We have two great transportation topics this month – great because (1) they are important, and (2) because they are at a point in their processes where your input can make a difference.
7:00: Intro and Announcements
7:05: North Link Connections Mobility Project: Metro will present their preliminary proposals to reconfigure the north end bus network once Link light rail opens to Northgate in 2021. Routes 355 and 45 would be changed, and a new route would connect Greenwood to Northgate and Lake City. (More information later in this email, or on Metro’s website, which includes maps and route descriptions).
7:50: N 83rd St. Greenway and Safety Improvements: Seattle SDOT staff will describe work underway to design and construct a greenway on N 83rd St. connecting Greenwood to Green Lake by bicycle for those who prefer riding on streets with less traffic. A new crosswalk signal would be installed at 83rd and Greenwood. Safety improvements in the area will also be described. (More information below, or on the SDOT website).
8:25: Next Steps?
GCC needs your help!
We would be a lot more useful and effective with your participation. We’re looking for active board members, issue leaders and website writers. If you might be interested, check out our website volunteer page.
More on Proposed Metro Changes:
Metro is using the introduction of light rail as a catalyst for major network changes throughout their service area to promote high frequency routes and relying on transferring to reach more destinations. Metro’s proposed changes affecting Greenwood include:
Please give some thought to whether you would use buses more frequently if they went to the places you need to go, and how these changes would affect you. Greenwood has chimed in previously hoping for direct connections to proximate destinations in Ballard and Fremont.
Here is Metro’s letter to community groups describing this process:
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Dear Community Leaders and Partners,
We’re excited to announce the next phase of the North Link Connections Mobility Project! We thank you for your continued interest, great feedback and input into the plan, and for the great work your organizations are doing to support and improve transit in King County.
As part of Sound Transit’s light rail extension to Northgate, including three new stations, Metro and Sound Transit are considering changes to over 30 routes that serve North King County. This phase of the North Link Connections Mobility Project represents the first draft of service concepts based on ideas from the community. These ideas were also shaped in collaboration with the project’s Mobility Boardmembers (people who live, work, or travel in the area and represent diverse communities, who worked alongside Metro to provide guidance and feedback based on the priorities identified by the community.
Over the next two months, Metro and Sound Transit will be out in the community, having conversations and gathering feedback on the proposed service concepts. We’d like to encourage you to share the proposal with your community so that we can use this valuable input to help shape further refinements that will be shared again with the public in late summer 2020.
The details of the proposal and a survey to gather opinions on it are available in six languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and English), and can be viewed here: Metro’s North Link Connections Mobility Project page and Sound Transit’s Northgate Link Extension page for the latest project information.
Ultimately, changes will need to be approved by the King County Council. Final recommended changes will be shared with the Council in early spring of 2021. The approved set of changes would take effect during Metro’s September 2021 service change.
If you would like to discuss the proposal in detail, or have community events that you would like to have Metro attend to share more information, we would be happy to work with you. We thank you for your continued partnership and look forward to hearing your thoughts on the proposal.
North Link Connections Mobility Project Team
More on 83rd St. Greenway:
Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes improvements to N 83rd St. to make it a greenway bike and pedestrian connection between the existing greenway on 1st W across 83rd St. to Green Lake. Greenways attempt to provide a fast and safe riding experience off the main car routes by adding stop signs to crossing streets, and speed bumps or other methods to keep car through-trips from using the greenway.
Seattle is proposing to add a signalized crossing on 83rd at Greenwood Avenue, one block north of the new park, and one block south of an existing crosswalk at N 84th St. A crossing improvement is also proposed on 83rd at Linden. SDOT is making safety improvements elsewhere in Greenwood, and we are likely to hear about some of them.
Here is a map of the proposed greenway:
Historic Preservation Building Survey
Meeting to discuss and begin
survey of potentially historic buildings
Greenwood Public Library
Tuesday February 26th
(Main Meeting Room)
There will be a meeting to discuss and begin the Greenwood/Phinney Historic Preservation Survey. The meeting will: discuss the survey, how it will be conducted, answer any questions, and prepare for training. Roles and tasks will be outlined and delegated.
Please arrive promptly at 6:30p, if at all possible. Bring a note pad – paper, or electronic – as well as some idea about how you would like to participate. We will likely need at least 10 survey volunteers, along with other roles/tasks, to be discussed at the meeting.
