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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight will discuss business recovery and safety issues one year after natural gas explosion

March 21st, 2017 by Doree

Reminder: The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting tonight will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting Tuesday will review safety in the wake of last year’s natural gas explosion

March 19th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s March meeting will focus on reviewing the aftermath of the Greenwood natural gas explosion last year, recap the neighborhood’s recovery efforts, and discuss concerns over safety going forward.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 N. 78th St., in Fellowship Hall. (Note: The meeting is in a different location than usual, because the Greenwood Library is closed for renovations.)

A representative from the Phinney Neighborhood Association will talk about the results of the neighborhood’s fundraising efforts; Chaco Canyon owner Chris Maykut will discuss the ongoing recovery efforts of affected businesses; and a representative from Puget Sound Energy will discuss natural gas safety issues and whether our neighborhood is safer now.

The Council also will take nominations for its annual election of officers. The election will be at the April meeting.

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State Rep. Frame sponsors bill to help businesses affected by future gas pipeline accidents

March 10th, 2017 by Doree

State Rep. Noel Frame, who lives in Greenwood, is sponsoring a bill that would help businesses and non-profits affected by future gas pipeline explosions.

According to the press release, House Bill 2135 would establish a mitigation fund to assist entities that suffer damages in future accidents. The House Technology and Economic Development Committee heard public testimony on the bill yesterday (the one-year anniversary of the March 9, 2016, explosion in downtown Greenwood). Scott Nolte, Producing Artistic Director of Taproot Theatre, and Kelly Kasper of HT2 Consulting Services and a Greenwood resident, testified.

You can see video of that hearing here.

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Puget Sound Energy talking natural gas safety with businesses, residents today, on 1-year anniversary of explosion

March 9th, 2017 by Doree

Two dozen Puget Sound Energy employees are talking about natural gas safety with Greenwood businesses and residents today on the one-year anniversary of the natural gas explosion that destroyed three businesses and damaged 50 more.

PSE has an information table set up inside the Greenwood Fred Meyer on NW 85th Street, and a tent in the parking lot at the corner of NW 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW, where employees are staging as they go out into the neighborhood.

PSE Vice President of Corporate Affairs Andy Wappler (in photo above, second from right) told me at 1 p.m. today that PSE employees had gone to every business within about a two-block radius of the intersection of NW 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.

Starting at about 2 p.m., employees planned to fan out in teams of two to knock on residents’ doors within about a four-block radius, a total of about 400 homes. Employees will be wearing bright yellow/green jackets with the PSE logo.

PSE’s website has information on what to do if you think you detect a gas leak in your home or business.

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Mr. Gyros food truck serving up favorites from former Greenwood site most evenings

June 29th, 2016 by Doree

Mr. Gyros, which lost its Greenwood restaurant in the March 9 natural gas explosion that leveled three businesses and damaged at least 50 more, is now parking its food truck in that now-empty lot at North 84th and Greenwood Avenue.

According to Mr. Gyros’ Twitter page, the truck will be open from 3:30-7:30 p.m. most days.

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Greenwood Relief Fund Updated

April 12th, 2016 by Robin Donovan

Greenwood explosion relief efforts are still underway with an updated list of businesses who have contributed to the Relief Fund. To see the complete list (which continues to grow), or to donate, please visit the Phinney Center website. The original posting with more information can be found here.

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G&O Family Cyclery moving temporarily one block north after natural gas explosion damaged their shop

April 1st, 2016 by Doree

G&O Family Cyclery is moving into temporary space one block north of their shop that was severely damaged in the March 9 natural gas explosion. The temporary space is at 8554-1/2 Greenwood Ave. N., where Conscious Care marijuana dispensary used to be.

Co-owner Davey Oil sent an email to friends and customers this morning, explaining that he and co-owner Tyler Gillies will work out of the temporary space through the spring and much of the summer. They hope to open up in the next week or two after they finish fixing up the inside. They will be able to do full-service repairs in the new space, but are not yet scheduling repair appointments until they know their opening date.

It looks like crews are almost done cleaning up the explosion site. This morning there was just one pile of debris in the back corner and some of the fencing was being removed. (G&O Family Cyclery is the brick building to the right.)

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Insurrection’s store is closed, but they’re open for online business and in person by appointment

March 25th, 2016 by Doree

Insurrection Performance, at 8403-1/2 Greenwood Ave. N., is moving everything out of its shop, which was heavily damaged by the March 9 natural gas explosion, and into storage. However, they’re still open for online business and by appointment at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., where they’ve rented a room for customer appointments.

Insurrection was heavily damaged by the March 9 natural gas explosion, which leveled three businesses directly north.

Insurrection was heavily damaged by the March 9 natural gas explosion, which leveled three businesses directly north.

Over the last 10 years the store has morphed from western apparel and boots to vintage clothing and now to leather motorcycle gear.

This morning a crew from Servpro, which specializes in fire and water cleanup and restoration, was at the store, cleaning and boxing up everything to put in storage. Insurrection’s Sally (who didn’t want her last name used) told me the blast separated the north wall from the ceiling and then water poured into the back room, making the structure unstable.

“The water damage in the back was a big surprise to me,” she said. “We’ll come back when we can.”

In the meantime, customers can call the store at 206-550-3545 to make an appointment to view off-the-rack items as well as for measuring and fitting for custom orders.

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Reminder: Greenwood Recovery Office is open 9-12 daily through Friday

March 21st, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the city’s Greenwood Recovery Office is open at Works Progress co-working space, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, for anyone affected by the March 9 natural gas explosion. It is staffed by city employees who can provide information and resources to businesses, employees and residents. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily through this Friday, March 25.

Phone is 206-396-2788. Parking is available behind the building, with disability access.

Businesses continue to clean up and move forward after the disaster, with help from local artists who have been painting murals on the plywood windows. Signe sent us this photo of artist Jessica Byrd painting on Saturday at Rosewood Guitar, directly across from the blast site.

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