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Bellwether Housing was founded in 1980 to create housing for lower wage workers to have access to safe, affordable housing close to their jobs. Bellwether is the Pacific Northwest’s largest nonprofit affordable housing provider.

In 2018, Bellwether paid about $2.4 million for the Boys & Girls Club property in Greenwood at 8635 Fremont Ave. N and plans to create 62 affordable homes. They will serve families with incomes between $38,000 for one person to $65,150 for a family of four. There will be 2 and 3-bedroom homes for larger families. 

Construction is expected to commence in mid-2022 and open the building to residents in 2023.

Encore Architects filed the early plan. Three new buildings of affordable family housing that are 3-4 stories will replace the existing playground on the south end of the corner property. Buildings would be separated by courtyards, townhouse-style. Surface parking with 23 stalls is proposed, with access from the alley to the west. Bike rooms are also included. On the north end of the site, at 625 N. 87th St., the community center will remain.

Bellwether would love to get your feedback on this project and is running a community survey. Your input will guide the design of new affordable housing for our neighborhood.

The survey is here in english, español, and 简体中文.

As part of the City of Seattle’s Early Outreach program for new developments, there is a comment period now open for an apartment building planned at 6817 Greenwood Ave N. Previous outreach was conducted on the project, but the developers decided to then participate in the Living Building Challenge pilot program which resulted in major design changes. A request from the Phinney Ridge Community council to extend the deadline for a week to January 11th was granted.

The proposed development is 7-story, 25-unit apartment building situated in 3,413 sf lot within a NC2-55(M) zone in the Greenwood Phinney Ridge Urban Village. The site is nestled between the Fini Apartments and Woodland Park Presbyterian Church. The project will participate in the Living Building Challenge pilot program for this with sunken garden and rooftop amenity space. Indoor bike parking and trash storage will be provided. This project will feature studio and one-bedroom units with a range of unit sizes.

Click here to visit a website about our proposed development. It has a comment function and online survey here.

Have you been looking forlornly at your broken Segway, cursing your glitchy laptop audio, or glaring at your cracked Ipad screen? Good news for those situations and so many more – Phinney-Greenwood now has our own electronics repair shop in Electronico Repairs.

Situated on the Northeast corner of 70th and Greenwood and adjacent to Rub-a-Dub Dog, the spousal duo of Amanda and Ivan are passionate about repairs and refurbishment. Electronico is not your normal repair shop, and their mission is to breathe new life into damaged electronics and to give older electronics a second chance at life.

Electronico specializes in repairs for all kinds of electronics from common Apple products (iPhone, iPad, Macbook and more) to Android devices and beyond. They do repairs on headphones, laptops, desktops, gaming machines, watches and, yes, even Segways.

In addition to their core repair services, Amanda and Ivan also work with folks on other aspects of responsible electronics ownership, like recycling and refurbishments. They sell refurbished electronics (Beats headphones, Sony speakers, Apple products and more) as well as all types of electronics accessories. Electonico also prides itself on excellent vendor relationships, and if you are looking for a repair they can’t do in-shop, they will connect you with who can. If you are interested in a desktop upgrade or computer build, they can help source the parts and assemble the build.

Electronico’s mission is to extend the life of electronics, facilitate responsible relationships with our electronics devices for the greenest community possible, and to work with folks to meet their needs based on their priorities and budget. Drop by or call if you have some problems that need solutions!

Electronico Repairs
7000 Greenwood Ave N
(206) 687-7026
info@electronicorepairs.com
Monday – Friday: 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: By Appointment Only

Lauren Perry, who founded City Cycle in 2017 in the Janus Apartment building across from Fred Meyer, might feel more than ever that she has been working hard and going nowhere. With a fitness program that specializes in rewarding labor and sweat while staying in place, they have created an apt – if not above average – 2020 metaphor for so many businesses in our community.

While we in the Phinney-Greenwood community should feel proud of the commitment we have made to shepherding our small businesses through the disaster that has befallen them, Lauren recently sent out a missive to her members that embodies what so many are felling and experiencing:

The last day of 2020… wow, we made it.

First thing is first, I need to say thank you. City Cycle wouldn’t have survived this year without the support from our community – read that again. There wasn’t a single IG post, a single sweatshirt purchased, or single email of encouraging words that went unnoticed during these past 8 months.

Some riders left their memberships active throughout our closures. Some purchased packages they knew they wouldn’t be able to use for months. Some purchased gift cards, bikes rentals, water bottles the list goes on and on. The amount of support was overwhelming and for that we are so grateful.

This has been a year that has tested everyone around the world. Some days made me cry, some days made me grateful and some days I deeply struggled. Looking back on the entire year, I can say that I learned so much. Some of these lessons learned would’ve never been brought to my attention if it weren’t for COVID. My entire vision for what this brand is has changed.

