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

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.


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

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

Queen Anne Community Council meeting tonight

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.

After school robotics program coming to John Hay

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.

Upcoming neighborhood forums on transportation

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

Coffee with School Board’s Michael DeBell Saturday

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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