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Community meeting to discuss Interagency Recovery School planned for December 10th

November 12th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Today we got word from Seattle Public Schools that the community meeting on the planned Interagency Recovery School will be held at John Hay Cafeteria on Wednesday, December 10th, 6:30-7:30pm.

QA High GymAll residents and parents are welcome to attend this community meeting – per the email we received from SPS, it is a community meeting, not a John Hay-specific meeting. The school will take over the Queen Anne Gym space kitty-corner from Johh Hay Elementary, so the John Hay PTA has been very involved in gathering feedback since we broke the news on the school.

QA High School Gym mapKaaren Andrews, the Principal of the Interagency Academy, contacted the John Hay PTA and stated that the Recovery School plans to open on February 2nd – not later this month, as originally communicated to us by SPS. However, if permits are obtained sooner, it will open before February. Sometime in November is likely the earliest date, pending permits.

If you have questions or concerns about the Interagency Recovery School, plan on attending this community meeting. SPS has asked for comments to be submitted by tomorrow, Thursday, November 13th.

Send your questions and comments to the following SPS contacts:

Kaaren Andrews, Principal of Interagency Schools for Seattle

Kari Hanson, Principal of John Hay 

Sue Peters, Queen Anne SPS Board Member 

Interim Superintendent Nyland 

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Flip Herndon

John Hay Parent Board (compiling questions for the meeting)

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday: Lake2Bay, KEXP, and Uptown Art Walk on the agenda

March 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, March 13, at 7pm in the Expo Apartments community room (100 Republican St).

uptownHere’s what’s on the agenda:

7:00–7:05 – Introductions

7:05–7:30 – Lake2Bay

7:30–7:50 – Mercer Corridor Update

7:50–8:15 – KEXP/Northwest Rooms update

8:15–8:25 – Uptown Art Walk – Queen’Anne Chamber of Commerce

8:25–8:45 – Report out

  • UDF Update – call for participation
  • UA participation on LURC, close exploratory committee
  • Thomas Street Overpass dedication update
  • Parklet application
  • Neighborhood Summit
  • District Council update

8:45–9:00 Topics of concern

9:00 – Adjourn

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Attend Monday meeting to hear directly from – and speak to – the CVS and Toll Brothers developers

September 11th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Two of the most popular (contentious) posts from the past month covered proposed developments on Queen Anne – a proposed CVS pharmacy and a proposed Toll Brothers townhouse development at the Seattle Children’s Home site.

If you’re interested, passionate, or just curious about these key developments that will certainly make a mark on our neighborhood, be sure to attend Monday’s Queen Anne Community Council committee meeting.

The QACC’s Land Use Review and Planning Committee (LURC) has two presentations on the agenda – and note that representatives from the developers will be on hand to pitch these. The meeting will be at the Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St, at 7pm on Monday, September 16th.

The presenters have 20 minutes to present their project, then the LURC committee will comment and ask questions. Following the LURC discussion, the floor will be open for public comments and questions.

Here’s the agenda and relevant materials:

7pm-8pm: Velmeir Company, CVS Developer

CVS Preferred Design

CVS “Preferred” design

Velmeir will present their proposal for the construction of a 16,000 square foot, one-story CVS pharmacy in Uptown at corner of Mercer St and Queen Anne Ave N.  They presented their preliminary design to the Design Review Board during an EDG (Early Design Guidance) conference several months ago. Per the QACC: “Velmeir and their architects have advanced the design and now LURC will review the project.”

You can review the Design Proposal and Design Review meeting notes online.

8-9pm: The Toll Brothers, 66 townhomes on the Seattle Children’s Home property

Toll Brothers Proposed Plan

Proposed Toll Brothers plan

The Toll Brothers developer has purchased the 2.25 acre property that has been the home for over 100 years to Seattle Children’s Home.  Toll Brothers has preliminary plans to demolish the existing buildings and replace them with 66 townhouses, including interior driveways. LURC held an introductory meeting with Toll Brothers about 3 months ago. In the meantime they have advanced their design to a point where LURC will review the project.

