International Special Review District Board announces candidates for annual election

The 2013 International Special Review District (ISRD) Board election will be held Tuesday, November 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bush Asia Hotel, 409 Maynard Avenue South, in the basement level conference room.

Three board positions are up for election:

  • Position #1 for a Business Owner, Property Owner or Employee
  • Position #2 for a Resident, Tenant or Community Participant
  • Position #4 for Resident, Tenant or Community Participant

Nominations closed Tuesday, October 22. Three candidates were nominated, and candidate information is provided below for each position. Brief candidate biographies will be available at the polling place on the day of the election.

Two candidates are seeking Position #1 for a Business Owner, Property Owner or Employee

Tim Lee is a property owner within the Chinatown International District. He is also a member of the Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce, the Bellevue Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and the Lion’s Club. He is a retired state employee and is interested in applying his experience working for government and small businesses to his involvement in the Chinatown International District community.

Joann Ware works for Interim CDA on community-based design projects and affordable housing. Joann is a current ISRD Board member with a deep commitment to the neighborhood.  She has a strong interest in the built environment and would like to continue using her architectural knowledge to serve the community and the Board.

 

One candidate is seeking Position #2 for a Resident, Tenant or Community Participant

Ben Grace is actively involved with the Chinatown International District through his work on the Chinatown Historical Alley Project and is a frequent contributor to community events through the neighborhood. Earlier this year, Ben led the project to translate street signs in Chinatown and Japantown (Nihonmachi). Ben is also a tenant, as an employee of the Chinatown International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA).

One candidate is seeking Position #4 for a Resident, Tenant or Community Participant

Carol Leong is part of the third generation of her family to live, work, or volunteer in the Chinatown International District. She has participated in the Seattle Chinese Athletic Association (SCAA) and the Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team. For the past 15 years she has served as the volunteer coordinator of Sifu David F. Leong’s NW Kung Fu and Fitness, where she has participated in the Chinatown Parade and served as a scholarship coordinator and youth mentor. Carol is also involved with the neighborhood Block Watch and participates in numerous community events.

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 made up of seven members – five elected by the 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. To learn more about the election and the International Special Review District visit http://seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/id.htm/.

The current board members are Ching Chan, Candace Chin, Sue-May Eng, Miye Moriguchi, Martha Rogers, Marvin Rosete (Chair), and Joann Ware. The terms for Mr. Rosete and Mss. Chan and Ware will end in November 2013.

Deadline extended for submission to serve on the International Special Review District Board (ISRD)

The deadline for submission of a cover letter and resume for one of two Mayoral appointee seats on the ISRD Board has been extended through Jan. 4th. We are seeking individuals who are architects and who have an interest in historic preservation and/or familiarity with the Chinatown/International District. If you know of interested and qualified candidates, please share this information.   Click here for more information.

International Special Review District Board announces annual election results

The annual election for the International Special Review District Board was held on Tuesday, November 20. Two positions were up for election this year.

The results are as follows: Sue-May Eng won Position #3 for a District business person, property owner or employee.  Candace Chin won Position #5 for an at-large position. New Board members Ms. Eng and Ms. Chin will begin their terms in December.                                                                                                                                         

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 Ching Chan, Bill Lee (Chair), Rich Murakami, Julia Park, Martha Rogers, Marvin Rosete (Vice-chair), and Joann Ware.

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 450 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city.

Mayor seeks candidates for International Special Review District Board

Mayor Mike McGinn invites residents to apply for an open position on the International Special Review District Board.  The available 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.

The seven-member International Special Review District (ISRD) Board reviews façade alterations, signs, new construction, changes of use, and street improvements 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.

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International Special Review District Board announces candidates for annual election

The 2012 International Special Review District (ISRD) Board election will be held Tuesday, November 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bush Asia Hotel, 409 Maynard Avenue South, in the basement level conference room.

Two board positions are up for election:

  • Position #3 for a District Business Person, Property Owner or Employee; and
  • Position #5 for an At-Large member. 

To read more, click here.

 

Nominations closed Tuesday, October 23. Three candidates were nominated, and candidate information is provided below for each position. Brief candidate biographies will be available at the polling place on the day of the election.

International Special Review District Board accepting nominations for new members

It’s election season!

Most people are aware of the November 6th General Election, but did you also know there is an annual community-based election in the International Special Review District? On the third Tuesday each November eligible members of the Chinatown International District community cast ballots to elect candidates who will represent the neighborhood by serving on the International Special Review District Board.

The special character of the Chinatown/International District is recognized and protected by City Ordinance.  In 1973, the International Special Review District (ISRD) Board was created to preserve, protect and enhance the cultural, economic, and historical qualities of the area and, in particular, its unique Asian character.  The Board reviews both changes to individual businesses and changes that may impact the entire district.  To preserve this special character, the ISRD Board must review and approve all uses including use of the public sidewalks, new construction, and changes to building exteriors within the district, including signs or new paint colors or security gates, before installation or construction.

The ISRD Board has seven members, five elected by the community and two appointed by the Mayor.  Board members serve two year terms.  Details about eligibility for serving on the ISRD Board or voting in the election can be found on the District’s website, or you may contact the Board Coordinator, Rebecca Frestedt, directly at rebecca.frestedt@seattle.gov or 684-0226.

For information about opportunities to serve on other historic district Boards and Commissions, check Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Front Porch Blog for future notices or visit the City’s Boards and Commissions website, http://www.seattle.gov/html/citizen/boardsportal.asp.