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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday with guest speaker Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

March 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, March 12th at 7pm at the EXPO Community Room (100 Republican St). This month, the Uptown Alliance welcomes guest speaker Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Plus, updates on Lake2Bay and a call for 2015 volunteers.

7:00-7:10 – Welcome and introductions

7:10-7:35 – Lake2Bay Broad Street study

7:35-8:00 – CouncilmemberSally Bagshaw

8:00-8:30 – Seattle in Progress web tool and app

8:30-8:45 – Identify volunteers for 2015 priority Uptown Alliance work (Transportation, Historic preservation, Land Use/Housing, Parks & open space, Uptown Arts and Culture District, Senior Community liaison, Communications)

8:45-9:00 – Topics of concern: Parklet update, UDF update, other topics

All are welcome to attend.

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The Uptown Parklet opens Saturday with a grand celebration

February 18th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Uptown ParkletJust shy of a year ago, the city of Seattle announced that its Pilot Parklet Program selected Uptown as one of 10 new parklets. The Uptown Alliance applied for the Uptown Parklet last February, and it’s now a reality with a grand opening planned for this Saturday, February 21st.

Located in front of SIFF Cinema Uptown near the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Republican St, the Uptown Parklet will provide a meeting spot for the community, complete with a new Little Free Library.

The Grand Opening runs from 1pm-3pm on Saturday, February 21st. The Mayor and SDOT representatives will speak at 1:30pm, formally announcing the transition of the Parklet Program from a pilot to a permanent program.

Snacks and coffee will be available, stop by to help the Uptown Alliance celebrate this key milestone that was made possible by the support of Uptown Alliance members, the Uptown community, SIFF, SDOT, and the volunteer time provided by Slater Construction and VIA Architecture’s Community Design Studio.

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Uptown Alliance meeting kicks off 2015 with preview of upcoming issues and officer elections

January 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe first 2015 meeting of the Uptown Alliance is this Thursday, January 8th at 7pm. As usual, the meeting will be held at the EXPO Apartments Community Room at 100 Republican St.

Here’s the agenda:

1.  Introductions and welcome – agenda overview for the meeting

2.  Upcoming UA discussions during the year ahead – 2015 (quick overview)

- UDF process (recent charettes and upcoming January 10 charrette) and opportunities; follow-up on key issues
- Lake2Bay design RFP update
- Circulation issues (Mercer, bicycles, Sound Transit, etc.)
- EXPO tenant concerns – Seattle Center meeting follow-up
- Affordable housing Linkage Fee follow-up
- Pier 86 follow-up

3.  Parklet action status

4.  Election of UA officers for 2015

5.  Round Robin:  key issues for discussion

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, agenda includes 2015 nominations

November 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, November 13th at 7pm in the Commuity Room at the EXPO Building (100 Republican St). The agenda has quite a few items on it this go-around, including nominations for 2015 officers.

Here’s the agenda:

7:00-7:05  Welcome and introductions

7:05-7:15  Update on Uptown UDF (TBD)

7:15-7:45  Future planning concept for Denny Way and Aurora Ave area

7:45-8:30  Freight Master Plan Update

8:30-8:45  Topics of concern

8:45-9:00  Nominations for 2015 officers

Plus, an update on the Uptown Parklet and the November 19th Uptown Art Walk in Counterbalance Park. This meeting will be the last one for 2014. The next meeting will be January 8th, 2015.

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday; Light Rail alternatives and UDF on the agenda

September 10th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Editor’s Note:  If you’ve sent tips, stories, or questions since the beginning of September, please know that you have not been ignored. Due to illness, I’ve been away from QAV. I’m just now catching up on QAV email and the blog will return to normal soon. Thanks!

7:00pm, Thursday, September 11, 2014

Go to 1st Ave. N. at Republican St.  ­Turn east toward Seattle Center.  Turn in at 100 Republican, the big crescent sculptures and walk up the stairs and through the gate.  

7:00 – 7:05pm    Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)

7:05 – 7:50pm     Light Rail Transit alternatives that could serve Uptown Urban Center (Karen Waterman & Rachel Smith, Sound Transit)

7:50 – 8:05pm     Topics of concern (all)

8:05 – 8:50pm     Uptown Development Framework (UDF) update and University of Washington Urban Planning studio presentation (Rick Mohler, David Blum, students)

8:50 – 9:00pm     Announcements (all), approve July meeting minutes & adjourn (Jean Sundborg)

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday – agenda includes Urban Design Framework, Bicycle Master Plan, and Parklet

July 9th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance meets tomorrow, Thursday, July 10th at 7pm. The meeting is being held at the usual place, the EXPO Apartments building, 100 Republican St.

Below is this month’s agenda – the Uptown Parklet is on the list, and I’m sure the community group would be happy to take any questions or welcome any fundraisers or donors!

