This is an open invitation to be involved in the Greenwood Community Council leadership. At our March meeting, members will elect officers and board members for the coming year. If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in the neighborhood, please consider nominating yourself!
Elections will be open for all positions, including:
You can nominate yourself or someone else you think should consider the job. Ideal candidates will be available for occasional meetings over beer or coffee, respond to emails so we can make decisions, and be interested in creating opportunities for neighbors to meet developers and decision-makers, shape neighborhood priorities, or make things happen in Greenwood.
These are two year terms, but please be prepared to commit to staying involved for the coming year. Any kind of skills and diversity you bring to the board will be appreciated. Please give it some thought … but don’t overthink it.
If you’re interested, you’ll need to show up at our membership meeting on March 17, 7PM at the Greenwood Library. If you have questions, please send me a message by clicking here. [Link fixed]
Wednesday, March 11, 2015, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:30 for socializing
Bitter Lake Community Center
13035 Linden Ave N
Calling all community council members, neighborhood activists, business advocates, political junkies, civic troublemakers, citizens with a beef, and all other North Seattle voters!
This is the time to meet candidates for Seattle City Council in YOUR VERY OWN District 5
Learn about their background and experience, ask them questions, grade them, and challenge them to be transparent. Decide who might get your donation and/or your vote.
Don’t be late. Seating is limited.
District 5 runs from Puget Sound to Lake Washington, from 145th St. to roughly 85th St. See the official map for details.
Please note that the Library’s garage closes at 8PM, so if you park in the library you will need to move your car before then.
Our January meeting will kick off the process to develop a community vision for the new park that will be developed on the lot north of the library, where the minimart used to be. Bill Farmer will speak on the history of this site as a proposed park through inclusion for funding in the park district ballot measure that Seattle citizens passed last year and the implementation process. Bill was a member of the 2008 Parks & Green Spaces Levy Committee that resulted in acquisition of the site, and the Parks Legacy committee that helped develop the park funding ballot measure. He has followed this process over the years.
The majority of the meeting will be for brainstorming – what are the things a park could bring to the neighborhood? What uses should (and shouldn’t) it accommodate? What matters about how it’s designed? What should it be called?
The objective is to begin the neighborhood discussion, that will ultimately need to involve many others in the broader Greenwood-Phinney area that this park will serve. Being proactive to develop a community vision will help designers develop a park we will use and feel ownership and pride in. The ideal outcome of this meeting will be to get discussion going and identify a core group to broaden the discussion to the wider community.
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review
7:10 Update on Greenwood 2035 Study Groups
7:15 Bill Farmer: History, context, and the park development process
7:25 Brainstorm: What does the community desire for this site?
8:10 Summary – points of agreement
8:15 Next steps to advance the conversation and the project
Hope you can make it!
There’s been a big to-do about micro-housing (aka apodments*) in neighborhoods all over Seattle. Micro-housing is a relatively new idea in Seattle, allowing people who don’t need a full apartment to rent a bedroom only with access to a common kitchen. Many do not provide parking because micro-housing many micro-housing resident don’t own one. The micro-housing boom has caught neighborhoods by surprise, with buildings appearing all over town. These projects have been largely exempt from regulation or public review, but the City Council is reconsidering whether to change that.
Three micro-housing developments are under construction now in Greenwood – comprising most of the development that will open here in the next year. (One is on Phinney Ave. above the Safeway parking lot, and two are on NW 85th St.) There are clearly potential benefits, but also unknown impacts that raise concerns for some neighbors.
Daniel Stoner is a developer who has built micro-housing projects previously, and he’s asked for the opportunity to discuss plans for a new micro-housing project on 95th St. with Greenwood neighbors – the topic of our December meeting. KCTS recently did a story on micro-housing and Daniel was interviewed — you can see the interview by clicking here. Representing the community council, I really appreciate Daniel’s willingness and commitment to engage in community dialogue. This meeting will be a great opportunity for community members to understand the benefits of micro-housing, and also to pass along concerns about the development he’s proposing on 95th St., replacing the building shown below.
*Apodments is a trademark of a specific micro-housing development company, so the term micro-housing is used here.
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review7:10 Introduction and Overview of Seattle 2035 – Tom Hauger8:00 Status and update on the Greenwood 2035 Study Groups8:10 Announcements and information sharing – around the table8:25 Adjourn and clean up – need to let the cafe staff go home at 8:30
Note – October’s meeting will be the annual Election Forum at the Taproot Theatre. Mark your calendars now — October 21 at 7:00PM.
