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Help bring back our bees! Wolf Creek Ravine restoration work needs volunteers

August 27th, 2014 by Laura

Empty Bee Spot

Beehive spot sans beehive – but they’ll be back!

Last week on a walk through the Queen Anne P-Patch, I noticed that the beehive was gone. A fixture of the P-Patch, the hive has been literally buzzing lately with summer bloom activity, so it seemed odd that it disappeared.

I emailed my P-Patch contacts and got in touch with the hive steward. Good news – the hive will be back, it’s been relocated to West Seattle in preparation for a restoration of Wolf Creek Ravine, the natural space that borders the P-Patch to the north.

Wolf Creek Ravine blackberries

Blackberries and knotweed to the north of the P-Patch

The Green Seattle Partnership project is focused on the Wolf Creek Ravine Natural Area, where blackberry vines and invasive knotweed will be removed and replaced with native plantings.

The team also met with P-Patchers to get their feedback, and they suggested a realignment of the fence along the east edge of the P-Patch. The blackberries will remain as a buffer to the neighboring homes, but sight lines in the P-Patch will be improved with the fence move. You can see the fence realignment in the map below, the pink dashed line is the existing eastern fence-line, the dashed green is the new fence line for the P-Patch:

QA P Patch plan

The same wire and post fencing along the north of the P-Patch will be removed for the Wolf Creek Ravine work. In the aerial image you can see the work area outlined in orange:

Wolf Creek NA

The Green Seattle Partnership can’t do this work without volunteers – and this is where you can help make a difference. Attend a meeting next Thursday, September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss the plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Work on Wolf Creek will begin shortly after the public meeting, and knotweed control should be complete by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers – so consider helping out and attend next week’s meeting. With volunteer help, work on the steeper part of the ravine could happen as early as next summer.

And, the bees will return home soon thereafter!

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Queen Anne Community Council opens up nominations for member elections

August 25th, 2014 by Laura

Queen Anne signHave you ever wanted to represent the interests of the Queen Anne community? Help ensure a voice in future developments that impact Queen Anne? If so, you may be the perfect candidate for the Queen Anne Community Council.

The annual election of members to the QACC board is September 17th at the QACC annual meeting. Candidate nominations are open to all Queen Anne residents, as well as owners or employees of Queen Anne businesses.

In the September meeting, the QACC will elect 11 members to 2-year terms and one member for a 1-year term.

If you’d like to run for a slot on the QACC board, all you need to do is contact Ellen Monrad via email and send along a 50-word or less statement about why you’d like to be considered.

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Free trees are still available via Trees for Neighborhoods

August 24th, 2014 by Laura

reLeaf Tree ProgramJust before the Trees for Neighborhoods annual free trees program kicked off, we gave the heads up about this program and how you could apply for up to 4 free trees.

Applications opened on August 4th, and 20 days later, there are still trees available. Apply today for free trees that will help beautify Queen Anne, provide shade, and even increase property values. Plus, the upfront investment is zero – the trees are free, you just have to plant them and provide care, and ReLeaf helps get you started.

White Oak

White Oak

Not only do you get free trees, you also get assistance for permit applications and training on tree planting and care.

Trees can be planted in planting strips (that space between the sidewalk and the street) or in your yard.

Plus, if you apply for a white oaksilver lindentulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip, it could be a future neighborhood landmark tree.

Tulip Tree flower

Tulip Tree

Street trees require a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. If you have the space and no power lines, what are you waiting for? Those of us who wilt in the summer heat will appreciate the shade that these trees will one day provide.

Apply today! Street trees applications are due by this Wednesday, August 27th. Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.

If you have any questions on the free tree program, send an email or call 206-684-3979.

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Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Martin

August 22nd, 2014 by Laura

On Fridays we feature an adoptable pet from the Seattle Animal Shelter (SAS). SAS is located at 2061 15th Ave W, just north of Whole Foods, at the corner of W. Armory Way. SAS is open Wednesday – Sunday, noon-6pm.

Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet.

Updates on previous pets:
Pria (pug-corgi mix) – available for adoption
Cosmo (yellow lab mix) – available for adoption
Bella (dilute torti kitty with loads of personality) – available for adoption
Mama (lap cat) – available for adoption
Dove Family (Bubbles, Promise & Picasso) – adopted!
Houdini (Quaker Parakeet) – available for adoption
Archimedes (red-eared slider turtle) – adopted!
Bunnies (Bella, Luna & Roscoe) – available for adoption
Chinchillas – several currently available for adoption

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Meet Martin!