I have always seen City Cycle as a fitness space that thrived off of inclusivity. I now see City Cycle as a community that inspires one another other to grow, to connect and to challenge one another on and off the bike. This year I have been more inspired by this community off the bike than on. I have grown so much without ever stepping onto the bike and to me, that is so powerful. This brand was built with bikes underneath us and this year has elevated us to stand on our own two feet and do some really amazing things.

I want to give a big shout out to my staff. I was blown away by their patience and camaraderie during these past 9 months. We challenged each other in new ways, we learned from one another and we grew stronger as a team. As much as it’s about the riders showing up to support the studio, we can’t operate without a staff that is willing to come back to work. Showing up to the studio maybe even before they were ready to, purely because they believe in the positivity we are creating.

OH HOW I MISS THOSE CLASSES. I find myself almost on the daily dreaming of packed classes with the volume all the way up pouring my heart out in sweat. I promise you, we will get back to that and when we do it will be better than ever. I truly believe the energy that is created in that studio is one of a kind. We will get it back and we will do it safely. While 2020 is over, I think some of the biggest battles are still ahead of us.

Thank you for growing with us. Thank you for being patient as we navigate running a business during a pandemic. Thank you for being there for us as a community. We can’t wait to hug, high five and yell with you in 2021.

In a year where so many things divided us, a year where everything pushed us apart, we came together. All the love, Lauren

We wish City Cycle and all of our Phinney Businesses the best 2021 they could all possibly imagine. To learn more about City Cycle and how to support them and your health, please visit their website.

Our Phinney-Greenwood community is committed to the concept of “Developing White Racial Literacy” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo. The primary purpose of Breaking White Silence Northwest is to educate white people on the structures and patterns of racism, by forming free, facilitated study groups focused on reading and discussing Robin DiAngelo’s What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy.

The broader intention of these local groups is to build a community of racially literate white people who can support each other’s ongoing learning and action toward the advancement of racial justice.

Suzanne Engelberg will facilitate a six-session study group every other week on Sundays 1:00-3:00 PM starting January 10 and ending March 21. Six participants max. If interested, contact Suzanne suzaeng@gmail.com.

Ed Medeiros will be facilitating a weekly  6 session study group on Wednesdays from 7-9 PM beginning January 27 and ending March 31.Eight  participants max.  If interested, contact Ed ed@breakingwhitesiencenw.org.

We recommend purchasing Robin DiAngelo’s book What Does It Mean to Be White? (Revised Edition) well in advance of the start of the study group, as reading will be assigned before the first session. Local independent bookstores will be happy to order one for you. As an alternative, you can borrow a copy from our project for the duration of your study group. contact info@breakingwhitesilencenw.org to make arrangements for a book or to be put on a waiting list if you are unable to make these ones.  

The first act for Taproot Theatre Company is coming to a close: Producing Artistic Director Scott Nolte is retiring from his position after co-founding Taproot with his wife Pam over 44 years ago. The first press Taproot ever received, via writer Ray Ruppert, couldn’t have said it better. “Six young people in pursuit of a dream, which older heads might consider unlikely if not impossible, have formed the Taproot Theatre Company…

The company began as a touring company in 1976 with performances in churches, schools and libraries, but in 1977 when the company was incorporated into a not-for-profit theatre with a Board of Directors and by-laws, the future vision already included an acting school and Mainstage productions. Under Nolte’s careful guidance Taproot has grown to become Seattle’s oldest and largest mid-size professional theatre, serving over 180,000 people annually with its “theatre of hope” through its Mainstage and touring productions, and acting studio.

The first printed program for Taproot Theatre describes the 1976 company as “an ensemble of actors with our life and faith firmly rooted in God the Creator.” That rootedness has remained, allowing the company under Scott’s leadership to pursue plays exploring issues of justice, race, and economic division in addition to plays that entertain and bring laughter. This combination is what Scott has liked to call “a well balanced meal” for the company’s over 3,000 subscribers. That same rootedness has also granted perseverance for the challenging job of maintaining and growing a theatre company through four location moves, five recessions, floods, thefts, a massive fire which destroyed an entire building, an explosion and now, a global pandemic.

In 1988, Scott Nolte’s vision and leadership led to the purchase of an old movie house, The China Theatre, in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle and renovation work began with contractors and the efforts of countless volunteers and donors. Taproot’s vagabond existence, producing in three different locations over 20 years ended in 1996 when the company moved into the remodeled space as a fully operational 226 seat theatre in the Greenwood neighborhood of Seattle. A devastating fire destroyed the company’s second building in 2009. Seattle’s entire theatre community joined Taproot’s loyal patrons to come alongside with help at that time. The Kendall Center opened in 2013 providing more room for the company’s acting classes, offices, and the 119 seat Isaac Studio Theatre. Taproot now had the space that Nolte envisioned to help grow the next generation of theatre artists.

