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Early Design Guidance meeting Monday for proposed 52-unit apartment building at corner of 87th and Palatine

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

Last month we told you about a 145-unit apartment building proposed for the currently empty lot on Palatine Avenue, south of North 87th Street.

Now, the house on the corner of Palatine and 87th will be demolished to make way for an adjacent six-story, 52-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial.

The project at 209 N. 87th St. will have its first Early Design Guidance meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. (This will be just after the Design Review Recommendation meeting for the Shared Roof project at 70th and Greenwood, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.)

The proposal calls for studios, Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (smaller studios), 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units.

You can see the design proposal here.


Design Review Recommendation meeting for Shared Roof project at 70th & Greenwood is Monday

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Recommendation meeting for the Shared Roof development at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. N.W., in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The project, on the former site of the Oroweat Bakery, has been scaled back a bit since its initial proposal last year. The proposal now is for a five-story building with 35 residential units (including units with 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedrooms), 5,583 square feet of ground floor retail, roof deck, and 26 below-grade parking spaces. The project includes a contract rezone from NC2-40 to NC2-65.

You can see an updated design proposal here.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can email comments about the design to PRC@seattle.gov by May 1.

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6 neighborhood restaurants part of Thursday’s Dining Out For Life

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

Dining Out For Life is this Thursday with dozens of restaurants in the Puget Sound region donating 50 percent of that day’s proceeds to Lifelong’s programs that support people facing serious illness and poverty.

Phinney Ridge’s Red Mill Burgers, Phinney/Ballard’s Stock Farm to Table Cafe and The Tin Hat Bar & Grill, and Greenwood’s The Olive and Grape, Naked City Brewery and Taphouse and Razzi’s Pizzeria are participating.

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3 Wishes Seattle women’s specialty boutique opening May 6 at 7413 Greenwood Ave. N.

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

3 Wishes Seattle, a women’s specialty boutique, is planning its grand opening celebration at 7413 Greenwood Ave. N. on Saturday, May 6. The boutique will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day, with a special trunk show from 12-4 p.m. Visitors can enter to win a free pair of shoes, and customers get a free gift with purchase.

The boutique will offer European “comfort shoes” like Dansko and Naot, plus clothing and accessories made in the U.S., Europe and Asia that it calls “Sophisticated Northwest wear for work, travel and everyday.”

Follow the boutique’s Facebook page for updates.

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10 PhinneyWood neighborhood businesses are finalists in ParentMap’s Golden Teddy Awards

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

Ten Phinney Ridge and Greenwood businesses are finalists in ParentMap’s annual Golden Teddy Awards.

You can vote now through April 30. Voters are automatically entered to win prizes.

  • Phinney Market Pub is in the top five for Kid-Friendly Restaurant.
  • Razzi’s Pizzeria is a finalist for Family Pizzeria.
  • Green Bean Coffeehouse is a finalist for Corner Coffee Shop.
  • Seattle ReCreative for Rainy-day Refuge and Note-perfect Music or Art Camp.
  • Woodland Park Zoo for Tourist-in-Your-Own-Town Attraction, Awesome Animal Attraction, and its annual WildLights is a finalist for Can’t-miss Holiday or Seasonal Event.
  • Childish Things for Cool Kids’ Clothing Shop and Essential Baby or Maternity Shop.
  • Top Ten Toys for Awesome Book or Toy Shop.
  • Kiley Riffell Photography for Favorite Family Photographer.
  • Music Together at Music Center of the Northwest for Engaging Infant + Tot Class.
  • Illumination Learning Studio for Passport-ready Language or Art class.

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Greenwood Apartments at 9039 Greenwood Ave. N. granted conditional approval for design and environmental reviews

April 26th, 2017 by Doree

The Department of Construction and Inspections has granted Design Review and Environmental Review with conditions for the project proposed for 9039 Greenwood Ave. N., where the Greenwood Food Bank used to be.

You can read DCI’s full decision and explanation of conditions here.

The project will be a six-story building with 78 apartments, six live-work units, and parking for 44 vehicles. The existing building will be demolished. The new building will be called Greenwood Apartments. You can see the design proposal here.

Appeals of the decision must be received by the Hearing Examiner by May 8.

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Aurora Licton Urban Village online petition to request city hold public meeting about safety issues regarding relocating Handy Andy to 92nd Street by new school site

April 25th, 2017 by Doree

Residents of Aurora Licton Urban Village and members of Greenwood-Phinney Greenways say they are concerned about the impacts of a proposed new location for Handy Andy Equipment Rental, just across Aurora Avenue from the new school being built at North 92nd Street.

Handy Andy is current at 10711 Aurora Ave. N., with additional vehicles across the street at 10702 Aurora Ave. N. The new site would be at 9225 Aurora Ave. It is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day.

