Public meeting scheduled to discuss zoning modification for development at Madison Middle School

Madison Middle School

The public is invited to discuss the development plans for Madison Middle School located at 3429 45th Ave SW. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at the school. The Seattle School District is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from a City zoning regulation for reduced on-site parking in order to provide portables.

The Seattle School District will make a presentation on the modification before the Madison Middle School Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors, and Seattle School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to provide comments. Following public comments, the committee will deliberate and consider the District’s request. Additional meetings may be held, if needed.

If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by Tuesday, May 29 to:

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

For additional information or to request an interpreter (by May 28) 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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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

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Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of the Avalon Substation building for landmark status

Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Avalon Substation (3243 SW Genesee Street) on Wednesday, July 5 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 July 3:

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 West Seattle Branch Library (2306 42nd Avenue SW) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

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Building Community Through Gardening

Guest article written by Samantha Poyta (P-Patch Community Gardening Extern)

Oun Yeav and Phoeurn Khim love to feed their community. For over 15 years, these women have been growing food in West Seattle for their family, friends and neighbors. And, in recent years, these gardeners have worked to build a successful weekly farm stand at the High Point P-Patch and a CSA program that delivers food both onsite and to Seattle’s north end. For Oun and Khim, to see a growing number of customers buying high quality food from their garden makes them proud. They love nurturing seeds to plant, harvest, and deliver to customers’ dinner plates!

Oun, Khim, and the other High Point P-Patch gardeners understand the importance of eating fresh, organic food. In fact, they view their work as serving the health needs of their community as many High Point residents are low-income and refugees and might not otherwise have easy access to nutrient-dense food. These gardeners hope to continue offering locally grown, organic produce to their neighbors so that the whole community can have better health!

Gardening has been therapeutic and a good stress relief for Oun and Khim. They both came to Seattle as Cambodian refugees, Oun in 1986 and Khim in 1990. Arriving without knowing the English language made it very difficult for both women to make connections. This changed in 2000 when they began volunteering at the High Point P-Patch and found that their knowledge of growing food in Cambodia enabled them to connect with their neighbors in a way that brought tremendous joy to them. Not only did the gardeners find a stronger sense of community that was previously missing in their lives, they also began to feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Now, the High Point P-Patch is a place where many Cambodian neighbors congregate, eat good food, and help out the main gardeners on farm stand days.

Over the years, Oun and Khim have become master gardeners. In Cambodia, they mainly grew peanuts, cotton, corn, potatoes, black beans, green beans, and rice. While growing these crops required a high skill set from the gardeners, Oun and Khim say that growing food in the Pacific Northwest is much more challenging than in Cambodia. Whereas in Cambodia the tropical climate and longer hours of sunlight facilitate plant production, the High Point gardeners say they had to learn how best to monitor their garden beds to account for the shorter days, cloud cover, and constant rain in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Oun, Khim, and the High Point gardeners have perfected their gardening skills. The bountiful supplies of kale, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, and much more from their gardens is proof of that!

In their own lives, Oun and Khim have seen how eating fresh vegetables has benefited them. Here is a healthy recipe from the gardeners that they make using produce they grow from the High Point garden:

Beet and Kale Salad

Serves 4

  1. Wash and peel bunch of beets, cut into large slices.
  2. Rinse and chop bunch of kale.
  3. Toss kale and beets with salt, pepper and oil (ex: olive or sesame).
  4. Roast beets for 45 minutes in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Let beets cool and then mix with kale. Add additional oil for dressing.

You can also add sliced apples, toasted walnuts or goat cheese to your salad!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ P-Patch Market Gardens are spaces where food is grown to sell onsite or offsite at stores, stands, farmers markets, or restaurants. Our two market gardens are located at NewHolly and High Point on Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) property.

The gardeners work communally and sell the organic produce through their Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) within our site and farm stands. The P-Patch staff work with the gardeners to develop and manage the gardens, along with selling and marketing the produce.

Learn more about P-Patch Market Gardens at our website.

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Join Mayor Murray for This Year’s Find It, Fix It Community Walks

Mayor Ed Murray recently announced the six neighborhoods where he will host his annual Find It, Fix It Community Walks. Now in its fourth year, these walks bring City officials, business owners, and community members together to address each neighborhood’s needs.

Mayor Murray will lead the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in the following neighborhoods: Wallingford (Tuesday, March 14), Little Brook, Northgate, Highland Park, North Beacon Hill, and First Hill.

Each walk will follow a route determined by community members on Community Walk Action Teams convened by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Specific dates and locations will be announced at least two weeks prior to each walk.

Are you interested in participating on a Community Walk Action Team to help plan the walk in one of the six neighborhoods? Contact Lemmis Stephens, Find It, Fix It Program Coordinator, at or call (206) 386-1907.

The City will continue to offer Community Project Grants for every walk. These grants provide support for community-led revitalization and beautification projects. In 2015 and 2016, 209 community volunteers, with assistance from City staff, completed 20 projects across the city.

Mayor Murray spearheaded the Find It, Fix It Community Walks in 2014 in partnership with Cities of Service, a national nonprofit that works with cities to provide support and training to encourage civic volunteerism.

Whether or not your neighborhood is part of this year’s walks, community members can report safety needs or city maintenance issues anytime with the Find It, Fix It mobile app. Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.

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