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Greenwood Community Council hosts forum on homelessness next Wednesday

February 21st, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council will host a special forum on homelessness at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, March 1, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.

Hundreds of people are living on the streets in Seattle today, with more arriving all the time. There have been several local meetings on new encampment plans, but this one has a different focus: Who are the homeless, why is homelessness growing, what would one-term solutions look like, and how can communities help?

Our three speakers on the front lines responding:

  • The Mayor’s Director of Homelessness George Scarola
  • The Executive Director of Aurora Commons Elizabeth Dahl
  • Arepresentative from Speak Out Seattle!

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Help Greenwood Community Council decide on areas of transportation advocacy and action at tonight’s transportation committee meeting

February 20th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee meets tonight (Monday) at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N., to discuss what issues to advocate for and take action on this year. Everyone is welcome.

You can see feedback the committee has already received and add your own thoughts.

At tonight’s meeting the committee will look at the list of suggested items and drill down into specific actions it might take in the coming year.

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Greenwood Community Council’s Transportation Committee will discuss what issues to tackle at Feb. 20 meeting

February 6th, 2017 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is still looking for feedback on what transportation issues it should focus on for this year.

You can comment online and/or attend the February Transportation Committee meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20, at Flying Bike Brewery, 8570 Greenwood Ave. N.

Meeting attendees will look at the list of suggested items and talk about specific actions or advocacy the GCC might take on in the coming year.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting tonight: ‘Weigh In on the Biggest Citywide Land Use Change in Decades’

November 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N., in the downstairs meeting room. On the agenda is the city’s plan to enact zoning changes that will affect housing throughout the city.

Seattle is preparing to make city-wide changes to zoning that will change the allowable height of all multi-family buildings by one story, change single family zoning within designated “urban villages” into a new zoning category, and alter what massing and designs are allowed in specific zones, among other things. Added height is part of a “grand bargain” with developers in return for dedicating roughly 6% of new housing to affordable units, and the other changes are aimed at increasing Seattle’s density to increase walking and transit use.

On Tuesday the Greenwood Community Council meeting will help understand what is proposed, provide time for community discussion on the issues. Join us in a special location – downstairs at Razzi’s – for pizza and a slightly extended meeting to digest some complicated material (and I’m not talking about the pizza.) At the end of the meeting we will ask whether GCC should weigh in on the proposed changes and how.

Please join us! If you’re able to contribute for pizza, that will be appreciated.

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Greenwood Community Council hosts election forum Tuesday at Taproot for District 7 House and Sound Transit 3

October 17th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Community Council will host an election forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by former Seattle Mayor (and Greenwood resident) Mike McGinn, and will cover the race for District 7 U.S. House of Representatives and Sound Transit 3 ballot measure:

  • 7-7:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:10-7:50 p.m.: District 7 U.S. House of Representatives candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw (including audience Q&A)
  • 7:50-8:30 p.m. – Sound Transit 3 (including audience Q&A), with representatives the Yes and No campaigns confirmed to attend
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Informal networking

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Greenwood Community Council election forum Oct. 18 at Taproot Theatre

October 7th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council is hosting an election forum from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Taproot Theatre, 204 N. 85th St.

The forum will be moderated by former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (a Greenwood resident), and will cover the race for District 7 U.S. House of Representatives and Sound Transit 3:

  • 7-7:10 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions
  • 7:10-7:50 p.m.: District 7 U.S. House of Representatives candidates Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw (including audience Q&A)
  • 7:50-8:30 p.m. – Sound Transit 3 (including audience Q&A), with representatives the Yes and No campaigns confirmed to attend
  • 8:30-9 p.m.: Informal networking

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Property owner hopes to turn explosion site into the ‘living room of Greenwood’

September 20th, 2016 by Doree

The property owner of the site of the devastating March 9 natural gas explosion in downtown Greenwood says his company is planning to rebuild the site into “the living room of Greenwood.”

The blast destroyed Mr. Gyros, Neptune Coffee and Greenwood Quick Stop, and damaged another 50 surrounding businesses.