The new school site will open in the fall and be home to three schools: Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary and Licton Springs K-8. Ninety-second Street has been designated a Safe Routes to School, and Seattle Department of Transportation plans to install a pedestrian signal at 92nd and Aurora to make it safer for children.

Aurora Licton Urban Village residents have created an online petition to ask the city to hold a public meeting on the proposal. You can sign the petition here.

The Department of Construction and Inspections is accepting comments on environmental concerns about the project through April 26 (tomorrow).

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Reminder: Neighborhood open house on proposed zoning changes for housing is Thursday

April 24th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a community open house to explain proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing from 6-8 pm. Thursday, at Hale’s Ales Brewery, 4301 Leary Way NW, in The Palladium (enter from the back side closest to Fred Meyer).

City of Seattle staff will have maps and more information regarding proposed zoning changes for Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, and NE 130th.

Representatives will be on hand from the following city departments and projects: Age Friendly Seattle (Human Services Department); Design Review (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections); Ship Canal Water Quality (Seattle Public Utilities); Open Space Plan (Office of Planning & Community Development); Democracy Vouchers (Ethics & Elections Commission); Neighborhoods Streets and Greenways Projects (Seattle Department of Transportation); and Mandatory Housing Affordability (Office of Planning & Community Development/Office of Housing).

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Earth Day events, concerts, used kids’ gear sale and more in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend

April 21st, 2017 by Doree

Here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood this weekend. Check our Events calendar any time for more.

Earth Day Event: Learning From Rachel Carson at 1 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

“Evidence of Things Unseen” continues at Taproot Theatre through April 29.

Greenwood’s Naked City Brewery celebrates the opening of its new all-ages Camano Island location this weekend.

Ballard Preschool Co-op is hosting its Gently Used Kid’s Gear Sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building, with clothes (newborn to size 8), shoes, toys and gear – including pack and plays, cribs, car seats, strollers, maternity wear and more. Bring your own bags. Strollers must be parked at the door.

Beppa Studios Rain-or-Shine Garage Sale (indoors and outdoors) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Furniture, household, vintage, sewing supplies, fabric, eclectic display items (cash only).

Woodland Park Zoo is celebrating Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday with special events and activities, including giving patrons biodegradable non-invasive seed paper to grow wildflowers in your home garden; a giant card to sign thanking legislators for standing up for science and wildlife; and an electronics recycling drop off station for used cell phones, MP3 players, e-readers, and other handheld devices to recycle for free with ECO-CELL.

Earth Day Craftapalooza from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday at Seattle ReCreative, 8408 Greenwood Ave. N.

Live Latin music benefit lunch at The Olive and Grape from 12-3 p.m. Saturday.

Ladies Musical Club of Seattle presents a free all-ages public concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Center of the Northwest, 901 N. 96th St. Oratorio and operatic works of Mozart with voices and chamber ensemble.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Brian Conway with Nancy Conescu at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood 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).

One of the premier Irish fiddlers living in the U.S., Brian Conway performs with skill, grace, and force steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. The New York-born virtuoso has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, including the prestigious All-Ireland senior championship, and a leading exponent of the highly-ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann. Conway’s talents have been enthusiastically received all over North America and throughout Ireland and the rest of Europe.

Brian Conway will be touring with Portland-based guitarist Nancy Conescu, a noted singer of traditional Irish and American ballads. Another native New Yorker, Conescu was exposed to the music and traditions of many cultures from an early age, becoming an accomplished guitarist whose imaginative and polished playing on electric and acoustic guitars keeps her in great demand as an accompanist. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Ireland, France, Japan, and Australia.

Earth Day Fundraiser show (Bluegrass review and vocal showcase) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Tim’s Tavern, 602 N. 105th St.

Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell (all levels welcome) from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

  • WE Day happens all day Friday at KeyArena, with about 12,000 people and lots of buses. Expect delays around South Lake Union during the morning and afternoon commutes.
  • The Tenacious Ten 10K/10Mile begins and ends at Gas Works Park.
  • March for Science begins at 10 a.m. at Cal Anderson Park followed by a march at 12 p.m. to Seattle Center. About 20,000 people are expected to attend.
  • Washington State Department of Transportation will reduce I-90 westbound traffic to one lane near Bellevue Way and reroute traffic to the express lanes from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
  • Southbound I-5 will be reduced to two lanes from the University District into downtown between 5 and 10:30 a.m. Saturday while crews perform deck repairs on the Ship Canal Bridge. The express lanes will open southbound at 8 a.m. At the same time, the city of Seattle will close the on-ramp from Northeast 50th Street to southbound I-5 in order to clean up trash and debris along the freeway. Travelers must use the Northeast 45th Street on-ramp to access southbound I-5.