We’re Moving to Seattle City Hall

packing boxesSeattle Department of Neighborhoods is moving to Seattle City Hall on Friday, January 22. Hence, our office will be closed that day, and we will reopen on the 4th Floor of City Hall on Monday, January 25. In addition, we will not have access to our phones from 12 noon on Friday through the weekend.

If you are not familiar with Seattle City Hall, it is located between 4th and 5th Avenues and Cherry and James Streets in downtown Seattle. Here is information on bus routes, parking, etc. The new physical address will be 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor and our mailing address and phone numbers will remain the same.

We’re excited about our move and look forward to your visit in our new digs.

 

Art on Pier 86’s Silos? Learn More on January 20

Pier 86 public art meeting flierJoin your neighbors and Friends of Art on Pier 86 for a presentation of the draft feasibility study report regarding public art on the silos and grain elevator on Pier 86.  The presentation is at 7 p.m. on January 20 at the Port of Seattle Office (Pier 69, 2711 Alaskan Way).  This study was funded with a $25,000 award from the Neighborhood Matching Fund. For more information: www.fap86.com or facebook.com/fap86.

 

 

 

Celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day on Saturday, February 13

Neighbor Appreciation DayCelebrate Seattle’s annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day set aside to reach out to neighbors, create new friends, and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Residents, community groups, and businesses across Seattle will join together on Saturday, February 13 (and the week of) to celebrate.

Here are ways you can celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day:

  • Plan an activity for your neighborhood such as a block party, potluck, or work party. Our website provides ideas, tools, resources, and templates to help you organize an activity. If the event is open to the public, you can post it to our events calendar.

 

    • Attend one of the many community activities listed on the events calendar. Many Seattle Fire stations along with pools, community centers, and neighborhoods are hosting celebrations and work parties.
    • Take your neighbor to a FREE Seattle University Redhawks basketball game. Visit this link and use Promo Code “NEIGHBORDAY” to receive tickets. For questions call 206-398-4678.
    • Share a “great neighbor” story or tell us how you are celebrating using #neighborday. Post it to our Facebook page. Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and thousands of community members in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! Visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday/  for more information or contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov.

Mayor Murray Seeks new Member for International Special Review District Board

International Special Review DistrictMayor Edward Murray invites community members to apply for an open position on the International Special Review District Board. The seven-member International Special Review District Board reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements and makes recommendations to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director for all properties within the International Special Review District. The goals of the board are to maintain architectural character, cultural heritage, social diversity, and through the use of historic preservation, enhance the economic climate in the International Special Review District.

The open position is one of two seats on the board that are filled by mayoral appointment. Individuals who have an architectural background and an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with the Chinatown/ International District are encouraged to apply.

Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4:00 PM for one to three hours. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee as the Board deems appropriate. In general, Board members must commit approximately 5-6 hours per month to Board business.

The ISRD Board is made up of five elected members and two members who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Seattle City Council. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation. The five elected members consist of:

  • Two members who own property in the Chinatown/International District, or who own or are employed by businesses located in the Chinatown/International District.
  • Two members who are either residents (including tenants) or persons with a recognized and demonstrated interest in the welfare of the Chinatown/International District community.
  • One member-at-large.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Monday, January 25, 2016. The timeline for submission has been extended due to the holidays. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

Please email your letter and resume to: rebecca.frestedt@seattle.gov (reference the International Special Review District in the subject line). To submit a paper copy, please address: Rebecca Frestedt, International Special Review District, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649. For more information, contact Rebecca Frestedt at (206) 684-0226.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Hosts Free Workshops for Community Groups

mural photoThe Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF), a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is hosting workshops for community groups interested in learning more 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.

Each workshop provides an overview of the Neighborhood Matching Fund, the qualities of a good project, and the application process and requirements. The dates are:

  • Monday, January 11; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S in Room 310
  • Thursday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6

To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMFWorkshop2016.

To learn about the Fund, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund/small-and-simple-projects-fund-. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m., but be sure to register now to apply. There are two more opportunities to apply to the Small and Simple Projects Fund. The deadline dates are June 6 and September 12, 2016, and workshops will be offered prior to both.

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.

Now Accepting Proposals to Neighborhood Park and Street Fund

man crossing streetWe are now accepting proposals to the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund (NPSF) which supports improvements to neighborhood parks and streets proposed by the community. The deadline for applications is February 8, 2016.

The NPSF can be used for projects valued up to $90,000. Examples of park projects include minor playground improvements, trail upgrades, natural area renovations, park benches and tables, and accessibility improvements. Examples of street projects include sidewalk repair; crossing improvements such as marked crosswalks, curb bulbs, and pedestrian countdown signals; and traffic calming, such as traffic circles and radar speed feedback signs. Awarded projects will be completed in 2017.

To learn more about the fund or to propose a project, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-park-and-street-fund. Any individual, neighborhood group, or business group is eligible and encouraged to apply.