You can review the Property Report and Preliminary Assessment Report from DPD Meeting online.

Whether you’re concerned or curious, the presentations and opportunity for public comment is not to be missed!

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Discuss the proposed CVS pharmacy development at Thursday’s Uptown Alliance meeting

July 8th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

uptownYou may recall our post on the proposed development that’ll turn the existing Uptown Kidd Valley property into a CVS pharmacy – in addition to voicing your opinion at the early design review on July 17th (Queen Anne Community Center, room #1, 6:30pm), you can also attend this week’s Uptown Alliance meeting to discuss how this proposed development does or doesn’t fit into our community.

Key on the agenda is a community discussion on the proposed development at 531 Queen Anne Ave N. The Uptown Alliance will facilitate a discussion on the development, the long-range vision for the Uptown community, and the position of the organization prior to the July 17th meeting. [editor's note: updated to reflect that the DPD representative will not be discussing the CVS - it will be a community discussion]

The agenda also includes guest speaker David Goldberg, a Senior Planner with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and reports from the Uptown Triangle Planning Committee and the Urban Design Framework Committee, as well as a brainstorming session on items of concern.

The Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday at 7pm in the community room at Expo Apartments (100 Republican St). All are welcome to attend and join in on the discussion.

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Uptown Alliance meeting is Thursday, bring your questions for the Director of SDOT

March 13th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

The monthly Uptown Alliance meeting begins at 7pm Thursday at the EXPO Apartments community room (100 Republican St), with a tour of the EXPO building prior to the meeting at 6:30pm.

Peter Hahn, Director of Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is the guest for the evening, and is up first on the agenda after introductions. He’ll be available to discuss future transportation concerns that impact Uptown, such as transportation needs, rail and mass transit, new street connections west and east of Uptown, bicycle safety, street maintenance, the Uptown Greenway, and any other SDOT-related concerns. Bring your topics and questions!


  • Greetings & Introductions
  • Guest speaker: Peter Hahn, Director, SDOT
  • Motion on signatures for new BECU Uptown Alliance account
  • Round Robin of topics of concern
  • Discussion of meeting schedule for 2013
  • Committee Reports: Parks, Public Safety, Urban Design Framework
  • Adjourn

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SPD to Host Queen Anne Community Meeting on January 22nd

January 10th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

I’ve seen Seattle Police Department (SPD) community meetings come across other neighborhood blogs and now it’s our turn – SPD is coming to the Queen Anne Community Center on January 22nd to meet with residents. If you have concerns about crime (remember the Kerry Park-area muggings?), safety, or any specific questions for SPD, mark your calendars and RSVP for this meeting by January 16th. SPD is looking for 20-30 residents to participate in small group discussions, but that is not a hard-and-fast limit – they’re willing to accomodate all who want to join in on the discussion. It’s our turn to meet with SPD, and it’s a great opportunity for the community.

From our SPD West Precinct Operations contact:

The Mayor’s Office and the Seattle Police Department would like to hear from community members of Queen Anne as to how SPD can address specific neighborhood concerns and improve as an organization. We are seeking 20-30 residents that would like to attend a community meeting in which participants will gather in small groups. RSVP is necessary so that organizers can assure enough SPD officers and moderators are present.  If interest exceeds our target number of participants, we will adjust so that everyone is accommodated.

Key Details

  • What: SPD – Queen Anne Community Meeting
  • When: Tuesday January 22, 6-8pm
  • Where: Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave. W)
  • RSVP via email by Wednesday January 16, 2013

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Walk on Queen Anne? Two Opportunities to Get Involved and Voice Your Opinion on Walkability

November 20th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

If you’re like me, you walk… a lot. If not, maybe you have a reason? Lack of sidewalks, poorly-marked crosswalks, or inadequate lighting? Remedying these issues would make it safer to walk around the neighborhood, especially with our short, dark winter days ahead. Increased walkability also supports our local businesses and community services, and there’s nothing more invigorating than taking a walk and seeing the vibrancy of our neighborhood!

