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2 alarm building fire in Fremont visible (and audible) from Queen Anne

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

UPDATE: KIRO’s Deborah Horne has relayed that “all workers at Asko Processing got out safely” per a tweet from KIRO’s Morgan Palmer.

The helicopters you can hear from Queen Anne are hovering over a 2-alarm building fire in Fremont. The building is at 434 N 35th St, owned by Asko Processing. The building is a metal processing plant. Seattle Fire is on the scene, call came in at 12:51pm.

Here’s a shot from Twitter from Queen Anne:

Fremont Fire from QAAnd, here’s where Asko is located, just across the Ship Canal:

434 N 35th

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Nickerson-Emerson Overpass closed for repairs October 9th through January 2015

September 30th, 2014 by Laura

SDOT Emerson letterStarting next week, SDOT will be working on repairs to the West Emerson overpass – the last overpass before the Ballard Bridge. The overpass was built in 1959 and has taken a beating by trucks with over-height loads. Chunks of concrete are missing, and SDOT will be repairing the overpass and repaving it.

A big heads up that this project is not a short one. SDOT will close the overpass to both vehicles and pedestrians starting next Thursday, October 9th through the end of the year. SDOT estimates that the repair work will be complete around January 1, 2015. (assuming no delays)

Here are the details from SDOT, plan ahead for trips to/from Ballard and expect delays on 15th Ave W as detours will be in effect.

W Emerson Overpass Repair Project

The project requires both nightly closures of 15thWest on the weekend of 10/10 – 10/12 and a long-term closure of the W Emerson overpass which begins the morning of Thurday 10/9.

SDOT has decided to combine the replacement of this girder, which will require demolishing the northern side of the overpass, with the renewal of the road surface on top of the road deck. This resurfacing will protect the existing road structure from future corrosion as well as provide an even driving surface for the portion of the overpass that must be replaced.

The project will require both a long-term closure of the overpass (beginning October 9) and a short-term closure of 15th Avenue W underneath the overpass.

15th Ave W Closure: October 10, 8pm to 9am and October 11 8pm to 3am

15th W DetourAt 8pm on the night of Friday October 10 both north and southbound traffic on 15th Ave W will be detoured to the west using W Emerson Place, Gilman Drive W, 20th Avenue W and W Dravus Street.

Between 8pm and 9am the next morning, the contractor will break apart and remove the northern edge of the overpass and the damaged girder.

15th Avenue W will reopen to traffic Saturday morning, once the demolition is complete and the protection placed for the road below has been removed. The next night, October 11, new bearing pads and a replacement girder will be installed, with 15th Avenue W reopened before traffic resumes Monday morning.

Long Term Nickerson-Emerson Overpass Closure: October 9 through the end of 2014

Nickerson Ramp Detour ShortThe repair work will also require the complete closure of the W Emerson Street overpass to all traffic (including pedestrians) beginning on October 9, 2014. This closure will last through the duration of the work, approximately 12 weeks. The detour for west-bound vehicular traffic on W Nickerson Street will be a double crossing of the Ballard Bridge (using Leary Way NW for the turnaround) to reach W Emerson Street.

The detour for east-bound vehicular traffic on W Emerson Street will be turning south on 15th Avenue W and using W Dravus Street as the turn-around for accessing the W Nickerson Street exit from northbound 15th Avenue W.

We anticipate physical completion of the project within a few weeks of January 1, 2015.

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October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

September 29th, 2014 by Laura

September really passed me by. Due to illness, I was pretty much out of commission for the entire month. But, I’m feeling better and October is just around the corner!

Helpline logoToday’s grey, cool weather is screaming Fall. And, that means even cooler temps are on the way. For some of our neighbors in need, cool weather means turning to the Queen Anne Helpline. The Helpline offers a wide range of assistance and its clothing bank is a great resource.

Stephanie Kastner reached out to the Helpline to find out the best way to help stock the Helpline’s resources, and she’s kicking off a coat drive this Wednesday, October 1st. If you’d like to donate gently used coats for either kids or adults, she’s making it easy to do so.

