Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Meany Middle School in Capitol Hill for Landmark Status

Meany Middle SchoolSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of Meany Middle School (301 21st Ave E) on Wednesday, September 16 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by September 15 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review after August 30 at the Capitol Hill Branch Library (425 Harvard Ave E) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

 

Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Zoning Change Request for Loyal Heights Elementary School

Loyal Heights FacadeA public meeting is scheduled to discuss the Seattle School District’s request for a waiver from City zoning regulations to modernize Loyal Heights Elementary School and construct an addition to the building. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Loyal Heights Elementary School lunchroom (2511 NW 80th St).

Seattle School District is requesting changes to City zoning regulations for the following:

  1. Increase lot coverage from the 35% allowed to 50%.
  2. Increase maximum height from the 35 ft. allowed to 60 ft.
  3. Reduce setbacks to 0 ft. in some locations.
  4. Eliminate requirements to provide off-street parking.
  5. Allow continued on-street bus loading.

This meeting will include a School District presentation on the requested changes before the Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments concerning the request.

Following public testimony, the committee will make a recommendations to either grant outright, grant with conditions, or deny the requested zoning modifications; or it can decide to hold additional meetings if it feels more information is needed. The final decision is made by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov

For more information, call Maureen Sheehan at 684-0302, or e-mail maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

Othello+Intl+music+nwlrSeptember 2 workshop for interested applicants
Application deadline is October 5

If your group needs funds to do a neighborhood project, our Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to be quick because the application deadline for the Small and Simple Projects Fund is Monday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. This fund provides awards of up to $25,000 to for community-building projects that are matched by community contributions.

To learn about the Small and Simple Projects Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallandsimple.htm. This is the last opportunity in 2015 to apply to this fund.

The final workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at University Heights Community Center (Room 209), 5031 University Way NE. The workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, go online at surveymonkey.com/r/ZHM36BJ or call  206-233-0093. The workshop is open to all.

Our Neighborhood Matching Fund staff is available to advise groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. You are strongly encouraged to call 206.233.0093 or email NMFund@seattle.gov to discuss your project idea with one of our project managers.

The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) Program awards matching funds for projects initiated, planned, and implemented by community members. Its goal is to build stronger and healthier neighborhoods through community involvement and engagement. Every award is matched by a neighborhood’s contribution of volunteer labor, donated materials, in-kind professional services, or cash.

Vision Hillman City Meeting Happening Tonight

Vision Hillman CityJoin your Hillman City neighbors and have a voice in your neighborhood’s future. You’ll find others who share your priorities and have the chance to join a project and take action. Topics will include community health, safety, economic development, diversity, housing, gentrification, displacement, arts and culture, youth and family, and neighborliness.

The meeting is tonight at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Filipino Community Center (5740 MLK Way). A light buffet dinner will be provided with a play station for kids. RSVP to karl7766@gmail.com. To hear the discussion from a previous meeting, watch this video.

This event is partially funded by the Neighborhood Matching Fund. To learn more about how to get funds for your neighborhood project visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund.

 

You’re invited to the Cayton Corner Park Open House

Cayton Corner flierThe Friends of Cayton Corner Park (1831 E. Madison) is inviting you to an Open House. You’ll get the chance to check out the new design, learn about the project’s progress, and meet the designer along with your neighbors. Ask questions and get involved!

The event will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the park. Light refreshments will be provided. Learn more at www.facebook.com/CaytonCornerPark or email parkat19thandmadison@gmail.com.

Another great Neighborhood Matching Fund project.

 

What Comes to Mind When You Think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods?

Kathy NylandMy first message was delivered on my ninth day in this new role. Now that I have two months under my belt, my accessory of choice seems to be the bags under my eyes. I have attended neighborhood meetings, community councils, dedications, town halls, retreats, coffee dates, and that was just this week!

These last two months have consisted of some longs days, some tense nights, and some wonderful conversations, all while flying by. Truth be told, I am still working on finding the balance between emergency briefings and staff meetings. The latter is always my preference because those meetings provide such a glimpse into the uniqueness of the department. They are a fabulous opportunity to learn about staff and programs. And learning I am!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is unique. We house a variety of programs ranging from P-Patches to PACE, Historic Preservation to Major Institutions, Neighborhood Matching Fund to Neighborhood District Coordinators, and that’s a partial list. What this means is I am learning about plot sizes and interest lists, curriculum development, board responsibilities, Citizen Advisory Committees (Citizen?…need to find out why we use “citizen.” See, always learning!), funding cycles, scoring protocols, and geographic allocation.

When this department was founded nearly 30 years ago, much of the programming was centered on “community building.” If you look at our current lines of business, community building would still be an appropriate descriptor, but that would also describe so many programs throughout all of the departments in the city. Community building, while a focus within DON, is not exclusive to DON. So what does that mean for us? This is a question that has occupied my thoughts for the last two months.

I’ve asked many people the following: What comes to mind when you think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods? Some of the responses have made me laugh, some have made me think, and some have felt like a sucker punch. Responses include:

  • Gardens
  • Jim Diers
  • Meetings
  • Nothing
  • The future
  • Connectors
  • Staff
  • The 1990s
  • Heart of the city

So, I ask you this. What comes to mind when YOU think of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods?

Kathy Nyland
Department of Neighborhoods Director

(please share your thoughts in the Comments section)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Wayne Apartments for Landmark Status

Wayne ApartmentsSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Wayne Apartments (2224 2nd Avenue) on Wednesday, September 2 at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor (Room 4060).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by September 1 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649 (mailing address)

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Central Library (1000 4th Avenue) and at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700 (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”