Activating vacant Downtown storefronts
The Office of Economic Development is helping to re-activate Downtown Seattle and bring vacant storefronts to life! The “Seattle Restored” program will fund at least 25 space activations from December 2021 through April 2022, providing flexible short-term activations that run for two to four months each.
The activations consist of a $2,500 grant in working capital to small businesses and artists to facilitate pop-up shops and art instillations. In addition to the economic benefits to the businesses and artists, these instillations will bring social and cultural benefits to the neighborhood by creating vibrant and engaging streetscapes, and encouraging the public to visit Downtown.
Furthermore, the City will offer a wide range of complementary supports to program participants, such as commercial space development, marketing strategy development and execution, technical assistance, and connecting businesses to additional working capital. Through Seattle Restored, property owners will build relationships with new tenants, while small businesses and artists will have the ability to stabilize in pop-up spaces in prime commercial locations, explore new opportunities in the downtown market, and connect to technical assistance for their long-term recovery and growth.