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

 

Single-family home at Phinney Avenue and North 65th to be replaced by four townhomes

July 13th, 2017 by Doree

The house at 6503 6505 Phinney Ave. N. will be demolished and replaced by two, two-unit townhome buildings (a total of four units) with no parking provided. The site is next door to Home Espresso Repair. (Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the house number is 6505, although Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections lists it as 6503, which does not exist).

The project is under Streamlined Design Review, meaning no public meeting will take place. You can provide written comments about site planning and design issues through July 26 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov.

You can see the full design proposal here.

Update Friday: It appears there will be more multi-family units in the nearby houses. 6509 Phinney Ave. N. has nothing pending in DCI’s system, however, it is listed as part of the same King County Assessor parcel as 6511 and 6517. An application for redevelopment for 6511 was recently canceled, and 6517 has an application for 8 units and no parking, with Streamlined Design Review (meaning no public meeting). 6505, 6511 and 6517 are listed by DCI as having the same owner, Isola Real Estate.

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Greenwood Library renovation celebration is Saturday afternoon

July 13th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library is marking the completion of its recent renovation with a community celebration from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner will deliver brief remarks at 1:30 p.m., followed by music by a flutist from the Music Center of the Northwest, and a sing-along to “Follow Me to the Greenwood Library.” Patrons can see historic photos of Greenwood and neighborhood murals, an interactive “What I love about the library” display, and enjoy refreshments supplied by Fred Meyer and PCC.

Before the celebration there’s a special construction-themed story time at 11 a.m. for preschoolers and toddlers, featuring construction workers in their vests and hard hats.

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Greenwood Library reopens today with new glass exterior wall

July 5th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., reopens at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) after a 9-day closure to install a new glass exterior wall in the front.

The old glass wall had been removed, along with the boulder that extended from the outside to the interior, because of ongoing moisture issues. The boulder will be incorporated into the new park under construction across the street.

Holds that were temporarily suspended during the closure will automatically be restarted on Wednesday, but if you chose to pick up holds at another branch during the closure and need help changing back to Greenwood, see a library staff member for help.

The library, which was extensively remodeled from February through April, will host a renovation party with entertainment and refreshments from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

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Greenwood Library will reopen next Wednesday with new glass exterior wall

June 29th, 2017 by Doree

The installation of the new exterior glass wall at the Greenwood Library is coming along nicely, so the library will reopen at 10 a.m. next Wednesday, July 5. The library closed last Monday, June 26, for the installation.

The library’s interior was extensively remodeled from February through April, with a new laptop bar in the teen area, combined service desks, increased seating options, added electrical outlets to tables, an upgraded meeting room, repositioned public computers to reduce glare, and new carpet. The boulder that had extended from the exterior to the interior was removed because of moisture issues, but will be placed in the new park across the street. A temporary plywood wall was installed until the glass wall could be installed this past week.

Holds that were temporarily suspended during the closure will be automatically restarted on July 5, but if you chose to pick up holds at another branch during the closure and need help changing back to Greenwood, see a library staff member for help.

The library, at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will host a renovation party with entertainment and refreshments from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15.

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Comment period extended for environmental concerns for Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck project at Aurora and 92nd

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has extended the time period to comment on environmental issues related to Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck’s proposal to move from 10702 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave N.

The project would change an existing wrecking yard to 25,370 square feet of outdoor display of rental equipment and vehicle repair, add a one-story building for general manufacturing, 1,900 cubic yards of grading of contaminated soil, and alterations to an existing building. Three buildings would be demolished, plus a portion of another building.

The new site is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day, which has caused concern from some neighbors, especially because a new school campus will open this fall just a block away.

The original comment period ended April 26, but the application has been resubmitted and the new deadline is June 5. You can comment online here, or by emailing PRC@Seattle.gov; be sure and mention project #3026342.

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Greenwood Library to close again June 26 for two weeks for final remodeling work

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Library will close again for about two weeks beginning Monday, June 26, for the second phase of major remodeling work.

The library at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. closed from Feb. 13 to April 16 for renovation, including new carpet, a laptop bar in the teen area, combined service desks, increased seating options, added electrical outlets to tables, upgrades to the meeting room and repositioned public computers to reduce glare.

During the new closure, the new custom exterior glass wall will be installed. The front windows/glass wall is being replaced because the large boulder that extended from the outside into the library was removed because of continuing moisture problems. That wall is currently covered with plywood.

The library’s garage also will be closed, but the exterior book drop will remain open. All holds will be temporarily suspended and automatically restarted once the library reopens.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is June 5

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will give its recommendation for the proposed project at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

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 June 5 meeting by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and mention it’s for project #3020310.

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Reminder: Design Review Recommendation meeting for DESC project at 937 N. 96th St. is tonight

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Northwest Design Review Board meets tonight (Monday) to present its recommendation for the Downtown Emergency Services Center housing project coming to 937 N. 96th St. That development will be a six-story building with 100 apartments, support services for homeless men and women with disabilities, and parking for three staff vehicles.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments on design issues until meeting time to PRC@seattle.gov.

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Public meeting on proposed Handy Andy truck site at 92nd and Aurora is May 24

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

The city will hold a public meeting about the proposed new location for Handy Andy Rent-A-Tool Inc. on Aurora Avenue North after community concerns about the site location, traffic and safety.

Handy Andy has proposed moving from 10711 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave. N. As many as 500 truck trips per day are expected at the new site, which is just a block from the new Seattle Public Schools campus for three schools opening in the fall at North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora. Neighbors and activists are worried about students’ safety as they walk or bike to school. That block is part of the North Seattle Greenway, as well as a designed Safe Route to School.

The project would take up the entire west side of Aurora Avenue between North 92nd and 93rd streets. Three buildings and a portion of a fourth on the site of an existing wrecking yard would be demolished. The site would be used to display rental equipment, conduct vehicle repair and manufacture concrete. The project must go through SEPA environmental review.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. Written and oral comments are welcome at the meeting.

You can find all documents and plans related to the site here; type in project number 3026342.

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