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SDOT paving portion of Galer St this weekend

August 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Starting tomorrow, SDOT will be re-paving a portion of W Galer St, and westbound traffic will be detoured:
Galer Paving

SDOT crews will grind and pave W Galer Street from Queen Anne Ave N to 2nd Ave W this weekend, Aug.1 – 2. The crews plan to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Galer will remain open to eastbound traffic, but drivers traveling westbound will follow detour signs leading them north on Queen Anne Avenue and onto West McGraw Street to continue westward. Sidewalks will remain open. Police officers will be on-site to assist pedestrians cross the street and to help keep traffic moving.

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Reminder: Public meeting on Roy St homeless shelter this Tuesday

July 27th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St ViewIf you have questions, comments, or feedback on the overnight emergency homeless shelter that’s planned for 157 Roy St, attend the community meeting planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Human Services Department and Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) staff will be on hand to discuss the new shelter with residents and business owners. You can read the official announcement in our blog post from earlier this month.

Meeting Details:

  • When: 6pm, Tuesday, July 28th
  • Location: Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2 (yellow building on map):

 Seattle Center Armory

The building is currently undergoing upgrades and renovations that are expected to be completed in August. The city then plans to open the shelter in the Fall. There will be two phases: the first phase is for 50 beds, the second phase is for 100 beds. The city will use Human Services Department general funds to cover operation costs and the shelter will be managed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).

Key Details:

• The shelter is for adult men who are medically fragile and over 60 years of age.
• Shelter hours are from 10 pm to 6 am.
• The men will be screened and referred from the downtown DESC location to prevent queuing lines outside the shelter.
• Daytime access to the shelter will be limited to janitorial services and shelter staff.
• Food preparation at the site will be limited to reheating of food in microwaves. There is currently no stovetop or range in the existing kitchenette.
• Commercial washer and dryers are for shelter linens and will be operated by shelter staff only.
• There will be three shelter staff that are awake and alert during shelter sleeping hours to keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to exits, and any other hazards during the time that people are sleeping.
• No tolerance policy to drinking or drug use on site, threats of violence, etc.

If you cannot make tomorrow’s meeting or would like additional information, contact Lindsey Garrity at 206-684-0106 or via email.

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Six-story mixed use building with 5 parking spaces planned for Uptown

July 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

219 1st Ave N mapThe Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has approved a 6-story mixed-use building to replace two one-story apartment buildings at 219 1st Ave N. A few minor design changes (e.g. change the exterior from corrugated to solid surface), and this project will move ahead.

The new building will house 45 residential units above street-level commercial space. Since the site is located in the Uptown Urban Center, parking requirements do not equal the number of units – there will be parking for 5 (five) vehicles.

219 1st Ave N siteSince posts about new developments often spur questions on the lack of parking, here’s the rundown for the “why only 5 parking spaces?” The developer submitted a traffic study and parking utilization report that “indicates that a peak parking demand of 22 parking stalls is expected. The onsite parking supply is 5 vehicles, thus the spill-over demand to on street parking is 15 vehicles.”

DPD reviewed the traffic report and concluded that there are no significant adverse impacts with the parking plan.

The existing apartment buildings will be demolished. Note, this 6-story building joins 3 other planned multi-story developments we covered in June.

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UPDATE: Non-community meeting scheduled for planned Roy St and Interbay homeless encampments

July 5th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

157 Roy St View UPDATE: The Queen Anne Community Council has informed us that this July 21st meeting is limited admission for Interfaith pastors only  - not a public meeting as the Magnolia Community Coucil pitched it. Contact the Mayor to get a public meeting that’s open to all.

We just got this notice about a planned community meeting to discuss/answer questions about the proposed homeless shelters on Roy Street and in Interbay.