For questions, contact your Neighborhood District Coordinator with Seattle Department of Neighborhoods or Wendy Watson at 206-684-0719.

 

Neighborhood Matching Fund Announces 2016 Funding Opportunities for Community-initiated Projects

Chromer Parklet 1Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ popular Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) announces its funding opportunities for 2016. All three of its funds – Small Sparks, Small and Simple Projects Fund, and the Large Projects Fund – support the efforts of community members as they work on projects to build stronger neighborhoods and communities. More than 5000 projects have occurred across the city since this program began 28 years ago.

The Small Sparks Fund which provides awards of up to $1,000 per project accepts applications year-round. This is great funding opportunity for implementing small community projects as well as supporting activities such as Neighbor Appreciation Day, Night Out, Earth Day, and others.

The Small and Simple Projects Fund, which provides awards of up to $25,000, has three opportunities to apply in 2016. Deadlines for applications are February 1, June 6, and September 12 by 5 p.m. For those interested in applying in February, NMF staff is hosting workshops about the guidelines and application process. The dates are as follows:

  • Monday, January 11; 6 – 8 p.m. at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave S in Room 310
  • Thursday, January 14; 6 – 8 p.m. at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N in Room 6

To RSVP call 206-733-9916 or go online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NMFWorkshop2016. Additional workshops will be offered prior to each Small and Simple Projects Fund application deadline.

The Large Projects Fund (LPF), which awards up to $100,000 per project, is open to applications once a year. The 2016 deadline is May 2 by 5:00 p.m. For those interested in applying, mandatory workshops will be offered beginning early next year.

The NMF program has staff to advise community groups on ways to develop successful applications and projects. Community members are strongly encouraged to contact a Neighborhood Matching Fund Project Manager before applying at 206-233-0093 or NMFund@seattle.gov.

To learn more about the Neighborhood Matching Fund and its support to community-initiated projects, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-matching-fund. The website provides details on the criteria and requirements for each fund, along with instructions for the online application process.

 

P-I Globe Designated a City Landmark

PI GlobeToday Mayor Ed Murray’s signed an ordinance designating the P-I Globe as a City landmark, culminating a process that began more than three years ago.

“Since 1948, the P-I Globe has been a familiar icon in this city,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “I’m pleased this landmark will be preserved and remembered for its place in Seattle’s history.”

The P-I Globe was designated a landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Board in April of 2012 when it was nominated by three City Councilmembers at that time – Jean Godden, Tim Burgess and Sally Clark. City staff has been working with the Hearst Corporation, the Globe’s owner, to develop an agreement specifying features to be preserved by the current or future owner and clarified what changes would need to be reviewed by the Landmarks Preservation Board. Once that agreement was completed in June, Mayor Murray and Councilmembers Tim Burgess, Jean Godden and Sally Bagshaw introduced the legislation signed today.

The P-I Globe is a unique sign, designed and manufactured specifically to advertise the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and has been a Seattle icon since it was installed on the Post-Intelligencer building in 1948. The image of the Globe served as the logo for the newspaper appearing on its masthead and on each section of the paper. The Globe was later moved to its present location on Elliott Avenue W in 1986.

 

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of Lincoln High School for Landmark Status

Lincoln High SchoolSeattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of Lincoln High School in Wallingford (4400 Interlake Ave N) on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 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 January 5 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 Wallingford Branch Library (1501 N 45th Street, 684-4088) 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.”

 

Mayor Murray Seeks new Member for International Special Review District Board

International Special Review DistrictMayor Edward Murray invites community members to apply for an open position on the International Special Review District Board. The seven-member International Special Review District Board reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements and makes recommendations to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Director for all properties within the International Special Review District. The goals of the board are to maintain architectural character, cultural heritage, social diversity, and through the use of historic preservation, enhance the economic climate in the International Special Review District.

The open position is one of two seats on the board that are filled by mayoral appointment. Individuals who have an architectural background and an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with the Chinatown International District are encouraged to apply.

Board meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 4:00 PM for one to three hours. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee as the Board deems appropriate. In general, Board members must commit approximately 5-6 hours per month to Board business.

The ISRD Board is made up of five elected members and two members who are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Seattle City Council. All appointments are made by the Mayor, subject to City Council confirmation. The five elected members consist of:

  • Two members who own property in the Chinatown International District, or who own or are employed by businesses located in the Chinatown International District.
  • Two members who are either residents (including tenants) or persons with a recognized and demonstrated interest in the welfare of the Chinatown International District community.
  • One member-at-large.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Board members serve without compensation. Those interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and resume by Wednesday, December 30, 2015 to rebecca.frestedt@seattle.gov (reference the International Special Review District in the subject line). To submit a paper copy, please address: Rebecca Frestedt, International Special Review District, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649. Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible.

For more information, contact Rebecca Frestedt at (206) 684-0226.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.