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Greenwood Seafair Parade will be ‘Clownin’ Around’ next Wednesday

July 19th, 2017 by Doree

The 67th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade starts at 6 p.m. next Wednesday, July 26. This year’s theme is “Clownin’ Around in Greenwood” with the Seafair Clowns as Grand Marshals.

The front line of the Baby Dolls drill team holding hands at a previous Greenwood Seafair Parade.

Thousands of people converge on downtown Greenwood for this Seafair-sanctioned event. About 100 floats, bands, drill teams, community groups and the Seafair Pirates will march and perform in the parade, which starts on Greenwood Avenue North at North 95th Street, heads south to 85th Street, then west to 6th Avenue NW.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band.

If you need to drive in the area, be aware of street closures, and extremely hard-to-find parking.

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Single-family home at Phinney Avenue and North 65th to be replaced by four townhomes

July 13th, 2017 by Doree

The house at 6503 6505 Phinney Ave. N. will be demolished and replaced by two, two-unit townhome buildings (a total of four units) with no parking provided. The site is next door to Home Espresso Repair. (Editor’s note: This post has been updated to reflect the house number is 6505, although Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections lists it as 6503, which does not exist).

The project is under Streamlined Design Review, meaning no public meeting will take place. You can provide written comments about site planning and design issues through July 26 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov.

You can see the full design proposal here.

Update Friday: It appears there will be more multi-family units in the nearby houses. 6509 Phinney Ave. N. has nothing pending in DCI’s system, however, it is listed as part of the same King County Assessor parcel as 6511 and 6517. An application for redevelopment for 6511 was recently canceled, and 6517 has an application for 8 units and no parking, with Streamlined Design Review (meaning no public meeting). 6505, 6511 and 6517 are listed by DCI as having the same owner, Isola Real Estate.

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Rolling slowdowns on Alaskan Way Viaduct on Wednesday for commercial filming

July 11th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Police officers will perform intermittent rolling slowdowns on both directions of the Alaskan Way Viaduct from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday so that a commercial can be filmed.

Washington Department of Transportation says drivers should expect up to 30-minute delays.

Northbound SR 99 traffic will gradually slow to 10 mph starting near South Royal Brougham Way. Southbound SR 99 traffic will slow down near Western Avenue. Pilot cars will lead the slowed traffic across the viaduct until the roadway is clear, then allow traffic to accelerate back to highway speeds.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council looking for survey feedback on neighborhood parking issues

June 15th, 2017 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council has created a survey about neighborhood parking issues.

Anyone who lives in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood is invited to provide their input, which will help the council discuss the issues with the city, which is considering new parking regulations.

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Comment period extended for environmental concerns for Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck project at Aurora and 92nd

May 25th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections has extended the time period to comment on environmental issues related to Handy Andy Rent-A-Truck’s proposal to move from 10702 Aurora Ave. N. to 9225 Aurora Ave N.

The project would change an existing wrecking yard to 25,370 square feet of outdoor display of rental equipment and vehicle repair, add a one-story building for general manufacturing, 1,900 cubic yards of grading of contaminated soil, and alterations to an existing building. Three buildings would be demolished, plus a portion of another building.

The new site is predicted to generate about 500 vehicle trips per day, which has caused concern from some neighbors, especially because a new school campus will open this fall just a block away.

The original comment period ended April 26, but the application has been resubmitted and the new deadline is June 5. You can comment online here, or by emailing PRC@Seattle.gov; be sure and mention project #3026342.

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Design Review Board Recommendation meeting for self-storage facility at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. is June 5

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

The Northwest Design Review Board will give its recommendation for the proposed project at 9701 Aurora Ave. N. at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

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 June 5 meeting by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Be sure and mention it’s for project #3020310.

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Reminder: Design Review Recommendation meeting for DESC project at 937 N. 96th St. is tonight

May 22nd, 2017 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Northwest Design Review Board meets tonight (Monday) to present its recommendation for the Downtown Emergency Services Center housing project coming to 937 N. 96th St. That development will be a six-story building with 100 apartments, support services for homeless men and women with disabilities, and parking for three staff vehicles.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

You can email comments on design issues until meeting time to PRC@seattle.gov.

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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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May 15 Design Review Recommendation meeting for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. development has been canceled

May 9th, 2017 by Doree

The May 15 Design Review Recommendation meeting for the development planned for 10540 Greenwood Ave. N. has been canceled.

We’ve got a message in to the Department of Construction and Inspections’ planner in charge of the project to find out why, and when the meeting might be rescheduled.

The proposed project would demolish the existing structures and construct a four-story building with 32 small efficiency dwelling units (studios) and 22 apartments, plus 1,906 square feet of retail at ground level. Parking will be provided for 29 vehicles.

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