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Funding for Projects in Wedgwood

Have you got a great idea for bringing improvements to Wedgwood and building relationships with neighbors?  There is no better time to pursue projects than now during the season of application for Neighborhood Matching Funds from the City of Seattle.

The Hat N Boots project funded by NMF

Seattle’s uniqueness and quality of life is tied to strong neighborhoods and active residents. The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988 to provide neighborhood groups with City resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen their own neighborhoods. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the City. Every award is matched by neighborhoods’ or communities’ resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. This community match is at the heart of the NMF Program.

As part of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, NMF promotes collaboration between the City and the community. Community building is core to project success: the process of bringing people together and building relationships is as important as project results.

The Fund began in 1988 and Wedgwoodians have several times applied for grants.  The first was the 1995 Wedgwood Wins project which included the Gates of Wedgwood improvements.  The most recent project just completed in 2014 was the Future of 35th Ave NE.

The Gates of Wedgwood Project

There are three funds within the Neighborhood Matching Fund Program.  Each has workshops which you can attend and a project manager from the Department of Neighborhoods who will help you:

Small Sparks Fund: Apply year-round.

Small and Simple Projects Fund: Three application times this year: February 2, June 1, October 5, 2015.

Large Projects Fund: One time per year — this year’s applications are due on May 4, 2015.

Bike Lanes on Roosevelt Way NE

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is repaving Roosevelt Way NE between Fuhrman Ave NE and NE 65th Street and adding safety improvements, beginning in Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016.   A one-way protected bike lane (PBL) will be added on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE, along with transit reliability improvements and pedestrian improvements.

A protected bike lane on NE 40th Street serves bicyclists entering the UW campus.

Protected bike lanes physically separate people riding bikes from people driving and are distinct from the sidewalk, adding predictability for all travelers.  PBLs are especially attractive to people who might be willing to bike but are concerned about safety.  Better bike lanes can’t solve every problem, but they are one of many tools Seattle can deploy to provide safer, more comfortable facilities to get from one place to another.  The protected bike lane on Roosevelt will look similar to the one shown in the photo above, except it will only be one way southbound.

The city is leveraging a 2015 paving project to create a multi-modal corridor to make bicycling safer and more predictable and add transit improvements along Roosevelt Way NE.  Doing so minimizes construction disruptions and helps meet the goal of providing people with more travel options.

You may ask questions and share your thoughts at one of the information drop-in sessions. You can also read the Questions and Answers.  Next upcoming info sessions will be held on:

Wednesday, January 21, from 8 – 9:30 AM: Wayward Coffeehouse, 6417 Roosevelt Way NE

Thursday, January 22, from 5:30 – 7 PM: University Heights, 5031 University Way NE

Appeal Hearing Scheduled for the new Thornton Creek Elementary

According to a recent Department of Planning (DPD) land use information bulletin, the conditional approval of the departures to the development standards and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) conditional determination for the proposed Thornton Creek Elementary School has been appealed.  As such, there will be a public appeal hearing on Friday, February 27th, at 9AM.  The appeal hearing will be held in Room 4009 in the Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104).

Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Birds

Thursday evening, January 22 meeting with author John Marzluff. . . . → Read More: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Birds

Two Years of Tools

The NE Seattle Tool Library will have an Anniversary Open House on Saturday, January 24 at noon. . . . → Read More: Two Years of Tools

The Road is OPEN!!!!

The construction on 35th Ave NE at Meadowbrook is completed. . . . → Read More: The Road is OPEN!!!!

The Road: Almost There

Dry days are needed for finishing the concrete work. . . . → Read More: The Road: Almost There

Future 35th Ave NE Plan – Final Report Published

The final Future 35th Ave NE Plan, culminating 3 years of volunteer work by many NE Seattle neighbors, has been published. . . . → Read More: Future 35th Ave NE Plan – Final Report Published

Trees and Sidewalks

Comment on the Trees and Sidewalks Operation Plan by January 20. . . . → Read More: Trees and Sidewalks

NPAC for Crime Info

Wednesday evening meeting with police department representatives. . . . → Read More: NPAC for Crime Info