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Boston St sidewalk repair project rescheduled to July 30th start date

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

An update to the SDOT sidewalk repair project on Boston Street. It was originally slated to begin yesterday, Monday, July 14th, but has been delayed. It will now start on Wednesday, July 30th.

Boston Sidewalk Repair 1From our previous post:

The sidewalk from just west of Queen Anne Ave N down to and across the alley behind Starbucks is slated for repairs that include removing broken sections of sidewalk and enlarging the tree pits along the sidewalk.

The project was proposed by the Queen Anne Community Council and Picture Perfect Queen Anne. Funds for the sidewalk repair are being drawn from the City of Seattle Neighborhood Project Fund.

SDOT estimates that the project will take approximately three weeks.

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Boston Street sidewalk repair begins Monday

July 13th, 2014 by Laura

Boston Sidewalk Repair 1SDOT will begin a sidewalk repair project on Boston Street tomorrow, Monday, July 14th. The sidewalk from just west of Queen Anne Ave N down to and across the alley behind Starbucks is slated for repairs that include removing broken sections of sidewalk and enlarging the tree pits along the sidewalk.

The project was proposed by the Queen Anne Community Council and Picture Perfect Queen Anne. Funds for the sidewalk repair are being drawn from the Neighborhood Parks and Street Fund.

SDOT estimates that the project will take approximately three weeks.

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New Towne courtyard features a Queen Anne map of mosaics and more

May 7th, 2014 by Laura

The new Queen Anne Towne mixed-use complex is nearing completion, and the front courtyard art maps out the neighborhood and familiar Queen Anne sites. Plus, there’s a puppy sculpture designed by Georgia Gerber, the Northwest artist who also created Rachel, the Pike Place Market pig.

Towne sign and puppy

Local Queen Anne artist Lydia Aldredge designed the courtyard as a map – the meandering brickwork represents roads, the green sections mark parks, ravines, and the Boulevard. Stainless steel stair image mark stairways and there’s also a stainless steel “you are here” marker. A stainless steel star is a “you are here” marker and the seven mosaics mark historic and notable Queen Anne sites.

The sites chosen for the 7 mosaics were a mix of Aldredge’s input, suggestions from Queen Anne Historical Society, and requests from the building owners.

If you’d like to figure out the mosaic sites on your own, read no further. If you want a cheat-sheet, see the list and descriptions below from Lydia Aldredge:

Towne mosaic QA High School1. Queen Anne High School: This building is an architectural and cultural landmark. It’s full block size, stone facade, intricate detail, and adaptive reuse as a condominium make it a significant visual neighborhood anchor. This is a view of the west facade of the school so as to include one of the adjacent radio towers.

Towne mosaic QA Library2. Queen Anne Library: This lovely library, designed in the Richardson Romanesque style is another architectural landmark and cultural center. Generations of Queen Anne families have appreciated its interior resources and exterior beauty.

Towne mosaic church3. Bethel Presbyterian Church: Another historic landmark and architecturally significant structure.  This building has been a center of community life for generations and is an oasis of green along the rapidly developing avenue.  It’s steeple and rose windows are striking.

Towne mosaic Wilke House4. Wilkes Farmhouse: A historic landmark and one of the oldest remaining farmhouses on the hill.  The star patterned fascia boards are unusual as are the elaborately patterned porch balustrades. [The Wilkes farmhouse is just a few blocks away from the new Towne, at 2nd Ave N and Newton St.]

Towne mosaic bridge5. Ravine Bridge on McGraw Street: This is a lovely arched bridge with elegant historic light posts. It’s hard to see the structure in summer as the dense forest canopy recalls the original forest landscape of the hill.

Towne mosaic QAFM6.  Queen Anne Farmers Market:  A great recent neighborhood event is the Thursday Queen Anne Farmer’s Market.  This is an image of a fall Farmer’s market table with baskets overflowing with squash, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots, and swiss chard.

