Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Crescent-Hamm Building in West Seattle for Landmark Status

Crescent-Hamm Building crescent-hamm Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Crescent-Hamm Building at 4302 SW Alaska Street/4559 California Avenue SW on Wednesday, January 4 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards and Commissions Room L2-80.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on January 3, 2017:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the West Seattle Branch Library, 2306 42nd Avenue SW (206-684-7444), and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations,” or you can view it here.

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Seeking AmeriCorps Vista Member to Support Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Walks

AmeriCorps Vistas

Photo: Rachel Greenburg / Cities of Service

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year opportunity to support Mayor Ed Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks, a high-impact service strategy where the Mayor engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods. Through Cities of Service City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program Grant, the AmeriCorps VISTA Member will focus on using the Find It, Fix It Community Walk planning and outreach to increase participation in city-based volunteer programs.

This VISTA Member will design strategies to recruit volunteers, lead community outreach efforts in neighborhoods selected for the Community Walks, handle promotion and publicity, and develop impact metrics and outcome measurements for the walks.

 Program Start/End Date:  January 30, 2017 – January 29, 2018

 Applications Should Include:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in service and in Mayor Murray’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk program
  • References (at least two – one professional and one personal)

E-mail your application to: Jeanne.murphy@seattle.gov. The application deadline is Monday, January 9, 2017.

Prior to submitting an application, please fully review the AmeriCorps VISTA position duties, qualifications, and benefits HERE, along with the job description. To learn more about Find It, Fix It Community Walks, visit seattle.gov/finditfixit.

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Request for Proposals for Job Readiness Workshops for Homeless Youth Project

Another Youth Voice, Youth Choice project is on its way! As you may have read in our recent update, we are ready to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for our Job Readiness Workshops for Homeless Youth Project.

This project, specified as ‘a term-limited expansion of existing services for youth experiencing homelessness focused on job readiness,’ was selected as one of seven projects to be funded through our Youth Voice, Youth Choice participatory budgeting program. The total amount of funding available for the project is $43,600.

The City of Seattle seeks to partner with an organization that has a proven history and success in working with young people who are unstably housed, offers existing job-readiness resources, and is looking to expand the breadth of their current service provisions or innovate the way their organization has traditionally approached job readiness training for homeless youth. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life and financial independence for young people experiencing homelessness by increasing their ability to acquire and retain permanent employment.

 

A successful project application will:

  • Demonstrate your organization’s experience and success in working with the target population and delivering job readiness services or programs.
  • Be developed through a process that demonstrates community engagement and participation.  (i.e. needs addressed through project, organizational partners, etc.).
  • Provide details of the scope of the trainings/workshops your organization will offer through this project (i.e. frequency, # of trainings, subject content, presentation-style, # of youth expected to participate, youth stipends, etc.).
  • Describe your outreach plan for ensuring your set goals for participation in these workshops/trainings.
  • Build connections among communities and involve a diversity of people and organizations; have engaged project partners.
  • Provide clear statements of how the project addresses the project goal, the anticipated results, and the metrics used to measure success.
  • Have a clear budget and demonstrated capacity to manage funds effectively.

 

 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please download the RFP.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Friday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m.  We will be hosting one Pre-Submittal Information Session on Monday, December 19 from 4:00 – 5:45 p.m. at the University Branch of the Seattle Public Library.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Jenny Frankl at jenny.frankl@seattle.gov or (206) 233-2044.

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Seattle City Council Approves Ordinances of Three Seattle Landmarks

Seattle City Council recently approved the landmark designation ordinances for three Seattle landmarks: Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Garfield Exchange in Queen Anne, Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill, and University Heights School in the University District. These icons join the more than 400 landmarks in the city that contribute to the cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

The City’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for all three landmarks, and staff provided the draft ordinances to the Seattle City Council. The final step in the process was approval by City Council which occurred on November 28.

The landmarks:

Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Garfield ExchangePacific Telephone & Telegraph Garfield Exchange (address: 1529 4th Avenue W)
Architect: PT&T Chief Engineer (name unknown)
Date Built: 1922 (addition in 1929)

 

 

Volunteer Park

Volunteer Park (1400 E. Prospect Street)
Landscape Architect: Olmsted Brothers
Date Built: 1909-10 (preceded by Reservoir, Gate House and Water Tower)

 

 

University HeightsUniversity Heights School, (5031 University Way NE)
Architect: Bebb & Mendel (1902) and James Stephen (addition)
Date Built: 1902, w/1908 addition

 

 

 

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city. For more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/.

