Category Archives: Quality of Life

Northlake Tiny House Village, Donation Drive & Reprieve

Update: Reprieve for Residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village

Residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village received great news on Thursday December 5 when City of Seattle officials announced they would reverse the deadline to vacate that was set for Monday December 9. The Northlake village will be allowed to remain open until at least the end of March 2020 (as planned). Read the Seattle Times story published December 5.

Donation Drive

Thank you to all who have donated! The residents of the Northlake Village are still in need of specifics items for weathering the cold – coats, gloves, hand warmers and socks – as well as canned food and paper towels. We invite you to bring your donated items to the Northlake village directly (you can leave the items at the locked gates). If you have any questions, please contact donations@wallingfordcc.org.

Statement:

In March 2018, the Wallingford Community Council (WCC) warmly welcomed the new residents of the Northlake Tiny House Village for a two-year stay. WCC members placed a welcome sign at the village (which remains) and helped prepare the site for the residents. Since, members have visited often to serve meals and volunteer and helped to lay gravel for much-needed walking paths. Several Northlake village residents have also participated in the monthly WCC meetings throughout their stay.

Since its opening, we have not experienced any problems with Northlake village residents, contrary to some news reports and rumors. We have fully expected the village to remain through the two-year stay as planned when it first opened in Wallingford, and we have no objection to it staying open through its term. We express no opinion on the conflict between Nickelsville, LIHI and the Human Services Department.

We are deeply committed to helping current and future Northlake village residents, as well as the people and organizations that are supporting those experiencing homelessness in this city and region.

Monthly Meeting, Wednesday December 4

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

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

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Call to Order.
  • Dunn Lumber HQ Expansion. Presentation and Q&A on the proposed project.
  • Public use of Waterway 20 on Lake Union. City of Seattle presentation and Q&A with Nancy Stachey, Manager of Property Management, and Mike Ashbrook, Division Director of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services.
  • Alex Pedersen, new Seattle City Councilmember for District 4. Welcome and Q&A.
  • Announcements
    • The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) Monthly Meeting on Wednesday January 1, 2020 is cancelled. Happy Holidays!
    • See you Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 7 PM for the next WCC Monthly Meeting! Have a topic you want covered? Contact us.
  • Good of the Order. (Anything people want to bring up.)

Seattle Marathon, Sunday December 1

The Seattle Marathon is coming through Wallingford on Sunday December 1. About 7,000 runners and walkers are expected along the course near Wallingford from about 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM, with most participants passing through between 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Traffic control officers will be stationed at all major intersections to allow traffic to pass safely during gaps in runners. Roads will be completely open as normal by 2:30 PM or after the last participant has passed (whichever is sooner).

The route includes the Burke-Gilman Trial (through Wallingford and around Fred Meyer in Ballard) and Aurora Ave (SR-99). See Traffic Impacts and the Route Map for more details.

Wallingford Historic District Feasibility Study, Historic Wallingford

Historic Wallingford hosted a public meeting on October 25, 2019 to present the results of the Wallingford Historic District Feasibility Study and to discuss possible next steps. The report, produced by preservation consultants Northwest Vernacular, identifies four areas potentially eligible as National Register of Historic Places historic districts.

Historic Wallingford is interested in pursuing these designations and is currently gauging community interest. Please email them at info@historicwallingford.org with any input, questions, or to volunteer for the next phase of the project.

Historic Wallingford is a charitable organization whose purpose is to foster an awareness of and appreciation for Wallingford history and architecture. They are supported through membership or direct donations.

Route 44 Planning Drop-In Sessions, Thursday, November 21

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and King County Metro have kicked-off the early planning phase of the Route 44 – Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor project. They are working to enhance safety, and to improve transit speed and reliability throughout the Route 44 corridor. SDOT and Metro anticipate implementing these upgrades to the Route 44 Transit-Plus Multimodal Corridor in 2023, prior to Metro’s future delivery of RapidRide.

Join SDOT and Metro at one of three drop-in sessions in the University District, Ballard, and Wallingford. The drop-in sessions are a good opportunity to learn more about the project, talk to the project team, and provide feedback on early concepts. Drop in any time; the information presented will be the same for each session.

University District
Tuesday November 19
2:00 – 3:30 PM
University Bookstore
4326 University Way

Ballard
Wednesday, November 20
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Leif Erikson Hall
2245 NW 57th Street

Wallingford
Thursday, November 21
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Wallingford Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave N, #140

The Wallingford Community Council (WCC) is committed to working with the City on safer streets and smart designs, and has been involved with Route 44 improvements for many years. The WCC promoted the present in-lane bus stops, supported queue-jump signals and reduced bus stops for faster Route 44 bus travel through Wallingford. The WCC maintains its support for Wallingford businesses that could be impacted depending on the proposed changes to the corridor.