SAS MartinMartin is a very sweet and adorable medium sized lionhead bunny. This friendly little guy, whom his foster mom describes as “absolutely adorable,” can’t wait to have a bigger space to play and run around in with his new forever family and friends.

Martin hops around his cage with delight when he gets his daily treat! He would like to have a bunny companion in his new home. He is fabulous with all the volunteers when at the shelter, and is very patient.

Martin’s long, pretty fur will need regular grooming. He is a neutered adult male who passed a vet check with flying colors – he’s awaiting his perfect home.

Martin (SAS ID #14-18020) is currently being adored in foster care.  If you’re interested in meeting Martin, please call the foster care hotline at 206-684-0685, or email sasfostercritters@gmail.com.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

August 21st, 2014 by Laura

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First and foremost, remember that 99/Aurora is closed from Friday night through Wednesday morning. It will be a significant traffic impact – roads and busses will be affected, and expect traffic to spill onto Queen Anne. A great excuse to stick around Queen Anne this weekend, where there are plenty of free events to go around.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 22

Saturday, August 23

Sunday, August 24

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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National Day of Rage for Ferguson Protest on Queen Anne today

August 21st, 2014 by Laura

0821 ProtestUPDATE: I walked by the protest at 4:15pm and the crowd was small. About 10 protestors talking to a film crew from KIRO.

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We’ve had quite a few readers write us today about the rumored “National Day of Rage” protest on Queen Anne. Many non-official outlets are circulating a list of cities where these protests are taking place, and the Seattle location is listed as the Queen Anne Baptist Church at 2011 1st Ave N.

The protest is scheduled for 4pm today. However, there are conflicting reports on what group is sponsoring this protest, with Snopes concluding:

“It’s virtually impossible to say who specifically began “Day of Rage” rumors calling for protests across the U.S. on 21 August. However, the @OpFerguson account and the @YourAnonNews account do not appear to be organizing or endorsing the actions mentioned in the circulating emails and Facebook posts.”

If you’re in the area today around 4pm – it’s a block away from the Queen Anne Farmers Market – heads up that there may or may not be a crowd.

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Streamline Tavern may be steps closer to sticking around Queen Anne

August 20th, 2014 by Laura

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Iconic Streamline sign,
courtesy of Streamline Tavern

The Streamline Tavern is one of the tenants in the block of buildings on Mercer St purchased by the Republic of South Korea for a new South Korean Consulate. That means they will have to vacate their current location at 121 Mercer by the end of this year.

Many readers have asked about the Streamline’s future, and we’ve been watching building sales, leases, and liquor licenses. On Monday, the owners of The Streamline applied for an assumption liquor license – this type of license is issued “where there is a currently licensed business with the same exact type of liquor license”.

The currently liquor license holder is listed as Jabu’s Pub at 174 Roy Street. Yesterday, I spoke with Streamline’s owner, Mike Lewis, about the license and Streamline’s future. Since nothing is final yet, he cannot confirm what may or may not happen in the coming weeks and months. Things are still in flux, and we’d prefer to wait for confirmation (and, ideally, celebration) before publishing local news.

However, Eater Seattle picked up the liquor license news today and posted about the Streamline’s potential new home, writing that “Jabu’s Pub on Roy St. has changed its name to Streamline Tavern”. What’s actually happened is a change to the name on the liquor license, not the business license. Jabu’s is still open and operating as its own business. [note: Eater has since updated the post to clarify the change.]

I’ll be following up with Mike as things start to gel for the Streamline, and as soon as we have confirmation of the Streamline’s next, we’ll be sure to let you know. For now, cross your fingers and hope for the best for all Queen Anne businesses involved.

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Donate a bike or bike parts this Saturday to benefit students in West Africa

August 20th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Bike DriveIf you have an old bike that you’ve been meaning to get rid of, dust it off and head to Whole Foods Interbay this Saturday. Alaffia, a maker of Fair Trade Shea Butter products sold at Whole Foods, is running a bike (and bike parts) drive for its Bicycles for Education program.

Bikes and parts donated via the program are distribued by Alaffia to students in Togo, West Africa. According to Alaffia, 95% of West African girls who get a bike from Alaffia go on to graduate secondary school; a dropout rate that otherwise is 40%.

The bike/bike parts donation drive takes place this Saturday, August 23rd from 11am to 3pm, at Whole Foods Interbay.

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New developments on Queen Anne include 3 six story-plus buildings

August 19th, 2014 by Laura

There have been several land use applications for new developments on Queen Anne, along with 2 proposed multi-story residential buildings that share an Early Design Guidance meeting next month. The two with a shared meeting are side-by-side, one 6-story, one 7-story. Another 6-story building is proposed for 1st Ave N.

