Neighborhood Planning Records, 1996-2004

Overview of the Collection

Torgelson, Nathan
Neighborhood Planning Records
1996-2004 (inclusive)
0.6 cubic feet, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
The records reflect the Office of Economic Development's participation in the neighborhood planning process in the late 1990s.
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2062337807
Fax: 2063869025
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Office of Economic Development (OED) was created in 1972 as part of the Department of Community Development to provide information to businesses expanding or relocating in Seattle. Its main efforts consisted of business development and capital investment, business assistance and advisory services, business liaison, special projects, and research.

In 1992 the City Council reorganized the functions of the Department of Community Development and established the Economic Development Transition Project. This project was assigned responsibility to contract for services to manage the Citys business loan programs and to develop and recommend a strategy for the Citys economic development programs.

OED was reorganized into the Executive Department in 1993. Its assigned functions included coordination of programs and policies related to the support of a diversified economy, livable wage jobs, access to education, job training and self-employment opportunities, and increased capacity for local neighborhood revitalization. OED administered the Citys business loan programs, including loans funded by Urban Development Action Grants, the Neighborhood Business Development Loan Program, Washington State Development Loan Funds, the Seattle Small Business Lenders Association, and Community Development Block Grants.

The Office negotiated and administered contracts with organizations engaged in the provision of economic development services. Additional functions included the implementation of Community Development Block Grant contracts, as well as administration of federal, state, and local grants such as Central Seattle Neighborhood Special Purpose Grants, Economic Development Administration Planning Grants, the Southeast Opportunity Fund, and the Southeast Good Neighbor Fund. OED provided staff support to the Citys Industrial Development Corporation, which issued industrial revenue bonds to provide low-interest financing for private business investment in Seattle. The Office also assumed responsibility for staffing the Mayors Small Business Task Force and administering certain contracts. The director was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records reflect OED's input, specifically Nathan Torgelson, to the neighborhood planning process, primarily for the years 1998-1999, from the perspective of OED's goals of a diversified economy, livable wage jobs, access to education, job training and self-employment opportunities, and increased capacity for local neighborhood revitalization. The work of other City staff, especially Central Staff, consultants and citizens is also reflected in these records as neighborhoods work towards finalizing their plans. Topic addressed include gentrification and transportation. Related records can be found in Central Staff Subject Files (4603-01) and in Department of Neighborhoods (1623-01).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Office of Economic Development Neighborhood Planning Records, Record Series 2105-05. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Admiral Neighborhood Planning 1998-1999
1 2 Aurora / Licton Springs Neighborhood Planning 1999
1 3 Ballard Interbay North Manufacturing and Industrial Center (BINMIC) Neighborhood Plan 1998
1 4 Ballard / Crown Hill Neighborhood Planning 1997-1998
1 5 Broadview / Bitter Lake / Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan 1999
1 6 Central area Neighborhood Planning 1997-1998
1 7 Central Area Neighborhood Planning 1996-1997
1 8 Chinatown / International District Neighborhood Planning 1997-1998
1 9 Columbia City Neighborhood Planning 1998-2004
1 10 Commercial Core Neighborhood Planning 1997-1998
1 11 Delridge Neighborhood Planning 1998-1999
1 12 Denny Regrade Neighborhood Planning 1998
1 13 Denny Triangle Neighborhood Plan 1998-1999
2 1 Duwamish Neighborhood Planning 1999
2 2 Green Lake Neighborhood Planning 1997-1999
2 3 Georgetown Neighborhood Planning 1997-1999
2 4 Fremont Neighborhood Planning 1998
2 5 Eastlake Neighborhood Planning 1998
2 6 MLK@Holly Neighborhood Planning 1998
2 7 Morgan Junction Neigbhorhood Planning 1998
2 8 North Beacon Hill Neigbhorhood Plan 1999
2 9 North District Neighborhood Planning 1999
2 10 North Rainier Neighborhood Plan 1998-1999
2 11 Pike - Pine Neighborhood Planning 1998-1999
2 12 Pioneer Square Neighborhood Plan 1998-1999
2 13 Queen Anne Neighborhood Plan 1998-1999
2 14 South Park Neighborhood Planning 1998
2 15 Roosevelt Neighborhood Planning 1999
2 16 Rainier Beach Neighborhood Plan 1997-1999
2 17 University District Community Urban Center 1997-1998
2 18 Wallingford Neighborhood Plan 1998
2 19 West Seattle Junction Neighborhood Plan 1998-1999
2 20 Westwood / Highland Park Neighborhood Planning 1998-1999

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Neighborhood planning--Washington (State)--Seattle

Geographical Names

  • Central District (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Rainier Valley (Seattle, Wash.)