A view of the Seattle’s International District from Columbia Tower. • Photo by Travis Quezon
A view of the Seattle’s International District from Columbia Tower. • Photo by Travis Quezon

Candidates are being sought for an open position on the International Special Review District Board, the official board that reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements within the International Special Review District (ISRD) located in the Chinatown/International District. An elected position (Position #3—Business Person, Property Owner or Employee) will become vacant effective August 1, and in accordance with the Board’s Rules and Procedures, is filled through a Mayoral appointment.

Individuals who live in the District, serve as a member of a community organization within the District, or demonstrate active interest in the community and in historic preservation are encouraged to apply. The appointee will complete the remainder of the elected term which ends November 30, 2016. The applicant must reside in the city of Seattle.

The goals of the seven-member board are to maintain architectural character, cultural heritage, social diversity, and through the use of historic preservation, enhance the economic climate in the International Special Review District. Board meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee as the Board deems appropriate.

The ISRD Board is made up of five elected members and two members who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Seattle City Council. The five elected members consist of: two members who own property in the Chinatown/International District or who own or are employed by businesses located in the Chinatown/International District; two members who are either residents (including tenants) or persons with a recognized and demonstrated interest in the welfare of the Chinatown/International District Community; and one member at large.

Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume by Monday, August 10. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Email your letter and resume to: [email protected]

(please reference International Special Review District Board in the subject line).

To submit a paper copy, address it to: Rebecca Frestedt, International Special Review District Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

The City of Seattle said it is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

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