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Meet firefighters and check out the upgraded Fire Station 8 at Saturday’s Open House

February 7th, 2014 by Laura

Fire Station #8As part of the 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Station 8 on Upper Queen Anne is one of 18 fire stations opening their doors to the public. The open house is this Saturday, February 8th, from 11am to 1pm, and all are welcome to attend the celebration.

Fire Station 8 has undergone a seismic and safety upgrade and renovation – just completed in October 2013 – and the Fire Chief is ready to show off the new features of the station located at 110 Lee St, and meet the neighbors.

According to Fire Chief Gregory Dean: “We want to open the doors to our new fire station which has been upgraded to better serve the neighborhood. This is also an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters and learn about their life saving techniques.”

Key upgrades and improvements include:

  • structural upgrades to meet current seismic safety standards
  • an addition that relocated the station watch office and allows for future a tillered aerial ladder apparatus
  • a new roof, window replacements and building mechanical system improvements
  • a contamination area, bunker gear storage, major disaster and EMS storage, and a battery charging area

Fire Station 8 was upgraded through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2003. The Open House is a chance for neighbors to meet local Queen Anne firefighters and tour the station – and it’s family friendly, so bring your future firefighters!

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Holiday Open House Hosted by Crockett Street Merchants this Saturday

November 28th, 2012 by Laura

The Queen Anne merchants at Crockett Street & 6th Ave West are hosting a Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 1st from 4-7pm. It’s a great opportunity to visit these merchants, say hello, and enjoy some holiday treats!

Here’s the rundown on participating merchants:

Pink Ginger is offering 15% off purchases during the Open House, and will be serving holiday treats as well. Pink Ginger opened in 2008 as a specialty boutique with a Soho-London feel. The shop has locally made jewelry and clothing from both local and global designers in sizes small to size 24. The shop provides not only a range of sizes, but also varying styles that address the needs of different body types.

Beverly Hunnicutt will be serving hot cider all day Saturday with additional refreshments from 4-7pm. In addition to providing a wide range of tailoring needs, the shop also sells “twice-loved” cashmere and wool sweaters and handmade jewelry by local jewelers Cheryl Baker and Ellen Lyons. Beverly also makes and sells scarves, pillows, and small gifts from antique kimonos, and has an in-house line of recycled cashmere fingerless gloves, caps, and neckwarmers. It’s Beverly Hunnicutt’s 30th year on Crockett Street.

Rhinestone Rosie will be serving light refreshments during the Open House in their totally redecorated shop. Rhinestone Rosie has also been on Crockett Street for 30 years, buying and selling both fine and costume jewelry, as well as providing repair services. Antique jewelry is a shop specialty, and owner Rosie has been a regular on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

Meadow Boutique will also be participating in the Open House, and all of the unique holiday merchandise is out and on display, including ornaments and holiday gift items. The boutique also offers hand-selected clothing, jewelery, gifts, and home accessories. Meadow opened in December 2009, so it’s also celebrating a 3-year anniversary next month.

So, stop by the merchants at Crockett St & 6th Ave West on Saturday for a festive late afternoon Open House!

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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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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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Open house on W Thomas Street overpass tonight

May 26th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is scheduled to begin construction on the West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass, a project designed to improve safety and provide direct access to Myrtle Edwards Park from the Lower Queen Anne area for pedestrians and bicyclists, next month. The project was originally slated to begin in August, but was pushed up after a lawsuit over the project’s schedule, which conflicted with Seattle’s annual Hempfest festival and rally.

In advance of construction time SDOT is inviting the public to learn more about the project, including information on traffic detours and area impacts throughout the construction period, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 26 in the Elliott Bay Room of Homewood Suites, located at 206 Western Ave W, near the overpass site. From SDOT:

SDOT project staff will be available to explain design and construction details, and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation, so participants may show up any time between 5 and 7 p.m. Complimentary parking underneath the Homewood Suites building is available by checking in at the front desk and obtaining a key card to enter the secure parking garage.

When the overpass is completed it will provide access over the very busy Elliott Ave W and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks to Myrtle Edwards Park. It will also serve as a connection for bicyclists, part of a future Lake Bay Loop – a planned bicycle route that will run between South Lake Union, Seattle Center and the existing bicycle trail in Myrtle Edwards Park.

The project, part of the Walk, Bike, Ride initiative and funded by the Park Levy I and II, grant funds from the Puget Sound Regional Council and King County, and private donations, is estimated to cost a total of $10 million.

For more information visit the project website, or review our past coverage here.

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Overview of West Mercer Project meeting Thursday

May 18th, 2011 by Thea

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is hosting an overview of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s West Mercer Project tomorrow, Thursday, May 19 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Executive Inn Best Western, located at 200 Taylor Avenue North. The meeting will include a presentation by SDOT’s Sonia Palma on the latest developments on the project. The event is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non members. To RSVP email contact@qachamber.org.

If you can’t make the Chamber meeting Thursday, but would still like to catch up on the issue, SDOT will be hosting an open house on the West Mercer Project from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 in the Rainier Room at Seattle Center. Items to be covered at that meeting include:

  • Viewing the preliminary plans and giving SDOT your feedback on:
    • A wider Mercer Underpass at Aurora Ave N
    • Converting Mercer St and Roy St from one-way to two-way
    • Improved intersections, new street connections, and new bike lanes
  • Viewing and commenting on project art concepts
  • Learning about the recommendation for West Mercer Place improvements

For more information on the West Mercer Project, check out SDOT’s project website, and our past coverage here.

