Queen Anne home burglarized, three teens arrested

This just in from the SPD Blotter:

On September 30th, at approximately 10:30 AM, officers responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress in the 2500 Block of 5th Avenue West.  The complainant stated that three juvenile males had entered the neighbor’s house through the garage.  The complainant remained on the phone with the dispatchers while officers responded to the area.  Officers set up containment around the house and arrested the three juvenile suspects without incident as they came out of the house.  West Burglary detectives also responded to the scene.   The complainant did a great job in keeping an eye on the suspects and guiding the officers to the correct house without knowing the exact address.  The two 16 year olds and the 17 year old were later booked into the Youth Services Center.

New development on Dexter raises concerns

A planned housing development at 1415 Dexter Avenue has some neighbors worried about losing their views of Lake Union.  Catholic Community Services wants to build 50 units of low income housing on the site which is currently vacant.  That’s not sitting well with some residents of the Nautica condos who live directly behind the site.  They would have to trade their water view for a view of a brick wall.

“It would literally be three feet from the windows of those condos,” said Nautica homeowners association president Gerald Whalen. “It would turn those units into a cave.”

Site of proposed low income housing at 1415 Dexter Ave

Dan Wise with Catholic Community Services tells us two or three units would be blocked by the new building, and that Catholic is trying to minimize the impact as much as possible.

“We’re trying to take all of those considerations into our building design,” said Wise.  “We have a really good record of being good neighbors.”

But Nautica’s HOA president says about three quarters of the condo residents would have their views negatively impacted in some way.  He’s also worried about a possible drop in property values because of the new building.  Dan Wise tells us that Catholic has been meeting with residents as they push forward with the project that is expected to open in 2012.  Once the project moves into design review with the city, residents and nearby businesses will have other opportunities to voice their opinions.

The fight to save the gym at QA Community Center

A proposal to close the gym at the Queen Anne Community Center was met with strong opposition during Wednesday night’s public hearing on the city budget.  Under the mayor’s plan, the gym will be closed in 2011 to make room for BizKid$, a national public television series for children.  BizKid$ will use the gym as a production studio until at least the end of 2011.  Volunteers and supporters of the community center showed up Wednesday in Northgate to tell the City Council they want the gym to stay open.

“Yesterday afternoon the phone was ringing off the hook.  All kinds of parents and coaches wanted information,” said Pat Barger who serves as a volunteer at the community center.

A sign urging the City Council to keep the gym open

The community center gym and McClure’s gym are used by 22 youth basketball teams, and Barger isn’t sure how many of those teams can be relocated.  The gym is also used for several other programs.  Even though the rest of the community center will remain open, Barger fears BizKid$ may eat up other space in the facility.

“It impacts everyone from babies to the elderly.”

The community center will also go from 5 full time staff members to one full time person and two half-time staff members.

Another impact from the proposed budget involves the East Queen Anne wading pool, which will only be open three days a week next summer just as it was this year.

A crowd lines up to speak at Wednesday night’s budget hearing in Northgate

To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The next public hearing on the budget takes place Wednesday, October 13 at South Seattle Community College at 5:30pm.  The City Council has also set up a  web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.

Goodbye Underdawg Records

Underdawg Records, located at 532 Queen Anne Ave, is closing up shop soon. There’s a “for lease” sign in the window, next to another sign detailing the neighborhood record shop’s “retirement sale.”

According to the sign, call vinyl is on sale for 20 percent off, CDs and DVDs are also marked down, and anyone who wants to nab some cheap VHS and cassette tapes can nab them for 50 cents and 25 cents respectively. The folks at Underdawg say they expect to be open for about one more month.

Auction and gala to preserve landmark church

The community is invited to an event to help continue renovations to a Queen Anne historic landmark. The Seattle Church of Christ at 2555 8th Avenue West will hold its 3rd annual Auction and gala event this Saturday, October 2 from 6pm to 10pm. The event will help raise funds needed to match a $25,000 landmark challenge grant. A ribbon cutting celebration will open the evening, followed by appetizers and fine wines. Cost is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here for more information.

Photo from Seattle Church of Christ, Dale Lang

Ballard Bridge lane closure Thursday

Engineers with the Seattle Department of Transportation will be inspecting the Ballard Bridge on Thursday. This means the right-hand, southbound lane of the bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sidewalk will remain open.