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145th Corridor Open House: Wednesday

Our neighbors to the North are having an Open House to talk about how to improve the 145th Corridor.  Though this is a Shoreline initiative, it affects the North Seattle Community in a big way.  This is a major East-West arterial for the very north end of Seattle, which provides access to I-5, Aurora, and Lake City Way.  Also, it’s the border between Seattle and Shoreline.

This may be something that North Seattleites will want to participate in.  Even though it requires a cross into a different town, this is still very important for us to be involved in.

Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00pm-8:00pm (Presentation at 6:30pm)
Shorecrest High School

From the City of Shoreline:

Save the date… a third open house for the 145th Street Multimodal Corridor Study is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, 2016. At this time, a draft preferred concept for the corridor will be presented and the project team would like to hear your comments. 

Due to the overwhelming turnout at the second open house, there will be a new venue.  Everyone is invited to attend from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.(with a presentation at 6:30 p.m.) at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline.  For those of you unable to attend, some information from the open house will be made available on this webpage along with a survey (for a limited time) shortly after the 24th. 

Here’s a link for more information on the project: http://www.shorelinewa.gov/government/departments/145th-street-corridor

Thanks to Chris Roberts – Shoreline Mayor – for this information.


Chief O’Toole Hosting Townhall on Nextdoor: NOW

We just received notification that Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole is hosting a Townhall on Nextdoor.com.  You’ll need to have an account, log in, and visit her post: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=21603359.  Make sure you post any questions you may have by 3pm today.

Here’s her post:

Good morning Seattle. Welcome to the first ever Nextdoor Town Hall.

I often say policing is a vocation, not just a job. I’m honored to lead the men and women of the Seattle Police Department and to serve the residents of this great city.

Today I’d like to take this opportunity to hear directly from you. Let me know what we’re doing right, where we can improve and what questions you have. Simply reply to this post with your questions by 3:00 PM today and I’ll try to answer as many as possible with a post by 6:00 PM this evening.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

I look forward to seeing lots of questions from the North Seattle area, especially about the local policing, or maybe lack thereof.

What to do About Your Alley

Did you know that the City of Seattle has an official policy on how to deal with your unpaved alley? And that essentially the policy is that they won’t do anything to fix your alley, but you still have to get approval to make any changes.

As we approach the end of winter, and the potholes intensify, we will start to see neighbors out, inspecting their alleyways and trying to band together to fix them.  The official policy says:

Unpaved Alleys – Alleys which are not paved to City standards (e.g. dirt and gravel alleys) are not funded for any maintenance, repair, or improvements by the City.  Adjacent property owners can maintain or make improvements to the alleys at their expense.  All work requires a Street Use Permit.

Essentially what this means is that you are required, with your neighbors, to maintain your alleyway.  However, if you would like to make any improvements, you have to obtain a permit.

Does anyone have any advice for neighbors looking to make improvements to their alleyways?

North Seattle Councilwoman Goes on District 5 Tour: Friday

Attention District 5 Residents – which is pretty much North Seattle through and through: our Councilwoman, Debora Juarez will be going on a ‘tour’ of District 5 this Friday, February 19th.

During this time, she will be visiting various places throughout the North Seattle Area.  Below are the list of places and times that she will be there.

  • 10am – 11:30am Northaven, Senior Living With A Heart (11045 8th Avenue NE)
  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm North Helpline (12736 33rd Ave NE)
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm Mary’s Place (1155 N. 130th St.)
  • 4:30pm – 6:30pm The Shanty Tavern Reception (9002 Lake City Way NE)

They are asking people to RSVP to this event, please email her Legislative Assistant at Sabrina.Bolieu@seattle.gov to notify her that you are coming.  You also should separately (this does not count as an RSVP) respond “yes” to the Facebook Event.

Does anyone plan on being at one of these events?  I would love to hear more about some of them, and I plan on being at the Shanty Tavern Reception myself.

See you there!

Workshops for City’s Large Projects Fund

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is hosting some upcoming workshops regarding the Large Projects Fund.  This is a great way for us here in North Seattle to be involved in Seattle’s growth an development, and also to receive some money for development in our community.

From the Large Projects Fund Website:

The Large Projects Fund (LPF) provides awards up to $100,000 to support community members in building community relationships around a project. Large Projects Fund activities may be physical projects as well as less tangible but equally significant educational, cultural, and relationship-strengthening activities. All projects must demonstrate its capacity to build a stronger and healthier community, and must:

  • Provide a public benefit and be free and open to all members of the public.
  • Emphasize self-help, with project ideas initiated, planned and implemented by the neighbors and community members who will themselves be impacted by the project.
  • Demonstrate community match.
  • Occur within the Seattle city limits.

The Workshop for North Seattle is at the Bitter Lake Community Center, and it will be Thursday, March 24.  If you’re thinking about going, shoot us here at Our North Seattle an email and we’d love to write about some of the projects coming from the North Seattle Community!

Mayor Murray Releases Lake City Urban Design Framework Today

Today, Mayor Ed Murray and District 5 Councilwoman Debora Juarez released a new Urban Design Framework for the Lake City corridor.  There is already one in existence for Northgate, so this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

However, this is a welcome change for people living in the Lake City community.  This corridor renewal has long been fought for by some active community members (some of whom I have already had the chance to digitally meet since launching this blog).

