Work Continues at Greenwood Explosion Site

A multi-functional team from the City of Seattle continued Sunday to support an investigation into an explosion that destroyed a building near 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue and provide assistance to the neighborhood.

Puget Sound Energy crews are working to determine what caused the explosion. Seattle police officers and employees from the Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Utilities, the Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle City Light and other departments are working to support the investigation, control traffic through the work zone, and provide information to residents, area businesses and people who travel through the area.

Greenwood Avenue is limited to one lane in each direction. Police officers are restricting turns from Greenwood Avenue at 85th Street during times of heavy traffic. In addition, 84th is closed westbound from Greenwood and restricted one block to the east.

“Residents and businesses in the Greenwood area have been tremendous in their response to this incident,” Seattle Police Capt. Paul McDonagh said. “We appreciate their patience while the investigation continues.”

With high winds expected this afternoon, safety plans call for work at the site to stop once sustained winds become too strong to work safely. Residents and businesses throughout the area are encouraged to take reasonable precautions to keep items from blowing away.

For general information and resources for the Greenwood neighborhood, please visit our webpage.

City and Community Working to Clean up Greenwood

As clean up continues today at the Greenwood incident site, city departments are working together with our state and utility partners. We appreciate everyone’s patience, especially the Greenwood neighborhood, while this work continues. Deputy Mayor Joncas stopped by to tour the site and impacts to the neighborhood to show her support of city and community efforts clean up efforts.

The community has come together in an amazing way with more than 150 volunteers helping to clean up the area. They are planting flowers, painting the plywood that is covering the blown out windows, sweeping debris, and helping out as needed. Fred Meyer donated supplies and Home Depot donated flowers. Local businesses are also passing out cupcakes and other treats to support the volunteers. Way to support Greenwood!

There are many ways to help out. Just visit the Phinney Neighborhood Association website,, for updates on fund raising activities. In fact, several are happening this weekend. Plus, most businesses are open, so feel free to stop by.

Please note that there is a high wind advisory for Sunday, so the city encourages the Greenwood neighbors to clean any debris they discover on their property as high wind gusts are expected.

Greenwood Neighborhood Assistance

With the March 9 explosion in Greenwood, we have set up a webpage with resources and contact information that may be helpful to neighbors and business owners. It will be continuously updated as new information becomes available.

Our Customer Service Bureau is also available to help. Just call 206-684-2489.

New members sought for the Sand Point Naval Air Station Landmark District’s Review Committee

The Landmarks Preservation Board is seeking three new members to serve on the Sand Point Naval Air Station Landmark District’s Application Review Committee (ARC). The open positions include two positions for property owners, residents, or tenants located within the Landmark District; and one position for a community member with a demonstrated interest in the history and preservation of the Landmark District.

The five-member Application Review Committee makes recommendations to the Landmarks Preservation Board for Certificates of Approval, which are requests to make alterations to controlled features of the District. Committee meetings will be held monthly at a location within the District or in close proximity. Committee members serve without compensation.

The Sand Point Naval Air Station Landmark District’s Application Review Committee is composed of:
• Two current or former members of the Landmarks Preservation Board (at least one of whom is an architect);
• Two members selected from property owners, residents, or tenants within the District; and
• One community member with a demonstrated interest in the history and preservation of the Landmark District.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. To apply, send a letter of interest and a resume by Monday, January 4, 2016. Please provide your home address to confirm city residence, indicate the position you are seeking, and if applying for one of the owner/resident/tenant positions please include the applicable information.

Please email your letter and resume to:
(Reference the Sand Point Naval Air Station in the subject line).

Electronic submissions are preferred, if possible. To submit a paper copy, please address: Erin Doherty, SPNAS District Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

All appointments are confirmed by the Chair of the Landmarks Preservation Board. For more information, contact Erin Doherty at (206) 684-0380.

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.

The Sand Point Naval Air Station District is one of eight historic districts in Seattle. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program manages these districts along with more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects and vessels.

Deadline Approaches for Matching Funds to Support your Neighborhood Project

September 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 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 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 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.