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February 2013 Meeting Notes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

12th Avenue Stewards: February 2013 Meeting Notes

DATE and TIME: Tuesday, February 12, 2012 – 5:30-7pm

Meeting notes:
Community Projects and Grant Updates 5:30 to 5:45
Cloud Art Grants:
• The public art for the 12th Avenue Sqaure park is $70,000 over budget due to needs for a crane and suspension cables.
• Application to a neighborhood funding grant to get some assistance.
• Also going to apply for another neighborhood matching grant.
• Seattle University gave $150,000 to the development of the park because of the vacation of alley adjacent to the property.
• Next meeting to be “trained” for receiving the grant is February 21st at 6pm at the Alijoya Senior Center in Northgate (address: ). Ann can attend.

Neighborhood Street Fund Application:
• Submitted grant request to neighborhood district council to paint crosswalks and create parklets
• Were rejected for next step
• Café Presse owners supportive of idea
• Questions were: who pays for the development, maintenance, and
• What is the process for getting a parklet? Need to talk to SDOT
• What about other locations? Further south or north of the 12th/Madison/Union/ intersection; What about a location not associated with a specific business
• For the business that has the Parklet in front of it, the parklet would draw customers and people
• Have a meeting to discuss further options

Changes to 12th Avenue websites
• Please check out the 12th Avenue website (and blog) and Facebook page
• Like us on Facebook if you haven’t yet!

Von Trapp Development and Sidewalks:
• Can same pedestrian scale lights and trees go in front of Von Trapps?
• Have not been successful yet in getting a response from owners
• Could a matching neighborhood grant be used to help with the planting and light costs?
• We want to approach the owners about this, but want to do it in a way that is constructive and doesn’t turn them off from wanting to work with us in the future
SAAS Campus Consolidation Communication 5:45 to 5:55
• Creating a list of questions to ask about the plans
• Ask for interested parties to attend a meeting to create a list of questions
• Bill will follow up with some individual residents, Alex will send out a general e-mail

DON Small & Simple Grant 5:55 to 6:10
Restarting the process of applying for a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant:
• A review of what happened during the last round of funding
• A review of the timeline for the current round of funding
• Requests for those who wish to work on proposal for next round
• Possible projects for the upcoming grant to fund would be woonerf planning and 12th Ave Square Park art installation. However, it’s not too late to come up with an alternative project.
Board Elections 6:10 to 6:25
• Tom is willing to continue to be secretary
• Bill is willing to continue as Vice President
• Ann is willing to be President
• No others expressed interest in the officer positions
• Other audience members expressed interest in being regular board members
• Several 2012 board members could not attend the meeting, but are interested in continuing on the board
• The board roster will be finalized at the board retreat March 23
• Non-board members are also welcome to attend the retreat
Neighborhood Engagement Process for King County Redevelopment 6:25 to 7:00
• Presenting: Jim Burt
• Attending: Judge Michael Tricky,
• Working with public artist (whale fin sculpture) to determine what will happen with that piece of art and the space itself, whether it can be moved
• Need to get land use permits to determine zoning through either a contract rezone or text amendment
• One part of property is zoned to 65, but rest is L3, so greater height limits would be needed
• Courthouse itself may need to be higher than 65 feet
• The west side will generally be taller than the east side
• The County has safety concerns about sharing facility parking with residents, though they might be willing to share with customers of retail businesses
• Parking won’t be underground because the cost would be too high and the ability to expand the garage would be limited
• Ground floor would be residential on14th and retail on 12th
• Consultants for next phase will be KND Justice and Carter Global Lee
• County staff have met with Councilmember McDermott and will meet with Councilmember Gossett and the Executive’s Office to establish who will be on the neighborhood stakeholders group – this is different from previous comments, which asked for people interested in being on the neighborhood stakeholders group to step forward. They expect to include existing neighborhood organizations and residents adjacent to the facility.
• The County is open to having someone from the Stewards present on the history of neighborhood advocacy and community involvement around redevelopment at this facility. Lara volunteered to speak. Bill volunteered to help put together historical information.
• The project oversight committee is now chaired by Councilmember Lambert and includes superior court judges, Deputy Executive Fred Jarrett, the Budget Director, Prosecutor’s Office and Criminal Justice Department.
• First public meeting will be March 16, 10:30am to 1:30pm
• Tentative date for following public meeting is April 27
o 3 additional courthouses
o 154 detention center dorms
o 440 stalls of parking
o 400 to 500 units of housing
o Alder street will be opened
See the website for more details

Other subjects (shared at end of meeting)
• 12th Ave Banners that advertise an event
• Broadcast the upcoming event on the Facebook page and website
• Seattle University sign in skyway (cited as a violation)
• A great Photo show currently up at Northwest Film Center

12th Ave Stewards Meeting February 12th

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Hello Neighbors!