Note, this meeting is scheduled at the convenient time of noon on a weekday… I can’t attend because of my day job, so hopefully some neighbors can attend and report back:

When/Where: Noon on Tuesday, July 21, QA Lutheran Church, 2400 8th Ave West

Who: Sola Plumacher of the Seattle Human Services Department will brief attendees on the 2 new shelters opening in the Queen Anne neighborhood:

You can read more about these proposed shelters in the post from last Thursday.

Let’s hope the Mayor will schedule additional meetings in the evenings to accommodate those Queen Anne residents who work during the day. As with the Interagency Recovery School, often these meetings come after a review period and whether you’re for or against the City’s plans, you have no option to comment or ask questions.

In the meantime, if you have questions call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor via a wide variety of social media sites or email form-letter.

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Three new multi-story developments planned for Uptown/Lower Queen Anne

June 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Silver PlattersIn the latest Land Use Bulletin news, there are three sites slated for demolition for multi-story residential buildings. All three are in the planning stage, so no concept drawings yet. A key landmark of sorts, the Silver Platters building, is on the list. After being vacant for over two years, looks like it’ll become a 5-story residential building.

Here are the details:

701 5th Ave N701 5th Ave N aka Silver Platters building:

  • 5-story structure containing 97 residential units
  • 3,600 square feet of commercial use at ground level
  • Parking for 88 vehicles to be provided below grade
  • Existing structure to be removed (goodbye, Silver Platters murals)

513 1st Ave N513 1st Ave N:

  • 6-story, 92 unit apartment building
  • Parking for 45 vehicles to be provided
  • Existing structure to be demolished
  • Note: this is the old one-story liquor store and Floyd’s Place on 1st Ave N

200 2nd Ave W200 2nd Ave W:

  • 5-story structure containing 75 residential units above four live-work units
  • Parking for 69 vehicles will be located below grade
  • Existing structure to be removed
  • Note: this is the blue wood building across Western from the PI Building

That’s three Land Use notices in 2 weeks, so expect more in the future as the landscape at the bottom of the hill changes and grows upward. And, yes, I’ve used both Uptown and Lower Queen Anne in the title of this post – if I go with one or the other, someone isn’t happy, so make peace with the combo… for now.

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Last call for Lower Queen Anne 7-11 is today

June 24th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

7-11NOTE: we just got a late-breaking tip that the site will remain a convenience store, just not 7-11.

We’ve received several reader tips about the 7-11 at the corner of 5th Ave N and Valley St. On Friday, the shelves were starting to look bare, and the clerk on duty told a reader that the building was being sold to a developer for apartments (which it turns out, was incorrect information).

7-11 ValleyIn the meantime, we received another reader tip this morning. Today is the last day of business for the Lower Queen Anne 7-11.  According to another tip from someone close to the activity says the building willl become a private party convenience store.

With no sale records and no Department of Planning and Development records, a new/different convenience store makes sense. Stay tuned for more news of the new convenience store.

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Old SPU property becomes The Parker and garners press as a model for affordable apartments

May 22nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The Parker signYou may recall (or may not – it was several years ago) that we posted on the sale of an old SPU property to Bellwether back in October 2012. At the time, the apartment building was in disrepair, and Bellwether Housing, a non-profit affordable housing agency, planned to renovate the property and create affordable housing on Queen Anne.

It’s now completely renovated and sparking positive local press in both The Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal as a creative and effective way to develop affordable housing in Seattle.

From our 2012 post:

Bellwether Housing announced today [October 24, 2012] that it has purchased SPU’s Robbins Apartments, netting the nonprofit affordable housing agency its first building on Queen Anne. Robbins Apartments, located at 2701 3rd Ave W, opened in 1966 and provided SPU students with close-to-campus apartments, but has been in need of repair for several years.

Bellwether, a non-profit agency, will repair and renovate the building, resulting in 50 affordable apartments that’ll be renamed The Parker. The Parker will provide apartments for people who earn up to 60% of the area median income ($36,960 for one person to $47,520 for a family of three).

