Seattle City Council approves ordinances of two Seattle landmarks

Seattle City Council recently approved the landmark designation ordinances for two Seattle landmarks: the Crescent-Hamm Building in West Seattle and the Pacific Architect & Builder Building in Eastlake. These buildings join the more than 400 landmarks in the city that contribute to the cultural and architectural heritage of Seattle’s neighborhoods.

The City’s Landmarks Preservation Board approved the nomination, designation, and controls and incentives for these landmarks, and staff provided the draft ordinances to the Seattle City Council. The final step in the process was approval by City Council which occurred on January 29.

The landmarks are:

Crescent-Hamm Building
Address: 4302 SW Alaska Street/4559 California Avenue SW
Architect: Victor Voorhees
Date Built: 1926


Pacific Architect & Builder Building
Address: 1945 Yale Place East
Architect: A.O. Bumgardner
Date Built: 1960

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program is responsible for the designation and protection of more than 400 historic structures, sites, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts located throughout the city. For more information on the landmark designation process and to view other city landmarks, visit

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Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of the Pacific Architect & Builder building for landmark status

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Pacific Architect & Builder building (1945 Yale Place E) in Eastlake on Wednesday, June 7 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 regarding the nomination. Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on June 6:

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

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

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Come to our Open House on Housing Affordability and Livability for the Central Neighborhoods

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, in collaboration with Seattle Parks & Recreation, Planning & Community Development, Transportation, and others are hosting a Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (HALA) Open House on Tuesday, January 10 from 6 to 8 pm at Optimism Brewing.

Everyone interested in making a more affordable, livable Seattle for all are invited to come, learn, and join in conversation with your neighbors.

You may be wondering….

What can I expect from this Open House?

You can check out all the information and talk with City staff, as well as with your neighbors. City staff will be available to talk one-on-one. They can also take your comments.

Specific to the Central neighborhoods, this Open House will present proposed changes to central Urban Villages. Urban Village maps will be shared for the areas of:

Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) staff will be present to answer questions about Move Seattle, Madison Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will share their Development Plan and plans for gender neutral restrooms at Cal Anderson Park.

You can also hear what’s going on at the Office of Planning & Community Development, the Office of Housing for HALA, the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections, and Parking Reform, and how these organizations are putting forward the affordability and livability agenda.

What will be done with the comments collected?

As a whole, all collected comments will help shape and change policy and programs.

What if I can’t attend but I want to give comment on these projects?

  • There are several ways to comment, so choose what works best for you.
  • You can send us an email at
  • If you would prefer to talk to someone, you can call the HALA Hotline: (206) 743-6612. (Note: the hotline is staffed M-F from 9 am to 5 pm; if you don’t get someone just leave a message, and they will get back to you.)
  • Anyone can join the online conversation at
  • You are welcome to attend any upcoming neighborhood meetings, or if you would like HALA staff to come and meet specifically with your group, you can email Jesseca Brand at to make arrangements.


This Open House is a great chance to connect with your neighbors and share information. You can enjoy complimentary food and soft drinks (beer is available for purchase). All ages are welcome, so feel free to bring the kids. We hope to see you there!

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Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director

Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.

What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.

What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city of Seattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and management of all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.


Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.


“This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.”

Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful and how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

  • Send an email to
  • Share your comments below.
  • Contact us at 206-684-0464 or mail us at P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.
  • Join and follow the conversation online using #AdvancingEquitySEA at:

Facebook – @SeattleNeighborhoods
Twitter – @SeaNeighborhood

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email