Towne mosaic Lost Cedar7.  The Lost Cedar Tree:  An ancient cedar tree grew at 912 2nd Ave. West.  It was so large that clipper ships used this tree to navigate their entrance into Elliott Bay and Seattle.  It was sacred to the local tribes and was known as the Treaty Tree or Powwow Tree.  A settler homesteaded this land and insisted on cutting down this 2,500 year old tree to create a level building site.  That house is now a historic landmark.  Small, remnant cedar seedling trees can be seen along the property line.

Aldredge also designed the Towne sign – it’s based on the image of a picket fence with climbing roses.  According to Aldredge, one of the founders of the Queen Anne neighborhood, Louisa Denny, brought sweetbriar rose cuttings to Queen Anne from Virginia.  Rumor has it that descendants of these original cuttings still can be found in the wild around the hill.

Towne sign

Check out the new artwork and map of our neighborhood at the Queen Anne Towne courtyard, on Queen Anne Ave N between Crockett St and Howe St.

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Next Early Design Review for Seattle Children’s Home development set for March 19th

March 13th, 2014 by Laura

The proposed CamWest development for the Seattle Children’s Home site is up for another Early Design Review next Wednesday, March 19th. The developer has provided several new site plans, as well as proposed building designs, in advance of the meeting.

CamWest’s preferred option for the site at 901 W McGraw is “Option 6” and it includes the following:
Children's Option 6

- Total of 61 units; 122 parking spaces

- Nearly all exceptional trees remain

- Existing cottage structure remains

- Building masses along 9th Ave W broken into 4 clusters

- Central park/greenspace preserves large trees and creates a pedestrian node

- New curb cut location on W McGraw St

- Large greenspaces along 9th Ave W

There are three proposed building designs for the new townhomes – two traditional, one urban:

Traditional 1 Traditional 2 Urban 

To provide feedback, attend the Early Design Guidance meeting on March 19 at the Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room #1. The meeting begins at 6:30pm and you can find materials related to the meeting online.

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Traffic signals and roadwork for Nickerson and Dravus Streets

March 3rd, 2014 by Laura

If you circle the north side of Queen Anne along Nickerson St near the Ballard Bridge, you may have noticed the roadwork underway the past couple of weeks. We just got an update from SDOT this week on the work, and there are two local projects in total – one on Queen Anne at Nickerson, and one just over 15th Ave W on Dravus St in Interbay – that will include the addition of new traffic signals.

Here are the details from SDOT, along with maps:

W Nickerson & 13th Ave W:

Nickerson Signal

  • Construction underway
  • New traffic signals
  • Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps on each corner
  • Metro bus stop on the SW corner will be relocated to the SE corner
  • Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by May 2014

Dravus St & 17th Ave W:

17th W Updated

  • Construction slated to begin mid-March; to be completed in phases
  • New traffic signals
  • Federally mandated Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps on the NW and SW corners of the intersection.
  • Curb bulb and a bike rack will be installed on the SW corner
  • Four parking spots will be lost due to improvements
  • Construction is expected to be complete and signals activated by June 2014

And, as part of the Dravus work, 17th Ave W to the north of Dravus to Bertona St will also undergo key changes related to parking and repaving:

  • New pavement striping and markings
  • Conversion of head-in parking to parallel parking
  • Street repaving
  • The “roadway channelization” will result in the loss of approximately 8 parking spots

17th Ave W parking

Per SDOT, these projects are funded by a partnership of private development mitigation and the “Bridging the Gap” transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006.

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Viaduct closed this weekend for semi-annual inspection – and it’s sinking

February 25th, 2014 by Laura

Viaduct per WSDOTThis weekend brings a new traffic impact for your awareness and planning. It’s time for the semi-annual Alaksan Way Viaduct inspection, which will close 99 and the Viaduct between Valley St and South Spokane St.

The details are below, the net recommendation is to avoid travel requiring Aurora/99/Viaduct routes.

