities benefit from a boost in engagement and activity,” said Harrell. “Activating formerly vacant spaces with opportunities for small businesses, local artists, and new entrepreneurs is how we can re-energize our Seattle economy, improve public safety, and drive equity — all at the same time.”

A total of 15 out of the 30 current Seattle Restored participant leases will also be extended for an additional six months due to landlord interest in continuing with the program.

The program provides participants with $2,500 to help support their businesses and participants are charged no additional lease or utility costs.

Applications for the 45 new commercial storefronts are due Aug. 26.

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Mayor Harrell expands ‘Seattle Restored’ program with plans to fill 45 vacant storefronts