A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles to meet with constituents Sept. 22 for informal discussion on council issues

September 15th, 2017 by Doree

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who represents our area in District 4 (most of Seattle north of Madison Avenue downtown and west of I-5), will meet with constituents from 12-1:30 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 22, at Ballard Coffee Works, 2060 NW Market St.

Councilmember Kohl-Welles will have an informal discussion on issues the Council is working on, including:

– Potential federal funding reductions to County health, housing, and human services
– The County’s efforts to battle the heroin and opioid epidemic
– The Regional Affordable Housing Task Force
– Best Start For Kids’ efforts to reduce structural inequality in our society
– Next steps on reforming and investing in West Point Treatment Plant
– Improving our Paratransit Access program
…or anything else related to county government that is important to you. You don’t need to make an appointment, but please RSVP to jeanne.kohl-welles@kingcounty.gov to help us better prepare for this event.

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Metro Transit’s fall service revisions will add trips to Routes 5, 28 and RapidRide E Line

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

Metro Transit’s fall service changes begin on Sept. 23, and riders will see increased service on many routes, including several in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

On weekdays, new Route 5 Night Owl trips will be added leaving Shoreline CC at about 1:17 and 3:18 AM, and from downtown Seattle at about 2:18 and 4:11 AM. The 3:18 AM trip leaving Shoreline CC will connect with Link light rail at Stadium Station.

On Saturday, trips will be added leaving Shoreline CC at about 1:21 and 3:21 AM, and from downtown Seattle at about 2:26 and 4:11 AM.

On Sunday, trips will be added leaving Shoreline CC at about 1:21 and 3:21 AM, and from downtown Seattle at about 2:25 and 4:11 AM. The 3:21 AM trip leaving Shoreline CC will connect with Link light rail at Stadium Station.

During the morning peak period, a new southbound (Route 28) trip to downtown Seattle leaving 8th Ave NW & NE 97th St at 7:57 AM will be added.

On weekdays, Saturday and Sunday, new RapidRide E Line Night Owl trips will be added and current trip times will be revised to provide hourly late night service between downtown Seattle and Aurora Village.

On weekdays, a Night Owl trip to downtown Seattle leaving Bay 10 at the Aurora Village TC at 3:45 AM will be added. This trip will connect with Link light rail at Stadium Station. Also, a new trip to the Aurora Village TC leaving Prefontaine Place S & Yesler Way at 4 AM will be added.

On Saturday and Sunday, Night Owl trips will be added leaving the Aurora Village TC at 3:45 AM, and from downtown Seattle at 4 and 5 AM. The 3:45 AM trip will connect with Link light rail at Stadium Station.

See Metro’s website for all the changes.

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City to consider draft legislation on ‘flexible-use parking’ regulations

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections is proposing the city adopt new “flexible-use parking” regulations, which would allow buildings with parking facilities to provide excess capacity for public use.

As recommended by the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), this legislation also clarifies existing regulations that provide flexibility for residential projects to tailor their supply of off-street parking in accordance with demand in Urban Villages, Urban Centers and other areas served by frequent transit. By reducing the provision of excess parking, this policy decreases construction costs and encourages more housing in communities best served by transit, lowering the cost of building housing overall.

In Urban Centers and Urban Villages with frequent transit service, we’ve found that 87% of housing units are in developments where parking is provided. However, a recent King County study that surveyed hundreds of residential buildings countywide (including 95 in Seattle) found that 35% of residential parking garage spaces were not in use. This proposal aims to remove code barriers to allow more daily and overnight use of these unused off-street parking spaces, creating more parking opportunities for residents, visitors, and shoppers to store their vehicles off-street and walk, bike, or ride transit to get around town.

You can see the draft documents here, along with environmental determinations, transit maps and other supporting materials.

And you can comment on the draft legislation’s environmental aspects until Oct. 5 by emailing comments to gordon.clowers@seattle.gov.

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Second Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is Oct. 2

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will have a second design review recommendation meeting for the proposed project at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 2, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. (A previous recommendation meeting was on June 5.)

The project will be a six-story, 220,000 square foot self-storage facility with an office, caretaker’s unit, and parking for 15 vehicles. The existing building (Gold’s Gym) will be demolished.