Per WSDOT:

Friday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, March 2

  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 10 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Valley Street and the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between North 48th Street and South Spokane Street from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday.
  • Both directions of SR 99 will be closed between Denny Way and South Spokane Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

On a separate, but notable point, Monday’s Seattle City Council meeting included a briefing from WSDOT on the settling of the Viaduct due to work on the replacement tunnel. To date, the Viaduct has settled up to 4/10 of an inch as a result of the construction work.

Per Q13, “Council members say if the viaduct continues to settle it may need to be shut down, and it’s time to start thinking about a contingency plan.” The article also quotes Councilmember Mike O’Brien:

“We’re clearly in a phase where this is unanticipated what is going on, and I think the fear is that everyone knows exactly what we’ve agreed to is safe. And we’re very clear if something happens, there’s going to be a lot of contractor activities happening in that area coming up, and if all we have is 6/10 of an inch on to move with on the viaduct before it gets tagged and it gets shut down we need to start planning on that.”

Stay tuned – there’s just a little over half an inch of wiggle room to keep the Viaduct open during construction (and Bertha is stalled).

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South Korean government buys block of Mercer for new Consulate

February 12th, 2014 by Laura

115 and 127 W Mercer

Proposed development from Windermere sale listing

You may recall that back in September there were rumors swirling about the sale of the block of Mercer Street that is home to the Streamline Tavern, Radio Shack, Michael Reed Black Antiques, and Spic and Span cleaners. Recently, the property was off-market, and it turns out that it has indeed been sold.

Per KIRO, the property that sits between 1st Ave W and 2nd Ave W was sold to the South Korean government in December for $2.4 million. It will become home to a new Consulate office, and current tenants will have to vacate the existing buildings before demolition, with construction planned for mid-2015. (KIRO quotes businesses as saying they must leave by December)

The block were for sale via Windermere Commercial Real Estate, with the addresses as 127 W Mercer St and 115 W Mercer St, and listed at $2.75 million.

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Reminder: Seattle Children’s Home development meeting is tonight

December 19th, 2013 by Laura

The Early Design Guidance meeting for the proposed Toll Brothers development at the former Seattle Children’s Home site is tonight. There will be 20 minutes on the agenda for feedback from attendees – the meeting is open to all, so if you have concerns, feedback, or opinions on the proposed 61+ townhome development at W McGraw and 9th Ave W, plan on attending tonight’s meeting:

Meeting Details:

  • Camwest Proposed Development – Early Design Guidance Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:00pm
  • Queen Anne Community Center
  • 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

Option 3

Option 3: Developer’s Preffered Option

 
The developer will present the design plans, followed by questions from the West Design Review Board. Public comment will close out the meeting. More information, including all relevant documents, are available on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development site – project # 3015522.

You can also catch up on the latest from our last post on the plans.

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PSE work on Highland Drive restricts daytime parking near Kerry Park

December 13th, 2013 by Laura

Have you noticed the no parking signs near Kerry Park? We had a reader ask about the no parking signs on W Highland Dr in front of and around Kerry Park, so we contacted SDOT to get the scoop.

Highland PSE workThe signs post “no parking” during daytime hours through December 31st. It’s a long stretch of parking restrictions, and it turns out it’s for a Puget Sound Energy gas project on W Highland Ave from 2nd Ave W to 4th Ave W.

The project manager for the work attempted to distribute flyers informing residents about the “urgent” project, but was unable to reach everyone in the area. The parking signs should have the info on them, but I think we’ve all given up on trying to decipher the well-worn signs that get posted during construction and other no-parking situations.

Heads up if you have out-of-town guests who want to go to Kerry Park during the day – you’ll need to walk a little further and parking may be challenging.

Thanks to our SDOT contact for the info!

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Seattle Children’s Home development plans revealed; public design review meeting Dec 18

December 10th, 2013 by Laura

The developer of the planned townhome development at the Seattle Children’s Home site has released three options for the site in advance of next Wednesday’s Design Review meeting. The meeting is open to the public, so if you want to voice your opinion on the development, mark your calendar.

Seattle Childrens cottageIf you have concerns over the proposed development, you can also attend the Future Queen Anne community group meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 11th. The group will be preparing for the Design Review meeting; you can join them at 7pm at Queen Anne Lutheran Church, 2400 8th Ave W.

