Mt. Baker Station is located near the intersection of South McClellan Street and Rainier Avenue South (Rainier), three miles south of downtown Seattle. It is situated at the north end of Rainier Valley, between the Beacon Hill and Mt.
Almost as soon as Sound Transit settled on the Mt. Baker station site, it was clear there was support for dense, transit-oriented development in the station area, the neighborhood, the larger community and with the City
of Seattle (City) and community. Height limits in the station area had been substantially raised in anticipation of redevelopment and a desire for eventual transformation into a vibrant, walkable town center with street frontage and
multistory, mixed-use buildings. Since the station opened in 2009, downtown Seattle and other Seattle neighborhoods have experienced rapid growth, and affordable housing is needed more than ever. Yet private investment and
redevelopment around Mt. Baker Station has been notably absent.