News roundup: Crosswalks, new business, public art, design review program, marijuana zoning

by | Sep 21, 2015

Here’s a roundup of various neighborhood and city news.

The Angry Beaver is conducting a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money to help the hockey-themed pub survive.

Tim Pipes opened the Angry Beaver in Seattle in 2012 as a mecca for hockey fans in a city that has no NHL team but is destined to get one in the coming years. Fans from across the world have passed through The Angry Beaver to enjoy a “hockey home away from home”. Unfortunately, the summers (offseason) without hockey have proven taxing on the A.B. and they need a bit of help to recover rent shortcomings and the general maintenance (already paid for) that goes along with running a restaurant. What was a profitable success this hockey season quickly eroded with unexpected maintenance that seemed to happen simultaneously, including new grease trap, serious plumbing issues and kitchen equipment failures that had to be dealt with. The Angry Beaver could use a little financial help to keep the doors open until hockey season, as the property management is not being lenient, to say the least. If you can help out a bit, The Angry Beaver could really use it!

Hedrick Cycles plans to open its high-end road racing bike shop next door to Coyle’s Bakeshop at 83rd and Greenwood by Oct. 19. A grand opening will be scheduled shortly after that. The shop also will offer repair services of high-end mountain and road bikes.

The city will now allow community groups and residents to apply to have sidewalks painted to reflect each neighborhood. This is an offshoot of Capitol Hill’s recent rainbow crosswalks. Neighbors can apply for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for the Community Crosswalks program. Seattle Department of Transportation will install the sidewalks.

To be eligible for an installation by SDOT, applicants will need to adhere to City guidelines for crosswalk locations and designs. Crosswalks must be sited where vehicles already stop for a traffic signal or stop sign, the design should consist only of horizontal or vertical bars, and the pavement underneath must be in good condition.

Crosswalks typically cost about $25 per square foot, depending on the complexity of the design and installation, and can be expected to last approximately 3-5 years based on the amount of vehicular traffic at the location…Crosswalks installed or modified outside of this process will be reviewed by SDOT and removed/repainted if determined to be unsafe.

Friends of Art on Pier 86 is exploring the possibility of adding public art to the huge grain elevators on lower Queen Anne in Centennial Park. They’re hosting a community meeting from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park PACCAR Pavilion. You can also take a survey about the project.

Strokes Paint and Sip Studio, 8503 Greenwood Ave. N., is looking for an unpaid intern for 10-20 hours a week for 10 months. There is a possible earning potential through commission work.

The intern hired for this position should expect to be involved in all aspects of studio management, which includes art instruction, studio operations (opening and closing the studio) community outreach, and assisting in event management, assist in the design and develop of instructional material for art sessions, assist in executing social media marketing to inform people about what our studio has to offer.

The Department of Planning and Development is hosting two open houses about how to improve the city’s Design Review process. Meetings are from 6-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 at the Columbia City Library, 4721 Rainier Ave. S.; and at University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way NE.

Seattle’s Design Review (DR) program has been in place since 1994 and has improved the design of over a thousand development projects throughout the city. The program is a forum for dialogue about the design of new buildings in a neighborhood, and provides flexibility from codes so architects can pursue creative designs.

We are now working to identify improvements to the process and refresh the program to meet today’s needs. Goals of this project include:

  • Encourage better design
  • Make the process more consistent and predictable
  • Improve community dialogue and accessibility of the program
  • Use communication technologies and processes to support the program

The purpose of these community open houses is to present key draft recommendations for improvements and get input on these ideas from community members and stakeholders.

To learn more about the project so far, including the work of a 16 member advisory group, please visit the project website.

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture has two new grants for neighborhood and community arts groups for “Put the Arts in Parks.”

This pilot program supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that are seeking to activate Seattle Parks with new and established festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, celebrate our diversity and build community connections through arts and culture while connecting with underserved communities. The funds for this program are contingent on the passing of the Parks District budget.

The deadline for both NCA and PAP grant programs is 11 p.m., Friday, October 30, 2015. Neighborhood and community groups can find the guidelines for NCA here, PAP here and the application for both here. Guidelines for PAP have been translated into Mandarin, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The Department of Planning and Development is proposing amendments to the Land Use Code regarding rules for major marijuana activity, including:

  • Update the definition of major marijuana activity to reduce the threshold at which marijuana activity must meet the locational and licensing requirements of Land Use Code Section 23.42.058;
  • Add new separation requirements for marijuana activities from places including elementary and secondary schools, playgrounds, public park, library, transit center, child care center, game arcade, and recreation center or facility, and between locations engaged in retail transactions involving marijuana;
  • Clarify existing standards and add standards for odor control pertaining to major marijuana activity; and
  • Reorganize Section 23.42.058 to clarify existing rules.

Comments can be submitted through Oct. 1 to [email protected].

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