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International Special Review District Board Announces Results of Annual Election

Chinatown - International District

Photo: Curtis Cronn

The annual election for the International Special Review District Board was held on Tuesday, November 15. Two positions were up for election this year, and the results are as follows:

  • Eliza Chan won Position #3 for a Business owner, Property owner or Employee.
  • Tiernan Martin won Position #5 for At-large.

Starting in December, Ms. Chan will begin her first term, and Mr. Martin will begin serving his second term.

The special character of the Chinatown International District is recognized and protected by city ordinance. In 1973, the International Special Review District Board was created to preserve, protect and enhance the cultural, economic and historical qualities of the District. The Board is composed of seven members — five elected by the Chinatown International District community and two appointed by the Mayor. Board members’ terms are for two years, and members may serve up to two consecutive terms.

The current board members are Stephanie Hsie, Carol Leong, Tiernan Martin (Vice-Chair), Miye Moriguchi (Chair), Herman Setijono, Valerie Tran, and Marie Wong. The terms for Mr. Martin and Ms. Wong end November 2016.

The International Special Review District is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program which is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city.

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Mayor Murray Signs 2017-2018 Budget: Exciting Changes for Department of Neighborhoods

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods:

knyland-headshot1Yesterday Mayor Murray signed the 2017-18 City Budget that was adopted November 21, 2016 by Seattle City Council. The budget includes several additions and changes to the work of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON), and I’m pleased to share them with you.

The department’s work has become much more important in the last year; and we see this work continuing and expanding as more issues come our way. We know everyone has a voice, and it is our job to hear them. The Mayor reminded us about the need for DON and the City Council has confirmed it.

When Mayor Murray issued the Executive Order in July mandating the City to approach outreach and engagement in a more equitable manner, it set the stage for this department to lead the City’s outreach and engagement practices. And through the Mayor’s Proposed Budget, he introduced legislation that outlined a new citywide framework for community engagement and redefined the role of DON in this work. This new legislation, Resolution 31718 and Council Bill 118834, does the following:

  • Advances a citywide approach to outreach and engagement that prioritizes equity and recognizes barriers to participation.
  • Demonstrates the City’s commitment to implementing equitable and inclusive community involvement strategies across all City Departments.
  • Directs City departments to develop well designed, responsive, and culturally relevant public involvement plans.
  • Creates a Community Involvement Commission to advise on City plans, policies, strategies, and community grant funding processes and make recommendations that advance equitable public engagement and civic participation.
  • Redefines the purpose of DON and the functions of the Director.


It is now up to DON to lead this work.
Going forward, you can depend on us to:

  • Focus on more access and more opportunity. We will broaden our reach and work with many groups knowing that no one speaks for all.
  • Implement a broad range of new initiatives and tools to encourage greater and more diverse participation. Read our workplan to learn more.
  • Work with city departments to ensure their outreach and engagement work is equitable and transparent through consultation and collaboration.

 

How are we going to do this? Here are DON’s budget highlights that will support this work:

POSITIONS

  • Two staff members to continue their work in outreach and engagement oversight and city-wide coordination.
  • Two positions to focus on improving the City’s outreach and engagement to neighborhoods during impactful construction projects.
  • Two positions to provide additional capacity to the POEL (Public Outreach and Engagement Liaison) program with a focus on low-income transit options.
  • One position to broaden the participatory budgeting approach to new audiences.
  • One position to analyze the outcomes of DON’s programs and identify strategies and opportunities for improvements.
  • One part-time position dedicated to Historic Preservation process improvements.
  • One position dedicated to administer grants and contracts.
  • One Accounting Technician position to serve the Department of Education and Early Learning.


