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City to consider draft legislation on ‘flexible-use parking’ regulations

September 14th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections is proposing the city adopt new “flexible-use parking” regulations, which would allow buildings with parking facilities to provide excess capacity for public use.

As recommended by the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA), this legislation also clarifies existing regulations that provide flexibility for residential projects to tailor their supply of off-street parking in accordance with demand in Urban Villages, Urban Centers and other areas served by frequent transit. By reducing the provision of excess parking, this policy decreases construction costs and encourages more housing in communities best served by transit, lowering the cost of building housing overall.

In Urban Centers and Urban Villages with frequent transit service, we’ve found that 87% of housing units are in developments where parking is provided. However, a recent King County study that surveyed hundreds of residential buildings countywide (including 95 in Seattle) found that 35% of residential parking garage spaces were not in use. This proposal aims to remove code barriers to allow more daily and overnight use of these unused off-street parking spaces, creating more parking opportunities for residents, visitors, and shoppers to store their vehicles off-street and walk, bike, or ride transit to get around town.

You can see the draft documents here, along with environmental determinations, transit maps and other supporting materials.

And you can comment on the draft legislation’s environmental aspects until Oct. 5 by emailing comments to gordon.clowers@seattle.gov.

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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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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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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss developments, crime, parking

August 7th, 2017 by Doree

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

On the agenda:

  • Guest speaker Michael Sowby will discuss Seattle Police Department’s Micro-community Policing Plans.
  • Results of PRCC’s Neighborhood Parking Survey.
  • Development updates, including last week’s City Hearing Examiner decision to temporarily halt the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Phinney Ave. N., plus updates on the Shared Roof project at Greenwood Avenue North and North 70th Street, and the two developments bringing townhouses near Phinney Avenue North and North 65th Street.
  • Discussion of the city’s proposed parking amendment for its Comprehensive Plan, part of the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.
  • Discussion to envision the future of Phinney Ridge.

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Reminder: Greenwood Seafair Parade is Wednesday night

July 25th, 2017 by Doree

Remember, the 67th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade starts at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) with Grand Marshals the Seafair Clowns and the theme “Clownin’ Around in Greenwood.”

The Seafair Commodores help run all the Seafair events, including staging the entrants in the Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Thousands of people crowd the sidewalks of downtown Greenwood to see about 100 floats, bands, drill teams, community groups and the Seafair Pirates march and perform in the oldest Seafair parade.

The parade starts on Greenwood Avenue North at North 95th Street, heads south to 85th Street, then west to 6th Avenue NW.

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