Hing Hay Park, International District, Seattle, Washington. Bush Hotel building in background. • Photo by Joe Mabel
Hing Hay Park, International District, Seattle, Washington. Bush Hotel building in background. • Photo by Joe Mabel

The special character of the Chinatown/International District is recognized and protected by City Ordinance. In 1973, the International Special Review District (ISRD) Board was created to preserve, protect, and enhance the cultural, economic, and historical qualities of the area and, in particular, its unique Asian character. The board reviews both changes to individual businesses and changes that may impact the entire district. To preserve this special character, the ISRD Board must review and approve all uses including use of the public sidewalks, new construction, and changes to building exteriors within the district, including signs or new paint colors or security gates, before installation or construction.

The board has seven members, five elected by the community and two appointed by the Mayor. Board members serve two year terms. The board meets at 4:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Bush Asia Center.

The annual election for the ISRD board is nearing this fall. There are two positions open this year: one for a Business Person, Property Owner or Employee and one for an At-Large position.

The election is set for Tuesday, November 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Bush Asia Hotel, IDEA Space meeting room (409 Maynard Avenue South).

To nominate a candidate, fill out and submit a nomination form, which can be found here, no later than Tuesday, October 21. Forms may also be mailed to: Department of Neighborhoods PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649, or in person at: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 1700 (17th fl.). A copy of the Board election procedures is available by request.

In order to vote on November 18th, voters must be registered at least thirty (30) days prior to the election. Once registered, you do not need to register again unless you have moved or your voter category has changed. To confirm your registration status or request a voter registration form, contact the Board Coordinator at (206) 684-0226 or [email protected].

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