Councilmember Johnson to Host University District Rezone Public Hearing, Open House

Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle) will host two opportunities for Seattleites to both learn of the ways in which the University District neighborhood rezone and related investments stand to affect the U District community and to share their thoughts and feedback on the proposal.

Earlier this year Mayor Ed Murray announced a comprehensive proposal to assist the University District neighborhood in managing growth over the next 20 years, including creation of public open space, increased zoning capacity, mandatory affordable housing, historic building preservation, improved building design, and more. The investments also come in anticipation of the planned Brooklyn Light Rail station, slated to open in 2021.

After hearing concerns about displacement of low-income residents, the U District Urban Design proposal will now require new apartment buildings provide even higher affordable housing requirements than initially announced (now requiring $20.00 per square foot or 9 percent of the total units in the building reserved for affordable homes). The U District rezone will create an estimated 600 to 900 affordable homes over 20 years. The City’s analysis shows that without these proposed zoning changes, the U District would risk higher rates of displacement and generate less affordable housing.

Councilmember Johnson will host a Council Public Hearing this Wednesday at Hotel Deca in the University District at 6 p.m. to hear feedback on the newly-amended U District Urban Design. City staff will be available at 5:30 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the proposed U District Urban Design.

Saturday morning at the University Heights Center from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Councilmember Johnson and representatives from City departments will welcome drop-in visitors and share information about projects in the University District neighborhood, provide details about upcoming land use changes, and be available to answer questions.

Council does not intend to vote on U District Urban Design until early 2017.

Public Hearing and Community Open House on University District Urban Design. Engage with constituents, area business owners and others through a public hearing onsite this Wednesday, and during an open house on Saturday with illustrations about expanding capacity and further public engagement

Council Public Hearing on U District Urban Design
Wednesday, November 16 at 6pm
Hotel Deca, 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (in University District)

U District Urban Design Open House
Saturday, November 19 from 10a – 12p
University Heights Center, 5031 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Councilmember Rob Johnson, whose district includes the area, and chair of the Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee

Mayor Murray Seeks new Member for International Special Review District Board

Mayor 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 (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.

Man Shot In U-District; Teen Arrested For Ravenna Park Gunfire

One man was wounded in a shooting near the University District late Tuesday and police later arrested arrested an 18-year-old in Ravenna Park following a second incident of gunfire.

Just after 11:30, a 29-year-old man was sitting on a motorized scooter at 7th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street when a gunman–also reportedly on a scooter or BMX motorbike–pulled up beside him and opened fire. The victim was struck in the arm by gunfire and fell to the ground as the gunman fled.

Police arrived on-scene quickly, but the victim was already gone. Witnesses reported he stood up and walked away from the scene.

Officers found the victim near the scene and called for medics, who transported him to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

A little more than an hour later, at 12:45 AM, officers received report of gunshots in Ravenna Park, near 20th Ave. NE and NE 58th Street.

As police arrived, they heard another volley of gunshots, and spotted a large group of teenagers inside the park, standing around a six-foot-high bonfire.

As officers approached the group of teens, several of them began walking away, including one 18-year-old who officers saw drop a handgun next to a garbage can.

Officers detained the teen with the gun, recovered the firearm, and arrested him for unlawful possession of a firearm and trespassing. Officers weren’t able to locate anyone with injuries at the scene.

Police haven’t found any link between the two incidents of gunfire, but are investigating both cases.

Anonymous Community Reporting Boxes Now Available to International District Residents

International District residents now have a new way to communicate concerns about their neighborhood to officers in the West Precinct.

The Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct Community Police Team has been working with International District residents to install anonymous reporting boxes to improve communication between the community and SPD.  On June 29th, SPD installed three suggestion boxes at Uwajimaya, the International District Community Center and the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority IDEA Space.

Residents can use the boxes to provide suggestions or ideas for improving SPD service in the community. Community members may also provide information on criminal activity or ongoing issues that you would like to bring to the attention of SPD.

West Precinct Community Police Team officers will check the boxes on a weekly basis.  If you wish to be contacted about your feedback, please provide your contact information. You are not required to provide contact information in order to submit a suggestion.

Please remember, if you need immediate police assistance or a police report please call 911 directly.

You can find the SPD suggestion boxes at:

IDEA Space

409 Maynard Avenue S, Ste 200

Seattle, WA  98104

Uwajimaya Asian Food and Gift Market

600 5th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

International District/Chinatown Community Center

719 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 233-0042”

Detectives Investigating International District Homicide

Detectives are investigating after a fight in the International District ended with one man dead at the hospital late Saturday evening.

At about 9PM officers responded to a fight between two men near 5 Ave and South Weller Street. Witnesses reported that two men had been fighting and that one had suffered life threatening head wounds as a result of the fight. The suspect was last seen walking east on Weller St away from the fight.  Medics transported the 30-year-old victim to Harborview Medical Center where he later died of his injuries.

A K9 officer helped to search the area, but the suspect has not yet been found. Witnesses have described the suspect as possibly a Hispanic or Pacific Islander male in his 20’s slender 5’8″ in height wearing a black and white baseball hat with a white shirt and tan shorts.

Homicide and CSI detectives responded to the scene and are speaking with witnesses and collecting evidence. If you have any information on this incident please call the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at (206) 684-5550.