Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
LOA was hired by the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) to develop a commercial district retail attraction strategy which included a retail district market analysis. This work involved a study of demographic and market data, interviews with diverse groups of local stakeholders, and an assessment of the physical conditions of the business district.
Seattle’s Chinatown International District (inclusive of Chinatown, Japantown, and Little Saigon) is the center of entrepreneurial opportunity and offers unrivaled access to the largest customer base in Washington State. The area is adjacent to 250,000 downtown employees and a regional transit hub with average daily 25,000 bus and rail riders. With affordable commercial rents and significant upcoming public and private investments, SCID is on the cusp of tremendous growth but struggles with commercial vacancy and competition from competing Asian business districts.
LOA’s market analysis formed a business recruitment and retention strategy that balanced innovation with preservation of the neighborhood’s unique cultural flavor. LOA identified new, complimentary businesses to draw more customers into neighborhood anchors and institutions. LOA additionally created retail attraction strategy to boost commercial growth and retention, including information and material to educate property owners and match them with viable tenants.