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Entries from January 2017

SDOT hosting community meetings for new east-west neighborhood greenway from Crown Hill to Northgate

January 31st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting three community meetings to present its new east-west neighborhood greenway, the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway & School Safety Project. The greenway will be built in 2018 and will connect Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate.

You can see a map of the route here.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW, and will focus on plans to get people safely across Holman Road NW and NW 92nd St. Coffee provided.
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., and will focus on safely crossing Aurora Avenue North at North 92nd Street with a new crossing signal. All ages are welcome; soft drinks provided; beer available for purchase.
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Monkey Business Preschool, 9728 Greenwood Ave. N. #B, and will focus on safely crossing Greenwood Avenue NW at NW 100th Street with a new crossing signal. Coffee provided.

The route emphasizes avoiding the steepest hills and prioritizes streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes.

All of the neighborhood greenway streets will prioritize people walking and biking, and improve crossings of busy streets. We are responding to the requests for reduced cut through traffic with changes to the intersection of N 100th St and Greenwood Ave N and calming traffic along the route with speed humps where feasible.

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2nd community meeting about homeless encampment coming to near Aurora Avenue and 86th is Feb. 7

January 31st, 2017 by Doree

The second community meeting about a city-sanctioned homeless encampment coming to 8620 Nesbit Ave. is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., College Center, Room 1161.

The homeless encampment will be “low-barrier” with 50 tiny homes serving between 60-70 people. It is scheduled to open in March.

From the city:

What is a low barrier encampment and how will be it different from the other sites?

One of our new encampment locations, the 86th & Nesbit site, will operate as a low barrier encampment. Low barrier sites are designed to meet people as they are and have fewer restrictions than traditional shelters. Residents may bring their partners, pets and possessions. Residents with substance use disorders are not barred. Because we are relaxing restrictions in this location we will also increase staffing to increase access to critical services and provide security.

Does an authorized encampment result in an increase in neighborhood crime?

A review by the Seattle Police Department on managed encampments, sited at faith-based organizations, showed no significant uptick in crime, nor have the authorized, managed encampments in Ballard and Interbay seen an increase in criminal activity.

What will the City do to ensure the encampments and surrounding communities are safe and clean?

The Seattle Police Department will increase patrols in the immediate area, and the Community Policing Team will work closely with staff and residents and neighbors of the encampments. All sites will have regularly scheduled garbage pickup. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is stepping up its efforts to pick up garbage in rights of way, and has initiated a program to pick up needles within 24 hours of notification. Citizens can report garbage or needles in right of ways to the City’s 24-hour reporting line for illegal dumping at 206-684-7587.

Are encampments an effective way to address homelessness?

Encampments are emergency survival services and not a solution for homelessness. As laid out in our Bridging the Gap plan, we must provide a safer alternative for individuals who are not ready to come inside during the interim as the city implements its Pathways Home plan to address the homelessness crisis.

Who can community members contact if they have questions or want more information?

While the encampments are being planned, please contact George Scarola, Director of Homelessness. Email: george.scarola@seattle.gov. Or call 206-727-8514. Once an encampment is opened, the community may contact the operator directly. Each encampment will establish a Community Advisory Committee, whose members will include representatives from stakeholder group in the area. The meetings will be monthly and open to the public.

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‘Room Service’ opens at Taproot Theatre this week

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St., opens its 2017 season this week with the comedy “Room Service” by John Murray and Allen Boretz.

Madcap mishaps and little lies take on lives of their own as a theatrical troupe chases their dream of Broadway. Or Off-Broadway. Make that Off-Off-Broadway. Laugh yourself silly with this hit comedy that inspired a Marx Brothers classic.

“Room Service” opens for previews on Wednesday and Thursday, with opening night on Friday. It runs through March 4. It is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Laura Lee Caudill, Christopher Morson and Bill Johns in “Room Service.” Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Special dates for the production include: Post-play discussions with theater staff and cast members after every Wednesday performance and after the midweek matinee performances on Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. and Feb. 7 at 2:00pm.; Pay-What-You-Can performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8 (limited number of $10 tickets available at noon that day, with name-your-own-price beginning at 5 p.m.); Intergenerational Matinee at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 ($10 student/chaperone tickets, play guides and a guided post-play discussion); Senior Matinees at 2 p.m. on Feb. 7 and March 1.

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Reminder: Meeting tonight on details of Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

A reminder that tonight (Monday), Seattle Public Library is holding an open house from 5-6 p.m. to explain more about Greenwood Library’s upcoming renovation closure, which begins on Feb. 13. City Librarian Marcellus Turner and other library staff members will be on hand.

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will close temporarily for about two months for renovation. The 15,000 square foot library, which was completely rebuilt in 2005, has seen heavy use and needs new carpet and remodeling that will improve public spaces and increase access to technology.

