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Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has issued its recommendation in favor of rezoning the parcel of land at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. to allow additional height for a housing project. The land is currently zoned Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 40-foot height limit, but the city would rezone that to Neighborhood Commercial 2 with a 55-foot height limit.

The “Shared Roof” project would be five stories tall with 35 apartments, ground level retail, and below-grade parking for 26 vehicles. (The single-family zoned portion of land at the southwest corner of the site would retain its zoning, and the existing house and detached garage would remain.)

The project has already gone through Design Review.

You can read the full DCI decision here. DCI also issued a Determination of Non-Significance on environmental impacts. Both of those decisions are appealable to the city Hearing Examiner by 5 p.m. April 23, with an $85 filing fee.

The Hearing Examiner will hold a public hearing on DCI’s recommendations at 9 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Office of the Hearing Examiner, 700 5th Avenue, Suite 4000, Seattle, WA 98124-4729. Written comments also will be accepted until the close of that hearing.


In case you missed it, The Seattle Times published a great story last week about Broadview-Thomson K-8’s Friday roller skating nights, which have been a regular event for decades, bringing together people of all ages.

A member of Broadview-Thomson’s PTA contacted me to say they’ve received a ton of interest from community members since.

If you’re interested, the skate nights are managed not by the school but by Seattle Parks and Recreation, and run from 6:30-8:15 p.m. every Friday during the school year (closed during school breaks and during the summer), in the school’s small gym (also called the Bitter Lake Annex) near the big playground, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N.

Cost is $4 per skater; bring your own skates or borrow a pair there. You can get a skating lesson before the family skate from 5:30-6:30; register at the Bitter Lake Community Center or call 206-684-7524.


Woodland Park Zoo now has its first-ever rhino. Taj, a 17-month-old male greater one-horned rhino, arrived on Friday after a two-day road trip from San Diego.

A second male, Glenn, is coming soon from Ohio (he was named for the late astronaut and Senator John Glenn).

The rhinos will live in the zoo’s new Assam Rhino Reserve, along with Asian brown tortoises and demoiselle cranes. The Reserve opens to the public May 5.

Both Taj and Glenn weigh about 1,500 each now, but will eventually grow to between 4,000 and 5,000 pounds each.

Five species of rhinos survive today: black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan. In the last 200 years, the rhino population has plummeted from one million to fewer than 30,000 worldwide.

Also known as the Indian rhino, the greater one-horned is second in size only to African white rhinos. It has a single horn that is about 8 to 25 inches long; a gray-brown hide with skin folds gives it an armor-plated appearance. Once found across the entire northern part of the Indian subcontinent, the population rapidly declined to fewer than 200 in the 20th century due to sport hunting, human conflict, poaching for their horns for use in traditional medicine and habitat loss. According to the International Rhino Foundation, the population has recovered today to an estimated 3,600 thanks to conservation efforts and strict protection from Indian and Nepalese wildlife authorities and collaborative efforts of NGOs.


Seems to be a quiet weekend in the neighborhood. Check our Events calendar any time for what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Seattle Folklore Society presents Alice Wallace in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Community Hall in the Brick Building.

Kortney’s (Stand-Up Style) Comedy Showcase at 8 p.m. Saturday at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N.

Traffic-wise this weekend:

Supercross at CenturyLink Field on Saturday. The Pit Party is in the North Lot from 12-6 p.m.; main event is from 6:30-11 p.m. About 40,000 people are expected to attend.

Walk MS/Run MS starts and ends at the University of Washington’s E-1 parking lot at 8 a.m.; with some of the route along the Burke-Gilman Trail to Gas Works Park.

Emerald City Ride beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday, with cyclists riding from SoDo along Northbound State 99 on the Viaduct and across the Aurora Bridge to Fremont, then to the U-District and the I-5 Express Lanes back to SoDo.

Looking ahead to next week:

Works Progress Co-working, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, is hosting Pacific Biodiversity Institute’s first Conservation Café at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, featuring Lula Castro from Argentina. Learn more about the institute’s work to help create the Famatina, Trasiasierras, and Asenuza National parks in Argentina. Free and open to the public.


Seattle Parks and Recreation is now accepting nominations for a name for the new park by the Greenwood Library. The park, on Greenwood Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets, was graded and planted with grass last year; construction of all the elements will happen this summer and fall.

The Parks Naming Committee is comprised of one representative designated by the Board of Park Commissioners; one by the Chair of the City Council Civic Development, Public Assets and Native Communities Committee; and one by the Parks Superintendent. Criteria the committee considers in naming parks include: geographical location, historical or cultural significance, and natural or geological features. The Park Naming Policy, clarifying the criteria applied when naming a park, can be found at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Publications/namingPolicy.htm

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Interim Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Christopher Williams, who will make the final decision.

Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by Thursday, May 31, 2018, and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to paula.hoff@seattle.gov.

