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


Community open house on proposed zoning changes for affordable housing is April 27

March 23rd, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting a series of community open houses to explain proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing.

The NW Seattle community open house is from 6-8 pm. on Thursday, April 27, at Hale’s Ales Brewery, 4301 Leary Way NW, in The Palladium (enter from the back side closest to Fred Meyer).

City of Seattle staff will have maps and more information regarding proposed zoning changes for Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, Bitter Lake, Aurora/Licton Springs, Ballard, Crown Hill, and NE 130th.

Representatives will be on hand from the following city departments and projects: Age Friendly Seattle (Human Services Department); Design Review (Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections); Ship Canal Water Quality (Seattle Public Utilities); Open Space Plan (Office of Planning & Community Development); Democracy Vouchers (Ethics & Elections Commission); Neighborhoods Streets and Greenways Projects (Seattle Department of Transportation); and Mandatory Housing Affordability (Office of Planning & Community Development/Office of Housing).

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Latest development in Greenwood Town Center area will bring 7-story building with 145 apartments, retail, and parking for 100 vehicles

March 16th, 2017 by Doree

The empty grass lot on Palatine Avenue North just south of North 87th Street will be turned into a seven-story building with 145 apartments, retail at ground level, and parking for 100 vehicles. It’s the latest parcel owned by Greenwood Shopping Center to be developed in the Greenwood Town Center area, which includes Fred Meyer, the Sedges apartments (directly across the street from this parcel) and other surrounding lots.

An Early Design Guidance meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 3, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You also can email written comments on site planning and design issues through April 3 to PRC@seattle.gov. Reference project# 3026306. (If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts — such as traffic, parking, noise, etc. – can be submitted to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections at that time.)

A design proposal is not yet online.

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Development at 73rd near Aurora will have 32 studio apartments, 8 parking spaces

March 16th, 2017 by Doree

Two small houses at 918 and 922 N. 73rd St. will be demolished and replaced by a three-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studio apartments) and a rooftop deck, plus surface parking for eight vehicles.

You can comment now through March 29 on site planning and design issues as the Department of Construction and Inspections prepares for an Administrative Design Review for the project (meaning there will be no public meeting). You can email comments to PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure to reference project #3025643.

You can see a PDF of the design proposal here.

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Appeals hearing May 1 for Phinney Flats development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.

March 6th, 2017 by Doree

An appeal has been filed challenging the conditionally granted design review and the determination of non-significance with conditions for environmental impacts for the proposed Phinney Flats development at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N.

An appeal hearing will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 1, at the Office of Hearing Examiner, 700 5th Ave, Seattle Municipal Tower Room 4000.

Since the project was first announced in July 2015, many neighbors have attended design review meetings and written letters to the city expressing their displeasure with the building that will bring 57 housing units plus ground-floor retail with no parking.

Update March 8: We received the following press release from Livable Phinney, the nonprofit organization that filed the appeal:

Livable Phinney, a Washington nonprofit corporation, appealed the City of Seattle’s decision to approve the controversial “Phinney Flats “project at 6726 Greenwood, formerly the home of Stumbling Goat Restaurant and Ed’s Kort Haus. The project, which has generated widespread opposition, would include 55 micro-units plus two tiny “live-work” units on the ground floor. No onsite parking would be provided.

Throughout the lengthy design review process for this project, hundreds of letters in opposition were submitted, but virtually no substantive changes were made. As a result, Livable Phinney decided to appeal the decision. The Appeal challenges the City’s determination to allow the project to proceed without any onsite parking, and also challenges the height, bulk and scale of the building, the setbacks from the adjacent single-family zone, and the failure to properly investigate the site for contamination from former occupants that included a dry-cleaner.

“We understand that the Phinney-Greenwood corridor is likely to be re-developed with multi-family buildings, but the outsize impact of this development is unreasonable and should not have been approved in its current form,” explained Irene Wall, a board member of Livable Phinney.

Livable Phinney obtained accomplished land use attorney Jeff Eustis for this appeal. A hearing before the Seattle Hearing Examiner will take place on May1-3, 2017.

The website for Livable Phinney, livablephinney.org, includes more information about the appeal and how to donate to the legal fund. Livable Phinney is also accepting contributions directly at HomeStreet Bank at Greenwood and 73rd St.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss housing affordability, developments, parking, and Aurora’s planned low-barrier homeless encampment

March 6th, 2017 by Doree

Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

On the agenda, discussions on:

  • Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda’s (HALA) Mandatory Housing Affordability and its effect on the Greenwood/Phinney Ridge Urban Village for height and density upzones.
  • The soon-to-open low-barrier Aurora Licton Springs Homeless Encampment at 8620 Nesbit Ave. N.
  • How to make Seattle an “age friendly” city
  • Neighborhood parking issues

The council also will discuss several housing developments, including: 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. (“Phinney Flats”), which is planned to have 57 units with no parking; and 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. (“Shared Roof”), which is slated to have 33 units with 28 parking spots, and which has asked for a rezone to allow for increased height.

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‘Tenant Rights Bootcamp’ at Makeda & Mingus next Wednesday

March 1st, 2017 by Doree

The nonprofit Be:Seattle is hosting the next in its series of Tenant Rights Bootcamps with the Legal Action Center at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, March 8, at Makeda & Mingus, at 153 N. 78th St.

Tenant Rights Bootcamps are a series empowering renters to learn their rights, find solutions to various issues, and make change in their community. This series provide an opportunity for renters to learn from people who know landlord/tenant law, civic engagement, and community organizing. Our goal is to break down barriers to finding help or information and bring that straight to folks right in their own neighborhoods.

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All That Dance building to be demolished, replaced by 224-unit apartment building

February 23rd, 2017 by Doree

The building housing All That Dance, at 320 N. 85th St. in Greenwood, will be demolished and replaced by a 237,000 square foot, 224-unit apartment building, with 175 parking stalls.

According to Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, the project would require a rezone for additional height. The project will undergo full design review with early design guidance meetings open to the public.

The developer is Shea Properties out of California.

We’ve got a message in to All That Dance about their future plans and will update this post when we know more.

Thanks to Rebecca for the tip!

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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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Reminder: Tonight is second community meeting about low-barrier homeless encampment coming to east side of Aurora and 85th

February 7th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that tonight (Tuesday) is the second community meeting about a city-sanctioned homeless encampment coming to 8620 Nesbit Ave. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., College Center, Room 1161.

The homeless encampment will be “low-barrier” with 50 tiny homes serving between 60-70 people. It is scheduled to open in March.

Low barrier sites are designed to meet people as they are and have fewer restrictions than traditional shelters. Residents may bring their partners, pets and possessions. Residents with substance use disorders are not barred. Because we are relaxing restrictions in this location we will also increase staffing to increase access to critical services and provide security.

While the encampments are being planned, please contact George Scarola, Director of Homelessness. Email: george.scarola@seattle.gov. Or call 206-727-8514. Once an encampment is opened, the community may contact the operator directly. Each encampment will establish a Community Advisory Committee, whose members will include representatives from stakeholder group in the area. The meetings will be monthly and open to the public.

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