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

 

Reminder: SDOT meeting tomorrow on upgrades to Holman Road/13th Avenue intersection and removal of pedestrian bridge

July 18th, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that Seattle Department of Transportation is holding a public meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, in the gym, to get community feedback on its plans for major upgrades to the intersection of Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW.

Those plans include a new pedestrian and bicycle signal, additional lighting at the nearby bus stop, and a possible new public plaza on the NE corner, where the pedestrian bridge stairs are now. The proposal also calls for demolishing the pedestrian bridge, which has some community members concerned.

You can more about SDOT’s plan on its blog, which includes numbers of how many pedestrian use the overpass and the street crossing at various times of the day.

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Public meeting July 19 on SDOT’s proposal to remove pedestrian ramp when renovating traffic signals on Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW

July 10th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is planning major upgrades to the intersection of Holman Road NW and 13th Avenue NW, including a new pedestrian and bicycle signal, additional lighting at the nearby bus stop, and a possible new public plaza on the NE corner, where the pedestrian bridge stairs are now.

But the proposal also calls for demolishing the pedestrian bridge. Many community members have expressed concern that many pedestrians feel safer using that bridge while crossing to and from Crown Hill Center and nearby Whitman Middle School, so SDOT will hold a public meeting with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to discuss more about the plan.

The meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 19 at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave NW, in the gym.

“You’ll get to learn more about why the current design is recommended, have your questions answered about why we’d consider removing the pedestrian overpass, and discuss how the street would operate with these changes,” according to the press release.

You can more about SDOT’s plan on its blog, which includes numbers of how many pedestrian use the overpass and the street crossing at various times of the day.

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SDOT to begin pedestrian and biking safety improvements at Aurora Avenue and North 92nd Street

July 6th, 2017 by Doree

SDOT will soon begin improving the intersection of Aurora Avenue North and North 92nd Street to make it safer for pedestrians and bikers.

SDOT crews will add a new signal, curb ramps, and add a median island to reduce cut-through traffic.

The improvements are designed to help the Safe Routes to School connection between the existing neighborhood greenway on Fremont Avenue North and the new school complex on the east side of Aurora. The plan is to turn on the new signal in September in time for the first day of school (Sept. 6 for Seattle Public Schools).

During construction, be prepared for vehicle lane and parking restrictions, as well as pedestrian detours on sidewalks. Normal work hours are from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday with some night and weekend work.

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Public meeting on proposed Handy Andy truck site at 92nd and Aurora is May 24

May 11th, 2017 by Doree

The city will hold a public meeting about the proposed new location for Handy Andy Rent-A-Tool Inc. on Aurora Avenue North after community concerns about the site location, traffic and safety.

Handy Andy has proposed moving from 10711 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave. N. As many as 500 truck trips per day are expected at the new site, which is just a block from the new Seattle Public Schools campus for three schools opening in the fall at North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora. Neighbors and activists are worried about students’ safety as they walk or bike to school. That block is part of the North Seattle Greenway, as well as a designed Safe Route to School.

The project would take up the entire west side of Aurora Avenue between North 92nd and 93rd streets. Three buildings and a portion of a fourth on the site of an existing wrecking yard would be demolished. The site would be used to display rental equipment, conduct vehicle repair and manufacture concrete. The project must go through SEPA environmental review.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room. Written and oral comments are welcome at the meeting.

You can find all documents and plans related to the site here; type in project number 3026342.

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Aurora Licton Urban Village online petition to request city hold public meeting about safety issues regarding relocating Handy Andy to 92nd Street by new school site

April 25th, 2017 by Doree

Residents of Aurora Licton Urban Village and members of Greenwood-Phinney Greenways say they are concerned about the impacts of a proposed new location for Handy Andy Equipment Rental, just across Aurora Avenue from the new school being built at North 92nd Street.

Handy Andy is current at 10711 Aurora Ave. N., with additional vehicles across the street at 10702 Aurora Ave. N. The new site would be at 9225 Aurora Ave. It is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day.

The new school site will open in the fall and be home to three schools: Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary and Licton Springs K-8. Ninety-second Street has been designated a Safe Routes to School, and Seattle Department of Transportation plans to install a pedestrian signal at 92nd and Aurora to make it safer for children.

Aurora Licton Urban Village residents have created an online petition to ask the city to hold a public meeting on the proposal. You can sign the petition here.

The Department of Construction and Inspections is accepting comments on environmental concerns about the project through April 26 (tomorrow).