The book drop also will close during renovations. As always, patrons can return library materials to any Seattle Public Library branch. When placing a hold on items, patrons can choose another library location for pickup. If patrons don’t select an alternate branch by Feb. 3, the library will automatically redirect holds to the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., for patrons whose zip codes are 98177, 98133 and 98125; and to the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. NW for all other patrons.

The Green Lake Library, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., is normally closed on Fridays but will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 24 to accommodate Greenwood Library patrons. Some regular Greenwood Library programs will be provided at alternate locations. Check the Library’s calendar of events for a complete schedule.

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Reminder: Design review meeting for new park by Greenwood Library is Wednesday

January 30th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the final design review meeting for the new park to be constructed by the Greenwood Library is from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

The park will be directly north of the Greenwood Library, taking over the entire east side of Greenwood Avenue between North 81st and 82nd streets.

Seattle Parks and Recreation presented three concepts at its Nov. 2 meeting. At Wednesday’s meeting, Cascade Design Collaborative designers will present their current design and gather feedback.

The design elements include natural play elements, an open lawn, a gathering/ plaza space with seating, a loop path, and planted areas. The project also includes low-impact design strategies featuring amended soils, porous concrete, and increased infiltration created by the new open space. Street improvements as well as a raised crosswalk connecting the Greenwood branch library to the park are proposed and will provide better community connections. All of these elements were identified by the community during the design phase of this project.

SPR purchased two property sites between N 81st and N 82nd on the east side of Greenwood to develop a park (the mini-mart site purchased in Nov. 2012 and the pub property immediately north, which was purchased in July 2015). The two buildings will be demolished in mid to late March. SPR anticipates demolition to be complete by the end of May 2017.

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SPD and Medical Examiner appear to be looking at body inside car at Phinney Avenue and North 56th by zoo

January 29th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police and King County Medical Examiners personnel appear to be looking at a body inside a car at Phinney Avenue North and North 56th Street by Woodland Park Zoo this afternoon.

James was walking by around 3:45 p.m. when he saw them putting on gloves and opening the door to a blue Honda parked on the east side of the street. SPD has blocked off the northbound lanes of Phinney Avenue, as well as the sidewalk.

Seattle Fire Department’s Real Time 911 shows a call coming in at 2:53 p.m. for an aid response.

We have a call into Seattle Police for more information and will update as soon as we know more.

Update 4:20 p.m.: Det. Mark Jamieson tells me SPD is investigating this as a suicide.

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3 events coming up at the Phinney Center this weekend and next week

January 27th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hosting three big events this weekend and next week.

The Great Seattle Seed Swap, sponsored by the King County Seed Lending Library, is having its first of four seed swaps at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday (which happens to be National Seed Swap Day). Pick up some interesting seeds for veggies, edible flowers and herbs, speak with experts from Seattle Tilth, P-Patch, Resilient Seeds and the Seattle Farm Co-op, and take part in short workshops.

Please bring seeds if you have them. They can be homegrown or store-bought — even partially used packets. They should be recent, 3 years old or less. No hybrids or GMO seeds.

If you will be bringing seeds to swap, please arrive at the beginning of the event to set out your seeds.

Make a display card for your seeds stating the variety, year saved, and brief notes about growing the plant.

It is not necessary to bring seeds to participate.

Seeds will be organized by type of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers.

Attendees will be asked to limit the seeds they take so all may share in the supply.

You may donate your extra seeds to the seed lending library, which will have them available throughout the year.

On Sunday, the PNA opens its doors to more than 60 exhibitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the annual Home Design and Remodel Fair. Admission is $4 for PNA members, $6 general public, children 12 and under are free.

Get one-on-one help navigating the City of Seattle permit process or seismic home retrofit recommendations, hear from home-organizing experts, meet specialty contractors, learn how to finance your home improvements and find inspiration for new DIY tasks.

Our selection of exhibitors includes general and specialty contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, nonprofit groups and permitting agencies. Get informed at a wide selection of presentations.

Next Thursday, Feb. 2, representatives from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will host a workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. about guidelines, requirements and the application process for the Neighborhood Matching Fund. The workshop will be in the Blue Building in Room 6. To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online.

The program features added flexibility, a simpler application, and faster review and award processing. Its two funds – the Small Sparks Fund and the new Community Partnership Fund – continue to support community projects that build stronger neighborhoods and communities such as park improvements, public art, community gardens, cultural festivals, community organizing and so much more. For 2017, the NMF Program has more than $3 million dollars to award to community projects!

The Community Partnership Fund combines two former funds into one. It provides funding up to $100,000 with three opportunities to apply. Applicants will also receive decisions on their funding requests within eight weeks. The deadlines for the Community Partnership Fund are March 27, June 26, and September 25 by 5 p.m.