The following is directly from the City of Seattle’s site on the new Urban Design Framework, specifically regarding key outcomes:

Strengthen Community Partnerships

  • New integrated approach to community development
  • Coordinated community outreach
  • Only in Seattle grant for Lake City Future First (LCFF)
  • LCFF business district support
  • LCFF design and planning committee
  • Green Seattle Partnership

Build a Healthy Community

  • 33rd Ave NE park design
  • Virgil Flaim skatepark
  • Thornton Creek restoration
  • Little Brook Park public restroom open all year
  • Improve connections to Meadowbrook Community Center
  • New recreation programming
  • Access to healthy food
  • Fred Meyer Community Garden
  • Natural Drainage Systems
  • NE 130th Street beach access

Enhance Community Safety

  • Intersection improvements around the Lake City Civic Core
  • Sidewalk installation
  • LCW Traffic Safety Corridor project
  • Public safety

Building for the Future

  • Workforce Housing for Families
  • Lake City preschool
  • Human services
  • New development standards
  • 28th Ave NE festival street plan

This is a huge step forward for our community and a big congratulations is in order for the people who have fought for this tirelessly for years.

Read the full press release here.

Burglaries/Property Theft in North Seattle

Neighbors – I am hearing more and more reports of forced entry burglaries in the North Seattle community. I want to thank those who have spoken up about the burglaries that are happening because while these are terrible events, the more they are shared, the more we can be aware.

SPD has a great map that shows all of the recent police reports filed in the city.  Check North Seattle, and you’ll see the usual amount of green squares (this is property theft and damage), but what seems to be a growing amount of burglaries, specifically nonresidential.

Theft in North Seattle

Please keep aware of this map, report any suspicious activity, and report anything that happens to your property to the Seattle Police, even if they don’t respond directly, this helps them with gathering data on our community, and may increase police presence.

Thanks, neighbors, and stay safe out there.

Ballots due TODAY!

Time to vote! This is just a reminder that your ballots are due TODAY! If you would like to see your vote guide, you can look it up here.  On this ballot should be two ballot measures, both for currently expiring property tax levies supporting schools.

Make your voice heard on this beautiful sunny Seattle day.  Make sure North Seattle is a big voting block.  Vote!

Also, if you can’t get to a mailbox, a reminder that there’s a drop box in Magnuson park today.

One Week In: What I’ve Learned

My Buddy, Denali

My Buddy, Denali

Here I am, one week in to starting Our North Seattle officially, and I’ve already learned a lot.  So don’t mind me as I settle in next to my little buddy here to reflect on some of the things I’ve learned about North Seattle as a community.

North Seattle Community Members Care
Nothing has been more clear than the fact that North Seattleites care a great deal about their community.  Within hours of kicking off my first post, I was inundated with messages and emails from caring neighbors who wanted to meet up to talk about their love for this neighborhood.

Local Businesses Still Struggle
Yes, our economy is booming.  However, I still see local small businesses struggling, especially here in North Seattle.  My hope is that as we continue this blog, I can help be a voice for local businesses.  I have some thoughts on how to connect more community members with local businesses, but please let me know if you have any thoughts yourself! Small business is so important to our community and I hope to encourage this as much as possible.

North Seattle Gets the Short Shrift
Yes, we all know that we lack sidewalks.  However, because of how we were annexed to the rest of the city, it’s becoming more and more clear to me that we are unable to centralize, organize, and represent our views.  As we were added onto the city, considerations were not given to optimizing community.  Since then, the city has largely been able to ignore our area because of our lack of representation on City Council and City boards.

North Seattle has the Most Potential
Take all of the above and put them together – we have the biggest room to grow as a neighborhood or collection of neighborhoods.  I think with the people that are here – these people who care so much, with a couple of pushes, we can become one of the leading areas of Seattle

What else should I learn in the next few weeks?  How do you think we can help our community grow together? I welcome your thoughts – and thanks for joining me!

This Week’s Highlights: Feb 7-Feb 13

Welcome to our second edition of This Week’s Highlights for North Seattle!

This will be a list that we’ll start aggregating, but we can only be as good as our sources.  If you’d like to submit something to our highlights list, email us at highlights@ournorthseattle.com.  Not all will make it in, but we’ll try to make sure we have a solid list.

Mail in Your Ballots!
They’re due this week!  You can turn them in at Magnuson park, which will be at a van parked in one of the parking lots.  Check the link to see exactly where it will be – Link with Map

Monday, Feb 8 6:30-8:30pm @ Naked City Brewery – Map :: Link

Roosevelt Ale House Trivia – Roosevelt Ale House
Every Wednesday at 8pm @ Roosevelt Ale House Map :: Link

Family Nature Class
Thursday, Feb 4 9:30am @ Arboretum – $18 – Map :: Link

Why is this list so short? Because we need your help! Email us at highlights@ournorthseattle.com with cool event highlights that benefit our community and we’ll try to include them in our next week’s highlight post.