Economic Prosperity and Affordability

The term Economic Prosperity and Housing Affordability focuses on:

  • Anticipating gentrification and planning to prevent involuntary displacement.
  • Identifying projects and opportunities to revitalize the Skyway Business District and ensuring residents can access the business district in a car, bus, bike or on foot.
  • Identifying strategies to stabilize the average home price in the community for lower- and moderate-income families.

Goals and Objectives that improve the economic prosperity and affordability for the community

  • Create residential ownership models.
  • Advocate for affordable housing options for all income levels.
  • Improve employment opportunities for residents in their community.
  • Revitalize the Skyway/West Hill Business District.
  • Increase the commercial tax base to stabilize services such as the King County Fire Department District 20.

Make your voice heard

  1. In each of the three sections below, please select the three projects that you think are the most important and should be done first.
  2. Then, when you’ve read through all of the projects, go back through and select your favorite two out of all of the projects on this page.

We’ll use the valuable feedback that you give us to help drive the campaign forward, and help build Skyway/West Hill.

Improvements to Skyway West Hill Business District

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Landscape the street and sidewalk; do a facelift of unattractive, old and plain building facades in Skyway Business District.

A. Landscape the street and sidewalk; do a facelift of unattractive, old and plain building facades in Skyway Business District.

 B. Develop the 'empty-space' areas between commercial buildings into mini- public plazas or green spaces.

B. Develop the 'empty-space' areas between commercial buildings into mini- public plazas or green spaces.

 C. Ensure that future development or redevelopment of commercial buildings within the Skyway Business District will be built directly along the sidewalks.

C. Ensure that future development or redevelopment of commercial buildings within the Skyway Business District will be built directly along the sidewalks.

 D. Plan that new development should provide a mix of uses with retail or office space on the ground floor and residential units above.

D. Plan that new development should provide a mix of uses with retail or office space on the ground floor and residential units above.

 E. Purchase and maintain litter bins for the business district.

E. Purchase and maintain litter bins for the business district.

 F. Other

F. Other

Business District Access

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Parking areas for new and redeveloped commercial buildings should be located in the rear or side of the buildings, under buildings, or in shared facilities and not along Renton Avenue.

A. Parking areas for new and redeveloped commercial buildings should be located in the rear or side of the buildings, under buildings, or in shared facilities and not along Renton Avenue.

 B. Reconfigure existing entrances to parking lots within the Skyway Business District to have formal landscaping, pavement markings and/or signs.

B. Reconfigure existing entrances to parking lots within the Skyway Business District to have formal landscaping, pavement markings and/or signs.

 C. Clearly post reduced-speed signs at entrances to the business district to calm vehicular traffic.

C. Clearly post reduced-speed signs at entrances to the business district to calm vehicular traffic.

 D. Increase or improve transit facilities (such as bus stops) in the business district.

D. Increase or improve transit facilities (such as bus stops) in the business district.

 E. Seek methods to improve the flow of vehicle traffic along Renton Avenue in and around the business areas.

E. Seek methods to improve the flow of vehicle traffic along Renton Avenue in and around the business areas.

 F. Remove physical barriers such as fences and invasive vegetation between commercial properties and Skyway Park.

F. Remove physical barriers such as fences and invasive vegetation between commercial properties and Skyway Park.

 G. Create a pedestrian-friendly environment with continuous sidewalks throughout the business district, including an upgraded traffic signal system and pedestrian-operated walk lights.

G. Create a pedestrian-friendly environment with continuous sidewalks throughout the business district, including an upgraded traffic signal system and pedestrian-operated walk lights.

 H. Other

H. Other

Business District Revitalization

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Develop a business improvement study to identify specific steps to business district economic revitalization.

A. Develop a business improvement study to identify specific steps to business district economic revitalization.

 B. Build kiosks and signage along Renton Avenue that promote community awareness and local businesses.

B. Build kiosks and signage along Renton Avenue that promote community awareness and local businesses.

 C. Launch a 'shop local' campaign.

C. Launch a 'shop local' campaign.

 D. Launch a 'local jobs' campaign.

D. Launch a 'local jobs' campaign.

 E. Develop a 'local ownership' business incubation site and microenterprise clinics.

E. Develop a 'local ownership' business incubation site and microenterprise clinics.

 F. Seek methods to increase transit (bus) service to the Skyway Business District.

F. Seek methods to increase transit (bus) service to the Skyway Business District.

 G. Other

G. Other

Housing Creation

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Conduct a housing needs assessment specifically for the Skyway/West Hill community.

A. Conduct a housing needs assessment specifically for the Skyway/West Hill community.

 B. Develop housing close to public transportation, recreational and/or retail services for fixed- income elderly residents.

B. Develop housing close to public transportation, recreational and/or retail services for fixed- income elderly residents.