FUNDING

  • Funds to develop resources and tools to support all community organizations. These would include workshops, online trainings, and a one-stop shop for resources.
  • Funds to develop a fellowship program to support community-based organizations that provide leadership development opportunities and capacity-building.
  • Funds to develop and implement community satisfaction surveys to gain residents’ opinions on city services and priorities for improvement.
  • Funds to support outreach efforts for the Housing Affordability Livability Agenda, including funds to review the city’s historic preservation program review process.

 

 

Several of you had questions about our Neighborhood District Coordinators. We continue working with them and their labor representatives to evolve their job descriptions to meet our new goals. Please know that there will be staff designated to assist community groups, both community-based and geography-based.

The DON staff is excited to implement this work. It gives us and the City an opportunity to rethink and reimagine how we interact with one another. Over the coming months, you will be introduced to the many tools, processes, and initiatives that DON will be leading, supporting, and implementing. Make sure to visit our Engage Seattle webpage to learn more.

Outreach and engagement is the core of what we do. Equity, transparency and “meeting people where they are” are our guiding principles. Our work is about fostering community partnerships, cultivating emerging leadership, and facilitating community inclusiveness. We are a department known for many programs; but we are about people, first and foremost. We are thankful that this adopted budget supports the good work we do and our mission of “strengthening Seattle by engaging all communities.”

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Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for South Seattle College

South Seattle CollegeHere’s your chance to serve on a committee that advises the City on the development plans of South Seattle College. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from surrounding neighborhoods to participate on the South Seattle College Standing Advisory Committee (SAC). This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the college to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational services, or just an interest in their neighborhood’s future are encouraged to apply.

The committee meets at South Seattle College one to four times a year. Committee members serve a two-year renewable term. If you are interested in serving on this committee, send a letter of interest via e-mail or regular mail by Monday, December 5 to:

Maureen Sheehan
E-mail:
Maureen.Sheehan@seattle.gov
Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

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.

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Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Mama’s Mexican Kitchen for Landmark Status

Mama's Mexican Kitchen

Mama’s Mexican Kitchen (Photo: vmax137)

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of Mama’s Mexican Kitchen at 2234 2nd Avenue on Wednesday, December 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, in Room L280 – Board and Commissions (Floor L2).

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by December 6 at 3:00 p.m.:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at the Central Library (1000 4th Avenue) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, under the heading of Current Nominations.

To learn more about the city’s landmarks and the Landmarks Preservation Board, visit our website. Historic Preservation is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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Join Us for Community Conversations on Affordable Housing and More

HALA Outreach

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, in collaboration with other City departments, is seeking feedback on a new program to create affordable housing in our neighborhoods and, more specifically, on the proposed zoning changes required to make that happen.  We will be hosting feedback events throughout the city over the next several months and you are invited to participate!

We heard from many of you that City Scoop was a great model for engaging in and sharing information, so we are injecting some food and fun into this next round of meetups as well! We’ll be highlighting maps that show draft neighborhood affordable housing proposals (read more about those here). In addition, there will be opportunities to learn about transportation projects in your neighborhood, hear what’s going on at the Office of Sustainability and Environment, and give feedback on upcoming Parks investments.

Starting December 3rd, we have five events planned at spaces around the city and we’d love to see you there.

December 3, 10am-12pm
NW Neighborhoods at Bitter Lake Community Center

December 7, 5:30-7:30pm (2 locations)
SW Neighborhoods at Shelby’s Bistro & Ice Creamery

SW Neighborhoods at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

  • UPDATE: We heard concerns about having enough room for our West Seattle Open House at Shelby’s (capacity is 80). In order to address these concerns and accommodate more people, we have added a second open house in the theatre space at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). We will now be at both locations on December 7th, 5:30-7:30pm. Both locations will be staffed by city representatives and will include MHA maps for all neighborhoods. (WE WILL NO LONGER BE AT UPTOWN ESPRESSO.)

December 13, 6-8pm
NE Neighborhoods at Ravenna Community Center

January 10, 6-8pm
Central Neighborhoods at Optimism Brewing

February 4, 10am-12pm
SE Neighborhoods at The Royal Room

Click on the above links for more details about each event.

We hope to see you there!

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Youth Voice, Youth Choice Project Update

Last May, more than 3,000 Seattle youth voted to determine projects that they believed should be funded with $700,000 from the City budget.

That was May and here we are in November, so some of you might be wondering…what’s going on with all of these projects?  Are they happening yet?