Please attend a session, review the project, and comment on the proposals.

50th and Meridian Intersection Partially Closed This Weekend

From Friday November 15 at 6 PM through Sunday November 17 at 10 PM, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will partially close the intersection at N 50th Street and Meridian Ave N to repair and repave the intersection.

Eastbound and westbound traffic will be able to pass through, but the intersection will be closed to all northbound and southbound traffic. Please check Metro’s online rider alerts for Route 62 bus service information.

See the SDOT project website at Green Lake and Wallingford Paving & Multi-Modal Improvements for more details. To receive email updates, subscribe at the website for notice of upcoming work on Stone Way N, E Green Lake Way N, N/NE 50th Street, and N/NE 40th Street.

Historic Wallingford Book Talk, Friday November 8

Book Talk with Kathryn Rogers Merlino
Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design

Celebrate Historic Wallingford logo.

Friday November 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Seattle First Church of the Nazarene
4401 2nd Ave NE

What does truly sustainable design look like at the building and neighborhood scale? Kathryn Rogers Merlino will share the findings from her recent book, Building Reuse: Sustainability, Preservation, and the Value of Design. Learn about how reusing and re-imagining existing buildings can reduce carbon emissions, spur economic growth, and improve neighborhood character.

Free to Historic Wallingford members and $10 for non-members. RSVP requested. Further information on the Historic Wallingford site.

Monthly Meeting, Wednesday November 6

Wallingford Community Council "Kite Hill" logo

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

Agenda:

  • Welcome and Call to Order.
  • Guest: Woodland Park Zoo Rubai Aurora will update the community and answer any questions.
  • Guest: Kenmore Air and Lake Union – Seaplane flight path presentation on new water runway with an increase in flights and noise by concerned resident Tung Le.
  • Committee reports.
  • Announcements:
    • The next Monthly Meeting will be Wednesday December 4, 7 PM.
    • Tuesday November 5 Election Day! Let’s Get Out the Vote!
    • The Communications Committee is looking for volunteers to help with communication strategy between the City and community members.
  • Good of the Order (anything people want to bring up).
  • Adjourn.

Disaster Response Training & Organizing, Thursday October 17

Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare (SNAP) logo

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

The Wallingford Community Council is offering a free training session to give you the fundamentals of how to prepare so your family and your neighborhood will be more resilient in the event of disaster. We are offering a class called Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare, or SNAP.

The Cascadia Subduction Zone off Washington’s shore could result in a disastrous earthquake any day now. There are other slightly less dramatic events that could also upend our lives, such as a Seattle Fault earthquake, a fire that consumes a few neighboring houses, an amazing snowstorm, or even a medical emergency in your own family. In a large-scale, disaster the Police and Fire Departments will be overwhelmed and will be a long time in coming to your assistance. If we as individuals and as a neighborhood are prepared to respond to these emergencies the potential adverse impacts will be much less severe.

Wallingford needs a community emergency response team. We are seeking to organize our neighborhood and we need you. Come to the SNAP training session and stay to discuss how you might help build a community that can respond together when disaster strikes. Diane Moore, an experienced volunteer with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management will present the basics of individual/family disaster preparedness and help spark our neighborhood-level preparedness.

City Council Poised to Gut Environmental Reviews, Monday October 7

On Monday October 7 at 2 PM, the City Council is rushing to take a final vote on CB 119600. This legislation will substantially weaken requirements for the environmental review of projects and policies under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

In the opinion of the Seattle Times Editorial Board:

“Don’t be fooled by [the] greenwashing. It does the environment no favors to weaken the State Environmental Policy Act… This will mostly benefit real estate investors trying to further cash in on the Amazon boom.”

“Seattle’s environmental community should also urge the council to reject this faux-environmental policy. They must resist the siren song of developer-friendly think tanks, telling tales of how the earth will be saved by bulldozing houses, cutting trees and replacing them with big apartments.”

“This [legislation] is about weakening policy written to protect the environment and quality of life for everyone. It reduces costs for the few who profit off land speculation.”

We urge you to contact all City Councilmembers with your concerns about CB 119600, and ask them to delay this legislation for consideration by the newly-elected Council next year. (Contact information is below.) You can further express your concerns by testifying at the City Council meeting on Monday October 7 at 2 PM in Council Chambers at Seattle City Hall.

There is no reason for the City Council to rush. Under state law, the City has until April 2021 to consider and adopt more reasonable and more environmentally friendly provisions. When our big issues are climate change, equity, and human health, the SEPA process should be strengthened, not weakened.

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