A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods


Reminder: Public meeting for Phinney Flats project is Monday at PNA

July 23rd, 2016 by Doree

Here’s a reminder that Seattle’s Department of Construction & Inspections is hosting a public meeting about the proposed Phinney Flats project at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N., from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 7 of the Blue Building.

Phinney Flats would demolish the building currently housing Stumbling Goat Bistro and Ed’s Kort Haus, and replace it with a four-story building containing 55 small efficiency dwelling units above two live/work units and 3,900 square feet of commercial space, and no parking.

The public meeting is because DCI wants to “discuss policy and Code background and to gather comments on the project.” Developer Kelten Johnson told me he plans to be there to answer community members’ questions and correct what he says are factual errors by critics.

That public meeting will be followed a week later by a Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, at Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.


You can comment on site planning and design issues through Aug. 1 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov. Mention Project #3020114. A separate environmental review will be triggered.

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Farmers Market, theater, art and beer in Phinney-Greenwood this weekend

July 22nd, 2016 by Doree

Here are a few highlights of events happening in and near Greenwood and Phinney Ridge this weekend. Check our Events calendar for more.

NW District Coordinator Thomas Whittemore is holding “office hours” at the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N. from 9-11 a.m. Friday for anyone who wants to stop by and chat about neighborhood issues.

Taproot Theatre continues its run of “Big Fish” through Aug. 13.

Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., hosts Classical Guitar Cabaret — Robert Vierschilling, Stella Kosim, Jessica Papkoff and Mark Taylor from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday; The Whateverly Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and Open Jazz Jam with Kenny Mandell from 2-4:15 p.m. Sunday.

The Gay Uncle presents “The Good Life” from 5-6 p.m. Saturday at The Pocket Theatre, 8312 Greenwood Ave. N. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $10; or $14 at the door.

The Phinney Farmers Market, from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Fresh fruit, veggies, bread, meat, eggs, flowers, cider and lots of dining options. Master Gardener Deb Quinones will answer gardening questions. Music from 4-6 p.m. by Whiskey Cove Players (old jazz, blues, Beatles); and by Phinney Ridge Orchestra and Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra from 6-7 p.m. If you’re walking there from Greenwood, the Phinney Farmers Market Walking Group leaves the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St., at 3 p.m.

Phinney Center Gallery opening reception for The Northwest Collage Society’s Summer Show From 7-9 p.m. Friday, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. The collage show runs through Aug. 26.

PNA Beer Taste Olympics from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the upper parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

If you’re heading out of the neighborhood this weekend, be aware of impacts to traffic from:

  • Kenny Chesney Concert at 5 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Field.
  • Seafair Triathlon and Expo: Expo starts at 12 p.m. Saturday at 12 p.m. in Seward Park; Seafair Triathlon and Kid’s Triathlon starts at 6:30 a.m. Sunday through 12 p.m. The cycle course goes along Lake Washington from Seward Park north to the I-90 bridge.
  • Alki Art Fair at Alki Beach Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Chinatown Seafair Parade from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.

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Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday will bring 100+ floats, drill teams, marching bands to the neighborhood

July 21st, 2016 by Doree

The 66th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and will bring thousands of people to Greenwood Avenue and 85th Street to see more than 100 entries, including floats, drill teams, unicyclists and classic cars. It is the oldest neighborhood Seafair-sanctioned parade.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band.

The Seattle All-City Marching Band marches in the Greenwood Seafair Parade in 2011.

This year’s theme is “Greenwood: A Community United” with Fire Station 21 firefighters as the grand marshals, in honor of their heroism during the March 9 natural gas explosion that rocked the neighborhood.

The parade starts at North 95th Street and goes south along Greenwood Avenue North, then turns west on North 85th Street to 6th Avenue NW. (But Greenwood Avenue will be closed all the way up to North 105th Street for event staging.) Metro buses 5, 48 and 355 will be rerouted onto alternate nearby streets. See Metro’s Service Advisories page for detailed information.