It would be appreciated if you could commit to participate for the duration of the survey process, incl. training, expected to last anywhere from 1 to 3 months. Interest and some previous knowledge of historic preservation, architecture/design, or technical and visual data-collecting is encouraged, but not required.
Thanks to all who have supported and contributed to this project so far. It is the start to a very important process. It is the hope this project will also capture all our many historic resources and treasures, still yet to be discovered!
If you have any questions, please contact the G/P Historic Preservation Survey Coordinator – Alexa Berlow – firstname.lastname@example.org
The Greenwood Community Council’s January meeting will focus on historical buildings in the neighborhood and examine how the landmark status process works. In November, the environmental review of HALA found that more research was needed to analyze how the rezoning will affect historic sites. Since 1973, the city of Seattle has designated over 400 landmarks, but Greenwood’s only representation is the Greenwood Jewelers street clock at 129 N 85th St N. No Greenwood sites are currently listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Note: our meetings end at 8:30 p.m., but the Greenwood Library’s parking garage closes at 8pm.
Please join us at the Greenwood Community Council’s
Meet other Greenwood neighbors who care about our community and learn about opportunities to get involved with the Greenwood Community Council.
In addition, learn about local organizations and their role in our northwest Seattle community. This informal social will allow you to ask questions directly of representatives from the following organizations and more not yet confirmed!
Drinks and food are available for purchase.
Please invite your neighbors to join us as well–the more, the merrier!
Meet the Developers Before Design Review
320 N 85th Street – Project Review
(Old Dept. of Licensing Building where All That Dance is)
The Runberg Architecture Group will be presenting to the Design Review Board on December 3rd and has asked for the opportunity to share their design updates with the community prior to that meeting. The developer has met with us twice previously to discuss early plans and design ideas. Please help get the word out to others who might be interested in what happens at this site,
The proposed project would demolish the existing building and build a 6-story, 203-unit apartment building with retail with parking for 126 vehicles proposed. It requires a rezone to increase the height limit on the site from 40′ to 65′, which was included in a proposed citywide rezone ordinance that’s currently on hold.
204 N 85th St., in the Greenwood business district
(and on the set of BASKERVILLE)
This Monday the Greenwood Community Council invites you to hear from both sides of 3 important initiatives on the November ballot. In this critical midterm election, these initiatives could have profound effect on Greenwood residents and there is a lot to understand from all perspectives.
Each initiative will feature a speaker from the Yes and No campaigns, who will make opening and closing statements, but the rest of the time is devoted to answering your questions. As with last year’s election forum, the discussion will be moderated by local blogger Steve Scher.
9:00 – Adjourn
Click here to see the Voter’s Guide for these races.
Hope to see you Monday night at the Taproot!
Please help get the word out by forwarding this message to others you think would be interested.
The Community Council has settled on three projects to focus on this fall. One is our annual Election Forum in October. The other two are the subject of this month’s membership meeting (below, after the video)…
A Conversation with Councilmember Mike O’Brien
Our June meeting is devoted to having a conversation with Councilmember Mike O’Brien, a meeting scheduled months ago, not due to any recent events. Mike O’Brien represents the Sixth City Council district, which generally includes the portion of Greenwood south of 85th St. We expect he’ll want to discuss current issues he’s working on and answer questions.
If he’s willing, we have a twist to throw in: We’d like to give a few people a chance to pitch a great idea, a win-win solution for Greenwood or Seattle. If you’d like to propose an idea, please send them to us by the end of the weekend. Please send us an email explaining (briefly):
We’ll be in touch. But even if you don’t submit an idea in advance, please bring your ideas and your questions on Tuesday for a productive exchange with Councilmember O’Brien.
Every year, the Greenwood Community Council looks for new board members and volunteers, and we could use your help now! There is a lot going on in Seattle and it’s hard to keep up. We are an all-volunteer group focused on helping Greenwood residents and businesses get involved in the neighborhood, and to make sure the Greenwood community has a vision and a voice.
– Face to face dialogue to counter divisiveness and find compromises
– Opportunities to talk directly with people shaping Greenwood
– An open forum for all perspectives
– Information and resources to get involved in the community
And most of the time we have a good time doing it – join us!
