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Save the Ave Fundraising Party, Friday March 31

Help to protect endangered small businesses and nonprofits in the U-District from displacement by the up zone at the first Save the Ave Fundraising Party for University District Small Businesses. Join them for a raffle, good times, great beer, and for a good cause. At the Big Time Brewery on Friday March 31, 6PM – 11PM (all ages until 10PM).

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Monthly Meeting tonight Wednesday March 1, 7PM

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

Welcome / Call to Order.
Approval of Minutes.
Nomination Committee.
Family Parade.
Waterways.
U-District Upzone.
Reports from Committees (if anything).

Program:

Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up)

Announcements:

  • Yard Signs: ‘Keep Seattle Livable; No HALA “Grand Bargain” Upzones’.
  • WCC Membership: Reminder to join or renew.
  • WallHALA Meeting, Tuesday, March 7, 7PM Senior Center.
  • Seattle Tenant Rights Bootcamp is the program for the next WCC Monthly meeting on Wednesday April 5, 7PM.

Adjourn


Special Notice – Community Involvement Commission:

If you wish to serve on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods new Community Involvement Commission, the application deadline is today Wednesday March 1 by 5PM. Applications may be submitted online, by mail, or in person.

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Seattle Neighborhoods Need You!

High-rise towers and South Lake Union-scale density is coming to the U-District.  The full City Council votes on the U-District plan Tuesday February 21 at 2:00 PM in Council Chambers at Seattle City Hall.  Show up and be counted!

Advocate for amendments and resolutions by Councilmembers Herbold and O’Brien that would:

  • Require Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements of 10% or $22.25/SF for new high-rise towers.  Most cities require affordable housing fractions between 20% and 30%.
  • Remove upzoning between NE 50th Street and NE 52nd Street that would demolish many apartments and displace at least 175 units of affordable housing.
  • Cancel the zoning changes if MHA is ruled illegal.  Ask for stronger legal protections than a “request to the court”.
  • Conduct a residential displacement risk analysis.
  • Require an implementation plan for business district support.  Assess the feasibility of a childcare voucher fund and school impact fees.

Massive U-District zoning changes will increase building heights up to 320 feet.  Advocate to delay the profit-driven destruction of this urban community by asking the City Council to:

  • Finish the MHA Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) before changing zoning rules.
  • Complete the displacement analysis of existing affordable units before rezoning.
  • Direct the Seattle City Attorney to provide an opinion regarding the legality of MHA.
  • Conduct an analysis of impacts on adjacent neighborhoods.

Contact your City Councilmembers NOW!  Councilmembers Harrell and Juarez have not yet voted on these issues.

Join your neighbors at the City Council meeting Tuesday February 21 at 2:00 PM.  Bring your signs, green scarves, neighbors, and friends.  Come a half-hour early to sign-up and testify.  A big crowd will show the City that Seattle neighborhoods care!

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Monthly Meeting on Wednesday February 1, 7PM

Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

Welcome / Call to Order
Approval of Minutes
Program:

  • Update on possible uses of Meridian Playground, Wallingford Playfield, and Recycling Challenge funds – Eric Fisk.
  • Update on the UW Campus Master Plan Comments and Future Review – Brian O’Sullivan or Jon Berkedal.
  • Impact Fees to support housing growth – Eric Fisk and Ted Hunter.
  • Q & A with Geoff Wentlandt from the City of Seattle.

Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up)
Announcements:

  • Yard Signs: ‘Keep Seattle Livable; No HALA “Grand Bargain” Upzones’.
  • Find It, Fix It Walk with Mayor Murray: Community Walk Action Team meeting on Thursday February 16, 6:30 PM at Wallingford Center in Suite 206, between Bootyland and Bad Woman Yarn.  RSVP requested to Lemmis Stephens III.
  • Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) wants community feedback on their Strategic Business Plan. Tuesday February 7, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the North Transfer Station.  See the Customer Outreach page for other meeting times and locations.
  • Seattle Tenant Bootcamp on Wednesday April 5, 7PM as part of the WCC Monthly meeting.
  • The next WCC Monthly Meeting is on Wednesday March 1, 7PM.

Adjourn

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