Please come to the February 12th Ave Stewards monthly meeting:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013– 5:30-7pm


NEW LOCATION: Seattle Academy,  12th Avenue Conference Room (1140 12th Avenue, in middle of block between Spring and Union/Madison streets.  Look for “A-board” on sidewalk)

Everyone is welcome! Please bring neighbors and friends as we discuss important issues that directly affect the 12th Avenue Community.

Community Projects and Grant Updates 5:30 to 5:45
Cloud Art Grants:  the public art for the 12th Ave Square Park (at 12th and E James Ct.) is in need of additional funding.  http://www.seattle.gov/parks/proparks/projects/12_ave_model_views_20110630.pdf

Neighborhood Street Fund Application: plans for funding requests to make improvements along 12th Avenue
Changes to 12th Avenue websites
Von Trapp Development and Sidewalks: plans to update pedestrian lighting and tree plantings in this location to match the rest of 12th Avenue

SAAS Campus Consolidation Communication 5:45 to 5:55
Drafting topics and questions for a letter that responds to the presentations we’ve had from SAAS so far about their campus consolidation plans in order to create a dialogue.

DON Small & Simple Grant 5:55 to 6:10
Restarting the process of applying for a Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple grant:

  • A review of what happened during the last round of funding
  • A review of the timeline for the current round of funding
  • Requests for those who wish to work on proposal for next round

Board Elections 6:10 to 6:25
The Executive positions for the board, including Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary are available, as well as regular positions on the board for the 12th Avenue Stewards.  Please come to nominate, run, discuss, and vote.

Neighborhood Engagement Process for King County Redevelopment 6:25 to 7:00
A discussion on the next steps for communication with King County about the Youth Services Center site redevelopment (block between 12th and 14th avenues,  E Remington and E Spruce streets).
We look forward to seeing you.

The 12th Avenue Stewards

This Tuesday: Next 12th Avenue Stewards Meeting

Monday, December 10th, 2012

This year has gone by very quickly! Our last meeting in 2012 is coming up this

12th Avenue Stewards:  December 2012 Meeting

DATE and TIME: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 – 5:30-7pm

LOCATION: Seattle University Alumni & Admissions building
(corner of 12th Ave and E Marion Street)

Everyone is welcome! Please bring neighbors and friends as we discuss
important issues that directly affect the 12th Avenue Community.


Nominate members for January board elections (Dave) 5:30-5:50pm
The formation of the 12th Avenue Stewards as a committee with bylaws
and board members was a year ago.  It is time to nominate again for the
board positions of Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary. Discussion and elections
will be at the 12th Avenue Stewards meeting in 2013.

Seattle Academy Feasibility Study (Tom) 5:50-6:10pm
Seattle Academy is completing the first stage of its feasibility study to consider having the Middle School (currently located in the buildings of Temple De Hirsch) move to the same block as the upper school (12th and 13th
Avenues between Union and Spring streets). A presentation on the ideas and
plans being discussed to get community feedback.

Update on Timing of Urban league building tour (Walt) 6:10-6:15pm
Walt Townes, co-founder of local company of Retail Lockbox, has offered to help
coordinate a tour of the Urban League building since its purchase.  We
will discuss who would like to attend and what date a possible tour could be.

Bridging the Gap grant application update  (Mark) 6:20-6:25pm
Following the discussion of the desire to submit a Bridging the Gap Grant
(SDOT) a group of 12th Ave Stewards met to discuss some ideas.
An update on some of the possible projects and improvements proposed.

King County Youth Services Center update (Bill/Alex) 6:25-6:30pm
An update on the discussion with the County over the redevelopment of the King
County Youth Detention Services Center and the property on the block (12th
to 14 Avenues between E Spruce and Remington Court).

Update on Appeal to Seattle U Major Institutional Master Plan (Joy/Bill)

An update on the recent appeal to the Seattle U MIMP (as described in the MIMP
minority report by Bill Zosel and Ellen Sollod) heard by the Hearing Examiner.

Vietnamese Catholic Church/Archdiocese update  (Alex)

The Vietnamese Catholic Church (located just behind Washington Hall at 14th
and E Fir St.) is vacating its property at the end of 2013.  The Stewards
would like to discuss how to communicate with the Church and Archdiocese to
determine the plans for the property.

After the full meeting a group will meet to discuss using the 12th
Avenue Website, Facebook, and other methods to increase our communication and

We look forward to seeing you this Tuesday, December 11, starting at 5:30pm.

