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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
  • The Uptown Alliance has removed its parklet in front of the SIFF Cinema, citing difficulties maintaining the space.
    Over 18 months, the neighborhood organization explored hiring a cleanup crew, as well as relocating the public amenity, but both options proved too costly. 
  • The Queen Anne Community Council has filed an appeal with the Seattle Hearing Examiner, challenging the City of Seattle’s final environmental impact statement for a package of code changes that would make it less prohibitive to build accessory dwelling units.
  • The Magnolia Shell station on West Government Way was burglarized for the second time in less than a month, and owner Sam Nasif found himself yet again frustrated with the slow police response time.
  • Expedia is still on schedule to move 3,500 employees from Bellevue to its new 40-acre campus in Interbay next fall, and will continue constructing more space for another 1,000 to come in by 2020.
  • The Washington State Transportation Commission voted on toll rates for the new State Route 99 tunnel on Tuesday, but drivers won’t see any charges when it opens in early 2019.
  • Five people were displaced during a two-alarm fire that occurred on the fifth floor of the Century Terrace Apartment early Friday morning.
  • The Queen Anne Food Bank is at risk of losing support from Food Lifeline after the nonprofit found the church-run service in violation of its nondiscrimination policy.
  • West Precinct Capt. Tom Mahaffey said outreach events like Coffee with a Cop offers police officers one-on-one interaction that helps them get a better idea of what the concerns are in the community.
  • Ninety-nine neighbors in Magnolia have one frustrating thing in common: they all had power outages nine times in the past year. They received an apology from Seattle City Light on Wednesday night, as well as an update on short- and long-term solutions for keeping the power on in the future.

  • The Seattle Hearing Examiner will hold a hearing for an appeal of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Project on Oct. 29, which proposes creating mixed-income housing on the property that includes 238 affordable housing units, mostly for homeless and low-income seniors. The Discovery Park Community Alliance argues such plans would adversely impact natural areas. 
  • Seattle Police are building a vehicular homicide case against a driver who allegedly killed a 41-year-old Seattle man in a two-vehicle collision in Magnolia on Monday, Oct. 2.
  • The NHL’s executive committee unanimously voted 9-0 to move forward with Seattle’s bid for an NHL expansion franchise following a meeting with representatives in New York on Tuesday.
  • The Seattle School Board began navigating the murky waters of deciding which projects should receive priority under the Building Excellence V (BEX V) capital levy, which Seattle Public Schools plans to put to voters in February.
  • The Sound Transit Board of Directors last Thursday approved a project to improve RapidRide C and D routes ahead of construction of the West Seattle and Ballard Link light rail extensions, as well as amending the 2018 budget to cover the costs of a preliminary engineering phase.

     
  • A weeks-long repaving project on West Nickerson Street is underway, with weekday construction expected to start on Monday, Oct. 8.
  • The Seattle City Council approved making dockless bike shares permanent in July. It expects to approve permits for four private vendors, who would pay a $50 fee per bike for a minimum of 5,000 bikes per permit between this fall and winter.
  • The project, which currently has a $6.5 million budget, will be completed in two phases, said SPR strategic advisor David Graves. The budget includes two $250,000 grants — one from King County and another from the state’s Recreation and Conservation Office.
  • The $700 million KeyArena renovation will cause displacements and take some getting used to over the next two years. Morgan Littlefield, new community liaison for private developer Oak View Group, shared what the community benefits will be over the next 39 years during last Thursday’s Uptown Alliance meeting.

     
  • Lincoln High School should be ready to usher in new students in fall 2019, after a $93.3 million modernization project is completed.
    Queen Anne students are expected to move from Ballard High School to Lincoln in Wallingford, which will serve 1,600 students.

  • Sound Transit checked its Ballard Link extension alternatives with the Uptown Alliance on Thursday, receiving positive feedback about siting a new underground station on Republican Street near KeyArena.
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