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The Cookie Counter finally opens in Phinney Ridge

July 20th, 2016 by Doree

The Cookie Counter is now open at 7415 Greenwood Ave. N., serving vegan ice cream scoops and sundaes, floats and shakes, plus cookies, brownies, and pie, with many gluten free options. The weekend menu includes cinnamon rolls, hand pies, muffins and scones. And they have a special “milk and cookie happy hour” from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


The Cookie Counter is open from 12-9 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 12-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details on their grand opening celebration on July 29.

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Safe & Healthy Communities forum with Councilmember Mike O’Brien July 27

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is hosting a District 6 public forum on Safe & Healthy Communities from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5710 22nd Ave. NW.

Full agenda includes introduction by Councilmember Mike O’Brien. Following the event introduction, informative speakers series includes Alison Eisinger, Executive Director of Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness, Lisa Daugaard, Director of the Public Defender Associaiton, and a representative from the Seattle Police Department. The largest portion of the event will occur after and will be small group sessions where participants can engage with one another and expert facilitators for productive conversations on the issues and responding to some of the speakers’ points. Groups will have the opportunity to provide report backs and Councilmember O’Brien will provide closing remarks.

Come join your neighbors and community leaders to collectively ensure we can make our communities safe and healthy.

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Spoke & Food fundraiser July 26 to raise money for Hunger Intervention Program

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

The 7th annual Spoke & Food fundraiser is from 5-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at 19 restaurants throughout the city, including three in our neighborhood. Just bike to one of the locations and they will donate 20 percent of your bill to the Hunger Intervention Program.

In our neighborhood, participating locations are the Barking Dog Alehouse, 705 NW 70th St.; Razzi’s Pizzeria, 8523 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Nutty Squirrel Gelato, 7212 Greenwood Ave. N. The first 20 cycling patrons at each location will get a Spike & Food drawstring backpack with goodies inside.

The Hunger Intervention Program provides meals, basic cooking skills and nutrition education to needy families.

See the Spoke & Food website for a list of all participating locations.

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North Central Little League All Stars win state, compete in regionals this week

July 18th, 2016 by Doree

North Central/Ballard Little League All Stars recently won the state championship and are in California this week for the West Regional tournament. Many of the players live in Phinney Ridge and Greenwood.


Photo courtesy of North Central Little League.

These boys have been playing little league baseball with North Central Little League and Ballard Little League since their T-ball and Coach Pitch days. Some of them played high school baseball this year, but chose to continue their season into the summer to play with friends they have made through the years.

The winner of this week’s tournament goes on to the Little League World Series in Bangor, Maine. The club has set up a fundraising site to help pay for travel expenses.

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UPDATE: SUSPECT ARRESTED — SPD looking for shooting suspect who crashed car near Green Lake

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

Update: SPD arrested the suspect Friday afternoon.

Earlier: If you heard the helicopters overhead this afternoon, Seattle Police are searching for a shooting suspect.

From the SPD Blotter:

Officers responded to multiple reports of shots fired near 5th Avenue NE and NE Northgate Way. Police arrived quickly and located the suspect, but when he saw the officers, he sped off in his green Volvo, with police in pursuit.

The suspect lost control of his car and crashed in the 100 block of NE 80th, so he took off running.
Multiple police resources and a police K9 are in the area looking for him now.

Officers have not located any victims or any received additional reports at this time.

Officers believe that the man pictured here (picture removed, the man is in custody) may be the shooting suspect due to fact the he left his driver’s license in the car.

Anyone with information about this man or this incident should call 911.

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HomeStreet Bank’s Phinney Ridge branch collecting diapers for WestSide Baby

July 15th, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge branch of HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting diapers through the end of this month to donate to WestSide Baby.

The 16th annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive’s goal is to collect more than 300,000 diapers for children in need. You can drop off diapers during the bank’s normal business hours.

WestSide Baby partners with more than 120 social service agencies to get diapers, clothing, and kids’ and maternity gear to tens of thousands of local families in need.

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