July 31, 2012 – Greenwood Community Council Meeting @ Greenwood Library (8016 Greenwood Ave N).
– There was no June meeting, nor third Tuesday of July meeting.
– There will be no August meeting and the September meeting will be replaced with a local candidates forum at the Taproot Theatre.
– Meeting began – ended: 7:00 – 9:00.
– ~20 people attended.
– Current account balance = $135.
– SummerStreets 2012 is coming!
– Art interruptions too!
– Improving the art walk to have the north emphasize live music was mentioned.
[Art-Beat (art walk with art focused south and beat focused north).]
Venues that have had live music in the past include…
Olive & Grape.
– An Artists Trust grant may be available.
– Having art displayed in empty storefronts was also mentioned.
– Tim’s Tavern expressed an interest in a multi-venue fundraiser… perhaps for the food bank… perhaps like the “Phinney” Pig-Out currently scheduled for October 11, 2012 at ~14 venues in Phinney and ~7 in Wood.
– Gainsbourg has contacted SPD officer Fulmer (Penelope.Fulmer@seattle.gov) about the homeless woman frequenting Greenwood 85th-87th and has requested that their neighbors call the SPD non-emergency #: 206-625-5011.
– NOTE: (http://www.seattle.gov/economicDevelopment/biz_district_guide/crime_prevention.htm).
– Perhaps NAMI (in Whittier Heights) (http://www.nami-greaterseattle.org) could help.
– Volunteers for graffiti action organizing positions were sought.
– “Streetscape” (public areas immediately outside of each property) beautification was discussed.
– A cleanup that is on a regular monthly schedule would be more predictable.
– Call the effort in Greenwood a beautification association?
– Trees are available! (www.Seattle.gov/trees/TreesForNeighborhoods.htm).
– The sidewalk will be re-redone @ ~ (8558 Greenwood Ave. N) to remove new puddle-making topography.
– The sidewalk in front of 300 NW 85th Street (“checkers”) may have been poorly done.
– A street rebuild north of ~86th is not currently planned it seems.
– A shortage of bike parking was mentioned.
– Off-peak car parking on 85th currently exists west of ~8th NW. Kate will review whether it could become true closer to Greenwood Ave.
– Having a community survey regarding what types of new local businesses people would support was discussed (“For what business do you go outside of the neighborhood?”)
– If these businesses are simply “better” versions of business categories that are already here, then there may be no net gain in filled storefronts, just in “quality”.
– People sought ideas of how to address rents still set at “bubble economy” rates.
– President Fellow will write a letter supporting the request to not add a pedestrian designation to the zoning of the properties on the south side of 85th Street (from 1st NW – 3rd NW).