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

November 3rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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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Interested in the SLU Rezone or Aegis’s Latest Plans? Attend Monday’s QACC LURC Meeting

October 14th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

If you’re interested in what’s happening with developments on Queen Anne, then the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC) Land Use Review Committee (LURC) is your go-to QACC meeting. The LURC meets tomorrow, Monday, October 15 to review two key agenda items, the South Lake Union Rezone and Aegis’ plans for 3rd W and Florentia St.

The descriptions of each agenda item are below, followed by meeting details. As always, these meetings are open to the public, and I encourage you to attend if you have any questions, comments, or concerns!

South Lake Union Rezone: The QACC must forward their opinion on this legislation “very soon” – net: the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) has been working with the SLU Community to develop proposals for allowable heights and development density. The proposed South Lake Union rezoning allows for 12,000 new housing units and 22,000 jobs. More details and relevant materials are posted online.

Aegis at 2900 3rd Ave West: A review of the most recent Aegis plans at 3rd W & Florentia St; Aegis has been reviewing a potential trade of their current parking lot on the west side of 3rd W for an unused portion of Parks land between the field and the Aegis site. An update on progress will be provided at this week’s meeting.

Key Details:
- What: QACC Land Use Committee meeting
- When: Monday, October 15, 7pm
- Where: Queen Anne Manor, 100 Crockett St

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Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight

July 6th, 2011 by Thea

The Queen Anne Community Council‘s monthly meeting is happening tonight, Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Queen Anne Manor, at 100 Crockett Street. There is no scheduled guest for tonight, so the meeting should conclude earlier than usual. Take a look at what’s on the agenda this month:

  • 7:30 p.m. – Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes, Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:35 p.m. – Open Forum – Comments
  • 7:40 p.m. – NAC letter – Kirk
  • 7:45 p.m. – Community Center report – Jim Cunningham
  • 8 p.m. – Committee Reports
  1. Election – Nicole Pastarnack
  2. Transportation – Glenn Avery
  3. LURC/Planning – Craig Hanway
  4. Parks – Don Harper
  5. Communication – Michael Lapin
  6. District Council – Mike Warren
  7. NAC – Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper
  8. Social Issues – Kirk Robbins
  9. Police & Crime – Allen Panich
  • 9 p.m. – New Business
  • 9:30 p.m. – Adjournment

Here’s a list of upcoming meetings happening in the community:

  • Queen Anne/Magnolia District Council: July 11, 7 to 9 p.m. – Interbay P-Patch
  • Parks Committee: July 12 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • LURC/Planning Committee: July 18, 7 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • NAC Committee: July 20, 4:30 p.m. – Port Headquarters
  • Transportation Committee: July 27, 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • QACC: Sept 7, 7:30 p.m. – Queen Anne Manor
  • QACC Election/Annual Meeting: Sept 21 – Queen Anne Manor

As usual, tonight’s meeting will be taking place in the social room at the Manor. Attendees are reminded to please sign in at the front door upon arrival, and exit the building as quickly as possible after the meeting concludes so as not to disturb the residents. To get to the social room, take the elevator at the end of the hall down to the basement. The room will be at the left end of the hallway.

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After school robotics program coming to John Hay

June 8th, 2011 by Thea

John Hay will be following in the footsteps of another Queen Anne school and adding a new after school robotics program in the upcoming 2011-2012 year. The new offering will be part of the same popular program at Coe Elementary – Coebotics, which took students to a national competition back in May. From the John Hay Daily Bulletin:

Our school will  have two teams in the fall, a FLL team which will be ages 9-14 and a jrFLL which will be for ages 6-9.  If you think you might be interested in providing this opportunity for your student I would encourage you to attend an informational meeting tomorrow night at Coe Elementary. Please read below for more information on the meeting.  If you have any questions please contact Sara Mirabueno at 252-2100.

While there is little you need to do before school starts, there are some helpful things we have learned in the past two years, which if taken care of now, will allow you to hit the ground running in September and prepare for the competition season in WA State.

John Hay will be hosting an informal meeting for parents interested in signing their kids up for the new program at 7 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, June 8, at Coe Elementary School, located at 2424 7th Ave W. At the meeting parents and teachers will get the chance to talk with CoeBotics Coach Willem Scholten about how the CoeBotics team is organized, what they have learned throughout the program, and pose any questions they may have. Scholten encourages those interested to pass this invitation along to other schools and organizations that may also be interested in starting up their own program.