Bellwether’s Executive Director Sarah Lewontin issued the following statement:
“This is Bellwether’s first apartment building in the Queen Anne neighborhood. I’m particularly excited that we’ll be able to provide affordable rents in this highly desirable area – giving working people a chance to live close to jobs, parks, schools, grocery stores and very convenient bus service. SPU has been a great partner to make this transition possible.”

The Parker gardenBellwether’s Parker House Apartments on Queen Anne has since opened and hit the news yesterday. Both the Seattle Times and Puget Sound Business Journal have highlighted The Parker:

PSBJ: “The creative way this Seattle developer made a $735-a-month Queen Anne apartment possible”

Seattle Times: “Rents are half the Queen Anne norm at revitalized apartments”

Next time you walk or drive by the property on 3rd W, take note of the difference Bellwether is making in our neighborhood. Not only has the property been nicely rehabbed, it’s also providing a great affordable option for Queen Anne families. And, it’s been 100% occupied since it opened, so it’s filling a need in our community. What was once an near-eyesore of a building is now renovated, complete with a beautiful exterior garden along 3rd Ave W, all while offering affordable housing on Queen Anne.

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Old Trader Joe’s site to become Anytime Fitness

May 1st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

TJ AnytimeA reader sent us a tip a couple of weeks ago about the old Trader Joe’s location (thanks, Charlie!) – it’s slated to become a new Anytime Fitness location.

Anytime Fitness is a 24-hour gym that’s open 365 days a year, so members can work out whenever it’s convenient for them.

We got in touch with the franchise owner, who also owns the Fremont Anytime Fitness. He says they are “very excited to be opening on Queen Anne in the near future.”

Transforming the former grocery store at 112 W Galer St into a gym will take some time, so no set opening date yet. But, “what’s going in the old Trader Joe’s spot?” is one of our most popular reader questions, so there’s your answer.

As construction nears completion and an opening date is set, we’ll post an update. And, thanks as always to readers who submit tips!

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Get ready to welcome Expedia to the neighborhood

April 2nd, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Amgen site mapThe waterfront campus that once housed Amgen will become Expedia’s headquarters by the end of 2018. The deal was a rumor yesterday; today it was officially announced by Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi at a press conference with Mayor Ed Murray.

Expedia, currently based in Bellevue, is looking at a lease expiring in 2018, and is jumping over to Seattle from the Eastside to take over the old Amgen campus. As it exists today, the campus has buildings with a total of 750,000 square feet – as well as land that will allow Expedia to build 200,000 square feet of additional office space.

There’s been a lot of press since the announcement, so here’s a round-up of the best local coverage, including a couple that point out that 3,000 more commuters will hit our streets. That’s a small downside as Expedia’s move will be good for the neighborhood and the tech industry in Seattle.

Seattle Times: Expedia will make Seattle waterfront its new home

GeekWire: Expedia confirms Seattle move, will buy Amgen campus for $229M, relocate from Bellevue by 2018

GeekWire: Check out this View: Inside Expedia’s new Seattle headquarters campus –> has photo gallery

Wall Street Journal: Expedia to Buy Amgen Campus In Seattle

KING: Expedia move to Seattle expected to impact traffic

KIRO: Mayor announces Expedia’s move from Bellevue to Seattle

KOMO: Expedia moving headquarters from Bellevue to Seattle

Puget Sound Business Journal: Bring on the developers: Expedia’s move could help Seattle tech companies attract talent

Puget Sound Business Journal: Get ready, Seattle: Expedia’s 3,000 commuters are coming and it won’t be pretty

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Queen Anne Community Council reviews two new multi-story Uptown developments tonight

March 16th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The Queen Anne Community Council Land Use committee (LURC) meets tonight, March 16th, at 7pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). This particular Land Use meeting will focus on two Uptown developments, so if you’re interested in Uptown’s rapid growth, this is the meeting for you.