Over the summer the Greenwood Community Council has been recruiting volunteers to participate in “Greenwood 2035” study groups to coincide with Seattle’s update of its Seattle 2035 comprehensive plan. We’ll educate ourselves about growth, development and infrastructure issues, learn about how things get done in Seattle, and discuss how to involve people who don’t usually participate in neighborhood discussions.
Despite being as grown up as I’m likely to become I still think of the year as starting in September and ending in June – so if you’re like me, welcome back to the new school year. Fall means we are getting the study groups organized and set up soon, so I’d like to encourage you one last time to join the Greenwood 2035 study groups. If you are interested, please take a moment to fill out a survey by clicking here. The survey questions ask about your interests in the study groups, the times you could be available each month, and your likes and pet peeves about Greenwood. If you know of others who are or may be interested in the study groups please forward this email to them too.
The survey asks which study groups you may be interested in. For your reference, here are the descriptions as proposed — but remember that these groups will be self-directed and can choose a different course if desired:
Proposed study groups:
Tuesday evening’s meeting is for anyone interested in helping to plan the study groups – described in the message below that was originally posted in June. The meeting will be at the Greenwood Library at 7PM, replacing the n! ormal Greenwood Community Council meeting. We’ll meet there for a few minutes and then break into groups (sidewalks, land use, transportation and engagement) to continue discussion at a local business that serves beverages of one sort or another. I hope you can make it – but if not we’ll hope to see you when the study groups begin in earnest this fall.
There will not be a July meeting of the Greenwood Community Council this Tuesday.
However, we expect to have a special August meeting on the usuals third Tuesday meeting date (8/19) to plan next year’s Greenwood 2035 planning effort, including study groups on sidewalks, transportation, land use and new models of community engagement. More information coming soon!
Tomorrow (Tuesday)’s community council meeting will be an open meeting of the board to discuss the Greenwood 2035 planning effort described in a post below. If you’re interested or have other community issues you’d like to discuss, please join us – everyone is welcome.
Seattle is beginning a year-long effort on a major update to its comprehensive plan, identifying where new development should occur and what city investments will be needed to accommodate growth. The initial plan focus is on whether urban centers (downtown, Capitol Hill, Northgate) and/or stations near light rail should be upzoned to be far denser than today; but eventually the plan must also address city plans for transportation, schools, parks, housing affordability and other critical issues that will affect Greenwood. Greenwood 2035 will prepare us to participate on behalf of our neighborhood, and to inform and engage Greenwood neighbors to influence the plan to benefit Greenwood’s livability.
If you’ve thought about getting involved in the neighborhood, this is a great time to do it. This will be a great opportunity to meet neighbors and learn how the city works. We will be planning and recruiting for Greenwood 2035 over the summer so we’ll be ready to hit the ground running next September. Please take a look at the call for volunteers below, and consider joining the discussion tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
(This is the topic of this Tuesday’s community council meeting – agenda coming in a separate email).
Volunteers are needed for the following study groups:
(Note: The Greenwood Community Council is also looking for volunteers for our board, and help with our website.)
The Greenwood Community Council meeting for May is canceled. The program we were hoping to present is not available, so we will postpone for a future meeting. Our meeting this month was scheduled for the day after the Memorial Day holiday, so we’re thinking this is not a bad one to cancel.
We will definitely meet next month on June 17 – hope to see you then.
The Community Council normally meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, but for April and May we will meet on the fourth Tuesday instead.
7:00 Introductions and Agenda Review
7:10 SDOT Presentation (Rob Gorman, Paul Elliot), followed by Q&A and discussion
7:50 Around the Table Updates
– Report from the Neighborhood Summit
– Comprehensive Plan update
– Greenwood Library Park update
– Microhousing and low-rise development regulations update
8:20 Announcements and Next Meeting Topic
The Greenwood Community Council has weighed in with the Seattle City Council in support of including funds in the upcoming parks ballot measure to develop a park on the site pictured here, just north of the Greenwood Library. The Parks Department purchased this property for a future park, and businesses there are relocating.
Once vacant, the building will be demolished. If there is no funding to improve the property into a Greenwood Library Park, it may sit vacant indefinitely. We’ve urged the City Council not to let that happen.
To see the GCC letter to Councilmember Bagshaw, click here.
The Seattle Neighborhood Summit will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, located on Mercer at 3rd Avenue N. next to McCaw Hall. Mayor Murray is sponsoring a Neighborhood Summit this coming Saturday to set the tone for how his administration will relate to neighborhoods during his term. Many of the Greenwood Community Council board members will participate, and invite anyone interested in neighborhood issues to join us.
