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Here are some highlights of what’s happening in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., is hosting its annual Book Exchange from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Blue Building.

Seattle Folklore Society presents DownTown Mountain Boys at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the PNA, in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Progressive Spirituality Discussion Group from 4-5 p.m. Sunday at Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.

Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating the 50th birthday of Chinta, one of the first pair of zoo-born twin orangutans (her twin brother, Towan, died in 2016). Chinta will receive cake and presents at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, but other festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the orangutan exhibit in the Trail of Vines (complimentary cake pops for visitors, free Chinta collectible card, meet and greet with animal care staff, and a free drawing to win a commemorative painting created by one of the zoo’s orangutans, an orangutan ZooParent Adoption package and other prizes). Chinta is currently the oldest animal at Woodland Park Zoo and one of the oldest female orangutans in North America.

The Norse Home at 5311 Phinney Ave. N. is hosting a Sunday Brunch Buffet Date from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday with traditional breakfast menu items with a Norwegian flare. All funds help support the Norse Home. Cost is $17 for adults, $12 for seniors, kids ages 12 and under eat free. Call 206-781-7400 to make reservations.

Since Monday is Presidents Day, remember that all branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed, as will Seattle Public Schools, banks, post offices, and Metro will be running on its Reduced Weekday and University of Washington (UW) Reductions schedules.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

    • CannaCon (convention for the cannabis industry) runs through Saturday at the Washington State Convention Center.
    • Tobymac concert at 7 p.m. Friday at KeyArena at 7 p.m.
    • Seattle Home Show runs from Saturday through Feb. 25 at Century Link Field Event Center.

On March 5 the NW Design Review Board will make its recommendations for the seven-story apartment building proposed for 8612 Palatine Ave. N., which is currently an empty lot across the street from the Sedges apartments.
The building will have 141 units above retail space, with parking for 91 vehicles.

The recommendation meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments about site planning and design issues through March 2 to PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and mention project #3026306.


The single-family home at 8105 Greenwood Ave. N. and the adjacent Greenwood Foot & Ankle Center building at 8111 Greenwood Ave N. will be demolished and replaced by a four-story building with 41 small efficiency dwelling units, one live-work unit, ground level commercial, and no parking.

You can see the design proposal here.

The project will undergo Administrative Design Review, meaning no public meeting. However, the public can comment on the project by emailing comments about site planning and design issues to PRC@seattle.gov by Feb. 28. Be sure and mention project #3029589.


Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has decided that its rule of determining parking requirements based on nearby “frequent transit” should be decided on scheduled bus service, not actual service.

The development proposed for 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., where Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat restaurant used to be, calls for 57 housing units plus ground-floor retail with no parking. A group of neighbors called Livable Phinney banded together and appealed four parts of the project, including the frequent transit determination. Livable Phinney showed that Metro buses didn’t arrive as often as scheduled, meaning the project should be required to have some parking. Last year the Hearing Examiner reversed two of SDCI’s determinations and remanded two others for further analysis, including the frequent transit determination. The developers addressed the other three issues, leaving SDCI to analyze its parking requirements.

Based on further consideration, the Department has concluded that qualification for parking reductions based on frequent transit service must be determined based on scheduled bus arrivals rather than actual arrival times. No bus line runs perfectly on schedule, and it would not be possible to guarantee that any line would not have gaps in actual service, at times, that are inconsistent with the intervals stated in the frequent transit definition. The code provides no basis for evaluating whether actual arrival times meet the frequent transit parameters often enough for a bus line to be considered good enough to qualify. Evaluating whether the service on a route qualifies as frequent transit based on scheduled rather than actual arrival times is consistent with the definitions in the code and the City’s transportation planning practices. Based on the bus schedule, the project site has frequent transit service.

You can read the full Interpretation here.

SDCI’s Interpretation can be appealed. Appeals must state specifically why the appellant believes the Interpretation is incorrect, and be accompanied by an $85 filing fee in a check payable to the City of Seattle, and sent to: City of Seattle, Hearing Examiner, 700 5th Ave., Suite 4000, P.O. Box 94729, Seattle, WA 98124-4729. Appeals must be received by 5 p.m. March 1.


The proposed 96-unit Aegis Senior Communities development planned for 10002 Holman Rd. NW is now under environmental review. The public may comment on any issues through Feb. 28.

The proposed development would cover the triangle of land between Holman Road NW, NW 100th Street and 3rd and 4th avenues NW, where Childish Things, Mr. and Mrs. Wok, Greenwood Goodwill Donation Station, Clint’s Car and Truck Repair and Beehive Espresso bikini barista currently stand.

Design rendering by Ankrom Moisan Architects.

The five-story building will have 96 assisted living units, 1,003 square feet of retail at ground level and parking for 49 vehicles below grade. The first Early Design Guidance Review meeting was Dec. 4.


The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., and there are some big issues on the agenda.

First up is a look at the six-story, 220-unit apartment building planned for 320 N. 85th St., where All That Dance is currently (and which formerly was the Department of Licensing). The developers are interested in community feedback before their Early Design Guidance meeting with the city’s Northwest Design Review Board the following week. The developers have just posted the design proposal online but it only shows massing and landscape options, not real design ideas yet.

At 7:45, the agenda calls for a discussion of Seattle City Light’s recent aggressive tree pruning along Greenwood Avenue. Lance Young will discuss best practices for maintaining trees along public rights of ways.

At 8:10, Phinney Neighborhood Association Executive Director Lee Harper will talk about the history and future options of its Greenwood Senior Center, as the city considers whether to transfer the property to the PNA.


Woodland Park’s Off-Leash Dog Area closed for renovation beginning this week. While the original plan was to be closed about two weeks, the Parks Department told me today that it will be closed until March 2.

Crews are installing a small- and shy-dog area to replace the fence around the wooded area inside the off-leash area.

Funding is coming from the Seattle Park District’s Maintaining Parks and Facilities funding initiative, which provides $100,000 annually until 2020 to improve existing off-leash areas.

You can read more about its capital plan for all off-leash areas here. And you can find a list of all off-leash areas here

The Parks Department also is posting updates on its blog.


The Alzheimer’s Association is looking for volunteers to facilitate Adults Caring for Parents Caregiver Support Groups.

Adults Caring for Parents Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with memory loss.

Our Chapter trained volunteers receive excellent training, ongoing support, resources, and continuing education opportunities.

Individuals who are often best qualified as Adults Caring for Parents support group facilitators include: working or retired social workers, nurse and other healthcare professionals, educators, clergy, counselors, and former family caregivers. Commitment of at least one year is required.

Interested in learning more? Contact Linda Whiteside, Director of Community Support, 1.800.848.7097 or 206.529.3875, lwhitesi@alzwa.org.


The building currently housing All That Dance at 320 N. 85th St. (which formerly housed the Department of Licensing for years) will be replaced by a six-story, 220-unit apartment building with ground floor retail and parking for 130 vehicles.

The first Early Design Guidance meeting for the project will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset Room.

The project requires rezoning from Neighborhood Commercial 2 and Neighborhood Commercial Pedestrian 2, both with a 40-foot height limit, to a new height limit of 65 feet. The existing building and parking lot will be demolished.

Written comments about site planning and design issues will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 23. Email comments to PRC@seattle.gov and mention project #3026708.

The initial design proposal is not yet online, but will be before the Feb. 26 meeting.