Seattle City Council Approves Designation For Two Historic Landmarks

Fire Station #5Seattle City Council recently approved landmark designation ordinances for two city of Seattle landmarks. Located in Downtown and South Lake Union, these buildings showcase the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle.

The city’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for each of these landmarks, and provided draft ordinances to the City Council. The final step to the process is approval by City Council.

The new landmarks are:

  • Fire Station No. 5 built in 1963 (address: 925 Alaskan Way). Designer: Robert Durham of Durham, Anderson & Freed
  • Pioneer Sand and Gravel Company Building built in 1927 (address: 901 Harrison St.). Designer: The Austin Company

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 seven historic districts located throughout the city. Visit our webpage for more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks.

Join the Mayor’s Education Summit!

Mayor's Education SummitThe Mayor’s Education Summit Community Conversation series took place all over the city to collect ideas from students, parents, and advocates about how the City of Seattle can help improve educational opportunities for all children and youth in Seattle. The last Community Conversation is at the end of April. And then you are invited to the Mayor’s Education Summit where you’ll hear a summary of the top ideas and suggestions gathered during the two-month-long community conversation process.

The Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school. “Perhaps the greatest challenge we face in addressing the opportunity gap is the persistent disparities in our public schools,” said Mayor Murray. “This is not just the responsibility of the Seattle school district. All of us have a responsibility to support the success of these students. These children are our children and we must not fail them.”

The last time the City convened an Education Summit was in 1990, when then Mayor Norm Rice established a deeper partnership between the City, Seattle Public Schools and education advocates. City residents came together to propose a new support for students and educators, the Families & Education Levy.

The Mayor’s Education Summit will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Garfield Community Center (2323 E Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98122).

Space is limited. Please RSVP today!

Volunteers Needed!

We are also seeking volunteers to help out with the Mayor’s Education Summit to be held at Garfield Community Center on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Volunteers will be needed largely for shifts between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on April 30, as well as a few hours for setup on the Friday evening prior. If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this online Volunteer Sign-up Form, and we will contact you with additional information.

For more information about volunteering at the Summit, please contact Stacey Jehlik (stacey.jehlik@seattle.gov or 206.684.8266).

Save the Date! Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week Begins in May

Youth Voice, Youth Choice meetingWhat would you do with $700,000 of Seattle’s City budget? Youth get to make that decision by participating in Youth Voice, Youth Choice Vote Week, May 21-29.

Youth Voice, Youth Choice is a new participatory budgeting initiative from the City of Seattle in which youth ages 11-25 democratically decide how to spend a portion of the City’s budget. After several months of collecting ideas from community members, and youth volunteers turning those ideas into proposals, we’re readying for the vote which will occur May 21-29. Youth will cast their vote for their favorite projects which range from park improvements to youth programs to arts funding.

If you live, work, or go to school in Seattle, are between the ages of 11-25, and want to make a difference in your community, cast your vote at an in-person polling site or vote online. The projects that receive the most votes will be funded by the City! Visit our webpage for more details on how to vote or to hold a polling site of your own.

 

Join Us for Livability Night Out at MOHAI!

LIVABILITY_INVITE_300x250_2You are invited to join Mayor Ed Murray and his team to learn and talk about what makes Seattle livable. Livability Night Out will be Tuesday, April 19 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of History and Industry (860 Terry Ave N).

The evening will begin with an open house where you’ll have a chance to discuss policies and proposals directly with City staff. After your questions get answered, you can enjoy Seattle’s history by visiting the rest of the museum. Then beginning at 7:15 p.m., Mayor Murray and Department Directors will present a lively update on how they see the vision of a vibrant Seattle coming through the programs they lead. The evening will finish with a Q & A with the Mayor.

Visit seattle.gov/HALA for more information on the event, as well as the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda.

 

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is Seeking AmeriCorps VISTA

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year opportunity to support the Mayor’s priority initiative to plan and implement neighborhood vitalization in low-income neighborhoods. Through Cities of Service’s City Hall AmeriCorps VISTA Program Grant, the AmeriCorps VISTA Member will focus on the Mayor’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks, a high-impact service strategy in which the Mayor and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods engage community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods, one block at a time.

The VISTA Member will focus on using Community Walk planning and outreach to increase participation in city-based volunteer programs. This work will include designing strategies to recruit volunteers for city revitalization programs, leading community outreach efforts in neighborhoods selected for Community Walks, promoting and publicizing Community Walks, and developing impact metrics and outcome measurements for Community Walks.