 C. Identify redevelopment opportunities, properties and funding to maintain and increase affordable housing units.

C. Identify redevelopment opportunities, properties and funding to maintain and increase affordable housing units.

 D. Use cost-reducing housing development strategies to create and preserve affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households.

D. Use cost-reducing housing development strategies to create and preserve affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households.

 E. Identify housing policies that help people with multiple housing barriers (such as evictions, criminal histories, large families) to secure safe, affordable housing.

E. Identify housing policies that help people with multiple housing barriers (such as evictions, criminal histories, large families) to secure safe, affordable housing.

 F. Encourage new housing types that provide affordable ownership opportunities.

F. Encourage new housing types that provide affordable ownership opportunities.

 G. Other

G. Other

Housing Resources

Projects identified in previous plans and community discussions include:

 A. Work with financial institutions and other housing agencies to expand affordable housing resources.

A. Work with financial institutions and other housing agencies to expand affordable housing resources.

 B. Educate the community on housing issues and help people find or keep their homes, such as revolving loan fund, reverse mortgage program, community based repair programs.

B. Educate the community on housing issues and help people find or keep their homes, such as revolving loan fund, reverse mortgage program, community based repair programs.

 C. Campaign for direct assistance to help homebuyers such as down payment assistance, mortgage default and foreclosure counseling.

C. Campaign for direct assistance to help homebuyers such as down payment assistance, mortgage default and foreclosure counseling.

 D. Campaign for direct assistance to help renters such as rental assistance, landlord tenant disputes, or fair rental contracts.

D. Campaign for direct assistance to help renters such as rental assistance, landlord tenant disputes, or fair rental contracts.

 E. Support programs that help prevent homelessness such as emergency rental assistance or referrals to social service networks.

E. Support programs that help prevent homelessness such as emergency rental assistance or referrals to social service networks.

 F. Other

F. Other

Your selections

Please pick two from your list of favorites.


 Landscape the street and sidewalk; do a facelift of unattractive, old and plain building facades in Skyway Business District.


 Develop the 'empty-space' areas between commercial buildings into mini- public plazas or green spaces.


 Ensure that future development or redevelopment of commercial buildings within the Skyway Business District will be built directly along the sidewalks.


 Plan that new development should provide a mix of uses with retail or office space on the ground floor and residential units above.


 Purchase and maintain litter bins for the business district.


 User-submitted idea from Improvements to Skyway West Hill Business District


 Parking areas for new and redeveloped commercial buildings should be located in the rear or side of the buildings, under buildings, or in shared facilities and not along Renton Avenue.


 Reconfigure existing entrances to parking lots within the Skyway Business District to have formal landscaping, pavement markings and/or signs.


 Clearly post reduced-speed signs at entrances to the business district to calm vehicular traffic.


 Increase or improve transit facilities (such as bus stops) in the business district.


 Seek methods to improve the flow of vehicle traffic along Renton Avenue in and around the business areas.


 Remove physical barriers such as fences and invasive vegetation between commercial properties and Skyway Park.


 Create a pedestrian-friendly environment with continuous sidewalks throughout the business district, including an upgraded traffic signal system and pedestrian-operated walk lights.


 User-submitted idea from Business District Access


 Develop a business improvement study to identify specific steps to business district economic revitalization.


 Build kiosks and signage along Renton Avenue that promote community awareness and local businesses.


 Launch a 'shop local' campaign.


 Launch a 'local jobs' campaign.


 Develop a 'local ownership' business incubation site and microenterprise clinics.


 Seek methods to increase transit (bus) service to the Skyway Business District.


 User-submitted idea from Business District Revitalization


 Conduct a housing needs assessment specifically for the Skyway/West Hill community.


 Develop housing close to public transportation, recreational and/or retail services for fixed- income elderly residents.


 Identify redevelopment opportunities, properties and funding to maintain and increase affordable housing units.


 Use cost-reducing housing development strategies to create and preserve affordable housing for low- to moderate-income households.


 Identify housing policies that help people with multiple housing barriers (such as evictions, criminal histories, large families) to secure safe, affordable housing.


 Encourage new housing types that provide affordable ownership opportunities.


 User-submitted idea from Housing Creation


 Work with financial institutions and other housing agencies to expand affordable housing resources.


 Educate the community on housing issues and help people find or keep their homes, such as revolving loan fund, reverse mortgage program, community based repair programs.


 Campaign for direct assistance to help homebuyers such as down payment assistance, mortgage default and foreclosure counseling.


 Campaign for direct assistance to help renters such as rental assistance, landlord tenant disputes, or fair rental contracts.


 Support programs that help prevent homelessness such as emergency rental assistance or referrals to social service networks.


 User-submitted idea from Housing Resources

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2 Comments

Carole Schwaigert

We lived in Skyway for 30 years, several issues, primarily health related, caused us to move a few years ago. However, I still attend Community Bible Fellowship church, and have a heart for the community.

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