Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse for landmark status

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse (2811 Mount Rainier Drive South) on Wednesday, September 5 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall (600 4th Avenue, Floor L2) in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. Written comments are also accepted and should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on September 4:

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 Columbia Branch Library (4721 Rainier Avenue South) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on Department of Neighborhoods website, under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

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Public meeting scheduled to discuss zoning modifications for development of public charter high school

A public meeting is scheduled to discuss the development plans of Washington Charter School Development, Inc. (WCSD) to construct a 58,281 sq. ft., three-story building and below-grade parking garage to house Green Dot High School (GDHS), a public charter school at 3900 S. Holly Park Dr. in Othello. The meeting will be held at Rainier Valley Leadership Academy on Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. at 3900 S. Holly Park Dr.

WCSD is requesting modifications (also known as departures) to the City’s zoning regulations for the following:

  • Greater than allowed building height.
  • Reduced setback across the street from a residential zone.
  • Reduced setback abutting a residential zone.

This meeting will include a presentation on the requested modifications before the Green Dot High School Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors and GDHS and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to make comments. Following public comment, the committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Additional meetings may be held, if needed.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by Tuesday, November 28 to:

Maureen Sheehan
E-mail: Maureen.Sheehan@seattle.gov
Mailing Address:  Seattle Department of Neighborhoods; P.O. Box 94649; Seattle, WA 98124-4649

For additional information or to request an interpreter (by Wednesday, November 22) for the meeting, contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.

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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Rainier Valley and Capitol Hill neighbors invited to apply for Community Project Grants by October 10

In partnership with Cities of Service, the Find It, Fix It Community Walks Program is offering funds to support community-led projects in Capitol Hill and in Rainier Valley neighborhoods. The Community Project Grants will be awarded for public safety projects that engage the community and help prevent crime. Potential projects could include clean-ups, murals, graffiti paint-outs, landscape maintenance, and plantings.

Each project can be funded up to $1,500 or as funds allow. The funding is open to neighborhoods visited by Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 when the grant was not yet available. These communities include Capitol Hill, Brighton, Dunlap, Genesee, New Holly, Othello, Rainier Beach, Rainier Vista, and Rainier Valley. All funded projects must be completed and project funds spent by December 1, 2017.

You can find the easy-to-complete application at www.seattle.gov/finditfixit. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Tuesday, October 10 at 5 p.m. The selection committee will notify applicants of funding decisions within three business days of when the application is submitted.

If you have an idea for a project in a Rainier Valley neighborhood or Capitol Hill, please apply today! For more information on the Find It, Fix It Community Project Grants or to request a paper copy of the application, please contact Laura Jenkins at 206-684-0320 or laura.jenkins@seattle.gov or visit www.seattle.gov/finditfixit.

 

The Find It, Fix It mobile app offers smartphone users one more way to report selected issues to the City. With Find It, Fix It, reporting an issue is as easy as snapping a photo with a smartphone, adding detailed information, and hitting submit.

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Community members needed for advisory committee on zoning modifications at Green Dot High School

Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications requested for the construction of Green Dot High School in southeast Seattle. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to volunteer on this committee.

Washington Charter School Development (WCSD) is requesting modifications (known as a “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the construction of Green Dot High School located at 3900 South Holly Park Drive. The modifications requested are:

  1. Greater than allowed building height
  2. Reduced setback across the street from a residential zone
  3. Reduced setback abutting a residential zone

The committee will convene up to three public meetings in southeast Seattle (location to be determined) over a three-month time period. The committee will receive briefings from Washington Charter School Development and will gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to Seattle Department of Construction and  Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to serve on the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Green Dot High School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of future students. Other committee members will include a representative from the Washington Charter School Development and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Friday, October 6 to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
Email: Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov or call 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 schools, 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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High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week

Low-income gardeners offer fresh organic produce

For organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season beginning this week. The farm stands offer produce picked fresh from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods. Along with your favorite vegetables, you’ll also find uncommon produce such as sorrel, purslane, or edible chrysanthemums.

Hours of operation are 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the locations are:

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave SW and SW Juneau St): open Wednesdays from July 5 to September 27
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr between 40th Ave S and Rockery Dr S): open Fridays from July 7 to September 29

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. The High Point Farm Stand will again host ROAR, the mobile farm stand that sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

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