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Successful Schools In Action open house Tuesday

March 28th, 2011 by Thea

Local education non-profit Successful Schools In Action is hosting an open house fro 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29 at McClure Middle School, at 1915 1st Ave. W. in Portable 1. SSIA invites commuting members to stop by and learn about the programs and plans the organization has in the works for the 2011-2012 school year.

Also coming up on the SSIA calendar:

Readers Workshop for Parents – Make reading fun – for you and your student! Every Wed. for five weeks beginning April 27th. Register Here

Spring Break Art Camp – Choose from Painting, Cartooning, Improv, and Plushie Monsters! Tues. – Thurs., April 19, 20, & 21, For 3rd – 6th graders. Register Here

Find more information on SSIA, its work, and programs in the community on the SSIA website.


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West Mercer Place Open House with SDOT March 15

March 7th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding an open house concerning changes along West Mercer Place, part of Phase II of the Mercer Corridor Project, on Tuesday, March 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Seattle Center Rainier Room.

For those just joining the discussion, many Uptown residents are concerned about the impact proposed plans to widen West Mercer Place and West Mercer by one lane could have on the surrounding neighborhood. These concerns include cutting into the western edge of Lower Kinnear Park (removing land and trees), and increasing Mercer’s role as a major corridor to and from I-5 for for trucks and freight vehicles.

A group of residents opposing the plan have created the West Mercer Mercer Place Facebook group, where they call neighbors to action to prevent this phase of the project. With the motto “don’t truck up our neighborhood!” the West Mercer Mercer Place group has held a letter writing rally opposing the traffic expansion, and put the issue to Mayor Mike McGinn at a town hall in Magnolia last week. Miss that meeting? Watch the video, courtesy of the Seattle Channel, below:

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Read more on this ongoing debate here, here and here.



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Elliott Bay Seawall project hosts open house tonight

January 19th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Transportation is hosting a public open house on the Elliott Bay Seawall Project from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, January 19, at the Seattle Aquarium, located at 1483 Alaskan Way.

Attendees will have the opportunity to take a virtual tour of options for the seawall, meet the project team and learn how the Seawall Project is coordinating with other waterfront projects.

Officials say attendees will be able to “help design a seawall that supports and protects Seattle’s waterfront, including critical utilities, transportation corridors, recreation and tourist destinations, and thousands of businesses and homes,” meet the project team, and learn more about the intersection of the Seawall project, the Central Waterfront planning process, and the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Project.

Input from the public will be used to define alternatives to the project. Officials ask that community members submit comments by February 1, so that the Mayor, City Council, and project team may identify preferred alternatives to the seawall project, which they expect to do by April. Construction is currently scheduled to begin in late 2012.

The seawall protects Seattle’s waterfront from wind driven storm waves and the erosive tidal forces of Elliott Bay. Major utilities, Alaskan Way and SR 99, the ferry terminal, and rail lines also are supported by the seawall. Since its construction between 1916 and 1934, the seawall has deteriorated significantly; it does not meet current earthquake standards and must be replaced. The Seattle Department of Transportation is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on this shoreline protection project.

More information on the project can be found here, at SDOT’s seawall project website.

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QAE meet & greets for incoming kindergarteners

December 9th, 2010 by Thea

The newest school in the neighborhood, Queen Anne Elementary, is hosting two meet and greets in the next few weeks for non-enrolled kindergarteners and their families. The new option school, which opened this fall with a tech-focused curriculum, hopes to help parents decide if QAE might be the right place for their student.

Do you know someone who has a child who will be entering Kindergarten next year or is considering transitioning their older child? To assist people in decision process, Queen Anne Elementary will be hosting two meet and greet events.  This is a great opportunity to talk with Principal David Elliott and meet the wonderful teachers to hear more about the philosophy and vision for the school.

The two meet and greets will be held on Tuesday, December 14 and Wednesday, January 5, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Sponsored by QAE PTSA, the events will held in a home of one of the parents on Queen Anne.

If you or someone you know is a non-enrolled parent who would like to attend, please RSVP here (QAE would like to keep attendance at 40 people per night).

Please contact QAE Communications Co-Chair Anna Bertrand at annalbertrand@yahoo.com with any questions.

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Meet Coe’s new principal at “Tuesdays with Tate”

July 13th, 2010 by Thea

Coe Elementary’s new principal, Stacey Loftin (also known by her nickname Tate) is inviting the community to swing by and meet her at series of weekly drop-in socials the district is calling “Tuesdays with Tate.” Loftin is replacing Coe’s longtime head David Elliott, who is leaving to become the principal at the new Queen Anne Elementary this fall. Current and incoming Coe families are invited to stop by the school, located 2424 7th Ave. W., from 9 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday through August 3 to meet Tate. No RSVP is necessary.

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Public meeting on Fun Forest proposals tonight

July 7th, 2010 by Thea

There’s going to be an open house and community meeting on the proposals for the south Fun Forest replacement tonight, Wednesday, July 7 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Seattle Center’s Center House main stage.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m., when attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the various project proposers and talk one on one. The meeting will follow from 6 to 8 p.m.

The south side of the Fun Forest, not to be confused with the north area (which the Center has also been seeking redevelopment project proposals for) has been the center of a heated discussion over the last few months, mainly in regards to whether or not the site should house a 44,000 square-foot “glass house” with Dale Chihuly exhibit space. After a rash of reactions on both sides, the Center asked the public to submit alternative bids. The resulting alternate proposals include a Native American cultural center, Museum of Mysteries, KEXP studio and open space park, among others.

The Center invites anyone interested in learning more about these proposals to attend the meeting tonight.

Members of the public are strongly urged to review the proposals in advance. There will be no formal presentations by proposers at the 6 p.m. meeting.

For more information on the meeting or the RFP review process, see the Seattle Center release here.

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