At a brainstorm during our March Greenwood Community Council meeting, these were the issues members suggested be raised as priorities for Greenwood. If you attend the summit you might want to raise some of these, along with any other issues that motivate you to attend.
Provide for Non-Car Transit (Walk, Bike, Bus) – especially Sidewalks!
Improve people’s ability to walk, bike, and use the bus in and around Greenwood.
– Make a strategy for sidewalk development in Greenwood and plan for it in the budget.
– Ensure ample and accessible mass transit service.
– Improve walkability through more sidewalks, safe intersection crossings.
– Create more bike-friendly infrastructure.
– Do greenways “right.”
Plan for the Park @ Greenwood & 81st Street
Create a plan to fund, design, and develop the land planned for a park at 81st & Greenwood Ave.
– The businesses will be moving out and there’s no budget or plan for how to develop the property
– A prominent location on Greenwood Ave. may lie vacant for some time if there are no park improvement.
Support a Vibrant Business District
Find ways to attract and retain businesses to Greenwood’s main corridors.
– There are a lot of empty storefronts in the “downtown” area near 85 & Greenwood.
– The upper part of Aurora continues to have crime and social service issues
– How can the community weigh in on what businesses are established in Greenwood?
– Ensure there’s parking for residents (as more high-density housing is built) and visitors.
Communicate with and Support Community Councils
Provide channels for the city to have a more active dialogue with community councils and support their development.
– Provide venues/staff to learn about community priorities.
– Share how the city is addressing each community’s issues (plan, budget).
– Discuss (not just present) and enable input on challenging topics.
– Provide funding for community council outreach and staffing neighborhood centers.
For more information on the 2014 Seattle Neighborhood Summit, visit http://www.seattle.gov/sns2014. .
On Saturday April 5, May, Mayor Murray will convene a “Neighborhood Summit” to bring community leaders from around the city together to weigh in on issues of concern to neighborhoods and how the city should involve neighborhoods in during his term. (For more information about the summit, follow this link). At our March membership meeting, we invite all Greenwood residents and businesspeople to discuss the issues we want to see discussed at the summit.
7:00 Introductions, Agenda Review , and quick updates on neighborhood issues
7:10 Brief introduction to the neighborhoods summit
7:15 Exercise to identify the most critical neighborhood issues
7:45 Report out and discussion
8:00 What methods have been successful (or not) to engage neighborhoods?
8:20 Summary and follow-up steps
For the past couple of years the Greenwood Community Council has generally met on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months – which is an odd schedule to remember, and today I forgot as well. This would normally be our January meeting night, but if you were planning to go please don’t because we will not meet this month (and my sincere apology for this ridiculously last minute note – now five minutes before the meeting time).
Over the past couple of months we have been regrouping a bit. We’ve had some board turnover. We thought that our reservation for the library meeting space was ongoing, but in fact it expired at the end of the year and other groups have booked the space for January and February. We missed a meeting in November because all of us were too busy.
Personally, I’ve come to the conclusion that we need to go back to a monthly schedule, and have booked the library meeting room for the remainder of the year on third tuesdays of each month beginning in March. The board is in agreement on this. Our original intent in meeting less frequently was to produce more interesting and well planned meetings; instead I think we’ve lost a lot of people who might attend if we met on a predictable monthly basis with a more standard agenda that provides a speaker on a current topic and updates about ongoing neighborhood issues from people following them.
We are trying to arrange a meeting in February at an alternative location, we’re seeking new members for our board, and we’re looking for ideas about how to focus our meetings and activities to be most relevant to you and Greenwood. I will write again with a more complete update soon. Please let me know by replying to this message if you have thoughts, suggestions, or want to get involved.
— Rob Fellows, GCC President
Here’s an opportunity to help Greenwood prepare for emergencies…
Proposed Emergency Preparedness Grant: The staff at the Greenwood Boys & Girls Club are preparing an application for a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for Greenwood preparedness. The grant application seeks $25K to fund establishment of 2 neighborhood hubs in our extended neighborhood — places that could function as communication centers and house supplies during large scale emergencies. Having a hub would also provide focus to power other emergency preparedness activities in the neighborhood.
How you can help: Community participation is crucial to getting these grants, and volunteer time is credited towards the project as our neighborhood’s matching contribution for city funds. We need to demonstrate that volunteers time will be forthcoming. Several workshops and training activities will be needed to plan for the new hubs that you could volunteer to help or participate in – and these would also give you valuable skills, knowledge, and hopefully some fun and new friends.