We are looking for people interested in chipping in:
– Monitoring key issues affecting the neighborhood
– Creating a better website, with news, information and resources
– Writing for the new opinion blog we’re thinking about
– Helping plan meetings on current topics
– Joining our board, where we have openings now
If you’re at all interested, please check out our volunteer page to see some of the things we’d like help with and learn how to get involved. While you’re there, take a look around our newly redesigned website and you’ll see there are many pages and resources missing – another example of something you could help with. And if you have any interest in joining our board we’d particularly like to hear from you. We’ll schedule a time to meet and discuss your thoughts and interests over a beverage of your choice. Please give it some thought – there’s a lot going on!
There will be time for your thoughts and questions. More information and complete agenda will be provided in a separate email this weekend.
Here are the presentations shown at the last GCC meeting. For best viewing, click on the “full screen” icon () at the bottom of the viewing area.
Note that a vote was taken at the meeting supporting Greenwood’s participation in a coalition effort to improve Aurora Avenue. Interest was expressed in a potential weekend teach-in on proposed changes to city land use. There was no presentation given on the Boys and Girls Club proposal to change zoning to support a redeveloped club co-developed with new public housing. Attendees were generally supportive of the idea, but some have concerns and want to learn more before weighing in.
Feeling sticker shock when you open bills these days? As Seattle residents, you may have noticed significant changes in costs associated with your homes. At this meeting, guest speakers will provide insight and answer questions, to help elucidate some of the uncertainty behind changing residency costs. Also, our neighbor and state legislator Noel Frame will give a summary of this year’s legislative session.
7:00 Greenwood Community Council Board welcome
7:05 Legislative Session Report
Representative Noel Frame (D-36th district) will provide a brief report on the legislative session that ended last week.
7:25 Panel: Understanding Increasing Costs of Living Here —
From Taxes to Utilities
8:00 Questions and Answers
This month the Community Council meeting has a full agenda, and we will plan to start right on time. Here’s the agenda:
Here’s an example of the pruning City Light did recently.
If you’ve stumbled onto our site lately you’ll see that it’s changing. In fact it is being totally re-constructed to make it more interesting and useful. But there’s a *lot* left to do – and if you’d like to help please let us know!
On the front page you’ll find the featured articles and buttons to get quickly to a variety of content areas. You’ll also find links in the sidebar to community council documents, presentations and correspondence, as well as our bylaws, officers and volunteer links.
When you click on the Correspondence box, for example, it’ll open up and you’ll see some of the letters GCC has written over the years on neighborhood issues.
If you go to the back pages, most of the content is still being written – but you will find a few interesting things. Each of the back pages has interesting articles we’ve come across (and a link for you to send others), and resources relevant to the topic. The resources section under Transportation is complete, but is still being developed for the other back pages.
On the Transportation page you’ll find quick links to current road conditions, and the next bus leaving 85th and Greenwood. Under resources, you’ll find direct links to transportation providers and projects, and to answer your “how-to” questions.
On the land use page you’ll find a link that brings up a map of all of the building projects in our neighborhood going through the design review process, and links to information about them. These are provided by a site called Seattle in Progress that does a fantastic job.
Check it out and let us know what you think, or better, whether there are pages you’d like to help write!
The GCC membership meeting on January 16, 2018 featured a panel discussion of transportation issues in Greenwood. Here are the presentations:
First, Rob Fellows gave a survey overview of transportation issues in the neighborhood. Rob is the GCC President and a member of the board of Feet First.[pdf-embedder url=”https://greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Transportation-in-Greenwood-Jan-2018-GCC-Meeting.pdf” title=”Transportation in Greenwood, January 2018″]
Justin Martin and Robin Randels presented on what the local neigborhood greenways group and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways is working on in Greenwood and elsewhere[pdf-embedder url=”https://greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/GPG-and-Home-Zones-presentation.pdf” title=”Greenwood Phinney Greenways, and Home Zones Concept”]
Finally, Doug MacDonald, a Greenwood resident and former State Transportation Secretary, commented on a variety of pedestrian issues in Greenwood and across Seattle.[pdf-embedder url=”https://greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Dougs-Slides-1.pdf” title=”Transportation in Greenwood, January 2018″]
Doug also handed out some useful handouts (Unfortunately more investigation is needed to make the links work):[pdf-embedder url=”https://greenwoodcommunitycouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Walking-Update-Doug-MacDonald.pdf” title=”Transportation in Greenwood, January 2018″]
and also this handy handout from SDOT:
Client Assistance Memo 2208: Sidewalk Maintenance and Repair
The pace of growth in Seattle leads to crowded streets, crowded buses and crowded sidewalks; meanwhile Seattle is making changes to respond. Tuesday’s GCC meeting will survey the many issues and changes to transportation in Greenwood, and discuss strategies for mobility, safety and maintaining and improving walkability in the neighborhood. After short presentations, we’ll open the floor for your observations and thoughts.
