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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday December 5

Time: 7 PM.
Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order.
  • Special Guest: Martin Kaplan of the Queen Anne Community Council (QACC). He will review the current Accessory Dwelling Unit (mother-in-law apartment and backyard cottage) rules, and the Appeal by the QACC of the proposed new rules.
  • Update on the Appeal by the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability, and Equity of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Mandatory Housing Affordability policy.
  • Committee reports.
  • Announcements:
    • The January Monthly Meeting is cancelled!
    • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday February 6, 7 PM.
    • N 34th Street Mobility Improvements meeting Tuesday December 11, 4:30 – 6:00 PM at Fremont Brewing. (See the postcard.)
    • Time to renew your Wallingford Community Council (WCC) Membership!
      In 2017, the WCC moved to a calendar year membership. You can join at any time throughout the year, but to be a member for the full twelve months, please renew or join now!
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
  • Adjourn.

SR-99 Tunnel Opening Events, Saturday February 2

Official Ribbon Cutting
Saturday February 2, 11:30 AM at the South Hub.

Walk on the Viaduct and in the Tunnel for Free!
Saturday February 2, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Tunnel access at the North Portal and the South Hub.
Viaduct access at the Battery Street Tunnel and the Seneca Street ramp.

Free tickets are required to access either the Tunnel or the Viaduct or both roadways. See Step Foward for more information and to reserve tickets.

Paid events include an 8K Run/Walk starting Saturday February 2, 7:30 AM at the North Hub, and a Cascade Bicycle Club ride Sunday February 3, starting 8:00 AM – 10 AM at the North Hub and ending at 12:30 PM.

SR-99 Viaduct Closure Meeting, Thursday November 29

Viaduct Closure Information Sessions

Thursday November 29, 6:30 – 7:30 PM in Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center
Wednesday December 5, 6:30 – 7:30 PM at the Northgate Community Center

Seattle Department of Transportation representatives will provide information on the upcoming Viaduct closure and on future transportation projects at this meeting. The closure is currently planned to begin on January 11, 2019.

For more details see:
The City calendar for November 29 and for December 5.
The How You Get Around is Changing notice.

Monthly Meeting, Wednesday November 7

Time: 7 PM.
Location: Room 202 of the Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Agenda:

  • Welcome / Call to Order.
  • K C Dietz and Amalia Walton from the Lake Washington Rowing Club on maintaining public access to Lake Union at Waterway 23.
  • Eliza Ives and Jacob Orenberg from Seattle City Light on the “Public Direct Current (DC) Fast Charging Electric Vehicle” pilot program in the Gas Works Park area.
  • Darby Watson, Project Development Director, from the Seattle Department of Transportation will give an overview of recent design changes to the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving and Multi-Modal Improvement Project (which includes N/NE 40th Street).
  • The City Arborist will discuss plans for the trees along N/NE 40th Street (and answer questions).
  • Committee reports.
  • Announcements:
    • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday December 5, 7 PM.
    • The play area in Wallingford Playfield will close on Tuesday November 6 for renovation and improvement, and is expected to open with new play equipment in early 2019.
    • The play areas at the North Transfer Station are closed through December 2018 for improvements to address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
  • Adjourn.

Play Area closing at Wallingford Playfield

New play equipment in Wallingford Playfield for ages 5 to 12.
New play equipment in Wallingford Playfield for ages 2 to 5.The play area in Wallingford Playfield will close on Tuesday November 6 for renovation and improvement. Construction fencing will be installed and demolition of the existing equipment that has been compromised because of termites will be removed.

Seattle Parks and Recreation anticipates opening the renovated play area in early 2019 after the new play equipment is installed and improvements made. The new play equipment will meet current safety standards, and ensure accessibility to all children ages 2 to 12 in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Play Areas closed at the North Transfer Station

The play areas on Woodlawn Ave N and Carr Place N at the North Transfer Station are closed while contractors for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) work on improvements to address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Much of the public space including the fitness equipment will be closed for the duration of the construction and the work areas will be surrounded by temporary fencing. Work is expected to continue through December 2018.

Pavement at the basketball court will be changed to standard concrete. There will also be new handrails installed along some of the walkways, improving access for all users. SPU will try to open up individual areas (like the playground) as soon as they are fully completed. The work notice has more details on work hours and construction impacts.

Ballot Drop Box next to Gas Works Park

Ballot Drop Box at Waterway 19 next to Gas Works Park.There is a new Ballot Drop Box next to Gas Works Park for this election.

It is located at the Waterway 19 pull-out just east of the main parking lot on N Northlake Way.

Ballots can be returned by mail for free without a stamp, and must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday November 6. Or ballots can be placed in a Ballot Drop Box by 8 PM on Election Day.

Further information is available at King County Elections.

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Defend Your Neighborhood; Support the MHA Appeal

Dear Neighbor,

Last year, the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) joined the Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity (SCALE) in filing an Appeal of the MHA Final EIS. The City’s “Grand Bargain” fails at increasing affordable housing, accelerates displacement of residents, and does nothing for livability.

This city-wide volunteer coalition of community organizations has raised $200,000 to pay legal expenses, and has put in many hours doing research and preparation work to keep costs down.

The Hearing Examiner’s ruling is expected in early November. As the end of the Appeal process nears, it is important to continue funding this effort. Please help SCALE raise an additional $20,000 to cover legal summary briefs and counter briefs for final arguments.

Please donate, and ask your friends to do the same!

Online:
www.scaleseattle.org/donate.html

By Check:
Seattle Fair Growth Appeal
2442 NW Market Street, Box 487
Seattle, WA 98107

(Pay to the Order of: “Seattle Fair Growth”; Memo: SCALE member group you support, or your neighborhood.)


Seattle Coalition for Affordability, Livability & Equity Accomplishments

Dedicated volunteers from 29 neighborhoods and organizations, working with a legal team of 2 paid and 6 volunteer attorneys, have:

  • Appealed the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the City’s proposed Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) ordinance, documenting MHA’s acceleration of displacement, contempt for neighborhood planning, devaluing of historic resources, and indifference to impacts on trees, open space, and land use.
  • Met weekly since November 2017.
  • Reviewed over 100,000 City documents.
  • Presented SCALE’s legal case during 18 full days of Hearings.
  • Engaged 6 Expert Witnesses.
  • Wrote an Opinion Editorial published by the Seattle Times.
  • Testified in multiple Seattle City Council meetings.
  • Strengthened community connections across Seattle.

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Wallingford Historic Homes Fair, Saturday October 6

Celebrate the old house!

Historic Wallingford presents the
Wallingford Historic Homes Fair

Time: 10 AM – 4 PM; Doors open at 9:30 AM.
Location: The Good Shepherd Center, 4659 Sunnyside Ave N.

Come celebrate the remarkable treasure of historic housing stock we have in our Wallingford neighborhood and learn how to care for them. A variety of experts will be available for short consultations on subjects ranging from City building permits to what a realtor does to bank loans for remodeling. Five lectures are featured, including a virtual tour of outstanding homes in the neighborhood, a panel discussion on historic designations, and a screening of the film Bungalow Heaven. See the Schedule of Activities.

Advance registration is strongly encouraged. Tickets are $10 (or $5 for the Exhibit Hall only). Payment of cash or check will be requested at the door. The event is free to Historic Wallingford members.