• Greetings & Introductions

• Round Robin of topics of concern

• Rick Hooper: Uptown’s Urban Design Framework Charrette #1 report and incentive zoning in Uptown.  Discussion and possible vote on signing onto a letter.

• Report + Q&A:  Councilmember Sally Bagshaw’s Chief of Staff: Kate White and Alberta Bleck.

• Final report on the adopted Bicycle Master Plan: Map and Q&A on new/old bike routes to and through Uptown.

• Katie Idziorek: Report on Parklet funding development/planning

• Committee Reports

• Adjourn

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The Uptown Parklet needs your help

July 8th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The planned Uptown Parklet has already passed several hurdles – planning, design, and an ok from the city of Seattle. Check out the plan below, it even includes Uptown’s first Little Free Library!

Uptown Parklet

Now, the hard work begins for Parklet supporters, and you can help. The Uptown Alliance is the mastermind behind the Parklet, and the organization is in high-gear for fundraising and they have a $20,000 goal. That’s where you come in.

If you’d like to see a Parklet in front of SIFF Uptown, pitch in with your dollars. All amounts are accepted, and for varying gift levels you get the following:

  • $20: A big thank you on the Uptown Parklet Facebook page!
  • $50: A limited edition parklet postcard signed by the parklet designer!
  • $100: A complimentary SIFF Cinema ticket!
  • $250: Earn a place on the Uptown Parklet Walk of Fame, with your name etched in 1/2″ letters!
  • $1000: Earn a place on the Uptown Parklet Walk of Fame, with your name etched in 1″ letters!
  • $2500: Earn your very own star on the Uptown Parklet Walk of Fame, with your name etched in 2″ letters! 5 remaining.

If you want to donate to the Parklet, click here!

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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday to discuss Uptown Parklet funding and volunteering

June 25th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

You may recall that the spot in front of SIFF Uptown has been chosen for a parklet. SDOT has approved the Uptown Parklet concept design and now it’s time to rally community support.

Uptown Parklet

The Uptown Alliance is meeting tomorrow, Thursday, June 26th, at 6:30pm to discuss funding options. Volunteers are needed to help the Parklet become a reality. Attend the meeting to find out how you can help with community outreach and fundraising activities, such as raising donations from businesses and individuals and staffing an info booth at the Queen Anne Farmers Market.

The meeting will be held in the community room at the EXPO building (100 Republican St.), and it’s open to all.

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Coming soon to SIFF Uptown – a Parklet

March 27th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The Pilot Parklet Program launched by SDOT has selected 10 new parklet hosts to participate in the 2014 extension of the program, and one will be hosted right next to SIFF Cinema Uptown, at Queen Anne Ave N and Republican St.

SF Parklet

Parklet in San Francisco

The Uptown Alliance applied for the parklet in February, and the SIFF location was chosen based its potential to provide a valuable community space, as well as its high level of community support.

The Uptown Alliance will be working with SDOT, SIFF, and neighbors, to open the parklet early this summer. It’s a great opportunity for the community group “to provide a unique public space for Uptown and to help meet our Urban Design Framework Committee’s goals of improving the public realm, providing pedestrian amenities, and reflecting Uptown’s unique arts and culture identity.”

If you’d like to participate in the design and fundraising for the parklet, contact the Uptown Alliance. They’ll be hosting design workshops and fundraising in the very near term, in order to launch the parklet in time for summer.

The first of two design workshops is Monday, March 31 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room at the EXPO (100 Republican Street).  The timeline is short, so the Uptown Alliance asks that people come “prepared to express what you would like to see in an Uptown Parklet and how it could best complement and benefit the neighborhood.”

If you have any questions about the Parklet, you can contact the Uptown Alliance via email.

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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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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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Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, learn more about the Urban Design Framework and Uptown’s future

September 11th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

uptownThe Uptown Alliance is holding its monthly meeting this Thursday, September 12th, at 7pm. Anyone can attend the meeting, it’s held in the EXPO Apartments Community Room at 100 Republican St.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

Introduction to the Uptown Urban Design Framework:
Lyle Bicknell – Urban Designer, City of Seattle
This fall, the Uptown neighborhood will begin the process of an Urban Design Framework (UDF) that will respond to the many changes happening in our community and help to shape the future of Uptown.  Lyle Bicknell will explain what this means for the Uptown neighborhood, what to expect from the UDF process, and how community members can get involved.

Counterbalance Park Lighting:
Todd Lawson, Keith Biever, Jean Sundborg
The Uptown Alliance is applying for funding to fix and replace failed lights in Counterbalance Park.  Learn how you can help support fundraising for this project.

Above key agenda items will be followed by Committee Reports and an a round-the-room discussion of issues of concern.

Mark your calendars for the next meeting, set for 7pm November 14, 2013 at the same location (EXPO Apartments Community Room at 100 Republican St).

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