Northgate is an informal district of neighborhoods in north urban Seattle. It was named after and surrounds Northgate Mall, which is the first covered mall in the United States. Its east-west principal arterials are NE Northgate Way and 130th Street, and its north-south principal arterials are Roosevelt Way NE and Aurora Avenue N (State Route 99). Interstate 5 runs through the district. Besides the eponymous mall, the most characteristic distinctions of the area are North Seattle Community College (NSCC), the south fork of the Thornton watershed, and the Sheihk Idriss Mosque.
The Northgate area has been subject to a large amount of residential and commercial development in the last few years, and many huge projects are underway. The height limits in the area have been increased to 85 feet to allow for further population growth.
In 2009 the Northgate Mall was remodeled and added several more retail shops. In 2006, a new park, library, and community center opened in the Northgate neighborhood across 5th Ave NE from Northgate Mall. These are part of the city’s plan to accelerate development in the area.
While there is much commerce in the area, hotel development has been limited with only the Hotel Nexus, previously a Ramada Inn, being the only upscale hotel in the area. The many motels on Aurora Avenue are further northwest than the Northgate neighborhood.