One project is a 6-story mixed use building at Denny Way and Warren Ave N, the other is a 5-story apartment complex at 19 W Harrison. Representatives will provide presentations and answer questions from the QACC and people in attendance.

Here’s the agenda with brief descriptions of the two new developments:

124 Denny Way7:00pm – 8:00pm: 124 Denny Way  (NW corner of Denny Way and Warren Ave N)
John Teutsch

Land Use Application to allow a 6-story structure containing 75 residential units over 2,550 sq. ft. of commercial and six live/work units. Parking for 50 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online. 

19 W Harrison8:00pm – 9:00pm 19 West Harrison  (SE corner of 1st Ave W and Harrison)
Maria Barrientos

Land Use Application to allow a 5-story structure with 71 residential units above 685 sq. ft. of retail space. Project also includes 4 live/work units and parking for 45 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. A preliminary design package is available online.

The QACC meeting is open to all, so if you want to see what’s on tap for Uptown in the near future, or have comments/questions, plan on attending tonight’s meeting.

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Full closures for parts of Mercer and Dexter this weekend

February 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Plan ahead for travel this weekend, as SDOT will be fully closing portions of Mercer and Dexter from 11pm Friday, February 13th to 5am Monday, February 16th. The closures are required for the completion of concrete pours and the removal of a temporary road along the south side of Mercer at Dexter.

Here are the details from SDOT:


  • Westbound Mercer St will be fully closed to traffic between 9th Ave N and 5th Ave N from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto Denny Way
  • Capacity will be restricted on eastbound Mercer; at least one eastbound lane will remain open


  • Dexter Ave N will be fully closed between Roy and Mercer Streets from 11pm Friday, February 13th through 5am Monday, February 16th
  • Travelers will be detoured onto 9th Ave N
  • Access to businesses and residences on Taylor Ave N will be maintained from Roy St

Mercer closure Feb 2015

Immediately following the completion of this work, one lane of eastbound Mercer Street will remain closed 24/7 as SDOT completes concrete paving activities February 16 through February 20.

Note that all work is weather-dependent and may be cancelled and rescheduled for later dates if inclement weather continues to occur. Plan ahead and expect “significant traffic delays” as the Mercer Corridor Project keeps marching on.

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Queen Anne Community Council to focus on Toll Brothers’ plan for Seattle Children’s Home site

February 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

The planned development at the Seattle Children’s Home site is inching closer to reality. National homebuilder Toll Brothers now officially owns the Seattle Children’s Home property, closing the sale for $14M in December 2014. Seattle Children’s Home has vacated the premises, moving to Burien.

Toll Brothers 2014 planThe Queen Anne Community Council will host a LURC (Land Use Review Committee) meeting dedicated to the planned Toll Brothers townhome project at 9th Ave W and W McGraw St on Wednesday, February 11th 7pm-9pm. Representatives from Toll Brothers will present their final design proposal and take questions from residents.

Controversy had dogged the proposed project since it was first announced in 2013. Neighbors have been fighting the original plan for 66 townhomes on the 2.5 acre lot, with concerned residents forming community group Future Queen Anne to help coordinate their efforts.

The latest change to the proposed plan: Another developer purchased the white house on the site, and it plans to demolish the house – the cottage will be preserved – and replace it with 6 units. The total number of townhomes with Toll’s new plan and the demo of the white house is 65 units. Here’s the plan from last year – an updated will be provided on Wednesday:

Toll Brothers Proposed Plan

The meeting will follow QACC’s typical format: Toll will give LURC and the community a presentation illustrating its latest design. After QACC and Future Queen Anne’s questions are addressed, the floor will open to community questions determined in order by a sign-up sheet.  In respect for all questioners, everyone will be limited to 1 minute each for questions.

If you are interested in the final design plans or have questions/concerns, attend the QACC LURC meeting on Wednesday, February 11th, 7pm-9pm at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St). All are welcome.

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