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Aurora Avenue Bridge sidewalk closures switching sides this week

September 28th, 2016 by Doree

The long-term sidewalk closure on the Aurora Avenue Bridge/State Route 99 is switching sides this week.

The sidewalk next to the northbound lanes will reopen by 11 a.m. this Thursday, after nine months of repair and painting. The sidewalk on the southbound lanes side will then close through the end of October.

To facilitate the switch, on Thursday the right northbound lane will be closed from 8 -11 a.m., then the right southbound lane will be closed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup is posted at either end of the bridge to assist users who are unable to use the pedestrian/cyclist detour.

With the exception of the handrail, most of the work to clean, repair and paint the Aurora Avenue Bridge’s stringers and floor beams is complete. Crews are now dismantling the work scaffolding and containment system that was installed under the bridge for the painting.

The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. A second project to clean, repair and repaint the remaining portions of the bridge could begin in late 2017.

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Greenwood Avenue will be repaved between North 112th and 125th streets Tuesday and Wednesday nights

September 26th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will repave Greenwood Avenue North between North 112th and 125th streets on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

Work will start at 7 p.m. both nights and last until 6 a.m. One travel lane in each direction will be maintained.

  • Tuesday night, September 27, the southbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Wednesday night, September 28, the northbound lanes between N 112th and N 125th streets will be paved.
  • Motorists will NOT be able to enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • In some locations, on-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes have reopened. (A-frame signs will be placed in these locations in advance of paving to inform impacted motorists.)
  • On Tuesday night, it is estimated that the southbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the southbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m.Wednesday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • On Wednesday night, it is estimated that the northbound driveways between N 120th and N 125th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while the northbound driveways between N 112th and N 120th streets will be closed from midnight until 6 a.m.on Thursday. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • The work is expected to create noise, dust, vibration, light, and asphalt odor.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access if needed.

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Reminder: Second Design Review Recommendation meeting for Phinney Flats is tonight

September 26th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Recommendation Meeting for the Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

A previous recommendation meeting was held on Aug. 1. According to the Design Review Board’s report from that meeting, Board members decided there were too many unresolved issues to discuss, so they added this second recommendation meeting.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro (which closed at the end of August) 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 2,900 square feet of commercial space. No parking will be provided, but the project will have 23 bicycle spaces.

You can still email comments on site planning and design issues through today to PRC@seattle.gov.

Click here then type in 6726 Greenwood in the address search box or 3020114 in the project number box for a list of all public documents relating to this project, including reports from past Design Review meetings, the report from a public meeting held on July 25, written comments from neighbors, and the updated design proposal.

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2nd community meeting on proposed ‘Shared Roof’ development at 70th & Greenwood is Oct. 7

September 19th, 2016 by Doree

The developers behind the proposed “Shared Roof” project at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. are hosting a second community meeting to get input outside of the city’s formal Design Review program. Their first informal community meeting was July 29 and the first Early Design Guidance meeting was Aug. 15.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, at Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, directly across the street on 70th. Evolution Projects will present updated project plans and allow time for questions and comments from neighbors.

Initial plans for the mixed use development, which they’re calling “Shared Roof,” called for a six-story apartment building with 43 units above ground-floor retail. Apartments would range from one- to four-bedrooms, with square footage ranging from 623 to 2,079. Parking would be provided for 30 vehicles below grade. A public park on the west side would be 4,700 square feet, with another 3,000 square feet of public open space between ground-floor retail.

Evolution Projects is asking for 12,185 square feet to be rezoned from Neighborhood Commercial 40’ to NC265. In exchange, they would include affordable housing units.

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You can see the design proposal they presented to the city last month here.

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Second Design Review recommendation meeting for Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. is Sept. 26

September 8th, 2016 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will hold its second Recommendation Meeting for the Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

A previous recommendation meeting was held on Aug. 1. According to the Design Review Board’s report from that meeting, Board members decided there were too many unresolved issues to discuss, so they added this second recommendation meeting.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro (which recently closed) 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 2,900 square feet of commercial space. No parking will be provided, but the project will have 23 bicycle spaces.

You can email comments on site planning and design issues through Sept. 26 to PRC@seattle.gov.

