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Entries from December 2016

70th & Greenwood housing project developers ask city to rezone parcel from 40 feet to 65 feet high

December 31st, 2016 by Doree

The developers of the “Shared Roof” project coming to 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. have asked the city to rezone the land from Neighborhood Commercial 2-40 to Neighborhood Commercial 2-65. The height increase up to 65 feet will allow a five-story building with 33 apartment units, ground level retail and below-grade parking for 28 vehicles.

The original proposal was for a six-story building, but the developer scaled that back to five stories after the first Early Design Guidance meeting in August.

Comments on the rezone and any environmental impacts will be accepted through Jan. 22 (the comment period was just extended after the Phinney Ridge Community Council asked for an additional 14 days beyond the original Jan. 8 comment date).

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will discuss the potential height rezone at its meting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

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Attempted theft of an ATM in Ballard early this morning, stolen forklift found at scene

December 30th, 2016 by Doree

For the second time in less than a week, someone used a forklift to try to steal an ATM near our neighborhood, according to Seattle Police.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to an alarm at a free standing ATM in the 900 block of NW 45th Street early Friday morning. A large forklift was still at the scene, and the ATM had been knocked over and damaged.

Just before 5:00 am, officers responded to the alarm call and located the damaged machine and housing structure. A forklift was used to knock over and damage the outer structure of the ATM safe. No suspects were located. The forklift had been reported stolen from a secure construction site nearby. The forklift was recovered by the construction company. Representatives from the bank responded and stated that they did not believe any money was accessed, however, there was extensive damage to the ATM. The representatives took possession of the ATM. This incident is very similar to one that happened early Christmas morning on Aurora Avenue North. Detectives will conduct the follow up investigation. Anyone with information on this morning’s incident is asked to contact Seattle Police.

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‘Ebenezer’ closing night, New Year’s Eve opera in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend, plus lots of holiday closures

December 30th, 2016 by Doree

Just a few things on tap in the neighborhood for the weekend, plus lots of New Year’s Eve and Day closures. Check our Events calendar for what’s happening this weekend and beyond.

The Cup” community open house from 2-5 p.m. at Woodland Park United Church, 302 N. 78th St.

Friday is closing night for “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

Puget Sound Concert Opera: New Years à la Française at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St.

New Year’s closures:

  • All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Sunday.
  • Metro will operate its regular Sunday schedule on Sunday, and also on Monday.
  • Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed or on modified schedules:
    • Community centers and environmental learning centers will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
    • Teen Centers and Late Night programs will be closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
    • Indoor swimming pools will close at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and will be closed Sunday and Monday.
    • Small Craft Centers will be closed on Sunday and Monday.
    • Golf courses will close at 2 p.m. on Saturday, but will be open on Sunday (check course schedules as some may be slightly different).
    • Amy Yee Tennis Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, closed on Sunday, and open from 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Monday.
  • Garbage, recycling and yard waste collections for residential customers will not be affected since New Year’s is on Sunday. Commercial customers with Sunday collection will be picked up on Monday. The North and South Transfer Stations will be closed on Sunday. Residents who subscribe to yard waste collection can put Christmas trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge through Jan. 31, or drop off at the North or South Transfer Station for free through Jan. 31. Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.
  • Seattle Department of Transportation and Uber are providing a $10 discount on uberPOOL trips for all new and existing users on New Year’s Eve. Users can redeem the discount by entering the promo code SAFESTART2017 in the Uber app and requesting a ride between 2 p.m. on Saturday and 5 a.m. on Sunday.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood for New Year’s Eve, the annual fireworks show New Year’s Eve at the Needle will close Broad Street between Denny Way and 5th Avenue North from 11:30 p.m. to about 12:30 a.m.


PNA Village volunteer recruitment happy hour on Jan. 14

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

The PNA Village is hosting a volunteer recruitment happy hour at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, Room 1.

