Avoid 99 and spend Saturday walking an Uptown Jane’s Walk

This Saturday, May 7th is the annual Jane’s Walk event, taking place in neighborhoods across Seattle. Named after Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), these walks celebrate urban communities. Jane was an urbanist and activist who championed a community-based approach to city building – and what better way to explore the community than by foot?

Jane’s Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The goal of the free walks is to not only explore a neighborhood, but to also share stories about the community, the city, and meet neighbors.

This weekend’s Jane’s Walk features Uptown (aka Lower Queen Anne to some). Local residents Katherine Idziorek, co-President of the Uptown Alliance and Debi Frausto, former Chair of Friends of Lower Kinnear Park and current Uptown Arts and Culture District focal point, will lead the walk.

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Walk Route

A) Lower Kinnear Park: Meet at the entrance to Lower Kinnear Park (at the end of W Roy Street) – learn about recent park renovations and improvements

B) Counterbalance Park: Uptown’s urban stage

C) The Labyrinth: Walk the labyrinth at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

D) UpGarden P-Patch:Visit a community P-Patch garden on the roof of the Mercer Parking garage!

E) EXPO Apartments: Learn how the community worked together with developers to shape the EXPO Apartment building.

F) KEXP: Visit 90.3 KEXP’s new home at Seattle Center!

G) Queen Anne & Mercer apartments: Learn how the community worked with developers to help a new project fit into the neighborhood.

H) Uptown Parklet: Visit Uptown’s tiniest park, a park”let” at SIFF Cinema Uptown

I) South Korean Consulate: See the future site of the South Korean Consulate

J) Nielsen’s Pastries: Pop in for a coffee or authentic Danish kringle at Nielsen’s Pastries

K) Selig Office Building: See the construction of a new half-block office project

L) Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge: Walk from Uptown over busy Elliott Avenue to enjoy beautiful Sound views and a connection to Seattle’s waterfront parks

Stop by the W Roy Street entrance to Lower Kinnear Park to join the walk at noon on Saturday. Katie will be wearing her red KEXP t-shirt, and the walk will take about an hour. Happy walking!

Uptown Alliance meets today, Expedia campus and Roy St shelter on the agenda

Uptown Alliance new logoThe Uptown Alliance meets today, Thursday, September 10th at 7pm in the EXPO Apartments Community Room (100 Republican St). After a couple months off for summer, the Uptown Alliance is back and has a full agenda this Thursday, including presentations on the Expedia campus, Uptown Urban Design Framework, and the homeless shelter at 157 Roy St.
Here’s the agenda:
  • 7:00 – 7:10  Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)
  • 7:10 – 7:30  Expedia Uptown campus plans (Lynn Claudon, Natalie Quick)
  • 7:30 – 8:15  Uptown Urban Design Framework update (Jim Holmes, Lyle Bicknell, Debi Frausto)
  • 8:15 – 8:25  Counterbalance Park activation update (Matt Adkins)
  • 8:25 – 8:30  Transportation Committee update (Michael Davis, Nick Kullman)
  • 8:30 – 8:40  157 Roy shelter update (Rick Hooper)
  • 8:40 – 9:00  Topics of concern, approve July meeting minutes
The meeting is open to all. If you have comments, feedback, or topics of concern for upcoming meetings, mark your calendar for this Thursday.

Early morning shooting at Lower Queen Anne gas station leaves one dead

Gas Station shootingThe Seattle Police Department has posted a blotter post on an early morning shooting at the Shell gas station at the corner of W Denny and Queen Anne Ave N. One person died from gunshot wounds, two more were injured.

If you have any information or tips on this open investigation, please contact SPD at 206-233-5000.

Here are the details from SPD:

Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting in Lower Queen Anne

Homicide detectives are investigating an early morning shooting at a gas station at Denny and Queen Anne Avenue North.

Officers responded to several 911 calls of shots fired shortly after 3:00 am.  When they arrived, they found a 22-year-old man dead and two other men with gun shot wounds. Seattle Fire responded and transported the two injured men to Harborview Medical Center for emergency treatment.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene, interviewing witnesses and canvassing for evidence. After further investigation, detectives have determined that the shooting took place inside of the parked car and that suspects and victims have been accounted for. Detectives have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting occurred as a result of a drug robbery.

This remains an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call SPD Homicide tip-line at (206) 233-5000.

