1st & Battery Portal Porch

Updated: April 12, 2023

What’s happening now?

Project Timeline Design Phase Phase

We have finished designing the 1st & Battery Portal Porch. Construction has begun as of late March 2023, so expect noise, some impacts to the sidewalk, and detours once work is under way. 

We hope you're excited to see it when it's all finished!  

Project Overview

We are creating an outdoor community space where people can gather and enjoy the view of Elliott Bay. We are calling it the "Portal Porch." 

A rendering of the Portal Porch (illustrative purposes only)


The Portal Porch itself will be an approximately 1,800 square foot public space.  
We asked the Belltown community in February 2022 what their preferred "Use and Features" for this space would be. Based on the feedback we received, we developed three concepts. We then asked the Belltown community in October 2022 which design they preferred the most

Based on what we heard from the past community surveys, the Portal Porch will have:

  • Seating and benches in solid and robust materials
  • Round planters that will house trees and plants
  • Solar powered pedestrian-scale lights

NOTE: These site improvements are not intended to prevent a school or other public facility from being built on the site. Rather, the Portal Porch will remain in place while we figure out long-term solutions for the site.  


We have shared the potential construction impacts of the Portal Porch with the neighbors in the immediate area before we started construction. You can see the Construction Notice mailer below: 

Project Map


Thanks to Councilmember Andrew Lewis, we secured $500,000 for the design and construction of this space.


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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