Sound Transit is taking over the downtown transit tunnel. What are its plans for the vacant Westlake Station kiosk? / Published in The Seattle Times

When King County Metro removed its buses from Seattle’s downtown transit tunnel last month, Metro also abandoned its part-time customer-service kiosk inside Westlake Station.

The triangular, green-trimmed stand, which displays 52 feet of wall and window frontage, presents a redevelopment opportunity.

A music stage could go there, or public restroom, visitor-information center, florist or hamburger shop. Maybe even a bodega, better known on the West Coast as a minimart.

Those seem unlikely, however. Sound Transit intends to convert the empty stand into a security post, as the regional agency assumes ownership of the four-station downtown tunnel from Metro early next year.

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