A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Reminder: Public meeting for Phinney Flats project is Monday at PNA

July 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Here’s a reminder that Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

Click here to see public comments submitted for the project and permit status, then click on “Documents” for a PDF of the latest design proposal.

The public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.” Developer Kelten Johnson told me he plans to be there to answer community members’ questions and correct what he says are factual errors by critics.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

 

You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Public meeting for Phinney Flats on July 25, then Design Review Recommendation Meeting on Aug. 1

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, July 25, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The July 25 public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.”

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

You can see the January design proposal here. An updated proposal is not yet on DCI’s website.

You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight to discuss development in the neighborhood and citywide

July 5th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., to discuss development and Seattle’s Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda (HALA).

PRCC is hosting Mary Holscher, a member of Seattle’s Housing Livability and Affordability Agenda (HALA) Focus Group. She will help us understand how the Mayor’s proposal will affect the city―specifically Phinney Ridge―and pass on input received to the focus group. Our speaker is a follow-up from our annual May meeting & election when we heard various perspectives on aspects of HALA.

The council also will receive development and permit updates on projects at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. and 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., backyard cottage legislation, Seattle’s Comprehensive Plan 2035, and neighborhood parking strategies.

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Second Early Design Guidance meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. project is July 18

June 30th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is holding the second Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed project at 10540 Greenwood Ave. N., which will bring a a four-story building with 54 residential units above 1,500 square feet of commercial space, with parking for 36 vehicles. The buildings currently on the site will be demolished.

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The meeting is at 8 p.m. on Monday, July 18, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. The first design guidance meeting was on April 18.

If you can’t make the meeting, written comments on site planning and design issues can be emailed through July 18 18 to PRC@seattle.gov.

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Viaduct reopens several days early

May 9th, 2016 by Doree

The Alaskan Way Viaduct has reopened several days early after Washington State Department of Transportation determined the ground remains stable while Bertha tunneled below the surface.

The closure began late on April 28 and was expected to take about two weeks. WSDOT reopened the Viaduct Sunday night.

By Friday, the machine had successfully tunneled through complex soils only 15 feet below the viaduct’s foundation – the closest the machine will come to any structure at any point in its drive beneath Seattle. On Sunday, STP completed installation of the rings beneath this critical location, clearing the way for the final inspection and the early opening of the highway. WSDOT’s 24-hour command center will remain open until the machine has successfully tunneled 385 feet, the distance at which it will be completely clear of the viaduct.

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Crews finishing paving of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd and 105th streets this week

May 4th, 2016 by Doree

This week road crews are finishing final paving on the east and west side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 105th Street. Crews will also spend this week and next painting pavement markings, installing signs and other clean-up activities along that corridor. Crews will return in June for any final clean-up, landscaping, and other finish work, such as installing railings.

Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pedestrians may be detoured around work zones, and on-street parking and side street access could be restricted during work hours.

The affected side streets are the east side of N 103rd St, both sides of N 92nd St, and both sides of N 97th St. These side streets will be closed at the intersection with Greenwood Ave N for a few hours each. Only one street will be closed at a time.

Final paving work involves removing old pavement and pouring new pavement, which requires partial closure of driveways and walkways for a few hours. Crews will preserve driveway access by working on one half of a driveway at a time and/or placing a steel plate for drivers to pass over.

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Reminder: Alaskan Way Viaduct closes for two weeks starting at 10 p.m. tonight

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

Don’t forget that starting tonight (Thursday), the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed for about two weeks as a precaution while Bertha tunnels underneath it. City and State transportation officials are urging folks to telecommute, go to work earlier or later than usual, take transit, ride their bikes or walk. Just be ready for extra-long commutes.

Transit will be rerouted, so check Metro’s Service Advisories page for more info. You also should sign up for Metro’s transit alerts to get text messages about reroutes.

On-ramps to State Route 99/Alaskan Way Viaduct will begin closing at 10 p.m. tonight, with the road fully closed to all traffic at 12:01 a.m. Friday between South Spokane Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel.

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/99closure

Washington State Department of Transportation has a webpage with a list of resources, including links to traffic cameras, estimated travel times, trip planners, bike map, Metro detour maps, and more.

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Design Review Board second recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9309 Aurora Ave. N. is May 16

April 28th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Early Design Guidance recommendation meeting for the self-storage facility proposed for 9309 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. May 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project will replace the Klose-In Motel with a four-story self-storage facility called Green Lake Self Storage. The site will have parking for 16 vehicles.

Click here for a PDF of the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design aspects of the proposal through May 16 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project number 3019569.

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Metro buses 5, 26E, 28E and RapidRide E rerouted off southbound Aurora Monday and Tuesday nights

April 25th, 2016 by Doree

Metro routes 5, 26 Express, 28 Express and the RapidRide E Line will be rerouted off of southbound Aurora Avenue North between Dexter Way North and Denny Way overnight Monday and Tuesday due to construction.

The reroutes will happen from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each night.

During this time, heading toward downtown Seattle these routes will travel instead via Dexter Way N, Dexter Av N, 7th Av, Bell St, 6th Av and Wall St, then on to their regular routes.

Heading toward their north end destinations, these routes are not affected and will serve their regular routes and stops.

The lane closures are because Washington State Department of Transportation is installing supports for the overhead signs for the future State Route 99 tunnel. All traffic will be detoured to exit onto Dexter Avenue North, just past the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Local access will be maintained.

Closure details could change, so check WSDOT’s construction page for updates.

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