Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Miller Park Neighbors Meeting Report 1/11/14

Andrew Taylor (blog & E-mail list, 2000 block E. John Street, meeting host)
Tamara (300 Block 21st Ave E., Meany School committee)
David (600 block 17th Ave. E)
Anne (600 block 20th Avenue East, Meany School committee)
Guillaume (300 block 21st Ave E, Co-Chair)
Julianne (100 block 22nd Ave E; Co-Chair)
Deborah  (300 Block 21st Ave E., Meany School committee)
Suzanne (600 block 22nd Avenue E.)
Merlin (400 block 25th Ave E, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways)
Mimi (400 block 20th Ave E, dropped by for a few minutes)

This meeting was organized by Andrew Taylor, formerly Chairman of the “Miller Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA)”, for the purpose of moving forward with the reinvented neighborhood group to be known as “Miller Park Neighbors (MPN)”. The meeting agenda was primarily to refresh ideas and concerns, discuss group organization and boundaries, and as a follow up to the initial formation meeting on 11/11/13. There will be a MPN Public Meeting scheduled TBD Date in February.

The MPNA had a long and storied history primarily focused on the entrenched crime problems of the neighborhood, and in those efforts can be credited with spearheading and contributing a great deal to the renovation of the Miller Community Center and the contribution of the beautiful and much loved “Ron K. Mills Memorial Fountain”.   As the neighborhood gentrified and some troubled hot-spots were closed, the more tenacious of the crime issues receded, and the MPNA was retired.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Central Avenue Neighborhood Greenway Update

Dear Neighbor,

The 23rd Avenue Corridor Greenway has a new name – the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway! You may still see some resources that reference the project by its old name, but as we update our materials you can expect to see the new name. The new web address is:

We wanted to let you know that the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway and the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvement Project will be hosting drop-in sessions in different neighborhoods at the end of this month. Please drop by to speak with project staff and get your questions answered!

Tuesday January 28, 3:30 – 6 p.m.
Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way

Wednesday January 29, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
SOAR, 801 23rd Ave S

Friday January 31, 4:30 – 7 p.m.
Miller Park Community Center, 330 19th Ave E

We will also be hosting another open house in late February about both projects. More information on that event is forthcoming.
Finally, a couple of updates:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jan. 28 Meeting about 1720 East Denny building proposal

Dear Neighbor, 

We will be hosting a meeting later this month to gain feedback on our proposed apartment project at 1720 E Denny Way. Please review the attached invitation and attend if you are interested. We encourage you to share this information with other neighbors you believe may have an interest in the project. 

Thank you for your interest. We'll look forward to seeing you on the 28th. 


Charlie Waterman
Hamilton Urban Partners

(Meeting is at the Polish Home, 1700 block 18th Ave E, 6PM Tuesday Jan 28th)
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Saturday January 11th: Miller Park Neighbors "executive" meeting

Saturday, January 11th, 1PM at my house (2009 East John Street), a few of us will gather to help plan the next steps for our new "Miller Park Neighbors" group.

We'd be happy to have your input and help. And we'll understand if the Seahawks need your support on this occasion!

Andrew Taylor
(206) 660-3592

Sunday, January 5, 2014

January 14th meeting with DPD about Low-Rise zone height limits

(See this Capitol Hill Seattle article for a very cogent explanation of what's going on.)

Via Janice Van Cleve, 23rd & Union neighborhood:

Just a reminder about the meeting that the Department of Planning and Development is holding on January 14th to discuss proposed changes to the Land Use Code which would reduce the allowed height, bulk and scale of buildings in our neighborhood.

A very small group of neighbors has worked very hard to get this process underway. Now it's time for the rest of the community to stand up and be heard.


Meeting date: Tuesday, January 14th 2014
Meeting time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Location: Lowell School, 1058 East Mercer (corner 11th Ave E.) on Capitol Hill

The scope of the meeting encompasses changes to the code governing all the lowrise multifamily zones CITYWIDE. If you have friends who live in similar neighborhoods in other parts of Seattle, PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH THEM.

For more detailed information please follow this link:
Useful links:


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Christmas Tree Disposal

From the Seattle Public Utility website:

Between December 26, 2013 and January 12, 2014,
trees and greens can be placed curbside for pickup on your regular collection day.

Christmas Trees
Trees must be trimmed to 6 feet or shorter. Trim branches to less than four feet to fit into the collection trucks. Bundle each section with sisal string or twine (not plastic). Decorated, flocked and plastic trees are not recyclable and will be charged as extra garbage.
At Apartments – One tree may be placed next to each food/yard waste cart at no extra charge each collection day.
At Recycling & Disposal Stations – Clean Christmas trees are accepted for free at the stations between December 26, 2013 and January 12, 2014. After that, the regular fees apply (see hours and locations). Trees should not exceed eight feet in length and must be free of decoration. Trunks should not exceed four inches in diameter. The stations will accept up to three trees per vehicle.

23rd Avenue Traffic Calming Meeting: Tuesday Jan 7th

The 23rd Avenue ACT is bringing SDOT traffic engineer John Marek to the neighborhood to talk about traffic calming measures and how residents can apply for traffic calming measures on our neighborhood streets.  The event is January 7 at 6:00 at the Garfield Community Center.  Full details below. 


Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a speed bump and a speed hump?  How about a chicane and a choker?

A traffic engineer from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will answer these questions and more at an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 7, at 6:00 PM at the Garfield Community Center, 2323 E Cherry Street

SDOT Traffic Engineering Supervisor John Marek informational meeting, titled Traffic Calming 101, will provide an introduction to the variety of tools SDOT can implement to calm traffic on neighborhood streets and arterials.  SDOT engineers will also describe the process for applying for traffic calming measures in our neighborhood.  If you know an unsafe spot that would benefit from traffic calming, this meeting is for you.

The meeting will also include a short presentation by Central District resident John Stewart of Feet First on how Feet First uses walking audits to help folks understand their neighborhood from a different perspective.

This meeting is brought to us by the 23rd Avenue ACT's "Livable Streets for All" Action Team, a team of neighbors working in conjunction with city agencies to make our neighborhood streets safe for persons of all ages.   For more information about this meeting or the Livable Streets for All action team, please contact 23rd Avenue ACT members Brendan Patrick (soccerbrendan AT or Jocquelyn Duncan (ejocquelyn AT or call Kerry Wade of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (206.733.9091).