UDP Cleaning Services

U District BIA Cleaning Areas

Cleaning Areas

The largest portion of the UDP’s budget goes to keeping our neighborhood clean. Through the use of private contractors, the UDP provides regular and professional cleaning to two highly trafficked geographic areas within the U District.
See map of cleaning areas here.



Cleaning Program

The current contractor for the UDBIA cleaning areas is Black Mountain. Black Mountain will pick up litter in all city right-of-ways within the Cleaning Area boundaries. This will be done with pickers, powered blowers, and the use of a broom and dustpan. During the fall, Black Mountain will pick up the fallen leaves from the trees in the Cleaning Areas.

Graffiti Removal
Black Mountain will provide graffiti removal on a case-by-case basis up to 8’ off the ground. Graffiti will be wiped off unpainted surfaces. On painted surfaces, it will be painted out using a grey stain blocking primer, preparing your building to be color matched and painted by the property. Please call if the graffiti is on masonry surfaces. These need to be evaluated on whether it can be removed by us or would need to be done by a graffiti removal specialist. Elm Grove will remove any stickers and illegal postings in the right-of-way.

Snow Removal
In the case of snow, Black Mountain will shovel the snow on the sidewalks and apply salt to ensure a walkable surface.

Pressure Washing
Black Mountain will provide 8-hours of regular pressure washing every month. This limited amount of pressure washing is cycled through the Cleaning Areas and is scheduled through our office. If you would like to have additional pressure washing done outside your business or building, you can contact the UDP to arrange for addition pressure washing to be done for a fee.

Biohazard Removal
Black Mountain will also provide 24-hour biohazard removal. To report a biohazard, email Dex Montenegro at blackmountainllc@outlook.com or call him at (206) 519-7881. Please use these services as these are dangerous items and Black Mountain is trained to ensure safe disposal.

To find out more about the cleaning services within the BIA Cleaning Areas or any of the other Clean and Safe Programs, contact Marcus Johnson by phone (206) 547-4417 or by email at marcus@udistrictpartnership.org. Black Mountain will be closed on the following holidays:  Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.



Beautification Team

The UDP Beautification Team are two staff members who water our seasonal flower baskets, remove graffiti from buildings, and tackle a variety of cleaning projects around the U District Business Improvement Area. These targeted services improve. the vibrancy of the U District neighborhood.
Learn more

Monthly UDBIA Walk

Everyone is welcome to join the UDP on our monthly U District Business Improvement Area (UDBIA) Walk. We tour the cleaning areas with our contractor and other stakeholders. We meet at 9 a.m. on the third Friday of each month at the UDP office at 1415 NE 45th St., Suite 401.

Volunteer Community Cleanups

The UDP hosts regular community cleanups. We also host an annual U District Clean Up in May to prepare the neighborhood for the University District StreetFair.
Learn More

Find It, Fix It Service Request Mobile App

If you see graffiti, illegally dumped items or other issues in public areas, please use the free City of Seattle Find It, Fix It Service Request Mobile App to report it.

Clean & Safe Committee

The Clean and Safe Committee meets the second Thursday of most months from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the University Heights Center, Room 109 at U Heights Center. We review the work of the Community Police Team, neighborhood safety, and clean up efforts in the University District.
Learn more

Marcus Johnson manages the Clean and Safe Program. You can reach him at marcus@udistrictpartnership.org