Monday, December 30, 2013

Aegis on Madison Neighborhood Open House

Please join us for a Neighbor First Glance event at Aegis on Madison from 3-5 pm on Friday, January 3, 2014.  We are very appreciative of the chance to serve the neighborhood, and before our main grand opening that is scheduled for January 18th from 1-4 pm for the general public, we wanted to invite you to see the newest Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Seattle.  Please RSVP to Simona at 206-325-1600. Beverages and appetizers served.

2200 East Madison Street, Seattle WA 98112
Assisted Living and Memory Support, Now Accepting Deposits
Leasing Office: 206-325-1600

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Matching funds for neighborhood projects!

                                                   NEWS RELEASE
Mike McGinn, Mayor
Bernie Agor Matsuno, Director

Contact:            Lois Maag; 206.615.0950; 

Dates announced for Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities to support community-initiated projects
Free workshops offered in January for interested community groups

December 17, 2013 (Seattle, WA) – Today Seattle Department of Neighborhoods announced the Neighborhood Matching Fund opportunities for 2014. All three funding programs of the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities.

The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bus news from Metro: #12 on 19th to be cut

Eliminate the part of the route northeast of E Madison Street/15th
Avenue to reduce duplication with routes 10, 11 and 43.

Operate Route 12 as a one-way route during commute hours: 
westbound in the morning and eastbound in the afternoon. )

(Plans for #8 bus
  • Eliminate the part of the route between E John Street/16th Avenue E and S Jackson Street /23rd Avenue S. )

(and here's the Capitol Hill Seattle take on it: 

If you aren’t the public meeting type and, like CHS, are booked between 12 and 2p, you can provide feedback on the cutbacks to and via Metro’s service survey. )

Dear Community Partner,

As you may be aware, King County Metro Transit is planning to cut up to 17 percent of its service beginning in fall 2014due to a funding shortage. If no new funding is approved, we’ll have to make cuts throughout the county, with every community bearing a share of the impacts.
We’ve cut costs, raised fares, and created other efficiencies to preserve most service over the past five years. But temporary funding authority from the state expires in June, and unless action is taken on stable funding, Metro will have to move forward with drastic service reductions next year.

·         74 routes would be deleted.
·         107 routes would be changed.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

News from a Greenways supporter

Hello Central Seattle Greenways supporters,

I want to update you all on exciting and important news about greenways for the Central District and Capitol Hill. 

Firstly, SDOT has secured funding for two greenways in our neighborhoods! The top candidates are the "23rd corridor greenway" which you may have heard about at the open house, and our priority "ridge route" that is already a popular way for people to walk and bike along the ridge of the CD/Capitol Hill. That's a lot of funding for safe and comfortable streets in our neighborhoods! 

This is a really exciting and important time to get involved. We really need all hands on deck for the next few months to make the most of this opportunity. Come to the restaurant area at Central Cinema Thursday December 5th at 6:15 PM to get involved. If you can't make it but still want to help please be in touch. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Meany Middle School Design Advisory Team Meeting Report

(Here's a link to the official meeting report, with Debrah's submission at the end)

At this first meeting of the Meany Middle School Design Advisory Team, we met the other members of the team.  On the team besides Tami Broadhead, Anne Schwab,  and myself, there were two other neighbors members who are also parents; Anjali Grant and Anna Davidson.  They are now also aware of the Miller Park Neighbors group and the list serve and hope to attend future meeting.

The team is otherwise made up of a district project manager, teachers, staff, a principal, parents, a staff member of the community center, and 3 architects from the firm, Miller Hayashi Architects. 19 were in attendance.  This was the first planning  and programming meeting for Meany's renovation. It is from these meetings that the architects will develop the program and then the design for these buildings.

The budget is limited and much of it will go towards completion of the roofing work started several years ago, seismic upgrades, a fire sprinkler system, more efficient HVAC system, and new windows. The project will work within the existing structures which they hope to make better functioning and looking, including some improved landscaping and exterior features.  The schedule is pretty aggressive with plans to continue re-roofing this summer (2014), to move NOVA out the fall of 2015, the World School out the fall of 2016, and then re-open the Middle school fall of 2017 or winter 2018. 

First Miller Park Neighbors Meeting Report

About 25 of us met in Tamara Broadhead's garage/workshop on Veteran's Day. Many thanks
Co-chair Guillaume Mauger and neighbors in Tamara's basement
Tamara and Karl for the use of their room.

We all agreed that we did indeed want to establish "Miller Park Neighbors" as a group, and were happy when Guillaume Mauger and Julianne Anderson agreed to be co-chairs for now. 

General notion is to establish some bylaws, have elections and get official!  Nobody came forward to be secretary or recording secretary yet, but Julie Renick kindly shared her notes below, to which I have added a few links.

Andrew Taylor (blog author, general busybody and prospective representative to "East District Council").  Now, over to Julie (thanks, again):