Well, now there are two new opportunities for you to share your opinion on Queen Anne walkability:

Queen Anne Greenways: this grassroots, neighbor-driven group is looking to springboard into an official voice for Queen Anne walkability. The group is meeting next Tuesday and Friday for meet-and-greets. The conversation starting point will be the Crown of Queen Anne and pedestrian safety. The first meetings are informal opportunities to start the discussion on how Queen Anne residents view the safety and accessibility of our primary pedestrian routes. Input gathered and interested residents’ participation will lead to the formation of a formal Queen Anne Greenways Group.

Key Details:

  • Meetings: Tuesday, Nov 27, 7-8:30pm or Friday, Nov 30, 3-4:30pm
  • Where: 2572 – 10th Ave W
  • RSVP via email to Jody Lemke

Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board: SPAB is accepting applications for new members to help make walking safer and easier.  The volunteer board advises the mayor and city council, participates in planning and project development, evaluates policies and makes recommendations to city departments. Board members serve a two-year term, with an opportunity to serve a second term. Applicants must be Seattle residents (city employees are not eligible) and should be frequent walkers. SPAB is looking for a board that represents of a variety of ages, mobility levels, and neighborhoods.

Key Details:

  • Meetings: SPAB meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at City Hall
  • Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter explaining your interest
  • Deadline: apply via email by 5pm on December 17 to Howard Wu

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Uptown Alliance Meets Thursday – SLU Rezone and Future of Key Arena on Tap

November 7th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The Uptown Alliance meets at 7pm on Thursday and there’s a new location forthis month’s meeting – the Uptown Alliance will convene in the Community Room at Expo Apartments, 100 Republican St.

• Greetings & Introductions
• Round Robin: topics of concern
• Affordable Housing Goals for Uptown – report by Rick Hooper
• South Lake Union Rezone – report by John Coney

- UA Endorsement is requested, please read the Rezone Summary in advance
- Proposed height limit changes in SLU scale down toward the Uptown Triangle (bounded by Denny, Broad, and Aurora)
- UA may later endorse some higher height limits in the Uptown Triangle commensurate with Space Needle views, flight patterns, and the need for more housing and jobs in the Triangle
- Recommendation will come from the UA Urban Design Framework Committee and the Triangle Planning Group

• Nominations Committee – report by Jean Sundborg
• Counterbalance Park – report by Jean Sundborg
• Downtown Public Safety letter
• Future of Key Arena – report by John Coney

- There is some funding for a study of sustainable uses for the Key after completion of the new SODO arena
- A letter from UA to Mayor and Council asks for enhanced funding for the economic study of sustainable uses for the Key and suggests participatory sports uses, if the Key can no longer serve as a concert/sports venue

• Committee Reports

The next UA meeting is January 10 at 7pm, details including meeting location to follow. For additional information, contact Rick Hooper or John Coney.

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Public Design Review for Aegis Galer Street Project Set for October 24

October 9th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The proposed 4-story Aegis assisted living building at 223 W Galer St is up for public design review on Wednesday, October 24th. If you’re concerned about the height of this building or any other impacts related to the design, mark your calendars. Only a few neighbors attended the first design review, so this is your chance to make your voice heard!

Courtesy Via Architecture Early Design Review: click for larger image

This particular Aegis property will include 60 assisted living units above street-level retail, with parking for 21 vehicles below grade. The existing one-story structure will be demolished, and the project is still pending City Council approval of the rezone required for the four-story structure.

Courtesy Via Architecture: proposed Aegis building

Where are we in the process? This will be the second stage of Design Review, the Recommendation phase. The meeting agenda is as follows:

- The applicant presents information about the proposed design and how it responds to the Design Guideline priorities

- The public may comment on the proposed design

- The Design Review Board will offer their recommendations to the Director of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD)

Public comments are welcome at the Recommendation meeting – but note that comments are limited to design considerations only. According to the DPD, “if environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.”

To prep for this meeting, you can read relevant documents, such as the Design Review document fro June, and public comments on this development at – enter “3012582” as the project number. The Early Design Guidance document (with drawings and photos) is also available online.

