Pioneer Square undergoing lively transformation

Seattle's Pioneer Square is going through an incredible transformation.

The owner of the Globe Bookstore on First Avenue saw something he says he hadn't seen in decades in Occidental Park: a family pushing a stroller.

When you ask people who work in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, everyone seems to have an anecdote about the tremendous transformation happening.

One business CEO said he decided to stop for lunch in Occidental Park for the first time ever, enticed by the lively atmosphere, tables and chairs and food trucks.

"It feels like this area is under transformation," said Abandi Heller, who runs Classmates.com. "They're making an attempt to gentrify this area and make it more of a social situation."

At Grand Central Bakery, the barista has also noticed the significant positive changes underway.

"People feel safer being here," said Mike Swindel. "There are days you can't find a place to sit outside in the park because there are so many people."

Weyerhauser's new headquarters on the east side of the square is also almost ready. The new building creates a more enclosed feeling for Occidental Park.

"As a whole, it's going to be really good for the neighborhood," said Swindel.

Copyright 2016 KING


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