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Call to Action: Public to be removed from Design Review

Tomorrow Monday April 13 at 2 PM, the Seattle City Council will vote on CB119769, an emergency ordinance to expedite affordable housing during the COVID-19 crisis. The bill curtails public Design Review meetings for the next six to eight months to accelerate project approvals. Instead the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will conduct only internal administrative reviews.

Administrative Design Review is where the developer can promote variances to set backs and allowances for roof-top structures for their projects. See the Downtown Residents Alliance post for further discussion of the bill.

Express your concerns to the City Council or your Councilmembers. We emphasize these concerns:

  • A better option is to eliminate Design Review for the crisis period. All developers would have to follow the land use code without exception.
  • Only projects with significant affordable housing units on-site should be given this exemption. Market-rate and commercial projects can wait.
  • Six to eight months is an excessive time period for a crisis that may ease in one to two months.

Proposed Bus Route Revisions

King County Metro is proposing to substantially revise bus routes with the North Link Connections Mobility Project in conjunction with Sound Transit opening new Link light-rail stations in the University District, at Roosevelt, and at Northgate. Bus service in Wallingford is affected including Routes 26, 31, 32, 44, and 62. For more details, visit the North Link Connections Mobility Project website, view the proposed network map, and provide your comments before the end of March (or as soon as you can).

FamilyWorks and Wallingford Community Senior Center Services

FamilyWorks

FamilyWorks continues to provide services during the coronavirus crisis. The Family Resource Center is closed and the food bank is operating with outdoor walk-up distribution. See their Coronavirus Response page and their Our Continued Response to Coronavirus message for more information.


Wallingford Community Senior Center

The Wallingford Community Senior Center is closed but continues essential services to connect to seniors. There will be a new Call-in Support Group on Wednesday April 1 at 11 AM. They offer check-in phone calls for seniors to stay connected. See their last email message for more details.

Suggestions for coping with the coronavirus crisis are available on the How to Keep Busy While Practicing Social Distancing page. Beware scams (about COVID-19) popping up to get your money or your information by phone calls, email messages, and text messages!

Northlake Tiny House Village

We are glad to report that the City of Seattle has reached an agreement with Nickelsville residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village that will allow residents to stay in place through June 1. See the City and Northlake Tiny House Village residents reach agreement announcement, and the Nickelsville will stay in Northlake tiny house village until June; city agrees, citing coronavirus article in The Seattle Times for more information.

Cancelled: Monthly Meeting, Wednesday April 1

Dear neighbors and community members of Wallingford,

The Wallingford Community Council Monthly Meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 1 is cancelled! The health of our members and neighbors is very important and we are following all Public Health – Seattle & King County recommendations for COVID-19.

We plan to reschedule our guest speakers, Christa Dumpys and Darrell Bulmer, Community and Outreach Managers from the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). They are eager to share updates and answer questions about ongoing transportation projects in Wallingford. In the meantime, they provided two quick updates:

Bus Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project:

After bringing 30 concepts to the Wallingford community, Darrell said they have narrowed the scope to 15 concepts. He confirmed two of the concepts include simple signal changes, and none include removing parking along N/NE 45th Street (from Stone Way N to I-5) for bus lanes. The only concepts currently that include bus lanes are west of Stone Way N and east of I-5. For more details, visit the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor website.

Green Lake Way and Wallingford Paving projects:

The paving work continues for N 40th Street, N 50th Street, and the Green Lake Way N loop. SDOT plans to start working on Saturdays along Green Lake Way N starting as soon as this week, and N 50th Street paving should start in late spring. Visit the Green Lake and Wallingford Paving website for information and subscribe to receive email updates.


King County Metro is proposing to substantially revise bus routes under the North Link Connections Mobility Project in conjunction with Sound Transit opening new Link light-rail stations in the University District, at Roosevelt, and at Northgate. Bus service in Wallingford is affected. For more details, visit the North Link Connections Mobility Project website and provide your comments before the end of March.


For COVID-19 resources, visit the Public Health – Seattle & King County and the King County Council websites for current information. The Seattle Times is tracking COVID-19 related news and has removed the electronic paywall: all COVID-19 articles are free without a subscription.

Lastly, I am optimistic we will be able to hold our Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday May 6. We will confirm the meeting status near the end of April. Anyone wishing to vote for Officers must join the Wallingford Community Council and pay dues at least 15 days before the Annual Meeting (on or before April 21).

We wish each of you good health in the days and weeks ahead. If you have any questions, please reach out to us.

Sincerely,
Jenny Ring-Perez
President, Wallingford Community Council

Financial Help in Washington State for the COVID-19 Crisis

The King County Council has published a bulletin of useful resources for families, employees, and small businesses facing financial hardship from the COVID-19 crisis, and bulletins for how to apply for Unemployment and/or Workers’ Compensation. We were made aware of this information in a newsletter from Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles sent Monday March 16. The contents of the Helpful Financial Resources section are republished below. As the bulletins note: “Due to the rapidly evolving nature of state and federal programs, this information may change unexpectedly.”

Please practice social distancing. We wish good health to everyone during these challenging times.

Best Regards,
The Wallingford Community Council

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Monthly Meeting, Wednesday March 4

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Good Shepherd Center, Room 202
4659 Sunnyside Ave N

Special Guest: City Councilmember Dan Strauss of District 6 (Wallingford, Fremont, Green Lake, Ballard, Phinney Ridge, and Greenwood). Come hear Councilmember Strauss discuss priorities for the City followed by the opportunity to ask questions.

Barb Burrill will discuss the Wallingford Tree Survey.


Announcements

  • The latest information for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is available from Public Health — Seattle & King County.
  • Bring items that cannot go into a recycling cart to Beyond the Cart hosted by Seattle Public Utilities. Saturday March 7, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE.
  • Historic Wallingford is hosting Researching the History of Your House on Saturday March 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Mosaic Coffee House, 4401 2nd Ave NE.
  • Seattle Public Utilities is updating its Strategic Business Plan and wants to hear from you. Share your insights in the Customer Survey.
  • Submit small-scale park and street improvement project ideas for the Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets program to the Department of Neighborhoods through Wednesday March 18.
  • The Green Lake and Wallingford Paving project continues construction on N 40th Street, N 50th Street, and Green Lake Way N. Subscribe with the Seattle Department of Transportation to receive email updates.
  • Seattle Public Utilities and the King County Wastewater Treatment Division are beginning construction of an underground storage tunnel from Ballard to Wallingford. See the Ship Canal Water Quality Project website for details.

43rd District Town Hall, Saturday February 22

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Ave

Join Senator Jamie Pedersen, Representative Frank Chopp, and Representative Nicole Macri for a town hall meeting.

  • Get an update on the 2020 Legislative Session.
  • Share your comments, concerns, and questions.

More information is available from the Representative Macri.