Presentations and Handouts
The GCC will be back next year. There is no December membership meeting. Have a fantastic holiday season!
Date: October 24th, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm
Location: Broadview United Church of Christ, 325 North 125th St.
Join us on October 24th for a candidate forum to hear directly from candidates for Port of Seattle Commissioner:
– Seat 1: Ryan Calkins
– Seat 3: Ahmed Abdi and Stephanie Bowman
– Seat 4: Preeti Shridhar and Peter Steinbruek
The Port of Seattle is a special purpose government entity with an annual operating of budget of $620 million, partially funded by King County property taxes. A major driver of growth and development, it is estimated that the Port generates over 200,000 jobs and $20 billion in business revenue for the region each year.
Three of the Port’s seats will be on your ballot this November. This means your votes will set the direction of the Port for the next several years. The Port is managed by an elected board of five commissioners. There are three seats on the ballot this November, so the outcome will have considerable impact on the direction the Port takes in the next several years.
Please join us to learn more about the candidates and how they will address pressing issues of our region including:
– Ensuring the Port of Seattle remains competitive
– Promoting transparent and accountable government
– Addressing climate change, air pollution and traffic congestion
– And much more!
Please join your neighbors to get a closer look at the candidates, moderated by Steve Scher. Bring your questions or send in advance. There are other chances to hear candidates, but this is the one chance to hear them address concerns in Greenwood and Broadview. Please help spread the word!
My name is a Cayla Ravancho and I’m emailing you on behalf of the Seattle Department of Transportation and the Northgate ped/bike bridge project. I hope this message finds you well.
You may know about (or got the chance to attend) our open house that took place earlier this month. In addition to the event, we have an online open house that will be live through this Thursday 8/24. The link includes a survey that will help inform the next phase of design planning, and also has comment spaces for bikers/walkers to provide feedback. We’d love to hear from as many community members as possible, and would greatly appreciate it if you invited members of the Northgate Coalition to participate by sending the link along.
Thank you in advance for your thoughts and consideration. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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Here is a presentation I gave recently to the Seattle Architecture Foundation. I tried to give a virtual tour of Greenwood to a group interested in architectural trends, and in how community groups perceive of and have influenced development in Greenwood. I have to stress that these were my comments only, not a position of the community council. If you have comments, I’d enjoy reading them.
— Rob Fellows, GCC President
Results of the GCC Survey
Last week the Greenwood Community Council published a survey about the most important issues in Greenwood to help shape our agenda and priorities for 2017. The questions in this survey were posed to be provocative, but hopefully not one-sided. As of today we received 87 responses, which is far from enough to represent Greenwood statistically, but a very good sample of the people who follow neighborhood issues and the community council. If you’re interested in the responses, read on!
GCC is a volunteer group that seeks to:
We are not an advocacy group for a particular perspective or ideology, and we don’t claim to represent the diverse populations and points of view in Greenwood. But we recognize that when we succeed in engaging and voicing agreement among broad and diverse opinions and perspectives, we can help Greenwood’s voice be stronger and more productive.
If that’s the kind of group you’d like to be part of, please attend our annual meeting tomorrow (Tuesday – see the meeting announcement below) and consider joining our board. To see more about our board positions, see this message, and if you have questions or comments send them to this email address.
There’s a lot going on in Greenwood this year:
– What should the Greenwood Community Council focus its attention on over the next year?
– What issues would you like to learn more about, or find out what your neighbors think?
– How could we do a better job building community in Greenwood?
Please join us Tuesday to weigh in on the most important issues facing Greenwood, and set priorities over the coming year. You can also weigh in on issues and priorities by filling our our survey before Tuesday, whether you plan to attend or not. The survey results will be shared at the meeting to stimulate discussion. We have received 60 responses so far, and the free version of SurveyMonkey will accept another 40 more.
Please also consider joining our board. If you’ve ever thought about getting involved in the neighborhood, joining our board is a great way to do it.
7:00 Introductions and agenda review
7:10 Survey results, and discussion of GCC priorities for 2017
8:00 Describe GCC board positions and hold election
8:20 Adjourn (new board sticks around to touch base)
Not every meeting will have minutes, but if minutes are published they will be posted here after the event occurs.