Development Focus

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The City of SeaTac is committed to working with all property owners and developers to assist in making the development process as seamless and expeditious as possible. The City is proactively working to stimulate development in several key areas to help stimulate development citywide. For more information, contact the City of SeaTac’s Economic Development Program at 206.973.4843 or e-mail

The City of SeaTac has been working with developers, residents and business owners to plan and implement mixed-use development nodes near the stations.  Please follow the link below to see the current vision for Downtown SeaTac.


Industry Voice
“Good things are happening in the City of SeaTac. We feel that the City is dynamic, they are trying to grow, they are putting in the right programs in place, we think this could benefit other organizations. So I would encourage them to come, and sit down and talk with the City of SeaTac. They are extremely accommodating and they want nothing more than to bring good business to the region and that’s our intent and why we chose to move to the City of SeaTac.”

Mark Siegel, President, Advanced Broadcast Solutions

Station Areas

Outside of Seattle and Tacoma, the City of SeaTac is the only city that is served by more than one Link light rail station. Construction of these three stations will create significant opportunities for the City of SeaTac by opening connections both to and from the Seattle area. These new stations have already provided the catalyst for new development and redevelopment. As such, the City sees this as a prime opportunity to encourage redevelopment of the areas surrounding the stations to achieve goals set forth in both the City’s Station Area Action Plans, Comprehensive Plan and City Center Plan. These plans envision lively commercial and residential districts that provide attractive, walkable neighborhoods and include a variety of shops, services and places to gather.

Follow this link to the 1999 City Center Plan

SeaTac/Airport Station Area (at International Boulevard. and S. 176th Street)

The SeaTac/Airport Station Area will include a mix of commercial, residential and civic uses that both support and encourage high-capacity transit use. The City of SeaTac envisions the SeaTac/Airport Station Area as a true city center, including a vibrant entertainment district with a variety of entertainment venues, restaurants, shops, parks and plazas where residents and visitors will find attractive and inviting places to live, work and play. 

This 82 acres is a short pedestrian bridge walk from Sea-Tac International Airport and the terminus station of Sound Transit’s Airport Link light rail service, which began service to downtown Seattle in December 2009.  SeaTac is actively pursuing redevelopment of this station area.

Follow this link to the SeaTac/Airport Station Area Plan

Tukwila International Boulevard Station Area (at International Boulevard and S. 154th Street)

The South 154th Street Station Area will be a vibrant, mixed-use residential neighborhood that connects people of various backgrounds. The station area will be pedestrian-oriented, visually pleasing, easily accessible and integrated with high-capacity transit. The City of SeaTac envisions the South 154th Street Station Area to be a regional example of transit-oriented development that generates and encourages transit use. The station area will accommodate future growth by providing high-quality residential and mixed-use developments with good access to employment centers. These attributes create a good place for families, an interesting place for visitors, a profitable place for businesses and a special gathering place to celebrate cultural diversity.

Sound Transit’s light rail began service from this station to downtown Seattle in July 2009 and to the Sea-Tac International Airport in July 2009. The City of SeaTac is actively pursuing private investment and redevelopment of this station area by a comprehensive implementation strategy that will require significant public investment

Follow this link to the 154th Street Station Area Plan

Angle Lake Station Area (at 200th St. and 28th Ave S)

The city’s newest station opened in late 2016 and has already provided the impetus for several new residential and commercial projects, and has other significantly-sized  parcels ready for large-scale development.

Follow this link to the Angle Lake Station Area Plan

New Economic Strategic Triangle Study

The New Economic Strategy Triangle (NEST) is a partnership among the cities of Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac, along with the Port of Seattle and the Puget Sound Economic Development District that has identified and analyzed eight underutilized properties located near Sea-Tac International Airport for future development.

SeaTac’s Economic Development Program will monitor and encourage development of port-owned parcels within SeaTac boundaries that have been identified as opportunities in the NEST study.  The sites have been earmarked for off-airport industrial uses and could be employment, retail sales tax and leasehold excise tax generators for SeaTac.  The City will monitor development plans for the Des Moines Creek Business Park (in Des Moines) as it serves as a model for other NEST sites such as the 55-acre parcel.

Residential Development

The City will continue to assist developers of new single family housing in appropriately zoned areas and seek multi-family development opportunities, particularly in the city center boundaries.