First up, the two residential buildings with live/work units that span the block of Thomas St between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave N:

300 1st Ave W
The proposal is for a 7-story building containing 129 residential units and 9 live/work units. Parking for 113 vehicles to be provided below grade.

301 Queen Anne Ave N
The proposal is for a 6-story building containing 32 residential units and 6 live-work units. No parking provided.

300 1st Ave w

300 1st Ave W

301 QA Ave N

301 Queen Anne Ave N

The two projects above share an Early Design Guidance Meeting:

8pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W, Room #1      

The following addresses have Land Use Applications – decisions have not been made at this time, and no Early Design Guidance meetings have been scheduled:

219 1st Ave NLand Use Application – 219 1st Ave N
Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 45 residential units above 1,827.85 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for five vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished.

1010 5th Ave NLand Use Application – 1010 5th Ave N
Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

722 3rd Ave NLand Use Application – 722 3rd Ave N
Land Use Application to allow 3, 3-story residential structures with a total of 16 units. Parking for 16 vehicles to be provided within the structures. Existing structures to be demolished.

Here’s a map of the above projects:

August 2014 Developments

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New time-lapse video of Seattle features views from Queen Anne

August 18th, 2014 by Laura

Via Twitter, we received a new time-lapse video of Seattle. Created by Ryan Killackey, a photographer from Los Angeles, the video has views from across the city – and of course, the view from Kerry Park is a star. According to Ryan, he was visiting Seattle when his business meeting was postponed, giving him the chance to film our city.

Click on the image below to watch the video:

Beautiful Seattle video

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Traffic Alert: Aurora/99 closed this Friday night til next Wednesday morning

August 18th, 2014 by Laura

Aurora Ave N/SR 99 will be closed starting this Friday night, August 22nd, and running through Wednesday morning, August 27th. There’s a Seahawks preseason game on Friday night; WSDOT will keep 99 around CenturyLink open until midnight Friday, Aug. 22, for game traffic.

Here’s the information you need to know from WSDOT:

In late August, crews building the future north portal of the SR 99 tunnel will close SR 99/Aurora Avenue North near South Lake Union for four days. During this closure, crews will demolish and replace the section of SR 99 that crosses above Broad Street.

To minimize the need for additional closures, separate crews will complete the following work elsewhere along the SR 99 corridor during this time:

  • Utility work at Harrison Street
  • Concrete panel replacement in SODO
  • Expansion joint repairs on the Alaskan Way Viaduct near the Seneca Street off-ramp
  • Ivy removal from the viaduct

Closure information

  • From 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the West Seattle Bridge to Valley Street.
  • Northbound SR 99 will be open from South Royal Brougham Way until midnight on Friday, Aug. 22 for exiting Seahawks traffic.
  • From 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 25 to 5 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, SR 99 will be closed in both directions from the south end of the Battery Street tunnel to Valley Street.

99 Closure maps

99 Closure QA map

Know before you go and have a backup plan
Those who must drive are encouraged to stay engaged and check traffic conditions frequently via WSDOT’s web, mobile and phone-based traveler information systems.

  • The Seattle traffic page contains updated road information including links to traffic cameras.
  • The travel alerts website provides real-time information about blocking incidents.
  • WSDOT’s mobile app offers information for travelers on the go.
  • @wsdot_traffic provides Twitter updates about travel issues.
  • 5-1-1 offers traffic updates.
  • The What’s Happening Now page chronicles closures and issues affecting travelers.

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Yes, there is parking at the new Trader Joe’s

August 17th, 2014 by Laura

TJs courtyardWe’ve had a lot of readers ask about parking at the new Trader Joe’s location at 1920 Queen Anne Ave N. The street parking outside the new location fills up fast, and I’ve seen people toting Trader Joe’s bags around the corner near Menchie’s and the Queen Anne Pool to cars parked on the street.

But, fear not, street parking is not the only option. The Towne complex has an underground parking garage.

Trader Joes parking entrance

If you’ve ever been in the Eden Hill garage across the street (the Bartell Drug building), you may have some understandable reservations. That particular garage is small and tricky to navigate.

I walked through the new Trader Joe’s garage today and it’s huge. Plus, it was practically empty on a Sunday afternoon. Trader Joes 2 hour parkingParking is limited to 2 hours and there are special priority parking spots for low-emission vehicles.

The entrance to the parking garage is off Crockett St, right across from Safeway. One could argue that the parking situation in the garage is far better than the old location’s parking lot.

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