Click here then type in 6726 Greenwood in the address search box or 3020114 in the project number box for a list of all public documents relating to this project, including reports from past Design Review meetings, the report from a public meeting held on July 25, written comments from neighbors, and the updated design proposal.

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Comment on any environmental concerns for 12002 Greenwood Ave. N. project

September 6th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections is asking for public comment on a proposed seven-unit development at 12002 Greenwood Ave. N. The Land Use Application is for a three-story, seven-unit rowhouse structure. Parking will be provided for seven vehicles.

A multifamily home on the site will be demolished. According to Redfin, the property sold in July for $1, 165,000.

DCI will accept comments on environmental concerns through Sept. 19.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss development projects, parking strategies, city development policies

September 2nd, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The bulk of the meeting will be devoted to discussing neighborhood development projects, including Phinney Flats, at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., which will have 55 small studio apartments, two live/work units, ground-floor retail, and no parking; and a six-story apartment building at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N., which is asking for a rezone to significantly raise height limits from 40 feet to 65 feet.

PRCC also will discuss the city’s proposed Backyard Cottage legislation and Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, and talk about a draft survey of neighborhood parking strategies.

PRCC President Alice Poggi attached this note to the meeting’s agenda:

Dear Neighbors,

At our Tuesday meeting will have updates on the proposed projects along The Ridge and the policies being proposed by the City that will change the “sense of place” in neighborhoods throughout the City.

Many of you attended recent public meetings on two major projects in our neighborhood. Phinney Flats is proposed at 68th and Greenwood with 57  small, studio apartments and no parking. The other is nearby at 70th and Greenwood. The developers have asked for permission to build 65 feet high in a zone that currently allows 40 feet. The status of both of these projects will be explained as well as next steps.

In addition, the City is proposing several new policies that would change how new developments interface with single family homes. It is important that we all are informed so that we can effectively influence the changes. The Mandatory Housing and Affordability (MHA) policy of “The Grand Bargain” which is prominent in the news, would allow an increase in height of new developments. On Phinney Ridge that would mean increasing allowable heights from 40 feet with a 4-foot bonus, to 55 feet with the same bonus. Another piece of legislation is about Backyard Cottages which are currently allowed and regulated. The new proposal melts away the regulations that keep them at “cottage” size and it could allow increased height, no parking, and structures in other places on a lot besides the backyard. This essentially dissolves the concept of single family lots.

These projects and policies are controversial and I believe it is important that we as residents understand the implications and participate in the feedback to the City Council as they review these options.

For more info, visit phinneyridgecc.org

Sincerely,

Alice Poggi, PRCC President

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SDOT repaving Greenwood Avenue between North 125th and 136th streets tonight and tomorrow night

August 18th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is repaving Greenwood Avenue North between North 125th and North 136th streets tonight (Thursday) and Friday night.

Greenwood Ave N between N 112th and N 125th is scheduled for repaving in September. Motorists are advised to be aware of the rough road surface in the area and to travel safely.

What to expect:

  • Paving work hours for Thursday and Friday will be 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.
  • One travel lane in each direction will be maintained on this section of Greenwood Ave N throughout the paving process.
  • Thursday night, August 18, the southbound lanes between N 125th and N 136th streets will be paved.
  • Friday night, August 19, the northbound lanes between N 125th and N 136th streets will be paved.
  • On-street parking adjacent to the paving will be prohibited until the repaved lanes are reopened.
  • Motorists will NOT be able enter or exit driveways for several hours, until the newly laid asphalt has had time to cool. For motorists who are impacted, please consider parking on side streets if you need to come and go during the affected time period.
  • On Thursday night, it is estimated that southbound driveways between N 130th and N 136th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. and midnight, while southbound driveways between N 125th and N 130th streets will be closed between 10 p.m. Thursday night and 6 a.m.Friday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving progresses.
  • On Friday night, it is estimated that northbound driveways between N 130th and N 136th streets will be closed from 7 p.m. until midnight, while northbound driveways between N 125th and N 130th streets will be closed between 10 p.m. Friday night and 6 a.m.Saturday morning. These hours are estimates that could change depending on how the paving process progresses.
  • Emergency vehicles will have access.

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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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