The short answer is…kind of! They are all moving along, some faster than others.

Though we don’t yet have many specifics to share, we still want to make sure everyone has the most up-to-date information.

So, without further ado, below is the scoop on the City’s progress on each project:

 

Safe Routes to School: Rainier Beach High SchoolSafe Routes to Schools Project – $45,500
Improve crosswalks in areas near schools to create safer routes to school for students.

Back in August, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) installed a blue and orange checker board pattern painted curb bulb at S Henderson St and 53rd Ave S near the Rainier Beach High School.  We wrote about it in this blog article.

In 2017, SDOT will design and install speed humps on S Kenyon St/Way near Wing Luke Elementary School and a raised crosswalk at the intersection of 16th Ave SW & SW Myrtle St.

 

Brighton PlayfieldPark Bathroom Upgrades Project – $205,000
Creating a map of public bathrooms in the city and implementing improvements at 1-2 bathrooms in parks in most need of repair.

Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) will do a full-scale renovation of the Brighton Playfield comfort station in the Hillman City neighborhood of SE Seattle. Renovations will include: ADA Improvements, demolishing and replacing interior partitions, fixtures, accessories (toilets, urinals, sinks), painting the interior, tiling the walls, adding interior LED lighting, and more.

Also, in the New Holly neighborhood, Parks plans to make minor improvements to the Van Asselt Comfort Station including painting the interior, sealing the floor, and pressure-washing the interior of the building.

These projects will be completed by June 2017.

And what about that map?  Seattle Parks has begun work on the map, and will continue to improve it in the coming months.

 

WiFi SymbolWi-Fi Hotspot Checkout – $165,000
A term-limited expansion of the Seattle Public Library’s checkout system to include more Wi-Fi hotspots, which increase internet access.

Did you know that the library currently has 700 Wi-Fi Hotspots in circulation through their SPL HotSpot Program?  500 of these can be reserved, just as you would a book.  The other 200 hotspots are used for different programs in Seattle that address digital equity needs.

This program has been partially funded by a Google Grant that is set to expire in January 2017. This expiration would have caused a sharp decrease in service. However, this Youth Voice, Youth Choice funding will not only allow the Library to maintain its current service level, but expand it by 50 hotspots as well as hire a part-time staff member to ensure that devices are equitably distributed.

 

Seattle Public Schools LogoHomeless Children and Youth Liaison Services Project – $70,400
A term-limited expansion for school liaison services connecting youth experiencing homelessness to needed resources.

In 2017, through an agreement with the Seattle Human Services Department, the Seattle School District will expand services to an additional 40 unaccompanied homeless youth. Funds provided through this Agreement will be used for supports that move homeless students and families along the path to academic achievement and stable housing.

 

LockerYouth Homeless Shelter Improvements – $42,000
Physical improvements for a youth homeless shelter such as installing lockers, washer and dryers, and new paint.

Beginning in January 2017, the Seattle Human Services Department will contract with organizations providing sheltering services to homeless youth.  Funding from the contracts will go towards creating permanent storage options and access to laundry facilities for the youth they serve.

 

Job Workshop graphicJob Readiness Workshops for Homeless Youth – $43,600
A term-limited expansion of existing services for youth experiencing homelessness focused on job readiness.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for this project on November 30, 2016.  We will be releasing details within the week and the deadline for organizations to submit proposals will be December 21.

The City seeks to fund an organization that has a proven history and success in working with young people who are unstably housed, offers existing job-readiness resources, and is looking to expand the breadth of their current service provisions or innovate the way their organization has traditionally approached job readiness training for homeless youth. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life and financial independence for young people experiencing homelessness by increasing their ability to acquire and retain permanent employment.

 

Tiny HomeHouses for People Experiencing Homelessness – $128,500
Youth collaborate with carpenters to build 10 tiny homes for people experiencing homelessness.

As you might remember, this project received the most votes.  Given the ongoing complexities of addressing the housing needs of Seattle’s unsheltered residents, it has also proven a bit challenging to get off the ground.

However, we are happy to report that we will begin working on this project with the newly established Homeless Strategy and Investment Division of the Human Services Department in January 2017. We will keep you posted on our progress.

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