Astra, Wedgwood’s Culturally Modified Western Red Cedar, Has Been Killed

According to Axios, the western red cedar that had been named Astra and identified as a culturally-moidified tree, has been killed.  Astra had initially been saved from its felling by a housing developer, who had a permit issued by the City under a relatively new tree ordinance, when activities organized and took residence in the tree itself.  However, we understand that sometime last week Astra was girdled, where a trees bark is cut all the way around the trunk and therefore permanently severs the tree’s ability to circulate nutrients to from its roots to its leaves and ultimately kills the Read More …

Welcome to Wedgwood, Discount TopLot

A new discount store has moved into Wedgwood, albeit temporarily until the Wedgwood Center redevelopment plans and permits advance further as we understand it.  The former QFC space has become Discount TopLot, which has loads of goods on pretty deep discount.  Think of it like Cosco’s wherehouse whereshouse sale where you can pick up an electric shavers, air frier, and treadmill in one place.  If that sounds of interest or if you’re only mildly curious, give it a look!  Give the folks at Discount TopLot a welcomed smile as well since it’s nice to have some activity in that location Read More …

An Update on the Remodel of the Former Wedgwood Ale House Building

On Sunday, I got a sneak peak of the significant remodel occurring at 8515 35th Ave NE, the former Wedgwood Ale House building.  I was invited by Sanjay Sharma, the new owner of the building, who walked me through his project.  As Mr. Sharma mentioned in his initial message to the community and my follow up meeting with him, he took ownership of the building around the start of 2024 and quickly began a project to convert the former Wedgwood Ale House space into 3 separate restaurant spaces. Shortly after Mr. Sharma took ownership of the building, I had the Read More …

Join Us for our February 2024 Board Meeting via Zoom, Tues, Feb 6th at 7PM

You’re invited to join us for our February board meeting on Tuesday, February 6th at 7PM via Zoom (meeting details below).  We’ll be joined by the members of Security Properties’ team for an update on the design and coordination with the City.  Our agenda may change, but it’s likely to look like the following: Welcome and Introductions Public comments Review and approve past meeting minutes Social Equity check-in Wedgwood Center Redevelopment Proposals Q&A Wedgwood Community Council is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85904891606?pwd=TzRyVUF6VCtsTHVhQjdYYjA0bnJZdz09 Meeting ID: 859 0489 1606 Passcode: WCC

Winter Tabletop Gardens

Tabletop Winter Garden Jacqueline Houston is a member of the Wedgwood Garden Club, and also a Master Gardener of King County. She has been gardening in Seattle for over 30 years. Wedgwood Garden Club always welcomes new members – contact Jacqueline at tppoems@comcast.net for more information on our monthly meetings. By the end of January I am sick of winter and desperate for Spring flowers. My hellebores are still stuttering into life, and even my snowdrops are barely showing above ground, and so I have taken to creating a tabletop winter garden in a shallow pot, to appease my longing Read More …

Wedgwood Center Update: Security Properties Releases their Early Design Guidance (EDG) Package

Security Properties, the developer of the Wedgwood Center property, has released their Early Design Guidance (EDG) package for their upcoming meeting with the NE Seattle Design Review Board.  Click HERE or the image to the right to download the EDG package.  The EDG meeting has not yet been scheduled, but it’s likely to be in late February or early March. The EDG meeting is Security Properties’ first opportunity to present their three alternative development concepts for the Wedgwood Center for feedback from citizen panel comprised of residents and technical professoinals to weight in.  This follows earlier coordination with planners with Read More …

Join Us for our January 2024 Board Meeting via Zoom, Tues, Jan 2nd at 7PM

You’re invited to join us for our January board meeting on Tuesday, January 2nd at 7PM via Zoom (meeting details below).  Our agenda may change, but it’s likely to look like the following: Welcome and Introductions Public comments Review and approve past meeting minutes Social Equity check-in Business District Changes Discuss the changes to our business district over 2023 Discussion around Wedgwood Center Redevelopment Proposals Q&A Wedgwood Community Council is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Join Zoom Meeting https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85904891606?pwd=TzRyVUF6VCtsTHVhQjdYYjA0bnJZdz09 Meeting ID: 859 0489 1606 Passcode: WCC

The Wedgwood Community Council Condemns Islamophobia and Anti-Arab Sentiment

The Wedgwood Community Council stands with our Muslim neighbors and all those of Arab descent in our community in the face of rising Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment.  The rise of hate and intolerance towards those who practice Islam or come from Arabic ancestry is abhorrent.  We believe Muslims and all those of Arab descent have the right to feel safe in our shared community and an invaluable part of our neighborhood.  The Wedgwood Community Council stands with all our neighbors to condemn Islamophobia and anti-Arab sentiment in all its forms.   We support true equity and hope to create a community Read More …

The Wedgwood Community Council Condemns Antisemitism

Wedgwood and NE Seattle generally is home to a proud and thriving Jewish community supported by numerous synagogues, Jewish schools, and community resources.  For some Jews, their home literally encompasses Wedgwood as part of their eruv.  However, like our Black and Brown neighbors, Jews have been historically subject to racist lending and real estate practices that precluded them from purchasing homes in more desirable parts of communities.  This often continued through racial covenants placed on properties in communities advertised as “Restricted Neighborhoods.”  Albert Balch, the developer of Wedgwood, was well known to advertise his neighborhoods as restricted neighborhoods even after Read More …

A Meeting with Sanjay Sharma – Future Owner of the Wedgwood Ale House Building

On Monday (yesterday), I had the opportunity to meet with Sanjay Sharma, the future owner of the Wedgwood Ale House building, to learn more about his plans for the property he officially takes ownership after the new year.  To the extent possible, I am intentionally leaving out matters between the Wedgwood Ale House owner, Kip Caputo, and the future property owner. This post is intended to help communicate expected changes at the property, for the community’s benefit, and is not intended to be an advertisement. Mr. Sharma intends to remodel the Wedgwood Ale House building beginning in early January 2024 Read More …