You can still comment on site planning and design considerations until the Oct. 2 meeting by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; mention project #3020310.

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Reminder: Design Review Recommendation meeting for development to replace Greenwood explosion site is Monday

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

The Design Review Recommendation meeting for the development that will take over the Greenwood explosion site at 8403 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 8 p.m. Monday (Sept. 18), at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The developer is proposing a six-story, 70-unit apartment building with retail at street level, and parking for 70 vehicles below grade. Flint Creek Cattle Co.’s building at the north end of that block will remain, but the south end building where Better Hearing, Kouzina and Insurrection Apparel were located, will be demolished.

The updated design proposal is here.

Here’s the proposed building looking west from Greenwood Avenue at North 84th Street.

And here’s the view looking south from North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue.

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Annual SketchFest brings comedy to Greenwood’s Pocket Theater

September 13th, 2017 by Doree

The annual SketchFest comedy festival is underway, with several shows of local performers coming up this week and next at The Pocket Theater, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N., and the headline shows with comedy acts from around the world at the Annex Theater, 1100 E. Pike St., Sept. 22-23.

The Pocket Theater shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. this Friday, 7 p.m. Sunday, and 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 online or $14 in advance.

See the lineup for each show online, plus performer bios. Some acts are solos or duos, while others are larger groups of sketch artists.

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‘Relativity’ opens at Taproot Theatre Sept. 20

September 13th, 2017 by Doree

Taproot Theatre ends its season with the period drama “Relativity,” running Sept. 20 through Oct. 21. It’s recommended for ages 12 and up.

In 1902 Albert and Mileva Einstein had a daughter. After 1904 she was never seen or spoken of again. Fast forward to 1948 – as an insistent reporter searches for answers to Einstein’s secrets, she discovers that not everything adds up.

The show’s cast includes Dennis Bateman as Albert Einstein, Candace Vance as Margaret Harding and Pam Nolte as Miss Dukas.

Candace Vance, Pam Nolte and Dennis Bateman in “Relativity” at Taproot Theatre. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Discounted previews are Sept. 20-21, with opening night Sept. 22. Midweek matinees are at 2 p.m. Sept 26 (with post-play discussion, 2 p.m. on Oct 4, and 10 a.m. on Oct. 18 (with guided post-play discussion). There’s a Pay What You Can performance on Sept. 27.

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month at the Seattle Public Library

September 12th, 2017 by Doree

September is national Library Card Sign-Up Month, so the Seattle Public Library is encouraging everyone – especially students – to sign up for their own card.

Library card holders can check out books and movies or download e-books or magazines, plus check out museum passes, watch a movie online or at the library, print from their own devices using the library’s free Wi-Fi, learn programming or Web design through Safari Books Online, attend free classes, reserve a computer for up to 90 minutes a day, check out a Wi-Fi hotspot, get personalized book recommendations with Your Next 5 Books, stream and download music from 100 local bands and musicians with PlayBack, get help with homework and classes as a K-12 student or an adult, and more.

Anyone who lives, works, owns property or goes to school in the library’s service area can get a free library card. Cardholders from several library systems in Washington may also qualify for a Seattle library card.

You can apply online if you are 13 or older, or visit a library branch to sign up. Bring a valid I.D. and proof of your current address, like a utility bill. Young adults and children ages 17 and under do not need to provide proof of their resident address.

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Jewish community Panim Hadashot – New Faces moves into Greenwood

September 12th, 2017 by Doree

The Jewish organization Panim Hadashot-New Faces has moved into Greenwood. The group’s offices are at Works Progres Coworking, at 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, which is also where it holds its monthly Shabbat services during the fall, winter and spring. In the summer months, it holds Shabbat services in Carkeek Park.

Panim Hadashot-פנים חדשות (Pah-neem Chah-dah-shote) means “new faces” in Hebrew. It is an ancient Jewish term associated with hospitality and the Sabbath. Panim Hadashot-New Faces fosters Sabbath joy (Oneg Shabbat) by encouraging home hospitality, reviving the tradition of table singing through our music, exploring timely Jewish teachings, and bringing ‘new faces’, people from diverse backgrounds, together in celebration.

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