Mayor Ed Murray today announced the formation of a new office responsible for the planning and management of the capital projects included in the redevelopment of Seattle’s central waterfront, underscored his ongoing commitment to several partnerships critical to the redevelopment effort, and reiterated the City’s commitment to moving forward on the reconstruction of the Seawall.
Jared Smith, whose hire Murray announced in December, will serve as Program Director of the Office of the Waterfront. The Office will bring together under one management structure staff from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Department of Planning and Development, the Seattle Parks Department, Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light. The main divisions under the Office include:
- Urban Design, Partnerships & Public Engagement,
- Project Management, Project Delivery & Engineering,
- Programmatic/Special Projects,
- Partnership Agreements, and under the co-leadership of the Director of SDOT,
- Seawall Project
“The new Office of the Waterfront brings an unprecedented level of focus, expertise and commitment to reimagining what our central waterfront can be, and to the management and delivery of the complicated series of projects necessary to make that vision a reality,” said Mayor Murray. “This is a needed reform, it’s an overdue reform, and it’s a game-changing reform that will enable the City to deliver the program efficiently and effectively.” [Read more…]