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Archive for February, 2011

New mural in progress at 12th and Fir

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

There’s a new mural in progress by the empty lot at the corner of 12th Avenue and E Fir Street. It is being painted by students from Pratt Fine Arts and should be finished (weather pending) this weekend. Special thanks to Umpqua Bank, owners of the lot, for helping to make it look better!

Health and Wellness Fair at Capitol Hill Health building

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The Capitol Hill Health building folks are hosting a Health and Wellness Fair this weekend. From their calendar post over at the CHS blog:
Here’s your opportunity to explore some of the different health & wellness services available from the healthcare providers at the Capitol Hill Health Building. Strength & flexibility screenings by Central Physical Therapy & Fitness. Rolfing demos for shoulder & neck issues by Upright Rolfing. Foot clinics by Moon Rock Massage. Free – open to the public.

Saturday, February 26th


1820 12th Avenue

12th Avenue Stewardship Committee Meeting – February recap

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Below are meeting minutes from February’s 12th Avenue meeting. Included in the conversation was:

  • King County’s Request for Proposals (or any good idea) for how to rebuild the courtroom building at the Youth Detention site by trading County-owned land
  • Update on future park sites, woonerf talk, and future green streets
  • SU’s redevelopment of Logan Field and new 70-foot tall lights
  • Future changes to Union Street at 12th and 13th Avenues
  • Bylaws and elected officers for 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee?

February Meeting Minutes

Union Street drawing

King County RFQ press release

12th Avenue Stewardship Committee Meeting – Feb 8th

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

1313 E Columbia Street - meeting location

Interested in getting more involved in the community?
Do you live or work in or near the 12th Avenue Urban Village? (see map to the bottom)
Then the 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee is the community group for you!!

Please join us at the next meeting.
Tuesday, February 8th
Seattle University Facilities Building
1313 E Columbia Street (corner of 14th and E Columbia)

Here’s the agenda for the upcoming meeting:

Park Space

  • James Court woonerf plans (what’s a woonerf? Find out here!)
  • Future woonerf development on Barclay?
  • Update on other new park options in the area

What’s happening at the King County Youth Detention Site
Future plans for Union Street between 12th and 13th
Future of 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee…bylaws? elected officers?

Please join us! Food and beverages will be provided.

The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee meets monthly and is a great place to get engaged in neighborhood activities and issues. A couple things the group has been involved in include:

* Two new city parks for the neighborhood
* Traffic and street modifications
* Major institution development
* Seattle Housing Authority expansion
* New housing and retail development
* Big changes at the King County Youth Services site
* The future of the landmark Washington Hall
* Much, much, more!!

12th Avenue Urban Village boundary

A what?! A woonerf!

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

A woonerf in Ashville, NC

There’s been a lot of talk about a woonerf in the neighborhood lately and I realized that maybe I need to do a post describing what a woonerf is!

Woonerf is a Dutch term for a street where bikes and pedestrians have equal share of the street as cars. Woonerven (plural of woonerf) create spaces in cities that give pedestrians a little more breathing room, slow down traffic, and provide gathering spaces. Most woonerven don’t have curbs and have a different paving pattern than a typical street. This alerts cars to slow down and blends the sidewalk with the street.

Why are we talking about a woonerf? The 12th Avenue Stewardship Committee applied for Opportunity Funds through the Seattle Parks Department and we are very close to getting the final word that we received funding to build a woonerf on James Court between 12th and 13th Avenues. A woonerf here would be adjacent to the planned James Court Park, and would make the park feel bigger, blending the park space with the new shared road space. The woonerf will also slow down traffic on James Court since at rush hour it can be a shortcut around the busy Cherry and 12th Avenue intersection. Seattle University’s new mixed-use building at 12th and Cherry will also be a great neighbor for the woonerf. Students coming and going from the building will activate the park and woonerf (and be all the more reason to slow down cars on James Court!)

We also have the opportunity to add some green infrastructure to the woonerf. This can cut down on stormwater runoff from the roadway and add some more green space along James Court.

Here’s a drawing showing how the park, new development, and woonerf will work together.

And some more information on a woonerf can be found here: Woonerf Info

Stay tuned here for information on upcoming public meetings!

City Business Casual

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Join Seattle’s Office of Economic Development staff at the next City Business Casual! It is an informal event held monthly where business owners can chat with City of Seattle leadership and other experts in the field. Come and share your concerns or ideas!

Councilmember Bruce Harrell
Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Phil Bussey
Director of Dept. of Information Technology Bill Schrier

Thursday, February 10th
5:00 – 7:00pm
Polar Bar, 700 3rd Avenue

(in the Arctic Club Hotel)