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Archive for October, 2010

Feet First Walk & Talk at Yesler Terrace

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Please join Feet First, Seattle Councilmember Nick Licata and Seattle Housing Authority Executive Director Tom Tierney on a Walk and Talk tour of Yesler Terrace.

Tuesday, November 2nd
5:30 – 7:30pm
Meet at Yesler Community Center

Community leaders will lead a short walk, stopping at three locations to illustrate the project’s future redevelopment opportunities, specifically with regard to walkability, connectivity and access to area amenities.

Walk & Talk participants will have the opportunity to learn how the Yesler Terrace neighborhood will be transformed into a more walkable and livable area. The walk will end with a reception at the Jessie Epstein Center.

For more information and to reserve your spot, visit Feet First’s website.

Capitol Hill Housing’s 12th and Jefferson project one step closer!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Capitol Hill Housing has been planning to redevelop the long vacant lot at the corner of 12th Avenue and E Jefferson Street with a 6-story building with retail on the ground floor and 40 affordable workforce housing units above. The parcel is currently zoned 4 stories and CHH has been working for over a year, navigating the City’s rezone process. Six stories will allow CHH’s project to pencil out financially, and will provide more housing options in the area and more “eyes on the street” and generally jazz up a really sad, vacant corner lot that has so much potential.

CHH recently went before the City’s Hearing Examiner and we’re happy to report that the Hearing Examiner recommended approval of the rezone! The rezone request met several criteria for approval including:

  • Increased housing capacity meets Comprehensive Plan goals for increased density in urban villages by 2024
  • Parcels to the south and east are already zoned 65 feet so an increase would match existing zoning in the area
  • Increased housing and retail at the site meets Neighborhood Plan goals
  • Improved sidewalks adjacent to the project would improve the pedestrian character of the area
  • There are no adverse environmental impacts from the increased height at the site

The rezone request needs to be approved by the City Council to make the change official. We hope that the rezone will get on the Council calendar shortly so that the rezone will be in place as we hear back from our City and State funders for the project.

We also want to report on the activity at the site that is going on right now. The site was a gas station in the 1920s-1960s, which left contaminated soil. CHH has been working with King County Brownfields Program and the previous owner of the site on a mitigation plan. Crews are currently digging and removing contaminated dirt from the site, with work to be completed in the next month.

Thanks for all the neighborhood support for this project over the years. With the rezone and mitigation work moving forward, we are one step closer to having a site ready for construction!

Seattle Parks Opportunity Fund Public Hearing

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The 12th Avenue community has applied for funding through the Seattle Parks Department Opportunity Fund to convert James Court between 12th and 13th to a woonerf. A woonerf is a Dutch term for a street that prioritizes pedestrians and bicycles along with vehicles and tries to reclaim street space as public space that is open for all. The woonerf would be one of the first in the city and make the adjacent (and fully funded) James Court Park have much more of a presence. The woonerf will also slow down traffic, making the park and nearby SU mixed-use building a little safer for pedestrians.

We’re among the top few projects vying for funding so we really need you to come out show your support to ensure we receive funding.

Opportunity Fund Public Hearing
Monday, October 25th

Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue East

6pm: sign up to speak
7pm: hearing starts

Please come early and sign up and say a few nice words supporting the woonerf.

More info here.

Watertown Coffee and Saloon closed up shop

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I heard via Facebook over the weekend and it was confirmed on the CoffeeHERO blog that Watertown Coffee and Saloon has closed up shop. Watertown was a great place and great asset to 12th Ave. Let’s hope they re-open someplace in the neighborhood soon.

Pedestrian hit by car on 12th

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Looks like another pedestrian was hit by a car on 12th Avenue last night near E Howell Street. CHS has the details and it sounds like the pedestrian was crossing mid-block.

If you’re driving on 12th, slow down! And if you’re crossing 12th, please, please look both ways and cross at an intersection where drivers are more likely to see you.

12th Avenue Stewarship Meeting Minutes from October 12th

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Below are notes from last night’s 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee meeting. We discussed the James Court woonerf project, looked at potential new park sites in the neighborhood, and learned about an upcoming forum on transit near 12th Avenue. Stay tuned here for more info on that.

10-12-10 Meeting Minutes

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12th Avenue Stewardship Committee next week

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Please join us for the 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee meeting next week.

Tuesday, October 12th
Seattle University Alumni & Admissions Building

(corner of 12th Avenue and E Marion Street)


  • Update on the James Court woonerf project and upcoming public meeting
  • Parks has acquisition funds for a second new park in the neighborhood (or for expansion of an existing park).  Join in the discussion and share your thoughts on where this park should be.

Drinks and snacks will be provided.