The Small Sparks Fund provides funding up to $5,000 per project (increased from $1,000), and the fund continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. This fund is perfect for small community projects or activities such as Neighbor Day, Night Out, Earth Day, Parking Day, Spring Clean and others.
In addition, recurring community events can now be funded every other year instead of only once.

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Deadline for businesses damaged in last year’s natural gas explosion to apply for a Small Business Administration recovery loan is next Friday

January 27th, 2017 by Doree

Businesses damaged in last year’s natural gas explosion have until next Friday, Feb. 3, to apply for a Small Business Administration recovery loan. (If your business is denied a loan, you will have six months from the denial date to file an appeal as long as the application is received by Feb. 3.) Direct questions to AJ Cari at the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development by emailing AJ.Cari@seattle.gov.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

Credit Requirements:

  • Credit History – Applicants must have a credit history acceptable to SBA.
  • Repayment – Applicants must show the ability to repay the loan.
  • Collateral – Collateral is required for all EIDL loans over $25,000. SBA takes real estate as collateral when it is available. SBA will not decline a loan for lack of collateral, but SBA will require the borrower to pledge collateral that is available.

Interest Rates: The interest rate is determined by formulas set by law and is fixed for the life of the loan. The maximum interest rate for this program is 4 percent.

Loan Terms: The law authorizes loan terms up to a maximum of 30 years. SBA will determine an appropriate installment payment based on the financial condition of each borrower, which in turn will determine the loan term.

Loan Amount Limit: The law limits EIDLs to $2,000,000 for alleviating economic injury caused by the disaster. The actual amount of each loan is limited to the economic injury determined by SBA, less business interruption insurance and other recoveries up to the administrative lending limit. SBA also considers potential contributions that are available from the business and/or its owner(s) or affiliates. If a business is a major source of employment, SBA has the authority to waive the $2,000,000 statutory limit.

Loan Eligibility Restrictions:

Noncompliance – Applicants who have not complied with the terms of previous SBA loans may not be eligible. This includes borrowers who did not maintain required flood insurance and/or hazard insurance on previous SBA loans.

Note: Loan applicants should check with agencies / organizations administering any grant or other assistance program under this declaration to determine how an approval of SBA disaster loan might affect their eligibility.


Economic injury disaster loans cannot be used to refinance long term debts.

Insurance Requirements:

To protect each borrower and the Agency, SBA may require you to obtain and maintain appropriate insurance. By law, borrowers whose damaged or collateral property is located in a special flood hazard area must purchase and maintain flood insurance. SBA requires that flood insurance coverage be the lesser of 1) the total of the disaster loan, 2) the insurable value of the property, or 3) the maximum insurance available.

For more information, contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov, or visiting SBA’s Web site at https://www.sba.gov/disaster. Hearing impaired individuals may call (800) 877-8339. Applicants may also apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure Web site at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

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Cabaret, comedy, folk music and home remodel fair in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

January 27th, 2017 by Doree

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

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

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts That Was The Year That Was — A Cabaret of Songs, Comedies and Poems at 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Jim Page & Orville Johnson in concert on Saturday.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Dan Crary, Bill Evans, and Martin Stevens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building. Tickets in advance are $18 general; $16 SFS/PNA members, seniors and students; kids half price (all tickets are $2 more day of the show).

Dan Crary is a legend in the development of flatpicking lead-guitar in acoustic American music. Following in the footsteps of Doc Watson and Clarence White, Crary trailblazed an approach to the steel-string, flat-top guitar in the 1960s and 70s that explored new dimensions, transforming what had always been an instrument of accompaniment into one with a leading role adding fluent, expressive melodies and a variety of textures.

Bay Area banjoist Bill Evans is an internationally-known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings deep knowledge, intense virtuosity, and contagious passion to all things banjo, with a following of thousands of music fans and students from all over the world thanks to a career spanning more than 35 years.

Portland-based mandolin player and fiddler Martin Stevens has been a part of the Northwest Bluegrass and Contest Fiddle scene since the age of six. A repeat winner of the Washington State Fiddle Contest, Martin has performed in the Bluegrass Regulators, Athen, and the Rivercity Boys. His work also graces Crary’s most recent release, “Perfect Storm.”

As a trio, Dan Crary, Bill Evans, and Martin Stevens will perform pieces from Crary’s and Evans’ many recordings, along with re-workings of traditional bluegrass favorites and songs from contemporary writers.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s annual Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

Kortney’s (Stand-Up Style) Comedy Show at 7 p.m. Sunday at Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Bohemian Studios, 7601 Greenwood Ave. N., #101,  is hosting a Mural Reveal and Live Music Party from 7-9:30 p.m. Sunday.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood, be aware of events that will affect traffic and parking:

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