The meeting will go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. If you plan on attending, please email Scholten at and let him know how many people will be coming so he has a rough idea of expected attendance. Check out more about the Coebotics team here.

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Upcoming neighborhood forums on transportation

March 21st, 2011 by Thea

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting two upcoming community forums on transportation. These neighborhood discussions are being co-hosted by the Pacific Science Center, Seattle City Council and Streets For All Seattle.

These discussions are part of a series of events that gather community input on different aspects of the City Council’s priority issue of carbon neutrality.

Interesting in taking part? Check out details on both events here:

  • Tuesday, March 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Lake City, Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517  35th Avenue NE, Seattle

Featured Speakers:
Ref Lindmark, King County Metro Transit
Kari Watkins, OneBusAway & UW Civil Engineering
Notable community representative

  • Tuesday, April 12, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Central District, Seattle Vocational Institute, 2120 S. Jackson St., Seattle

Featured Speakers:
Mark Hallenbeck, Director of the Washington State
Transportation Center at UW (TRAC)
Jennifer Wieland, Seattle Dept. of Transportation
Transit blogger Carla Saulter, a.k.a. “Bus Chick”

The forum will provide a light dinner and refreshments for attendees. There will also be educational activities provided by the Science Center’s Science on Wheels program for children 5 years old and up whose  parents and guardians are attending the forum.

Although the event is free, space is limited. Those who plan to attend are asked to reserve their place by calling (206) 443-2896 or visiting

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Coffee with School Board’s Michael DeBell Saturday

March 18th, 2011 by Thea

Seattle School Board District IV director Michael DeBell is holding a community coffee chat tomorrow, Saturday, March 19 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Caffe Appassionato Coffee Co, located at 4001 21st Ave W, just next to Fisherman’s Terminal.

These regular meetings, which take place on the fourth Saturday of every month, are a chance for community members to drop in and have an informal discussion on public school issues and future opportunities.

District IV represents the following schools: Adams, Ballard, C. Blaine, The Center School, Coe, Lawton, McClure, Queen Anne Elementary, Salmon Bay, and West Woodland.

For more information on Michael DeBell and the Seattle School Board, check the SPS website. Can’t make this month’s coffee chat? DeBell will be hosting three more–on Saturday April 16, May 21, and June 18 (same time and place)–before the school year is out.

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Another mixed-use building planned for QA

February 25th, 2011 by Thea

Another mixed-use residential/retail building is in the planning stages for Lower Queen Anne, at 101 John Street. The proposed six-story development would include 25 residential unites and ground level retail/commercial space.

The development is adjacent to the Fiona Apartments, located on the same site. The site, at the corner of John Street and 1st Ave N, is currently the home of Rice ‘n Spice Thai and another building, both of which would be torn down to make way for the project.

The Department of Planning and Development has scheduled an early design guidance meeting on the plan for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Queen Anne Community Center (1901 1st Ave W, Room 3). From DPD:

The applicants have applied for Design Review related to development of this site.  At the early design guidance meeting, the applicants will present information about the site and vicinity.  The public may offer comments regarding the design and siting of a development on the subject site; and the Design Review Board members will also offer comments and identify those Citywide Design Guidelines of highest priority in developing the site.

For more information regarding this project application and the design review process, contact land use planner Lisa Rutzick at (206) 386-9049.

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Meeting on school transportation plan Thursday

February 2nd, 2011 by Thea

Just a friendly reminder that Seattle Public Schools is hosting a public meeting on the district’s new school Transportation Plan, which if approved will go into effect for the 2011-2012 school year, tomorrow, Thursday, February 3 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Hamilton International School, located at 1610 N 41 St.

The proposed Transportation Plan changes would save the district an estimated $4 million by creating new transportation zones for bus routes for attendance area elementary and K-8 schools. Get details on the new plan here.

The school board is scheduled to vote on the proposed plan at its February 16 meeting, where there will be opportunities for public comment. More information about signing up for public testimony is available here (.pdf) and on the school board website.