Nolte directed over 150 productions in his 44 years with Taproot Theatre including regional premieres, classics, and new works along with his beloved classic comedies.

Co-founder Pam Nolte served in multiple positions through the years with the company working for twenty-five years as the theatre’s Marketing Director, Taproot’s Community Liaison, a company actor, and teaching artist. Her most recent years were spent creating and managing Taproot Theatre’s pioneering work in providing theatre classes for individuals experiencing memory loss.

Although the Noltes’ formal roles with Taproot are coming to an end, they will continue their work as theatre artists, directing and acting with the company when their skills are requested. When the theatre is allowed to reopen its Jewell Mainstage, post-pandemic, Scott will direct two of Taproot’s postponed productions and Pam will resume the acting roles she was originally cast in for the Mainstage season.

Over their 44 year tenure, the Noltes created a family of over 1,000 actors, designers, technicians, teaching actors, and staff members. Their legacy will live on through that family, a family which also includes the hundreds of thousands of donors, subscribers and students Taproot has served with its “theatre of hope”.

At the end of this difficult year, Scott Nolte can trust that as he passes the torch to incoming Producing Artistic Director Karen Lund, Taproot Theatre Company will continue to tell the stories of hope and courage that Taproot’s audiences can look forward to for years to come.

As part of the City of Seattle’s Early Outreach program for new developments, there is a comment period now open for an apartment building planned at 6817 Greenwood Ave N. Previous outreach was conducted on the project, but the developers decided to then participate in the Living Building Challenge pilot program which resulted in major design changes.

The proposed development is 7-story, 25-unit apartment building situated in 3,413 sf lot within a NC2-55(M) zone in the Greenwood Phinney Ridge Urban Village. The site is nestled between the Fini Apartments and Woodland Park Presbyterian Church. The project will participate in the Living Building Challenge pilot program for this with sunken garden and rooftop amenity space. Indoor bike parking and trash storage will be provided. This project will feature studio and one-bedroom units with a range of unit sizes.

Click here to visit a website about our proposed development. It has a comment function and online survey here.

Developer: Edson Gallaudet, Build Urban
Architect/Applicant: Steve Bull, Workshop AD
Contact Information: info@workshopad.com
SDCI Website: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/documentlibrary
Site Area: 3,413 sf
Height: approximately 62′
Project Square Feet: 15,500 sf
Total Units: 25
Automobile parking: 0
Estimated start date: Spring 2022
Construction Duration: 12 months
Type of building: Multi-family

The PNA Hot Meal Program has partnered with Medical Teams International to offer free dental services, once a month at our Tuesday meal beginning in January. 

Medical Teams International will supply a customized Mobile Dental Van holding two dental operatorys and oversee the clinic operations. Volunteer dentists, hygienists and assistants treat individuals with the least access to dental care, including the chemically-dependent, elderly, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, unemployed and youth. Urgent care needs are the top priority and services range from pain alleviation (primarily treatment of infection and abscesses, extractions) to fillings.

Left untreated, dental problems can lead to pain, difficulty eating and increase the risk of debilitating health conditions. Two significant obstacles prevent people from receiving dental care – cost and access. We are committed to breaking down these barriers by delivering free dental care to our neighbors. 

Due to the pandemic, procedures that create aerosols (using hand tools only) have been temporarily eliminated. Each van operatory is thoroughly cleaned after each use. Full PPE is available to all staff, volunteers and patients when required. We are usually able to see 6 or 7 patients each clinic.

Are you a dentist, hygienist, or dental assistant with a current state license to practice your profession?

We would love to have you join the volunteer team at Medical Teams International in providing free dental care to low-income individuals with urgent needs. For more information about the MTI Dental Program, please visit here.

We are asking volunteers to commit to one, 6-hour shift once a month, quarter, or year 

Please contact Krissie Dillin, Program Director, at krissied@phinneycenter.org to discuss this life-changing volunteer opportunity. 

The inaugural Phinneywood Holiday Gift Guide, filled with thoughtful and unique items that support our beloved (and endangered) neighborhood businesses, has added a dozen new shops since debuting last week.

Tom Nissley, owner of Phinney Books, let us know “someone saw the three-volume fish guide in the Gift Guide and came in and bought it. Excellent response rate!”

In addition to stalwarts such as Phinney Books, Snapdoodle Toys, and Ken’s Market headlining the initial guide, more small businesses have joined in the fun. here are some favorites that caught our eye:

Fresh Flours Holiday Cookie Assortment
Doorstep delivery of Jon the Farmer’s 2021 harvest
Crystal Hair Clips from Hazel Salon
Cannoli for your puppy from Puddles Barkery
Fleur de Lait Botanical Bath Powder from rue Sante
Handmade wood slingshot with felt balls from Nutty Squirrel

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