“We are 100 percent committed to rebuilding Greenwood,” Mike Slattery of Slattery Properties said at tonight’s Greenwood Community Council meeting.

With insurance dragging its feet, Slattery said his company is moving ahead anyway and has hired an architectural design firm to begin designing a mixed-use building that will cover the west side of Greenwood Avenue North between 84th street and the soon-to-open Flint Creek Cattle Co. restaurant on the corner of 85th (the restaurant plans to finally open Oct. 1.) The building that housed Better Hearing, Kouzina and Insurrection Apparel and Boots will be demolished.

Mike Slattery of Slattery Properties explains his company's plans for rebuilding the natural gas explosion site.

Mike Slattery of Slattery Properties explains his company’s plans for rebuilding the natural gas explosion site at the Sept. 20 Greenwood Community Council meeting. Photo courtesy of GCC.

Slattery said that before the explosion, his company planned to restore buildings on that block to look like Greenwood in the 1930s, taking cues from the Flint Creek building. They had done some work on roofs and windows, and were very excited to have Flint Creek sign a lease to turn the former antique store into an upscale restaurant.

Then came March 9.

“When you see your son calling at 3:30 in the morning, it ain’t good,” Slattery said. “He said the place is kindling and in pieces.”

It’s now been more than six months of cleaning up and dealing with insurance companies. With this morning’s Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission report that places blame for the explosion on Puget Sound Energy for failing to properly decommission a gas line attached to Mr. Gyros that was later damaged by transients, Slattery hopes the insurance money will start flowing.

“With the partial finger pointing to PSE, it strengthens our case,” he said.

Slattery said the plan now is for two levels of underground parking, ground floor retail of seven or eight small businesses, then apartments on top. He said the company will offer retail space to all seven businesses that were destroyed or displaced. (G&O Family Cyclery, which was next to Neptune Coffee, suffered extensive damage and has temporarily moved a block north.)

“We’re looking to do something that blends with the neighborhood, that will be a first-class project,” he said. “We’re hoping to make that retail presence the living room of Greenwood.”

He said the retail spaces will likely range from 600 to 1,200 square feet. He wants small, local businesses in there, not national chains, with outdoor seating, a green roof, and “having a belly full of PSE, we want to put as many solar panels on the roof as possible.”

The community will have opportunities to comment on the project once design gets officially underway.

Update Wednesday: Slattery Properties has applied for a permit with Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections to construct a 91,400 square foot building with 75 apartments, ground floor retail, and 70 parking spaces. The project will be subject to Early Design Guidance meetings (open to the public) and environmental review.

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Reminder: Greenwood Community Council to discuss Sound Transit 3, explosion site development plans on Tuesday

September 19th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting on Tuesday will have a presentation on the upcoming Sound Transit 3 package, to help voters understand the proposed projects, timelines and projected costs.

And a representative of Slattery Properties, which owns the property on the west side of Greenwood Avenue from North 84th to 85th streets, will discuss the company’s plans for rebuilding the Greenwood explosion site. Owner Mike Slattery told me at the Sept. 9 Phoenix Party that the company is tentatively planning a mixed-use building with two levels of below-ground parking, ground-floor retail, and housing on top.

The meeting is from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Greenwood Community Council meeting about Sound Transit 3 package is Sept. 20

September 9th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council’s monthly meeting will include information about the upcoming Sound Transit 3 package, to help voters understand the proposed projects, timelines and projected costs. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

This November residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties will vote on the next iteration of expansion of Sound Transit services, known as Sound Transit 3 (ST3). The package includes more than 60 miles of new light rail lines across Seattle, the East side, as well as connecting Tacoma to Everett. ST3 also includes bus rapid transit service on the Eastside, expansion of Sounder commuter rail, and the addition of parking capacity at various transit stations. Passage of the ballot measure will mean our region will make an approximate $54 billion investment in transit expansion and will see big new transit projects come on line every few years between now and 2041.

The meeting also will include the Council’s usual monthly business, plus an update from the property owner of the Greenwood explosion site on his plans for that block of Greenwood Avenue from North 84th to 85th streets.

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