At it's October 3rd meeting, the City Council asked staff to develop options related to the potential for a southbound right turn lane from 6th Street S to westbound NE 68th Street. This additional right turn lane has been identified as a way to reduce the forecast delays the this key intersection serving the neighborhood center. Constructing the right turn lane would require right of way from the Houghton Plaza site (i.e. Menchie's) which would displace existing parking spaces. Staff was asked to look at development incentives, such as additional height, and other strategies that may help support the future construction of the turn lane.
In addition, the Transportation Department will present the latest draft of the 6th Street Corridor Study to the Council at that same meeting. At this meeting we should get the first look at the draft recommendations for multi-modal transportation improvements on 6th Street S/108th Avenue NE and NE 68th Street in the vicinity of the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center.
This should be an informative meeting on how the City Council looks to link transportation improvements with the changes in land use and zoning for the Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center.