Jesse Ballnik, a third-grader at Daniel Bagley Elementary, sent us this video she created to support her nomination of Seattle scientist Alice Ball, who developed a cure for leprosy a century ago.

Anybody else want to share their ideas?


Next week is Spring Break for Seattle Public Schools, and The Seattle Public Library has a bunch of free activities to keep kids busy.

Here’s what’s happening in and near our neighborhood. Check out the Library’s website for a list of all Spring Break activities throughout the city. Registration is not required unless specified.

    • Preschoool Yoga, 10-10:45 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. – “Join certified yoga instructor, Diana Nazziwa, for a literacy-based yoga session designed for youngsters and their caregivers. Registration is required, call 206-684-4086. For ages 2-7.”
    • Yoga for Kids, 12-12:45 Thursday, April 12, at the Greenwood Library – “Join certified yoga instructor, Diana Nazziwa, for a book-inspired yoga session. Registration is required, call 206-684-4086. For ages 8-13.”
    • Teen Space, for ages 13-18, 4-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Ballard Library, 5614 – 22nd Ave. NW – “Need a space to be creative and have fun? Come to Teen Space to play games, hang out, eat snacks and make new friends.”
    • Tinkerlab Drop-In, for ages 13-18, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Green Lake Community Center, 7201 East Green Lake Dr. N. – “Tinkerlab introduces STEM concepts through play, experimentation and discovery. Drop in for a self-directed challenge, or to tinker around with builder and inventor kits.”
    • Board Game Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Ballard Library, 5614 22nd Ave. N. – “Play a variety of games including Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga and Scrabble.”
    • Kids Cafe Afterschool Meals, 2:45-3:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, as well as 1:15-2:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N. – “Free meals will be available for all youth ages 18 and under for the remainder of the school year, through June 22, 2018. All kids are welcome—no proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required. Presented in partnership with Food Lifeline, Boeing and the USDA.”

Seattle Public Schools will have two levies on the February 2019 ballot. Both would replace expiring levies for operations and capital improvements.

Three more public meetings are scheduled (two have already happened). The nearest meeting to our neighborhood is from 6:30-8:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, at Salmon Bay K-8, 1810 NW 65th St., in the lunchroom.

District staff will present information, collect feedback from the public and answer questions.

The three-year Operations levy replaces the expiring Operations levy. The state’s new funding formula does not provide enough funding for the district to operate in full. This levy will help address the gap left by state funding and support special education, textbooks and classroom supplies, safety and security and student activities. Counselors and school nurses are among the other services, programs and positions supported by the Operations levy.

The six-year Building Excellence V (BEX V) capital levy would replace the expiring BEX IV capital levy. It will allow the district to continue construction of new school buildings and new additions or renovations to existing buildings to address enrollment and facilities condition needs. This levy will include projects to add more classroom space to meet growing enrollment needs, replace or repair school buildings and systems, improve earthquake safety and security needs, improve classroom technology and fund major preventive maintenance throughout the school district.

The School Board is scheduled to decide on the final list of capital and technology projects included in the BEX V capital levy this fall. A timeline for the levy process is on this page.


Woodland Park Zoo recently joined The Seattle Public Library’s Museum Pass program, which gives Library cardholders free admission to 16 Seattle museum and cultural organizations.

Each day 50 zoo passes will be available. Each pass allows up to four people ages 3 and up to access the zoo for free during regular business hours (children 2 and under are always free).

Library cardholders can reserve one free Museum Pass per week. Each Museum Pass provides admission for at least two adults — some passes allow more, and may include free admission for kids ages 17 and under. You can sign up for a pass to a specific organization once every 30 days.

The program reservation system requires you to enter your Library card number and personal identification number (PIN), then choose a specific date and print the museum pass. To read more details and reserve a museum pass, visit www.spl.org/museumpass.

Other participating organizations include: The Burke Museum, The Center for Wooden Boats, Flying Heritage Collection, Henry Art Gallery, Living Computers: Museum + Lab, The Log House Museum, MoPOP, Museum of Flight, Museum of History & Industry, Nordic Heritage Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Public Theater, and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

The Museum Pass program is sponsored by The Seattle Public Library Foundation.


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The rain is warmer. The days are longer. The weeds are blooming.

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If you’re like many of us, spring allergies are as predictable as rain in Seattle. But at Indigo Urgent Care in Wallingford, we frequently hear this question: Is it allergies or a sinus infection?

Swollen nasal passages and trouble breathing through your nose is a common allergy symptom. If an over-the-counter allergy medicine such as Zyrtec improves your symptoms, chances are you’re suffering from spring allergies.

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If your symptoms don’t improve after 10-14 days, you may be suffering from a sinus infection or chronic sinusitis.

If you can’t see your regular doctor or these symptoms grow worse over the weekend, we invite you to visit us at MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care in Wallingford.

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