Now that the Northwest Neighborhood Service Center at 8515 Greenwood Ave. N. has closed due to city budget cuts, the city is revamping the Neighborhood Service Center system.
NSCs provide information on various city programs; connect those in need with food banks and other services; provide forms for passports, business licenses and voter registration; and provide meeting rooms and free Internet access. Some NSCs also act as payment centers for Seattle City Light and Combined Utility bills, traffic tickets and pet licenses.
The Seattle City Council has asked Mayor Mike McGinn to work with the community and the Department of Neighborhoods to figure out a new plan for the Neighborhood District Coordinator Program. That new plan is due to the council by July 1. In the meantime, an interim service model will begin on Wednesday.
Through that interim model, 10 Neighborhood District Coordinators will use a team approach to cover three large geographic areas: South (consists of four districts – Southeast, Greater Duwamish, Delridge and Southwest); Central (consists of five districts – Central, East, Downtown, Lake Union and Magnolia/Queen Anne); North (consists of four districts – Northeast, North, Northwest, and Ballard). Former NW District Coordinator Beth Pflug will work with the North team.
The NSC closest to our neighborhood is the Ballard NSC, at 5604 22nd Ave NW, 206-684-4060. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.