Thursday, March 27, 2014

Comprehensive Plan Open House at Miller, April 14th

Pretty geeky stuff I don't claim to understand. THIS seems to be it in a nutshell

Below is assorted info extracted from their E-mail.

We are Coming to a Community Near You 

Couldn’t make it to Comprehensive Plan Update Open House and EIS Scoping Meeting on March 24?

No worries, we have scheduled FIVE more open houses across Seattle. Drop in to learn about the project and tell us what you think. We are especially interested in your take on the three Planning Alternatives proposed for study in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Are these the right alternatives to study? Are there additional topics you want included in the EIS? We’re taking comments through April 21. We will review and analyze your comments which will help us finalize the alternatives that will be studied.

Hope you can attend one of these meetings. If not, catch up with the latest news about Seattle 2035

April 14
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

Seattle Neighborhood Summit 2014: UPDATED with agenda

All the details and registration details are here

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Suggested use for Excess Property at 339 22nd Ave. E.

Many of us got notice in the mail from the City of Seattle asking our views on the City's disposal of 339 - 22nd Ave E.

The house at 339 22nd Avenue East was previously operated as a home for teen mothers.   In 2012, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) terminated the relationship with the operator of the teen home.   
Here's the full City document giving all the property details. 
(that document was for internal City use: we have till end of the month)

21st Ave neighbor Judith Bader has started a conversation with the City, advocating that the property be used to serve developmentally disabled adults. Several people have written in support. Closing date for your comments is the end of March (Many thanks to Judith and to those who wrote in).

Here's the E-mail chain that gives all the details, should you care to write in support (or have another suggestion). If you do write in, you might post your letter as a comment on this post.

From: Judith Bader
Subject: Re: Excess Property Notice at 339 22nd Ave. E.

Hello Everyone--
I contacted Tom Rasmussen's office and had a very good talk with one of his staff members.  He said that at this point neighbors need to send their comments and recommendations to Sabrina Buchanan by the March 31st deadline.  Every comment sent by that date will be part of the official record and tallied formally before the information is sent to the City Council.  He predicts that this decision will take several months to make and that the City Council will be one of the last steps in the decision making process.  He supported the idea of a letter writing campaign to support our neighborhood's preferences for how this lot is used.  Myself along with several neighbors support the City keeping the house and lot and making it a group home for disabled adults (see letter below for details). 

Now it is up to everyone to write their own emails to supporting this idea or making other comments or recommendations by next Monday so that our input can be tallied and can become part of the official process for determining how this lot can continue being a community resource.  There are many more neighbors whose emails were not available to me, so would you all please send to anyone you think might be interested?  
Judith Bader

Thursday, March 6, 2014

133 18th Ave E: Small(ish) apartments coming our way

(A colleague noted that the apartments are ~ 500 square feet, the sort of size that would be useful in the neighborhood)

Thanks for updating the headline - the new one seems more representative of what's being proposed.  You can see a rendering of the proposed design at (scroll down to "18th Ave East Apartments, Seattle, WA").  The scale seems pretty consistent with the brick building across 18th, though personally I find the style a bit... suburban and sterile.  I'm trying to figure out how to articulate what I would change, so I can send DPD a constructive comment.

Eldan Goldenberg, 18th & John

DPD announcement with all the details:

Land Use Application to allow a four-story structure containing 68 residential units with parking for 36 vehicles, and storage for 57 bicycles.  Existing structure to be demolished.