City Light Completes Underground Conversion Work in Capitol Hill

Seattle City Light recently completed the final stages of work for the East Union Street Underground Conversion Project. City Light’s contractor, Pellco Construction, installed underground electrical conduit, vaults and associated equipment in parts of East Union Street, from 10th to 11th Avenue.

This work was aligned with the City of Seattle’s ordinance to underground power lines in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Construction also included improved sidewalks and ADA curb ramps along East Union Street, 10th and 11th Avenue.

The completion of this seven-month project allows for a more reliable power system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The new electrical infrastructure will improve electrical reliability as well.

Seattle City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the construction for this project.

For more information about this project and others in your neighborhood, please visit Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.

Volunteers Needed to Advise on Development Plans for Seattle Central College

Here’s your chance to serve on a committee that advises the City on the development plans of Seattle Central College. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking interested community members from neighborhoods surrounding the college to participate on the Seattle Central College Standing Advisory Committee (SAC). This committee provides feedback on projects planned and under development by the college to ensure it complies with its Master Plan. The Master Plan describes zoning rules, long range planning of the property, and transportation planning.

Community members who have experience in neighborhood organizing and issues, land use and zoning, architecture or landscape architecture, economic development, building development, educational services, or just an interest in their neighborhood’s future are encouraged to apply.

The committee meets at Seattle Central College one to four times a year. Committee members serve a two-year renewable term. If you are interested in serving on this committee, send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Monday, March 20 to:

Maureen Sheehan

E-mail: Maureen.Sheehan@seattle.gov

Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of 1515 and 1519 Broadway for Landmark Status

1519 Broadway

1515 Broadway

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nominations of 1515 Broadway and 1519 Broadway/Eldridge Tire Company buildings for landmark status on Wednesday, February 1 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards and Commissions Room L2-80.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on January 31, 2017:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

Copies of the Landmark Nominations are available for public review at the Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Avenue East (684-4715) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). They are also posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

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East Union Street Underground Conversion Project Starts in mid-January

Starting in mid-January 2017, a Seattle City Light contractor will be working in the Capitol Hill neighborhood to install underground electrical conduit, vaults and associated equipment in parts of East Union Street from 10th to 11th Avenue. This work is aligned with the City of Seattle’s ordinance to underground power lines in this area.

Contracted crews will begin the first stage of work on East Union Street at the intersections of 10th and 11th avenues. Crews will be potholing and trenching in these areas.

Map of the stage 1 construction work area from January to February 2017.

There will be parking restrictions within the construction work area as trucks and equipment will be staged on site. Traffic control flaggers will be used to maintain access along the construction work area. Excavated areas will be covered over with steel plates during non-work hours. Access to businesses will be open at all times.

Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This stage of work is anticipated for completion in February 2017. Once completed, crews will transition to other stages of work within the project zone. The entire project is expected to last approximately five months.

Overall project zone depicted. Work impacts will be phased and active work areas will be updated within this footprint.

Staging information will be updated regularly on the East Union Street Underground Conversion website.

For more information, customers can contact Susan Kallies, Seattle City Light Resident Engineer at (206) 684-7265 or susan.kallies@seattle.gov.

Visit Seattle City Light’s construction website for the latest updates on this project: http://www.seattle.gov/light/atwork/release.asp?RN=377.

City Light Completes Electrical Reliability Improvements at Summit Slope Park

This past December, Seattle City Light recently completed civil construction in parts of East John Street and Summit Avenue East, near Summit Slope Park. The project began in late September 2016 to increase the reliability of the electrical system in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

City Light recently completed civil construction near Summit Slope Park in mid-December 2016.

Civil construction crews installed new conduit (duct bank) and an electrical vault on East John Street and Summit Avenue East. The electrical infrastructure installations will allow Seattle Parks and Recreation to proceed with their renovation project to enhance Summit Slope Park.

Left: View of the construction work area on East John Street.
Right: A vault shoring box is installed on East John Street.

Sidewalks and planting strips that were impacted by the construction project were temporarily restored. A Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) arborist was also at hand during construction to ensure the protection of trees that were impacted by the project. Seattle City Light appreciates the patience of its customers during the construction for this project.

For more information about this project and others in your neighborhood, please visit the Seattle City Light At Work in Your Neighborhood website. Search for utility construction projects in your area by neighborhood, address and ZIP code.