You can drop off coats at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N during the month of October. You can also bring coats to two Queen Anne Farmers Markets (October 2 and October 16).

If you’d like to schedule a pick-up at your home, give Stephanie a call at 206-999-1459 or send an email.

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday; Light Rail alternatives and UDF on the agenda

September 10th, 2014 by Laura

Editor’s Note:  If you’ve sent tips, stories, or questions since the beginning of September, please know that you have not been ignored. Due to illness, I’ve been away from QAV. I’m just now catching up on QAV email and the blog will return to normal soon. Thanks!

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uptownUPTOWN ALLIANCE Agenda
7:00pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014
COMMUNITY ROOM @ EXPO (100 REPUBLICAN ST.)

Go to 1st Ave. N. at Republican St.  ­Turn east toward Seattle Center.  Turn in at 100 Republican, the big crescent sculptures and walk up the stairs and through the gate.  

7:00 – 7:05pm    Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)

7:05 – 7:50pm     Light Rail Transit alternatives that could serve Uptown Urban Center (Karen Waterman & Rachel Smith, Sound Transit)

7:50 – 8:05pm     Topics of concern (all)

8:05 – 8:50pm     Uptown Development Framework (UDF) update and University of Washington Urban Planning studio presentation (Rick Mohler, David Blum, students)

8:50 – 9:00pm     Announcements (all), approve July meeting minutes & adjourn (Jean Sundborg)

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Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project kicks off Thursday with public meeting to rally volunteers

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Wolf Creek Ravine signLast week we posted about the upcoming Wolf Creek Ravine restoration project, and the volunteer opportunity is here! We first noticed changes when the Queen Anne P-Patch beehive disappeared (temporarily moved for the restoration work). Since then, signs have been posted to alert P-Patchers and residents about the upcoming work.

Wolf Creek Ravine is the natural greenspace that borders the P-Patch to the north, running under the McGraw Street and Queen Anne Drive bridges. The area near the P-Patch is full of blackberries and invasive knotweed, and the Green Seattle Partnership project will work on removing these plants and replacing them with native plantings.

Volunteers are needed to help with the project. To learn more about how you can help, attend a meeting tomorrow (Thursday), September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss 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.

Wolf Creek Ravine Project

Work on Wolf Creek will begin soon with knotweed control completed by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers. Maps and more details can be found in last week’s post.

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Kidd Valley closes Queen Anne location to make way for CVS

September 3rd, 2014 by Laura

Kidd Valley closedThe Kidd Valley at the corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N has closed up shop. A sign on the door stated that September 1st was its last day in Queen Anne.

The building that houses Kidd Valley will be demolished for the upcoming construction on a CVS Pharmacy location. We first reported on the short future for the Queen Anne Kidd Valley last summer.

More on the upcoming new development is in our August 16th post.

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Jabu’s plans farewell celebration as deal to seal a spot for Streamline inches closer

September 1st, 2014 by Laura

Streamline webEarlier this month, we posted the news on a liquor license application by the Streamline Tavern. On August 19th, the owners of the Streamline applied for an assumption liquor license for Jabu’s Pub, a license issued “where there is a currently licensed business with the same exact type of liquor license”.

That currently licensed business was Jabu’s Pub at 174 Roy Street. Nothing is confirmed just yet, but this weekend Jabu’s took to Facebook to alert customers that it’ll be changing ownership soon. They’re throwing a goodbye & thank you celebration next Saturday, September 6th:

Jabu's Facebook post

What’s that mean for the Streamline? It’s closer to a new home, but there’s still a little over a week to go before everything is finalized. Anyone who’s been through a home purchase will understand – you hold your breath until everything is official.

Jabus Pub

Potential new home for Streamline

According to Mike Lewis, owner of the Streamline, “We’re close but the deal won’t be final for another week. Provided everything works out, we’re excited about becoming the new owners of Jabu’s.”

In the meantime, plan on sending off Jabu’s in style with karaoke, drink specials, and a fun send-off next Saturday at Jabu’s. Then, if all goes as planned, expect the Streamline sign to move a few blocks away to a new home in the near future.

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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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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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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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