Key Details:
What: Design Review & Public Comments for Aegis Project at 223 W Galer
Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:30pm
Where: Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

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Public meeting on Lower Kinnear Park Thursday

June 27th, 2011 by Thea

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), and HBB Landscape Architects are hosting a community meeting on the Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project this Thursday, June 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bayview Retirement Community, located at 11 W Aloha Street.

From FOLKpark:

Join FOLKpark, HBB Landscape Architects and Seattle Parks to learn more about the proposed restoration of the forest, the link to the waterfront, tennis court renovation, trail improvements, off-leash area and more!  We will present findings from our arborist and geotechnical consultants and talk about funding priorities. Bring a neighbor!

The Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project is one of fifteen projects to receive funding from the parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. You can read more about the redevelopment at the project website, or in our past coverage.

If you can’t make it to this meeting, there will be a second meeting also at Bayview on Thursday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Want to pass along information about this meeting to friends and neighbors? Download the printable flier here (.pdf).

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Uptown Alliance meeting talks transportation issues, low income housing & more Thursday

June 8th, 2011 by Thea

The Uptown Alliance’s monthly meeting is happening this Thursday, June 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Lower Queen Anne Metropolitan Market restaurant space. This month the agenda is brimming with transportation issues – from Metro’s D-Line RapidRide stop placement, to its new trolley buses – as well as other hot topics, including the Department of Neighborhoods Alcohol Impact Program and a potential site for low-income housing in Uptown. Check out the full agenda:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Adopt Minutes of 5/12/11
  • Metro Transit D-Line RapidRide stop placement – Jonathan Dong (SDOT) & Paul Roybal (Metro)
  • Committee Reports:
  1. New LED lighting in Counterbalance Park: it’s getting better.
  2. Department of Neighborhoods Alcohol Impact Area program – Christa Dumpys TBC
  3. 8th Ave. N. and Roy St.: Possible near-Uptown, SLU site for low cost housing: Will UA support this site? If so, how best? – Rick Hooper
  4. A new generation of trolley buses in Seattle.
  5. Letter supporting Alcohol Impact Area Program.
  6. Uptown Alliance participation in proposed Center City Neighborhoods group.
  • New Business: bring your own topics and comments.

The next meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jul4 14. All future meetings will be held at the Lower Queen Anne Metropolitan Market until further notice.

Want to learn more about the Uptown Alliance and it’s work in the Lower Queen Anne community? Check out its Facebook page for updates and neighborhood information, or contact Rick Hooper at, or John Coney at

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Mercer West Project Open House Wednesday

June 7th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting an open house on the Mercer West Project from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at Seattle Center’s Rainier Room, located within the Northwest Rooms Plaza.

At the meeting representatives from SDOT will discuss the preliminary designs for the project, including information on the underpass at Aurora Ave and the two-way conversion of Roy and Mercer streets between 5th Ave N and Queen Anne Ave N. SDOT will also present recommendations for West Mercer Place and West Mercer Street, based on evaluation of the alternatives and input from stakeholders.

The SDOT project team will be available to solicit ideas from the public and answer questions attendees may have about current preliminary design concepts for the following:

  • A wider Mercer Underpass at Aurora Avenue North;
  • Converting Mercer and Roy Streets from one‐way to two‐way operation;
  • And improving intersections, street connections and bike access.

From SDOT:

The Mercer West Project would complete the City’s vision for a direct, two‐way connection between I‐5 and Elliott Avenue West, continuing where the Mercer East Project leaves off. The proposed improvements include:

  • Widening Mercer between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N, including the underpass at Aurora to provide three lanes in each direction, left‐turn lanes, wider sidewalks, and a bicycle path;
  • Converting Mercer Street to two‐way operation with two lanes in each direction and turn pockets between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
  • Converting Roy Street to a two‐way street with one lane in each direction and bicycle lanes between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
  • Creating a new Sixth Avenue N connection between Mercer and Harrison Streets; and;
  • Closing Broad Street to re‐connect the street grid between Ninth Ave N and Fifth Ave N.

Read more about the Mercer West Project on the project website, and in our ongoing coverage.

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