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Larry Phillips tours 12th Avenue

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Last week Larry Phillips took a walk down 12th Avenue starting at Yesler and ending at Madison Street. Neighborhood residents, developers, and business owners shared their thoughts on the 12th Avenue corridor and discussed pressing concerns such as transit, the redevelopment of the King County Youth Detention Site and business vitality.

Check out the story over at CHS for more details.

12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival

Friday, August 27th, 2010

And now for a little belated but well-deserved post on the 12th Avenue Festival! The Festival happened August 15th, one of the hottest days of the summer so far, but nonetheless, a great day for a street festival. The 12th Avenue Festival celebrated the fantastic local business community along 12th Avenue near Pike and Pine as well as the growing retail district that is stretching south of Madison Street. With 40 local vendors representing retailers, restaurants, and organizations, it was a great chance for folks to come out, taste delicious bites from local restaurants and learn more about the businesses that make up this great area. A street festival isn’t the same without music and entertainment and we had a great group of performers entertain the crowd at a number of different buskers stations along the street.

Overall, it was a fantastic success for the Festival’s first year with an estimated 2,000 attendees. Local businesses involved in planning this year’s Festival are already talking about plans for next year (more shade), what to do better (did I mention more shade?), and how to get more folks involved in the growing 12th Avenue retail district throughout the year.

Recap of August 12th Avenue meeting

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Sorry, this is a little late in getting out to there. The August meeting of the 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee was August 10th and full of good discussion.

Will there be a streetcar barn on 12th Avenue near Yesler? SDOT is considering it and would likely partner with Seattle Housing Authority to redevelop the adjacent site as housing.

Seattle Housing Authority is also applying for federal money through the Choice Neighborhoods grant (to the tune of $31 million) to help fund redevelopment of Yesler Terrace and revitalize the surrounding community.

The King County Youth Detention Center funding will show up on the Fall ballot as Proposition 1 looking to increase sales taxes .2%.

Capitol Hill Housing continues work to develop the site at 12th and E Jefferson. Petroleum contamination will be cleaned up on the site this fall and hopefully their request for a contract rezone will be successful.

The Bullitt Foundation is planning to build a living building at 15th and Madison Street which will create enough energy to operate, reuse water runoff, and green up the surrounding streets.

For more details, check out the attached minutes below.

Next meeting: Sept. 14th at 5:30pm
Seattle University Alumni & Admissions Building
Topic: James Court Park!

August 2010 meeting minutes

Final 12th Avenue benches installed!

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Bench outside Velocity Dance & Octo Sushi near Pine

The final 2 benches have been installed along 12th Avenue!  These last benches complete the set of 5 that can be found up and down 12th Avenue.  Thanks to the 12th Avenue community for supporting this very cool street project!

Bench outside Watertown Coffee & Saloon near E Barclay Ct.

First bench

Second & third benches

12th Avenue Stewardship Meeting – Aug 10th

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Join us next week for the 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee Meeting.

Tuesday, August 10th
Seattle University Alumni & Admissions Building

Agenda items include:

  • Discussion about the possibility that the site at 12th and Yesler could become the location of a streetcar maintenance facility. (Seattle Housing Authority and Ethan Melone of SDOT.) The SHA – owned site at the northwest corner of 12th and Yesler is one of two sites still under consideration for the streetcar maintenance facility. How can this be designed to contribute to the 12th Avenue Plan for a pedestrian-friendly residential and retail street?
  • Update on King County’s plans for building a new Youth Services facility at 12th and Alder and other possible future developments on that site.
  • Update on design of park at 12th and James Ct. and application for funds to develop James Ct. as a woonerf.
  • Update on future development of City-owned site at 12th and Jefferson.
  • Conversation with Seattle Housing Authority about the “Choice Neighborhoods” community planning program.
  • Presentation by the Bullitt Foundation on their proposed building, the Cascadia Center for Sustainable Design and Construction, at 15th and Madison