The Waterfront has a long, interesting history that has shaped Seattle into what it is today. But, for a long  time, “gorgeous” and “exciting” weren’t always the first words that came to people’s mind when they thought it. This is no longer the case! Some fantastic changes have been transforming the Waterfront into a GORGEOUS and EXCITING neighborhood. And, there’s still much more to come!  You can take our word for it – this amazing renaissance includes Cyrene’s Seattle Waterfront apartments! Let us explain…

The Effort of Friends of the Waterfront

Friends of The Waterfront

*Image from Friends of the Waterfront’s Facebook Page

Believe it or not, the City has been developing this vision for 40 years! We couldn’t be happier to have downtown Seattle apartments that are a part of the Waterfront project and neighborhood. And, we have Friends of Waterfront Seattle to thank for it.

Friends of Waterfront Seattle is the non-profit behind the revitalization of Seattle’s waterfront. They listened to what Seattleites really wanted and went to work on balancing ecosystems, and creating more park spaces, pedestrian paths, and spots for fun and recreation.

Project Overview

You’d be hard pressed to find other Seattle waterfront apartments that are so actively involved in the future of the Waterfront. It’s how we’re able to keep Seattleites up to date on everything going on. The overall goal of the project is to renovate 22 blocks of the Waterfront by doing the following:

  • Improving Pike Place by connecting the Market to the Waterfront, generating unobstructed, stunning views of Puget Sound, and adding more parking spaces, Market vendors stalls, and low-income housing for seniors
  • Replacing the Elliott Bay Seawall to improve infrastructure and wildlife habitats
  • Removing the Alaskan Way Viaduct to improve safety and traffic flow
  • Constructing beautiful public and park spaces, including areas right near Cyrene’s Seattle waterfront apartments

Seawall Project

The Elliott Bay seawall Seattle's Waterfront

*Image from Waterfront Seattle’s website.

The Elliott Bay seawall has long provided essential foundation support to the Waterfront. Unfortunately, years of use have worn it down, making it susceptible to earthquake and tidal wave damage. For this reason, the Seattle DOT is working to replace the seawall, strengthening its structure for the ferry terminals, rail lines, and Highway 99. Moreover, it will enhance the fish habitat and provide additional ways for people to connect to the Waterfront.

The Renaissance of Pike and Pine

The Renaissance of Pike and Pine Near Seattle Waterfront Apartments

*Image from Waterfront Seattle’s Website

Downtown’s Pike and Pine area boasts spectacular dining, shopping, and entertainment options as well as Westlake Station, the City’s second-largest transportation hub. (Quick side note: Westlake Station is a 10-minute walk from our Seattle waterfront apartments.) This project will revitalize Pike and Pine to create pedestrian-friendly connections between the Waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods.

The Alaskan Way Viaduct

The Alaskan Way Viaduct

*Image from Wikipedia

If you’re a Seattleite, you’re probably familiar with the Viaduct. For many, the Viaduct is known as an eyesore that’s prone to earthquake damage. Fortunately, it’s being removed as part of the revitalization project. Here is the progress of the Viaduct removal, as well as what will happen in the future:

2011The southern portion of the Viaduct is removed.

April 2017 – Bertha, the world’s largest tunnel boring machine, completes a task to bore an underground transportation tunnel from downtown Seattle to South Lake Union.

2019 – The rest of the Viaduct will be removed, a new surface street will be created, and the tunnel will open to the public. This is definitely going to make living in Seattle waterfront apartments even better!

Events Sponsored by Friends of the Waterfront

As if expanding and beautifying the Waterfront wasn’t enough, the Friends of Waterfront Seattle are also holding regular events that are connecting people to the vibrant culture of Seattle. Here are just a few of the not-to-miss festivities:

KEXP Rocks the Docks (July 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

KEXP, Seattle’s foremost independent radio station, will be showcasing awesome local music at the Waterfront Park. Headliners include The Thermals, Bread & Butter, and Jenn Champion. This actually kicks off a whole series of events in the Friends of Waterfront Seattle Hot Spot program, which goes from July to Labor Day weekend!

KEXP rocks the dock

*Image from KEXP rocks the Dock Facebook Event

Reggae by the Sea (July 2 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

This is another event in the Hot Spot series. You can’t beat the mix of Seattle sun with the soothing sounds of reggae from four different bands!

Dive In! at the Pacific Science Center (June 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

This is a great way for the whole family to learn more about ecosystems and sea life. Friends of Waterfront Seattle will be here with information on the revitalization of Seattle’s waterfront and the Elliott Bay Seawall.

Since we’ve been talking so much about what’s going on around our downtown Seattle apartments, you might be wondering what else we can offer you. Hold onto your hats because there is a lot going on with Cyrene’s Seattle waterfront apartments!

Your health is covered with a 24/7, fully-equipped fitness center and yoga studio. You’re free to socialize or relax in our three lounge areas, rooftop deck with spectacular views, and rooftop clubroom with chef’s kitchen, games, and a theater room. Not to mention, we have a 24-hour concierge for you! And, of course, we make sure your apartment has the space, designs, and features that help you enjoy all aspects of your life.

You may be surprised to hear that we have more amenities and features! Let us show you – learn all about Cyrene’s Seattle waterfront apartments!