Roy Street homeless shelter now official

157 Roy St ViewWe reported on the then-un-announced homeless shelter that’s going to be located at the corner of Roy St and Warren Ave N (157 Roy St) last Thursday. Now, the city has issued an official press release, which is provided below. The Human Services Department and DESC staff are holding a community meeting to discuss the shelter July 28th at 6pm in the Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2.

If you have questions or comments on the shelter, plan on attending the meeting. If you can’t make the meeting or have immediate questions, you can call the Seattle Human Services Department at 206-386-1001 or contact the Office of the Mayor.


City Announces Overnight Emergency Shelter in Uptown

Seattle, WA – The City of Seattle will convert the City Light owned building located at 157 Roy Street into an emergency shelter to help serve individuals living unsheltered on Seattle streets.  The shelter will open this fall in two phases. The first phase is for 50 beds and the second phase is for an additional 50 beds after substantial alterations required by the building code are complete.

“Emergency shelter opens the door to human services and a safe place to sleep for a person experiencing a crisis of homelessness,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “The Roy Street property is currently vacant at a time when 3,000 people are sleeping on our streets. Working with DESC, we are fulfilling our commitment for additional shelter beds, a central recommendation from my Emergency Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness.”

In April 2015, Mayor Murray announced that he planned to partner with the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) to fund operations of a new 100 bed shelter in a City of Seattle-owned property.   At that time a total of $350,000 was identified as the ongoing operating cost to fund the shelter.  Since then, the Human Services Department and Finance and Administrative Services Department identified the Roy Street location as a City-owned property that is appropriate for temporary housing. The City of Seattle will use Human Services Department general funds to cover the cost of operating the shelter in 2015.  This shelter will be managed by the Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC).

“The Downtown Emergency Service Center is proud to partner with the City of Seattle to enhance the safety of our most vulnerable residents,” said Daniel Malone, Downtown Emergency Service Center Executive Director.  “I appreciate Mayor Ed Murray’s leadership addressing the region’s homelessness crisis.”

“The Human Services Department is pleased to partner with Downtown Emergency Service Center, an experienced homelessness service provider to operate the overnight shelter for medically fragile seniors at this new shelter,” said Catherine Lester, Seattle Human Services Department Director.  “This partnership with DESC will also facilitate the pilot of a portfolio of services for shelter residents with the goal of getting them on the path to permanent housing within the federal goal of 20 days.”

The shelter is for adult men who are over 60 years of age or are disabled.  The shelter will operate 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.

To ensure the safety of the shelter stayers, three awake and alert shelter staff will be on duty during shelter sleeping hours to keep diligent watch for fires, obstructions to exits, and any other hazards during the time that people are sleeping.  Food preparation at the site will be limited to reheating of food in microwaves. The on-site commercial washer and dryers for shelter linens will be operated by shelter staff only.

This announcement aligns with the Homeless Investment Analysis, which highlighted the need to work with service providers in a new, collaborative manner to ensure Seattle’s unsheltered homeless residents can quickly access shelter, be matched with a housing resource, and receive assistance in finding permanent, affordable housing.  Today’s announcement is also in response to the recommendation by the Mayor’s Task Force on Unsheltered Homelessness to consider the use of City-owned facilities and shelters. This task force was created in October 2014 to develop recommendations addressing the growing number of people experiencing homelessness in Seattle.

Human Services Department and DESC staff will hold a community meeting to discuss the shelter on July 28th at 6:00 pm in the Seattle Center Armory Loft Room #2  (305 Harrison Street).  View a campus map.

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

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.

Conditional approval granted for new 20 unit apartment building on Lower Queen Anne/Uptown

Llewellyn Apts

Courtesy of Strata Architects

The City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has conditionally approved a new apartment building project at 717 3rd Ave N.

Llewellyn Place will be a 3-story building with 20 residential units, an outdoor courtyard, a rooftop deck including space for gardening, and an underground parking garage with parking for 11 vehicles.

Llewellyn mapStrata Architects is helming the project, which will include the demolition of the existing structure at the location. The 7,680 square foot lot is situated between a 4-story apartment building to the north and a 5-story mixed-use building to the south.

The project must address the usual conditions around excavation, disposal of hazardous materials, construction parking, street  and sidewalk closures, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Groundbreaking on the new project is expected this year.

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