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

 

Seattle Design Commission looking for licensed architect and professional engineer to advise city design of capital facilities

October 10th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Design Commission is looking for a licensed architect and a professional engineer to join the commission for a two-year term that begins in March.

The Seattle Design Commission provides advice to the Mayor and City Council on the design of capital facilities (parks, community centers, fire station, police stations, etc.) and projects that have a significant impact on streets. The commission meets during the day on the 1st and third Thursday of the month.

Letters of interest with a resume are due Dec. 1. For more information, check the Seattle Design Commission website.

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Department of Neighborhoods hosting conversations on affordable housing

November 17th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a series of what it calls “conversations on affordable housing” throughout the city. The DON wants residents’ feedback on proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing in all neighborhoods.

The first conversation is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N.

See the Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda website for maps that show draft neighborhood zoning changes. The neighborhood maps that will be highlighted at the Dec. 3 meeting are:

  • Aurora-Licton Springs
  • Ballard
  • Bitter Lake
  • Crown Hill
  • Greenwood/Phinney
  • NE 130th

Representatives from other city departments will be at the meeting to discuss residents’ thoughts and concerns about: Parks and Recreation – development plan; Department of Transportation – Metro Rapid Ride; Transportation and Construction and Inspections – parking reform; Office of Sustainability and the Environment; Ethics & Elections – democracy vouchers; Human Services Division – fair housing.

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City survey asks about “legacy” businesses lost or in danger of closing

June 14th, 2016 by Doree

The City of Seattle is conducting an online survey to learn about neighborhood businesses that serve as community gathering spots that have closed or are in danger of closing.

Seattle is a dynamic, growing city, replete with opportunity. But as the city develops, occasionally it loses longtime businesses (restaurants, bars, theaters, etc.) that are beloved to its residents—or an atmosphere is created that threatens to displace them. To that end, we’d love it if you would fill out a very short survey which tells us a bit about the businesses that serve as community gathering spots in your neighborhood that you’ve loved and lost—or fear may be in peril—so as to create an atmosphere in which they might better thrive going forward.

The survey results will help the Mayor’s Commercial Affordability Taskforce to determine what policies or funding support could help preserve the city’s iconic small businesses.

The survey asks the following questions:

  • Which closed business(es) do you miss?
  • Where was it located?
  • Do you know why it went out of business?
  • Why was this business important to you?
  • Is there a business you fear may go away? Why?

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City needs participants from every neighborhood for Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee focus groups

February 8th, 2016 by Doree

The City of Seattle is looking for focus group participants to weigh in on housing affordability issues and the Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee (HALA) recommendations.

Focus groups will consist of several representatives from each neighborhood area, including homeowners, renters, people with and without children, experienced neighborhood advocates and those with no advocacy experience. The idea is to reflect a broad range of perspectives. It will be facilitated by an independent third party.

Four or five Community Focus Groups of 20-40 people each will meet monthly, from March through December. Meetings will be open to the public to observe and comment during a set time on the agenda. Each focus group member should expect to spend about 10-15 hours per month reading materials, and attending meetings.

Most meetings will occur at City Hall downtown outside of typical business hours. Community Focus Group members will get free parking and public transit during meeting times.

Click here to download an application form, them email it to HALAapplication@seattle.gov before Feb. 26.

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Mayor’s live televised address on homelessness at 7:30 tonight

January 26th, 2016 by Doree

From the city:

Tonight, the Mayor will take a seldom used and extraordinary step of giving a live televised address to the people of Seattle on one of the most challenging issues facing the city: homelessness. The Administration has worked tirelessly to address this multi-dimensional issue, while at the same time, homelessness also invokes strong emotional reactions coupled with very divergent views about how best to tackle the problem. This evening, the Mayor will frame the challenges we face as a community, offer his thoughts on how we must proceed and provide a call-to-action for all of us.

The Mayor’s address will be live from Mary’s Place beginning at 7:30 p.m. It will be aired on Seattle Channel (Channel 21 on Comcast & Wave) and streamed at: http://www.seattlechannel.org/live

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

November 10th, 2015 by Doree

Remember, neighbors can take part in a Safe Routes to School audit for the Wilson-Pacific schools site near Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. The first audit starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday; the second audit starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both start at The Woodlands Pizza at 8314 Aurora Ave. N.

Three new schools will open on the site. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and Northgate Way. The purpose of the audits is to find safe routes for those students to get to school, and to suggest pedestrian improvements to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and City of Seattle.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

November 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017 on North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including many students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits of potential routes, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

The audits will result in a report to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and City of Seattle to encourage the implementation of needed safety improvements prior to the schools’ opening.

Audits are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day, a school holiday), and Saturday, Nov. 14. A third day could possibly be added, depending on interest.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Reminder: Mayor Murray at Greenwood Senior Center on Saturday

July 16th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, as part of a “Seattle at Work” event.

The mayor will be joined by several city department directors to talk with residents about how the city works in our neighborhood, including city programs and special projects.

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Mayor Murray at Greenwood Senior Center July 18

July 8th, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, as part of a “Seattle at Work” event.

The mayor will be joined by several city department directors to talk with residents about how the city works in our neighborhood, including city programs and special projects.

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