Event Horizon: 12th Avenue Festival Booths (nearly) Sold Out

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

This is what being a community is all about: less than a month after announcing the 12th Avenue Festival booth spaces were half sold, the festival has only one booth spot left! If you have been thinking of participating, but just haven’t sent in your paperwork, please get in touch immediately.

We can’t thank everyone enough for the support to get to this point.  Immeasurable thanks goes to Signature Sponsors (in alphabetical order) Hunter’s Capital, Seattle University, and Swedish Hospital as well as Supporting Sponsors Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, Café Vita/Via Tribunali, Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce, Capitol Hill Housing, DEI Creative, and Dunn and Hobbes.

And finally, thanks to this year’s festival Presenting Sponsor, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A special thanks to signature sponsor Osteria La Spiga for the gracious and friendly hosting for all of our planning meetings!

Finally, all of this wouldn’t happen without the leadership of Alex Brennan, Sustainable Communities Manager at Capitol Hill Housing, and the tireless intern Marcus Branford, who pounded the pavement to help get the word out and sign up so many of the businesses which are participating.

The diversity of businesses and community organizations is impressive and inspiring.  Have a look and the great variety of food vendors, community groups, health and wellness providers, and other folks coming to show how 12th Avenue has become such a well-connected hub of activity and community.

This event will have something for every age group: There will be music, face-painting, double-dutch, massage, food and desserts galore, business advice and outreach about community issues and events. And if you have a furry best friend, be sure to bring them too! Pet products and veterinary advice are also part of the mix.

Keep looking here for details, and also check out the 12th Avenue Facebook page for frequent updates and profiles of all the businesses and organizations involved.

Lastly, thanks and an invitation to all the local residents—tell (and bring!) your friends and family, and let’s make this one great street festival.  All this is happening because of who is here . . .

The Rebirth of Sustainable Capitol Hill

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

After a year of hibernation, Sustainable Capitol Hill is back with a string of Spring meetings focusing on food and the environment.  At the first of these meetings Capitol Hill Housing will give an introduction to our organization and then plunge into a workshop on sustainability and the connections between food systems, stormwater infrastructure, and urban gardening.  The workshop comes thanks to research CHH has done as part of our EcoDistrict Initiative.  Stay tuned for announcements about the release of our EcoDistrict report later this Spring.

The March meeting is just around the corner (Monday).  Details and facebook sign up below.

We’ll start at 6:30pm with a potluck and continue with
the meeting at 7pm.

Hope to see you there!

Sustainable Capitol Hill March Meeting

Monday, March 5
6:30p Potluck

7:00p CHH & EcoDistrict Presentation

At Bluebird Microcreamery

1205 E Pike St., Suite 1A

Second Floor Meeting Room

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/175327292582826/

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.

Smash Putt

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

You must check out Smash Putt this weekend! Take a break from the family and the turkey-induced coma (or better yet, bring the family!) to this crazy indoor putt putt experience. Smash Putt is 18 holes of putt putt fun with gadgets, moving parts, catapults, drill presses, and mopeds and was some of the best fun I’ve had in long time.

Catapult in Action!

Catapult in Action!

Brought to you by the good folks at the Hazard Factory, Smash Putt is housed in the purple brick warehouse at 912 12th Avenue between Spring and Marion Streets. Check it out soon though because November 27, 28 and 29th  are the LAST DAYS of Smash Putt. They recommend buying advance tickets so check out their website , get tickets, and go score a hole in one!

Golf Ball Air Gun!

Golf Ball Air Gun!

Memorial Procession for Officer Timothy Brenton

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

As most of you know by now, the SPD East Precinct, located at 12th + Pine, tragically lost Officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night.  Details of this terrible crime can be found here on CD News.

Tomorrow, Friday, November 6th from 9am to Noon, the memorial motorcade procession will travel through the City of Seattle. We estimate that it will arrive past the East Precinct at about 10:30am. Details of the route can be found here.

Please consider coming out to pay your respects to Officer Brenton.

Velocity begins demolition at new home on 12th

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Velocity Dance Center has gotten one step closer to realizing their dream of a new long term home on Capitol Hill.  One of the may non-profits being dislocated from the Oddfellows building- they have found a beautiful new home at 1621 12th Ave- the old Capitol Hill Arts Center space.
Seismic upgrades and a needed change of use by building landlord Elizabeth Linke took some time over the summer and early fall.  In the last week, Velocity has gotten the go-ahead for the city to being their demolition and construction work.
Velocity has their own blog chronicling their capital campaign and move.

Shameless Request of the Day

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Capitol Hill Housing is up for consideration in this year’s Strangercrombie fundraiser!

If you are so inclined, please visit this SLOG post and consider voting for CHH so that we can continue to deliver great affordable housing and community development work in the City of Seattle.