Northwest Seattle Community Meeting Scheduled in Early Nov. 2017

Northwest Seattle residents, employees and businesses are invited to a community open house and informational meeting for Seattle City Light’s seven properties from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6 at the Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th Street).

From 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., various city departments will share information about their projects and programs that will affect the Northwest Seattle area.

  • Ballard Loo – Following a Ballard community request for a permanent public toilet, the City of Seattle is collaborating with the community on plans for the installation of a Portland Loo.
  • The Ship Canal Water Quality Project will reduce combined sewer overflows with a deep storage tunnel constructed in the Ballard, Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods.
  • Ballard Design Guidelines – City staff will provide an update on the process to develop new urban design guidelines for the Ballard Urban Village.
  • Recycling and Composting Information – Learn more about solid waste diversion efforts with a “Where Does It Go?” display, free guides and other cool stuff.
  • The Burke Gilman Trail Missing Link Project will connect the two existing portions of Seattle’s popular Burke-Gilman Trail with a 1.4 mile corridor through the Ballard neighborhood, designed to improving safety, predictability and access for all users.

From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Seattle City Light will also host a community information meeting about the possible sale of the utility’s properties at these locations:

The utility is considering selling or transferring these properties for full market value. There will be representatives from various City departments there to answer questions about the proposal.

For more information on City Light’s properties, please visit www.seattle.gov/light/surplus.

Jeffrey Veregge selected to create artwork honoring Coast Salish culture at the Salmon Bay Pump Station

The Office of Arts & Culture in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) has commissioned artist Jeffrey Veregge for an artwork to honor Coast Salish culture at the Salmon Bay Pump Station project. Veregge will join the Salmon Bay Pump Station design team to develop artwork for the future SPU facility in the Ballard neighborhood. The artwork and pump station are expected to be completed in 2024.

Jeffrey Veregge is an award-winning Native American comic book artist from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in Kingston, Washington.  His work uses Coastal Salish and contemporary graphic design techniques dubbed “Salish Geek” by his fans and peers.  In addition to his work for Marvel, Valiant and IDW Publishing, his art is included in the collections of NIKE, Viacom, Museum of Pop Culture, Yale University, Washington State Historical Society, University of Washington and the Seattle Art Museum. His work has also appeared in numerous websites and publications such as Fast Company Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, io9, Seattle Magazine, Native Peoples, Cowboys and Indians and Wired Magazine. Veregge’s creator-owned six-issue comic series, Demicon, published by Native Realities Press, will debut later this spring.

Seattle Public Utilities and King County are working together to build an underground storage tunnel to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Ship Canal during rainstorms. This project is called the Ship Canal Water Quality Project and includes the Salmon Bay Pump Station (24th Ave NW and Shilshole Ave NW). The pump station will pump stored sewage and stormwater from the tunnel to King County’s West Point Water Treatment Facility.

Veregge was selected by a panel of artists, tribal and community members, city staff and consultants. The project is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds.

Photo: Jeffrey Veregge (photo: Rachel Ann Seymour)

Image: Red Wolf, digital drawing, 2015