The grant deadline is next week – Oct. 7 – so your pledge of volunteer time is needed right away to help get the grant funded.
To pledge volunteer hours: Send an email to Joan at the Greenwood Boys and Girls Club by clicking here, or call her at 436-1851. Tell her your name, address and phone, plus the number of hours you would be willing to donate over the coming year. Five hours per 2014 month could equate to $1200 in matching funds from the city, but any amount will help. If the grant is funded, a volunteer will contact you to arrange for a volunteer activity that fits your schedule and interests. Also please pass this message along to others you know who might be interested. If you are willing to write a letter from you or a group/organization you belong to, contact the North Seattle Boys and Girl’s Club at (206) 436-1850.
For more information:
(I’ve sent this to the Greenwood News, Greenwood Preparedness and Greenwood Community Council lists – so apologies if you received it more than once.)
SDOT is having an open house this evening between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girl’s Club on proposed improvements to Fremont Ave. N. An announcement for the meeting is here. The Boys and Girls Club is at 8635 Fremont Ave. N.
There is a competing proposal you should know about to continue the Interurban Trail that now connects from 105th up to Lynnwood using the old Interurban/City Light right of way. The right-of-way still exists south of 105th a half block from Fremont, and could be a better option for walking and biking if funding could be found to implement it. The proposal to extend the trail on the Interurban right of way is here.
My apologies for the last minute notice on this – just learned about the meeting today.
UPDATE: Due to rain this event will be rescheduled for a different night – watch for a new date and time soon.
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The state of Greenwood Ave north of 90th is of great concern for many Greenwood residents. The lack of sidewalks, sufficient lighting and a busy arterial create an unsafe atmosphere for pedestrians. To shed light on this issue, the Greenwood Community Council (GCC) invites individuals to join us on a Greenwood Ave walk and adventure beyond where the sidewalk ends.
Purpose: To document the experience of walking Greenwood Ave north of 90th in the evening. Documentation of this experience will be used to generate awareness of the conditions pedestrians face on north Greenwood Ave.
Who: We invite any concerned residents, employees, employers and local city officials to join the GCC on this walk.
When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20th
Where: Meet at Naked City Taphouse at 8510 Greenwood Ave N at 8:30 p.m. Leave Naked City at 9 p.m., travel north to 105th St., then return.
• 7:00 – Welcome and Introductions
• 7:05 – Round robin updates and announcements
• 7:15 – Discussion: what is the experience of walking and biking around Greenwood?
• 7:45 – Short presentations on specific projects/proposals
• 8:15 – (Separate topic): Presentation on proposed project at 1st NW and NW 85th (Pizza Hut)
• 8:30 – Adjourn
This meeting will provide an open forum about pedestrian and biking and how to improve the experience of walking and biking in our neighborhood. We are also inviting people who have specific proposals or agendas to make brief presentations.
We’ve also been asked by the developers of a proposed project at the old Pizza Hut site across from Fred Meyer for an opportunity to share their thinking and get your feedback. They are still at the planning stage, when new ideas can be incorporated.
The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.
Topic: Looking Back-and Forward-on the Greenwood Town Center Plan
and also A report from the 2013 legislative session by Rep. Gael Tarleton
7:00 – Welcome and Introductions
7:05 – Panel Discussion on the Town Center, including:
8:05 – Report from the Legislature
8:30 – Adjourn
Eight years ago the Greenwood Community Council joined with the (former) Phinney-Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, representatives from city departments, the Greenwood Shopping Center and Fred Meyer to develop a plan for Greenwood’s Town Center. It was a pro-active approach by the Community Council to develop a vision for new development, and the focus was on things that would make the Town Center more active and pedestrian-friendly, uniting the pedestrian downtown with the more car-friendly shopping center. Consultants were hired to look at the mix of businesses that could be attracted to the area, the urban form and transportation system, and their work was discussed in large public forums. The plan called for new design guidelines (since adopted), mixed use development on the shopping center site, and a walkway or street connection between downtown and the shopping center among other things.
The new Fred Meyer is completed, the first stages of Piper Village are done, a new street connecting Greenwood and the shopping center is shaping up, and the Taproot is getting ready to construct their theatre expansion. So the questions for this meeting is: What still needs to be done to make the Town Center active, walkable and economically healthy? How can the Fred Meyer be an anchor for activity throughout the Town Center that results in a better downtown Greenwood?
The Greenwood Community Council usually meets on the third Tuesday of odd-numbered months at 7PM in the Greenwood Library.