2018 - Spring

Let’s get Going Around Town, out of Town, and into Town.

We are going to talk transportation with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Swedish Cherry Hill transportation representatives and others on Saturday, April 14th.

Sometimes we soar above it all, looking down at the strings of lights reflecting our highways, roads and bridges.  Mostly, we are here on the ground needing to move from one place to the other. SDOT asks, “Did you know 27% of Seattle’s land is made up of streets, sidewalks, and other transportation-related public space? That’s a lot of land, but it’s still a finite amount of space to move a growing amount of people and goods in and around.” The mission of the department is delivering a high-quality transportation system to Seattle for a vibrant Seattle with connected people, places, and products. 

SDOT’s 2018 Proposed Budget is $472,399,991, including the ten-year Move Seattle vision to integrate transit, walking, biking, and freight planning. The $930 million Move Seattle levy is funded through a property tax approved in 2015. SDOT also has responsibility for paving city roads, planning for parking, and subsidizing and planning Metro service in Seattle. Besides the director and finance office, SDOT has eight divisions; Policy and Planning Division, Project Development Division, Transit and Mobility Division, Maintenance Operations Division, Transportation Operations Division, Capital Projects and Roadway Structures Division, and Street Use Division.  These services are crucial to the well-being of our neighborhood and city.  Our guests know that we are interested in the progress of the Swedish single occupancy vehicle reduction planning and in updates, challenges and status of SDOT projects in the Central District. These include the Bike and Pedestrian Master Plans, Neighborhood Project Grants, Madison BRT, status of planning for the 3/4 bus on James or Yesler, and for electrifying the 48 bus.  Please bring your specific questions and comments for our guests. 

Remember too that there is always a time for announcements, comments, and expressing other community concerns.


Welcome Tent City 3 to Squire Park!

Tent City 3 is currently hosted by Cherry Hill Baptist Church (700 22nd Ave). The site is located at 22nd and Cherry from February 10 - April 10, with a possible extension through May 22. Tent City 3 is completely self-managed and shelters up to 100 regular residents in a safe, communal space. Residents welcome donations of any food, clothing, and household goods.  They are only scheduled to be in the neighborhood until April 10th but are hoping to extend that until May 22nd

For more information, lists of priority needs, or to sign up to provide a hot dinner, check out http://www.sharewheel.org/tent-city-3 or call the camp phone at (206) 399-0412.




New Developments in the Neighborhood

The Central Area Land Use Review Committee is a group of local residents, including (but not only) design professionals whose aim is to influence the shape of future developments in the neighborhood.

For more information, and to get up to date notice on future meeting dates see the Facebook page of the Central Area Land Use Review Committee.

Recent meetings of the LURC have included engaging with the developer and designer of the project that will bring big changes to the site of Pratt Fine Arts, impacting Pratt Park and Jackson Street.  The development would expand space for the arts center by about 75%, bring 160 new apartment homes (no plans for any “affordable” units), and add retail space on Jackson Street.   (To see the documents filed with City Planning:  https://tinyurl.com/y9ktbqrd

Also, in March, the developer and design team for the project proposed at 12th and Yesler accepted an invitation from LURC to meet with community members.  That proposed project will displace the buildings in which Seattle Curtain, Saba and Universal Auto Body are currently located.  The proposal is for a single building with about 280 – 290 apartments, eleven live/work units, and approximately four retail spaces totaling 12,400 square feet.  The developer's representative has stated that there’s no plan at this time to design units attractive to families with children. The Early Design Guidance meeting for this project is scheduled for April 25, at 6:30 PM in Rm. 103, Pigott Building, Seattle U.  For documents see: http://www.seattle.gov/dpd/toolsresources/Map/detail/default.htm?lat=47.6019244&lon=-122.31642918&addr=104,,,12TH,AVE,

The Early Design Guidance meeting is an important opportunity for neighbors to see and comment on design proposals.  Be there and express your thoughts.

The 12th and Yesler project is adjacent to the King County Archives and King County Records buildings.  The records site has been sold to the Seattle Housing Authority which is in the early stages of planning a development of about 100 apartments intended to serve families with children.

The County Archives Building is on a different site, which is located between the two developments discussed above, and it is still in the hands of King County.  This is the case even though it would seem to be an appealing location for a park or open space which would enhance the Seattle Housing Authority’s plans for a new child-friendly community directly across from Bailey Gatzert School.

For First Time, Central Area gets its own Design Guidelines

Several community organizations, over the past two years, have worked with the City to develop design guidelines to be applied by City staff and the Design Review Board to future major building developments in the Central area.  The City Council committee took up the proposed guidelines at its March 21 meeting.  The date for future Council consideration is not known at the time of this writing. For more information on the Guidelines, see:  https://tinyurl.com/yb4kep2b




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