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

 

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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Comment by Sept. 20 on environmental concerns for 7-story apartment building coming to 8612 Palatine Ave. N.

September 7th, 2017 by Doree

The public has until Sept. 20 to comment on any environmental concerns about the 7-story apartment building that will be built t 8612 Palatine Ave. N., which is currently an empty lot across the street from the Sedges apartments.

The building will have 141 units above retail space, with parking for 91 vehicles. The first Early Design Guidance meeting was on April 4.

You can comment online here.

Click here for the initial design proposal from April.

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Early Design Guidance meeting for development to replace 418 Public House building on NW 65th Street is Sept. 18

September 6th, 2017 by Doree

The building currently housing 418 Public House on NW 65th St. will be demolished and replaced by a three-story building with nine apartments and three live-work units, plus retail at street level and parking for nine vehicles at and below grade level. The new address for the project will be 412 NW 65th St.

The first Early Design Guidance meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

If you can’t make the meeting, you can email comments on site planning and design issues through Sept. 18 to PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project #3024585.

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SDOT to pave 3rd Avenue NW between NW 120th and 122nd streets Sept. 7-8

September 1st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews will pave 3rd Avenue NW between NW 120th and 122nd streets on Sept. 7-8. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with detours starting at 9 a.m.

Metro buses will not be impacted and uniformed police officers will be on location to direct traffic and assist with boarding at the two stops at corners of NW 120th St and 3rd Ave which will be open, (one northbound and one southbound).

Crosswalks, sidewalks or walking paths will not be affected. Local Access Only to driveways or for emergency vehicles. This project is part of SDOT’s Arterial Major Maintenance (AMM) program.

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Design Review Recommendation meeting Sept. 18 for development to replace Greenwood explosion site

August 29th, 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 set for Sept. 18 (the originally scheduled Aug. 21 meeting was canceled).

The meeting will be 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.

An updated design proposal is not yet available. The original proposal from last January is available here.

Update Sept. 12: Here’s the updated design proposal.

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SDOT to ‘microsurface’ Bitter Lake streets just north of Greenwood starting Aug. 19

August 10th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will begin its “microsurfacing” preventative maintenance program in three neighborhoods beginning next week, including Bitter Lake, just north of Greenwood.

SDOT contractors will apply a seal-coat to non-arterial city streets. The work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled if it rains.

The work in Bitter Lake will happen on Aug. 19 and Aug. 21-24. Click here to see which streets will be microsurfaced and when.

To prepare these streets for the microsurfacing seal-coat, it’s essential that any structural damage is repaired prior to the microsurfacing process. Therefore, SDOT crews have patched deteriorated areas of the selected roads well in advance of the microsurfacing operation. In addition, low hanging branches and overgrowth needs to be trimmed to allow for the microsurfacing equipment to navigate the roads. Pre-sweeping will be done by SDOT crews days in advance of the work, and the contractor will perform a final sweep on the day of microsurfacing.

What to expect:

• Microsurfacing work will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. On the day of microsurfacing, all personal items, including vehicles, will need to be removed from the roadway.
• Residents will need to park their cars on a nearby block not being microsurfaced. During the microsurfacing process, large equipment will apply a thin layer of seal coat onto the pavement. While some streets may remain closed after 5 p.m. to allow for drying time of the street surface, crews will re-open all streets the same day the work is done.
• A sealed street will be closed to vehicular traffic for up to 8 hours to allow the seal coat to set. Residents, pedestrians, and even pets should be kept off the emulsion until it has dried. The microsurfacing emulsion will be sticky and difficult to remove from clothing or pet fur. Please do not wash cars or water lawns as this may delay the microsurfacing curing process. Please do not drive, walk, run, play or ride bikes on the street until it has been re-opened.

Microsurfacing is a protective seal coat which extends the life of pavement. This is a cost-effective method to renew the road surface and seal minor cracks and other irregularities. Like painting a house, microsurfacing creates a protective layer which preserves the underlying structure and minimizes the need for more expensive repairs in the future.

If you have questions about microsurfacing work in your neighborhood, please email: 2017Microsurfacing@seattle.gov or call (206) 643-6304.

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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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