If you can’t make Thursday’s meeting, don’t worry. There will be a third meeting regarding the proposed plan next week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle.

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Public asked to submit community center operation ideas at meeting Wednesday

February 1st, 2011 by Thea

After recent budget cuts left community centers facing service and operational cuts, including here in Queen Anne where the neighborhood fought to keep the gym open, the city has been forced to take a second look at cuts planned for community centers citywide.

As a result of much public backlash to the challenging budget cuts, the City Council has asked the Department of Parks and Recreation to rethink how community centers in Seattle are operated. As part of the process, the city is holding a public meeting with the community to discuss ideas for how the centers could be run differently tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2 at the Miller Community Center, 330 19th Ave. E, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Seattle Parks and Recreation operates 26 community centers. The cost to run the centers far exceeds revenue brought in from center programs. Because of the current budget situation, Parks staff are exploring alternatives that would offer continued services for the public while reducing costs, including new methods of management, staffing, fundraising, and partnerships.

At the February 2 meeting, Parks staff will ask attendees to share ideas and concerns relating to community center operations. In the spring, Parks will hold another public meeting to discuss specific options.

The Community Center Advisory Team, which is comprised of community members, representatives from the Board of Park Commissioners, representatives of employee unions, employees, the Associated Recreation Council, and City Council and City Budget Office staff, is also working on a solution to the community centers operations and budget problems. For questions about the public meeting, contact Susan Golub at or at 206-684-7046.

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Seven Hills public design review meeting tonight

January 19th, 2011 by Thea

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is holding a design review meeting for the Seven Hills development at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, January 19 in at the Queen Anne Community Center, located at 1901 1st Ave W, Room 3.

Artist rendering of Seven Hills project courtesy of Emerald Bay Equity.

For those of you unfamiliar with the project, Seven Hills is the third of four mixed-use projects developer Emerald Bay Equity has slated for 2.1 acres of property (referred to as “The Collection”) at the top of Queen Anne hill. The first two developments—the Sweetbrier and Eden Hills mixed-use residential/retail buildings—are already finished and housing a number of retail and residential tenants along Queen Anne Ave N.

EDE plans to break ground on the Seven Hills development, located at 1919 Queen Anne Ave, in the first quarter of this year. The developer had originally planned for the project to house medical offices above the ground-level retail, but opted to change out the office space for residential apartments due to the economic downturn.

The public meeting tonight will serve as a forum for members of the Queen Anne community to discuss the new development plans with EBE representatives, and voice any questions or concerns they may have.

If you’d like to read through the design review proposal before the meeting, you can download the 25-page document here (.pdf).

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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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Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight

December 1st, 2010 by Thea

The Queen Anne Community Council‘s monthly meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the McClure Middle School cafeteria. In addition to the regular agenda items, some time will be allotted for community members to speak with a representative from Seattle City Light, regarding the Thanksgiving Day death of a dog that was killed after stepping onto an electrical plate on Queen Anne Ave.

Take a look at the agenda here:

  • 7 p.m.: Adoption of Agenda; Approval of Minutes; Treasurer’s Report
  • 7:10 p.m: Open Forum – Comments
  • 7:20 p.m.: Discussion with Seattle City Light representative
  • 7:50p.m.: Report on budget and status of QACC and District Coordinator
  • 8:00 p.m.: QACC attendance—Ellen
  • 8:05 p.m.: Christmas Party—Don Harper
  • 8:15 p.m.: Committee Reports
  1. Communication—Michael Lapin
  2. District Council—Mike Warren
  3. Parks—Don Harper
  4. Transportation—Glenn Avery
  5. LURC/Planning—Craig Hanway
  6. NAC—Kirk Robbins, Jim Smith, Glenn Avery, Don Harper
  7. Social Issues—Kirk Robbins
  8. Police & Crime—Allen Panich
  • 8:45 p.m.: New Business—Meeting location next year
  • 8:55 p.m.: Adjournment

Future QACC meeting notices:

  • QACC: Jan 5, TBA
  • Parks Committee: Dec 14, QACC, 7:30
  • LURC/Planning: Dec 20, QACC, 7:00
  • Transportation: Dec 29, QACC, 7:30
  • NAC: Dec 15, Port Headquarters, 4:30
  • District Council: Dec 13, NSC 7:00

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