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SDOT hosting community meetings for new east-west neighborhood greenway from Crown Hill to Northgate

January 31st, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting three community meetings to present its new east-west neighborhood greenway, the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway & School Safety Project. The greenway will be built in 2018 and will connect Crown Hill, Greenwood, Licton Springs, and Northgate.

You can see a map of the route here.

Meetings are scheduled for:

  • 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, at Crown Hill Center, 9250 14th Ave. NW, and will focus on plans to get people safely across Holman Road NW and NW 92nd St. Coffee provided.
  • 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at Lantern Brewing, 938 N. 95th St., and will focus on safely crossing Aurora Avenue North at North 92nd Street with a new crossing signal. All ages are welcome; soft drinks provided; beer available for purchase.
  • 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at Monkey Business Preschool, 9728 Greenwood Ave. N. #B, and will focus on safely crossing Greenwood Avenue NW at NW 100th Street with a new crossing signal. Coffee provided.

The route emphasizes avoiding the steepest hills and prioritizes streets with lower vehicle speeds and volumes.

All of the neighborhood greenway streets will prioritize people walking and biking, and improve crossings of busy streets. We are responding to the requests for reduced cut through traffic with changes to the intersection of N 100th St and Greenwood Ave N and calming traffic along the route with speed humps where feasible.

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Level 3 registered sex offender moves into Phinney/Fremont area

November 28th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Police Department says a Level 3 registered sex offender recently moved into the south end of the neighborhood.

Kevin Houser moved to the 100 block of North 46 Street and is no longer under Department of Corrections supervision. According to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs website, Houser was convicted in 2003 of first degree child molestation.

More info from SPD:

Level 3 sex offenders pose the highest risk to re-offend. It is normal to feel upset, angry and worried about a registered sex offender living in your community. The Community Notification Act of 1990 requires sex offenders to register in the community where they live. The law also allows local law enforcement to make the public aware about Level 2 and Level 3 offenders. As all of these offenders have completed their sentence, they are free to live where they wish. Experts believe sex offenders are less likely to re-offend if they live and work in an environment free of harassment. Any actions taken against the listed sex offenders could result in arrest and prosecution as it is against the law to use this information in any to threaten, intimidate or harass registered sex offenders. The SPD Sex Offender detectives will check on these offenders every 3 months to verify our information.

You can use 9-1-1 to report any and all suspicious activity.

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Crown Hill/Whittier Heights ‘Find It, Fix It Walk’ is Saturday

November 16th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that Mayor Murray and other city officials will participate in a Find It, Fix it Community Walk from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. (This walk was rescheduled from Oct. 15 because of weather.)

The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street. Refreshments will be provided by Starbucks beginning at 10:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.

And remember that community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues any time through the Find It, Fix It mobile app.

Here’s the walk route:

  • North on Mary Avenue NW
  • North on 13th Avenue NW
  • Southwest on Holman Road NW
  • West on NW 90th Street
  • South on 17th Avenue NW
  • East on NW 85th Street
  • Walk concludes about 12:30 p.m. at NW 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW

In partnership with Cities of Service, the City will offer up to $5,000 in grants for community-led projects to each 2016 Find It, Fix It Walk neighborhood. The Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant Application will be available in seven languages at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit from Thursday, November 10 to Monday, November 28. If you have an idea for a project in Crown Hill or Whittier Heights, please apply!

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Crown Hill ‘Find It Fix It Walk’ rescheduled for Nov. 19

October 31st, 2016 by Doree

Mayor Murray will participate in another Find It, Fix it Community Walk from 10:30-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, in neighboring Crown Hill/Whittier Heights. (This walk was rescheduled from Oct. 15 because of weather.)

The walk begins at Baker Park on 14th Avenue NW just south of NW 85th Street. Refreshments begin at 10:30 a.m., with the walk scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Neighbors and business owners will take the mayor and other city officials on a two-hour walk through the neighborhood, talking about streets, sidewalks, crime and other neighborhood issues.

In addition, Crown Hill/Whittier Heights community members are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to complete community projects that improve the safety or appearance of their neighborhood. To apply for a Crown Hill/Whittier Heights Community Project Grant, community members can find the application at seattle.gov/finditfixit beginning Friday, October 21 through Monday, November 7.

Lastly, community members don’t have to wait for the walk to report safety needs or city maintenance issues. They can use the Find It, Fix It mobile app.

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