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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 Seattle Department of Transportation has released a third-party Magnolia Bridge Planning Study that considers three alternatives to replacing the 89-year-old structure, none of which SDOT can afford without state and federal aid.
  • Former Obama Administration official and export business owner Sam Cho says he’s running to provide missing representation on the Eastside and make the Port of Seattle more inclusive of small businesses.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation expects to have a financial modeling report completed before the end of summer to help guide future decisions about its municipal golf courses, which could either get a boost from the mayor’s office or be removed to make way for some other public good.
  • Designs for stabilization projects at the Queen Anne and Magnolia community centers are still taking shape, but with a scaled back scope and undetermined start time.
  • The Seattle Hearing Examiner’s Office has upheld the City of Seattle’s final environmental impact statement for new policies meant to increase the number of accessory dwelling units developed in the city, dismissing an appeal by the Queen Anne Community Council.
  • The Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee had its first look at concept designs for what could replace the Washington National Guard’s 25-acre armory site on Wednesday, May 8.
  • The latest challenger to enter the Seattle City Council District 7 race is promising to fight the passage of a waterfront local improvement district, and he has the lawsuit to prove it.
    “The LID process, I would say, was an eye-opener for me,” said Gene Burrus.

  • A United States District Court judge has dismissed claims in a lawsuit filed against the Seattle Police Department by city council candidate Isabelle Kerner over its handling of an assault case in Capitol Hill back in 2017. The order came a day after the District 7 candidate contacted defense attorneys about dropping the suit.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation is prioritizing Queen Anne and Magnolia’s historic boulevards for improvements following a 2018 Olmsted Parks Study. SPR is in the process of hiring a consultant to implement these projects and at three other prioritized boulevards and parks, with work expected to occur in 2019 and 2021.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation is awaiting approval of its master use permit to begin bidding for the first phase of redevelopment for Smith Cove Park.
    “Summer would be a great time to start this project,” said SPR project manager Toby Ressler.

  • The Seattle Animal Shelter has been operating in the same Interbay facility since 1982. It has managed to operate there for nearly 40 years by being creative with its existing space, reducing its intake through education and spaying and neutering programs, loyal volunteers and a boost in private funding through the Seattle Animal Shelter Foundation.

     
  • The Washington State Department of Commerce is asking individuals or groups with proposals for repurposing the Interbay armory site to sign up to provide presentations during the next Interbay Public Development Advisory Committee on May 8.
  • District 7 voters packed the Magnolia Community Center gymnasium to take stock of the nine candidates seeking to replace Seattle City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw in 2020.
  • The new Seattle Center arena will cost significantly more than earlier projections, but Seattle Hockey Partners CEO Tod Leiweke says it will be worth it when the sports and concert venue reopens in summer 2021.
  • The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board has accepted the nomination of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge building, not because of the fraternal order’s history there, but because of its original use as the neighborhood’s first telephone exchange.
  • Friends of Discovery Park presented a new, preferred trail design during a public meeting on Wednesday, April 10, at the Discovery Park Educational Center, which volunteers believe will bring more accessibility and views to the trail.
  • SDOT will begin work to seismically retrofit the West Howe Street Bridge this summer, reinforcing the 73-year-old concrete and steel structure to stand up to a thousand-year event.
  • Mayor Jenny Durkan will be submitting three pieces of legislation to move forward redevelopment of the former Fort Lawton Army base in Magnolia later this month. The city council is scheduled to approve the plan, a site rezone for multifamily housing and memorandum of agreement with Seattle Public Schools for playfields development on June 10.
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation has opened voting for Neighborhood Street Fund projects through Sunday, May 5.
  • Seattle Human Services Department director Jason Johnson says investments in programs to help people exit homelessness are working, but the demand still far exceeds capacity.
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