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Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Monday, January 29, 2018 1:57 PM
Community members of all ages are encouraged to provide input
  • Washington Army National Guard Col. Adam Iwaszuk is confident the Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee will have a recommendation report on the governor’s desk by November.
  • Plymouth Housing and SMR Architects spoke to interested residents Wednesday about what the nonprofit developer does for Seattle’s homeless population and how a new affordable housing development slated to open in Uptown in 2021 will fit in the community.
  • More than 650 comments about the upcoming West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions were submitted in the last two weeks, which will be used to help Sound Transit narrow down possible light rail alternatives.
  • King County District 4 Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has unfinished business that’s motivating her re-election bid this year.
    “I’ve loved being on the council, and I’d like to serve for longer,” Kohl-Welles tells Queen Anne News. “I think this would likely be my last run for office, and I’d like to continue work on what’s been very important.”

  • Queen Anne resident Don Harper wants to come out of retirement to serve Seattle’s District 7 on the city council, citing a lack of leadership willing to listen.

     
  • Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz came out to Elliott Bay on Monday to talk up the oysters growing in the shallows that are expected to provide natural filtration of pollutants in the Puget Sound.

     
  • Summer visitors to Discovery Park will hear some construction noise and see changes made near the West Point Treatment Plant as King County updates the plant's water reservoir to meet current standards and allow safe and efficient access for annual inspections required by Seattle Public Utilities.
  • The popular South Beach Trail in Discovery Park is showing signs of degradation and overgrowth after years of use. Many of the wood features near the trail are pushing 30 years old and are beginning to wear out, and parts of the trail are eroding and making the trail unusable for those with limited abilities.
  • King County elections are not usually very sexy, says Abigail Doerr, who believes that’s partly because competition is fairly sparse.
    The 30-year-old transit wonk aims to change that with her bid for Jeanne Kohl-Welles’ District 4 county council seat. Issues she wants to better address include improving public transportation, boosting affordable housing and unburdening parents dealing with the high cost of child care.

  • King County’s Department of Community and Human Services will work with the Uptown Alliance on a Good Neighbor Agreement ahead of the opening of a 24/7 modular homeless shelter this summer.
  • After successfully backing Jenny Durkan’s first mayoral bid and fighting last year’s head tax that would have impacted more than 300 big businesses in the city, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee is in the early stage of identifying council candidates that have plans for fixing Seattle’s biggest issues with existing revenue.
  • King County’s lawsuit against an insurance company it claims wrongly rejected a claim to cover the cost of replacing a damaged underground conveyance pipe in Smith Cove Park is set to go to trial in April 2020.
  • The Office of Housing took public comment Monday about its plans to redevelop the Fort Lawton site on Magnolia Bluff, with most comments either in favor of helping low-income Seattleites or expanding what is already the city’s largest public park.
  • More than 100 Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne and West Seattle residents came to discuss the future possibilities of Sound Transit’s ST3 Light Rail project during a meeting at Ballard High School on Thursday, Feb. 28.

     
  • Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has hit Glacier Northwest with more than $74,000 in civil penalties for reportedly failing to pay workers a prevailing wage for their work disposing of dirt during construction of Seattle’s new State Route 99 Tunnel.
  • The Seattle Police Department reported Wednesday it has identified the suspect in five fires set at Seattle businesses between Oct. 28 and Nov. 28 last year, including the four-alarm fire at a lumber yard in North Queen Anne that caused more than $4 million in damages.
  • The Port of Seattle Commission has approved a request for up to $4 million in funding to begin planning the first phase of Terminal 91 redevelopment northeast of the Magnolia Bridge.

     
  • Seattle voters have received their second cycle of Democracy Vouchers, with participation expected to surpass the program’s 2017 launch.
    The Democracy Voucher program was one of several campaign finance reforms voters approved in 2015, supporting Honest Elections Seattle Initiative 122 by 63 percent.

  • Sound Transit opened its 30-day comment period for its West Seattle and Ballard Link Extensions project earlier this month, and will host an open house 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, at Ballard High School. Comments can be provided through March 18.
  • An Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee is in the early stages of strategizing what could be the best option for repurposing the 26-acre site where the Washington National Guard’s Seattle Armory has operated for more than 40 years. Whether anything pans out is contingent on the National Guard’s ability to relocate outside the city.
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