Central Area Design Review Board

SDCI is in the process of creating a new Design Review Board to serve the Central Area. We are currently finalizing our selection of candidates to fill board positions representing local residential, community, development, business/landscape design, and design profession interests.

Design Review Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines; the new Central Area neighborhood-specific design guidelines were recently adopted and are in effect. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. Board meetings are held twice monthly in the evenings. The first Central Area Board meeting is expected to be held at the end of July.

For questions about the new Central Area Design Review Board, please contact:

Lisa Rutzick, SDCI
(206) 386-9049

Public Art Piece debuts at 23rd Avenue Corridor in Central Area

Artist Martha Jackson Jarvis has installed a sculptural artwork entitled Union by on the southeast corner of 23rd Avenue and Union Street in conjunction with the 23rd Avenue Corridor Improvements Project in the Central Area. The work was commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

The piece is a sculptural seating arrangement with forms inspired by West African and Native American symbols. The totemic nature of the sculpture establishes a memorable sense of place, and multi-color mosaic tiles cover the sculpture’s base and seating elements. Jackson Jarvis was asked to investigate the concept of “place,” highlighting historically relevant narratives of the neighborhood and its residents, taking into account the changing demographics of the Central Area, as well as geography, topography, and environment.

Jackson Jarvis worked with SDOT designers, staff of several city departments and community members to develop the proposal for the artwork. Community residents and business owners wanted the artwork to serve as a gathering place, identifier, and gateway for the neighborhood.

Jackson Jarvis grew up in Lynchburg, VA and Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in Washington, D.C. Her work explores issues of conservation and people’s relationship to natural materials and landscapes, drawing uncommon analogies between disparate forms, objects and materials to construct narratives of real and imagined landscapes. Jackson Jarvis studied at Howard University and received her BFA degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and MFA degree from Antioch University. Her sculptures have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and abroad, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; the Studio Museum of Harlem, N.Y. Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island, N.Y.; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Anacostia Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia.

The funding for this project comes from Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

The James and Janie Washington Foundation is hosting a special Friday Sit and Sip for Central Area Art Interruptions

Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m.
1816 26th Ave. Seattle, WA 98122

The James and Janie Washington Foundation hosts Sit and Sips on the third Friday of the month at the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Washington in the Central Area. On Friday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. the foundation will host several artists including Naoko Morisawa, Carina Del Rosario, Hanako O’Leary and Esther Ervin who were selected to create temporary artworks for the Central Area Art Interruptions 2015. Morisawa, Del Rosario, O’Leary and Ervin will share sketches and slides of their installations and answer questions about their project inspiration and the process leading to being selected.

In the Central Area Neighborhood Greenway between E. Columbia St. and S. Judkins St. from September 4, 2015 – January 3, 2016, seven artists including Bayu Angermeyer, Carina Del Rosario, Esther Ervin, Alison Roshee, Naoko Morisawa, Hanako O’Leary and Sonya Stockton created small scale temporary art works that respond to their environments and communities. Artworks range from community portraits installed on the back of Greenway signs to whimsical figures perched in trees and larger than life whimsical birds’ nests.

Administered in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Art Interruptions is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture. For information and to RSVP for all events, contact Esther Ervin, Arts Program Director, James and Janie Washington Foundation.

Image courtesy Marcia Iwasaki

Firefighters Rescue Man from Burning Central Area Home

August 20—A Seattle Fire Investigator determined the cause of an early morning house fire was accidental, caused by improperly discarded smoking materials.

At 1:53 a.m. a resident called 911 after seeing smoke and flames coming from their next door neighbor’s home located in the 1800 block of South Lane Street. The neighbor ran next door to alert the occupant that his home was on fire.  Without a response from the occupant, the neighbor kicked the door open but was not able to make entry into the house due to the heavy smoke and heat from the fire. He did locate the occupant and quickly pointed him out to responding firefighters.

Firefighters arrived to find flames blowing out of both sides of the house and the back of the one-story home with a basement. Crews immediately began a search and rescue operation and pulled the unconscious and unresponsive occupant from first floor bedroom of his home. Medics began CPR.  After 8 minutes of chest compressions, paramedics were able to get a heartbeat. The patient was transported to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition with smoke inhalation and life threatening injuries.

Due to the immediate threat to neighboring homes, firefighters directed hose streams to the sides of the burning house. Crews were able to protect neighboring homes from fire damage. It took 30 minutes to control the fire.  The extinguishment of the fire was delayed by a large volume of combustible material inside the house. It took nearly one hour and ten minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

An engine company will be stationed outside the home on a fire watch to prevent the fire from rekindling.

The fire investigator determined improperly discarded smoking materials in an under-the-sink kitchen garbage can caused the fire. The damage estimate is $100,000 to the structure and $50,000 to the contents.

No firefighters were injured in the fire.