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Proactively Planning for Changes: Workshop #3

On June 11, 2014, consultant Brice Maryman led a work group for NE 95th Street.

The third workshop for the Future of 35th Ave NE project will be on Thursday, July 31, 7 to 9 PM, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 7050 35th Ave NE.

The results of the second workshop (on June 11th) have been compiled and are available for your review. At the upcoming third workshop on July 31 we will review ways to ensure that future changes in the commercial district along 35th Ave NE will meet the stated needs and desires of neighborhood residents.  Anyone who lives or works between NE 65th to 95th Streets, or who shops along 35th Ave NE is welcome to participate in this workshop.

The parking lot of Messiah Lutheran Church is accessed from 36th Ave NE.  From NE 70th Street, turn northward onto 36th Ave NE and continue to the end of the street.  The church parking lot is on the left and the door into the church building leads straight into the Fellowship Hall meeting room.  See you there!

New Thornton Creek school departure requests approved

The corner of NE 77th Street and 40th Ave NE, which presently has portable classrooms, is proposed as the site of a new school building to operate in addition to the Thornton Creek School.

Wednesday, July 23rd was the third public meeting for the Thornton Creek School Departures Committee.  Public comments were heard, and debate held on the merits of granting the Seattle Public Schools request for three exceptions (“departures”) to the Seattle Land Use Code.   The departures would allow them to proceed with the current design for a new school building on the grounds of the Thornton Creek Elementary School (to operate alongside that school as a separate entity.)

The three departures being requested were to allow for additional building height to enclose the mechanical systems on the roof of the proposed school, to allow for on-street loading and unloading of buses on 40th Ave NE, and to allow for less than required on-site parking.

Proposed new building to be added to the present Thornton Creek School site.

Many neighbors who live across from or in close proximity to the school attended the meeting.  Most of those that gave public comment voiced their concerns about increased traffic, pedestrian safety, and more general concerns about changes to the character of the neighborhood.  There were also some neighbors who spoke about the desire to maintain as much open field space as possible to accommodate the increasing number of children who live in Northeast Seattle.

The Departures Committee had previously approved the request to allow for additional building height to enclose the mechanical systems on the roof of the new school.  After the public comment period ended, the Departures Committee debated the merits of the two remaining exceptions: bus loading and on-site parking.

With the help of staff from Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD), the committee eventually crafted a list of several conditions that they wanted to see implemented if the departure requests were approved.  After the list was complete, a majority voted to grant the departures with the conditions suggested by the committee.

2014 Car Show at the Broiler

The Wedgwood Broiler’s annual car show will be Saturday, August 16, from 10 to 4 in the parking lot at 8230 35th Ave NE adjacent to the QFC shopping plaza.  All net proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.  The Broiler’s event partner is the King Street Bar & Oven.  Contact Troy, 852-8769 or to register a car for $15.  All makes and models are welcome.

The car show is free to spectators.  The Broiler’s full menu will be available all day, and proceeds of any purchased items such as raffle tickets, Broiler menu and drink specials will go to benefit the American Cancer Society.  Everyone is invited to come out and support this cancer fundraising event, and spend a day in the sun with people who love cars.

Trees for Neighborhoods

Free trees! Application opens Monday, August 4. . . . → Read More: Trees for Neighborhoods

Picnic in the Precinct

Meet our community police officers on Sunday afternoon, August 24. . . . → Read More: Picnic in the Precinct

Blood Drive on Sunday

Sunday, July 27 on 35th Ave NE at the corner of NE 68th Street. . . . → Read More: Blood Drive on Sunday

Trail Alert: Construction Impacts on the Burke-Gilman

A slow-down on the Trail due to nearby construction, beginning Monday, July 28. . . . → Read More: Trail Alert: Construction Impacts on the Burke-Gilman

Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, July 26 at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House. . . . → Read More: Sidewalk Sale


Ballots are due by Tuesday, August 5. . . . → Read More: Vote!

Play Streets Program

Come out and play. . . . → Read More: Play Streets Program