Join us for an informational happy hour and learn how you can help the PNA Village reimagine aging by volunteering for your neighborhood elders. The goal of the PNA Village is to create a strong and active intergenerational community that reimagines aging by offering elders opportunities, combined with support, to fully engage in this next phase of life. Village Volunteers provide services like transportation, help with small projects in and around the home, and social interaction. Volunteering is flexible and easy, volunteer whenever and however you chose and make a difference in how your neighbors chose to age! Bring a friend and join us for drinks and snacks. We’ll visit with each other, hear stories from current volunteers, and celebrate a new vision of aging in place. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Village at village@phinneycenter.org or 206-789-1217.

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6 volunteer tutors needed at Daniel Bagley Elementary

December 28th, 2016 by Doree

Nonprofit organization Invest in Youth needs six more volunteer tutors for the rest of the school year at Daniel Bagley Elementary (near Green Lake but with boundaries extending into Greenwood and Phinney Ridge).

Six students are currently on the wait list for a tutor.

Each tutor is matched with the same student for the whole school year, and the pair works together on things like playing math games, reading stories or working on homework, for one hour each week. Educational materials and activities, training and support, and heartfelt appreciation are provided at every session.

For more information or to apply to be a tutor, email Erika Chen at echen@investinyouth.org or see the website.

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Flying Bike Coop Brewery in final days of food drive for Greenwood Food Resource Center

December 27th, 2016 by Doree

Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., is in the final days of its Member Driven Food Drive. All food and cash collected will be donated to FamilyWorks’ Family Resource Center and Food Bank.

FamilyWorks supports the Greenwood Food Resource Center at the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. The food bank is open on Wednesdays and serves seniors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the general public from 12-2 p.m. It serves people in the following zip codes: 98103, 98107, 98115, 98117, 98133, 98177. First time customers are asked to bring a photo ID and proof of address.

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‘Secret Life of Pets’ at Greenwood Library today, ‘Make a Friend’ craft project on Thursday

December 27th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., is hosting two family-friendly events this week.

At 1 p.m. today (Tuesday), watch “The Secret Life of Pets” (PG).

From 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, come to the library to “Make-A-Friend” – monster, robot, animal, fairy, etc. — with Seattle ReCreative. For ages 4 and up.

All activities at the library are free.

And just a reminder that all branches of the Seattle Public Library will be closed on Sunday, New Year’s Day. Book drops will remain open, except for the Central Library’s.

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Holiday concert and theater in the neighborhood tonight, update on 2 neighborhood holiday fundraising events

December 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Little Sara and the Night Owls perform a holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Taproot Theatre presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Friday and next Tuesday and Wednesday; and “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge” on Friday and next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

If you’re heading downtown on Saturday, remember that the Seahawks play the Arizona Cardinals at 1:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.

Metro Transit will operate on a Sunday schedule on Monday, the day after Christmas. Sunday fres apply. (If your bus does not normally operate on Sunday, it will not operate this Monday.) From Tuesday, Dec. 27, through Friday, Dec. 30, Metro will operate its reduced weekday and UW reductions service. Regular weekday fares apply.

And an update on a couple of events that happened in the neighborhood last weekend:

  • Café Bambino’s “A Shot with Santa” on Sunday raised $581 for the Ballard Boys and Girls Club.
  • Caroling under Gary’s Canopy brought out about 150 carolers who passed the hat and raised $398 for The Seattle Times Fund for the Needy. (Thanks to MikeV for the photo.)


Greenwood neighbor puts up holiday decorations in honor of late neighbor

December 21st, 2016 by Doree

Lisa, who lives in the 300 block of NW 81st Street, sent us photos of her home’s Christmas decorations, put up in honor of her neighbor, Hallie Stegelvik, who passed away in November. Lisa says Hallie always loved her holiday decorations.

“This Christmas I went all out in memory of her,” Lisa said by email.

She’s also encouraging donations to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Hallie’s honor.

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