The development site at 901 W McGraw St is bordered by W McGraw St, 9th Ave W, and 10th Ave W, with alley access to the site via Crockett St. These streets are key to understanding the 3 plan options, as the entrance for 60+ townhomes moves around in each plan. The plan includes on-site parking for approximately 122 vehicles and all options save the on-site cottage, converting it to a duplex.

Click the images below for larger images, and check out the full 27 page document from Camwest online.

Option 1Option 1:
- Vehicle Access: All vehicle access is from the alley off W Crockett St
- Trees: 1 of 22 “exceptional” trees is removed
- Building mass: Longer row of townhomes on 9th Ave W (2 buildings)
- Building size: Width of interior buildings limited to 60 feet

Option 2Option 2:
- Vehicle access: alley off W Crockett St + 24 foot wide entrance on 9th Ave W
- Trees: 6 of 22 “exceptional” trees are removed
- Building mass: Shorter rows of townhomes on 9th Ave W (3 buildings)
- Building size: Width of interior buildings increased from 60 to 140 feet

Option 3Option 3 – Developer’s Preferred Option:
- Vehicle access: alley off W Crockett St + 20 foot wide entrance on W McGraw
- Trees: 1 of 22 “exceptional” trees is removed
- Building mass: Shorter rows of townhomes on 9th Ave W (4 buildings)
- Building size: Width increased from 60 feet to 200 feet

Meeting Details:

  • Camwest Proposed Development – Early Design Guidance Meeting
  • Wednesday, December 18th @ 8:00pm
  • Queen Anne Community Center
  • 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

The developer will present the design plans, followed by questions from the West Design Review Board. Public comment will close out the meeting. More information, including all relevant documents, are available on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development site – project # 3015522.

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Queen Anne Community Council committee meeting tonight – SPU lights on the agenda

November 18th, 2013 by Laura

The Queen Anne Community Council’s Land Use and Planning Committee (LURC) meets tonight at 7pm. Tonight’s meeting has one agenda item, proposed new lighting to Seattle Pacific University’s Wallace Field.

The meeting will be held at Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St. Details on the SPU lighting are as follows:

SPU Wallace FieldSeattle Pacific University
Site Address: 3414 3rd Ave W

Land Use Application to install six 60 ft. tall light poles at Seattle Pacific University’s athletic field (Wallace Field). Pedestrian lighting included on 3 poles located at the north end of the field. Review includes request for minor amendment to Major Institution Master Plan.

Permit No.  3015956

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Share your input on Uptown at Thursday’s community open house

November 3rd, 2013 by Laura

Uptown is changing as new developments start to go up and the Uptown Urban Center becomes a reality. A year-long planning effort is kicking off this Thursday, November 8th, with an Uptown Community Open House at the Seattle Center Pavillion (305 Thomas St).

Uptown FrameworkInput received from residents, business owners, and community organizations will help design the Urban Design Framework (UDF) for the Uptown Urban Center. Thursday’s open house is being hosted by the Department of Planning and Development and the Uptown Alliance, and they need your input, as well as your help in spreading the word about the meeting.

The Open House runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, and it’s open to anyone with an interest in the future of Uptown. What issues are at hand? Success for local businesses, affordable housing for renters, cyclist and pedestrian safety, transit options, the arts, potential school and library locations, and everything else that makes up a walkable, vibrant, liveable neighborhood.

Here are some key questions that’ll be on the agenda:

  • What do you love about Uptown? What do you wish was different?
  • How do you use the public spaces in Uptown?
  • What would make you use them more?
  • What role does Seattle Center play in your Uptown experience? What uses and/or services are needed in the neighborhood? What questions are we missing?

You can check out the City’s Uptown plan online and the Uptown Alliance’s Facebook page to check out the key issues and background on the Urban Center plans.

Think about what you’d like to see in a future Uptown Urban Center, and bring those ideas to Thursday’s meeting.

 

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