Program Start/End Date:  June 13, 2016 – June 15, 2017

Accepting Applications Until: Friday, April 29, 2016

Applications Should Include:

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

Please Email Applications to:  jeanne.murphy@seattle.gov

Prior to submitting an application, please fully review the AmeriCorps VISTA position duties, qualifications, and benefits HERE.

To learn more about Find It, Fix It Community Walks, visit seattle.gov/finditfixit.

Join Mayor Murray for this Year’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks

find it fix it logoToday Mayor Ed Murray announced the schedule for his 2016 Find It, Fix It Community Walks to occur in seven neighborhoods this summer and fall. Now in its third year, the walks bring together City officials, business owners, and community members to address each neighborhood’s needs.

“These walks provide a unique opportunity for community members to identify neighborhood needs and discuss challenges directly with City leaders,” said Mayor Murray. “Together we invest in a spirit of engagement and community volunteerism. Find It, Fix It Community Walks are one way the City can support neighbors committed to improving their own communities. I look forward to working with community members this year to make these walks a success.”

This year’s Find It Fix It walks will be held in:

  • Aurora/Licton Springs – May 31
  • Belltown – Late June
  • Roxhill – July
  • Judkins Park – August
  • Crown Hill – September
  • Georgetown – October
  • Wallingford – Mid-November

Each walk will follow a route determined by community members on Community Walk Action Teams convened by the Department of Neighborhoods. Specific dates and locations will be announced two weeks prior to each walk.

If you are interested in becoming part of a Community Walk Action Team to help plan a walk in one of the seven neighborhoods, contact the Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, Hilary Nichols, at hilary.nichols@seattle.gov, (206) 386.1907.

The City will continue to offer Community Project Grants for every walk, which provide up to $5,000 to support community-led revitalization and beautification projects. In 2015, 166 community volunteers, with assistance from City staff, completed 18 projects around the city. Projects included painting a mural on a public staircase in South Park, constructing a community kiosk in Cascade, and planting flowers in Hillman City.

Mayor Murray spearheaded the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that works with cities to provide support and training to encourage civic volunteerism.

Whether your neighborhood is part of this year’s walks or not, community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues anytime with the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts April Workshops for Community Groups

Hopscotch projectThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning about the city’s popular Small and Simple Projects Fund. The Small and Simple Projects Fund provides matching awards of up to $25,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects such as cultural festivals, facility improvements, public art, and youth activities.

Each workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. To RSVP, call 206-733-9916 or go online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BWLYNJB.

The dates are:

  • Tuesday, April 12; 6 – 8 p.m. at Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Avenue S.
  • Thursday, April 28; 6 – 8 p.m. at Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Avenue NE

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/small-and-simple-projects-fund-. The deadline for applications is Monday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m., but make sure to register now to apply.

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.

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of Firestone Auto Supply Building for Landmark Status

Firestone Auto Supply StoreSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Firestone Auto Supply & Service Store Building (400 Westlake Avenue N) on Wednesday, April 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, Floor L2, Room L280 (Boards and Commissions Room).

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 April 19 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 the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor. It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

 

Your Last Chance to Attend a Workshop for the 2016 Large Projects Fund is Tonight!

Volunteers plantingSeattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund is hosting its final workshop for those interested in applying to its Large Projects Fund tonight. The Large Projects Fund awards matching funds of up to $100,000 to neighborhood groups for community-building projects. Attendance at one of the workshops is required in order to submit a Large Projects Fund application.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a strong application, and the review process. Neighborhood and community groups interested in the fund are invited to attend. It will be held on Wednesday, April 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Laurelhurst Community Center (4554 NE 41st St). To attend the workshop, RSVP at surveymonkey.com/r/Largeprojects2016 or call us at 206-733-9916.

The deadline for the Large Projects Fund is May 2 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/large-projects-fund.

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.

 

Volunteers Needed! Join us for the Mayor’s Education Summit on April 30

Mayor's Education SummitThe Mayor’s Education Summit is a special event where the Mayor and education experts will present actions the City can take to reduce the education disparities among our children and close the achievement gap so all kids can succeed in school.The organizing committee is seeking volunteers to help out with the event for shifts between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm on April 30, as well as a few hours for setup on the Friday evening prior. If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this online Volunteer Sign-up Form (by Monday Apr. 18) and it will contact you with additional information.

For more information about volunteering at the Summit, please contact Stacey Jehlik (stacey.jehlik@seattle.gov or 206-684-8266).

Thank you for your interest in helping out!