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


Entries from February 2012

Access to and from North 85th Street at Phinney Avenue will temporarily close for paving project

February 29th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation will temporarily close access to and from the north side of North 85th Street at Phinney Avenue North beginning Thursday, so that a new stormwater detention pipe can be installed.

It’s part of SDOT’s year-long project to repave 85th Street from Ballard to I-5.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on North 85th Street near Phinney Avenue North during work hours, which are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. All lanes of 85th will be open at night.

The work will take about 3-4 weeks, but it’s weather dependent, so it could take longer.

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Neighborhood ‘greenway’ meeting rescheduled from March 8 to April 5

February 29th, 2012 by Doree

The neighborhood “greenway” meeting originally scheduled for March 8, has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 5, at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. Organizers tell us they want more time for planning and outreach.

The City of Seattle is bringing greenways to several neighborhoods over the next year or so, including Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. A greenway is a road that parallels an arterial, but is designed to be more pedestrian- and bike-friendly and less car-oriented, to help people get around their neighborhoods without fighting car traffic.

Here’s the city’s description:

Neighborhood Greenways are slow-speed, low-traffic residential streets made even more pleasant for the people who live, walk, and bike on them. By adding new park-like amenities and limiting cut-through traffic, Greenways are naturally attractive both for families, and for anyone seeking a safer, more connected community experience. By placing Greenways a block or two away from major arterials, Neighborhood Greenways create a great option for people who prefer to walk or bike away from congested streets. While many new dedicated walking and bicycling trails are beyond the reach of our City’s budget, 10 miles of Greenways can be built for the cost of a single mile of new trail, offering the potential to bring a high-quality network to all Seattle neighborhoods at a comparatively low cost. Greenways have the potential to serve neighborhoods where many people cannot afford a car. Neighborhood access by emergency service vehicles and freight delivery vehicles — and parking — is preserved along Greenways.

The Phinney-Greenwood Greenways groups is discussing possible routes through the neighborhood, including along 1st Avenue NW.

Before the April 5 meeting, you can get involved by joining the Google group (phinneywood-greenways@googlegroups.com), the Facebook group, and check out the interactive map of suggested neighborhood routes and leave a comment.

After April, another meeting is scheduled for  Thursday, May 3.


Fire destroys Greenwood house

February 29th, 2012 by Geeky Swedes

Update: Seattle Fire says the damage to the house and contents is estimated at $145,000. You can read the SFD Fire Line blog post about the fire here.

Earlier: Two dogs died this morning in a house fire at the corner of 4th Ave NW and NW 95th Street.

Kyle Moore with Seattle Fire says that when firefighters arrived on the scene at 401 NW 95th St., flames were shooting 20 feet in the air from a single-story home with a basement. It took them an hour to knock down the flames and they continue to monitor for flare-ups.

The house is a total loss. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

Moore tells us that five people lived there, but only four were home at the time. They escaped, along with two dogs, without injury. Two other dogs did not survive.

We spoke with the residents, who are renters of the home, who say they escaped with literally nothing. The Red Cross has been called in and will be putting the victims up in a hotel tonight.

Thanks to Megan, David, Lynn and Greg for the tips, and Greg for the first two photos!

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Seattle Police arrest man for Woodland Park murder last week

February 29th, 2012 by Doree

Update 5:30 p.m.: The suspect appeared in court this afternoon for a bail hearing. According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, the Court ordered him held without bail. The Prosecutor has until March 2 (Friday) to file charges.

Earlier: Seattle Police have arrested a 33-year-old man in the murder of a man in Woodland Park last week.

From the SPD Blotter:

During the course of their investigation, Homicide detectives developed information about a possible suspect in last week’s homicide at Woodland Park. On February 28th, detectives contacted and arrested a 33 year old man for that shooting. After being interviewed by detectives, the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Murder. This remains an active and ongoing homicide investigation.

Seattlepi.com has a long write-up on the victim and suspect here.

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Stay-at-home Strategies for Seniors workshop tonight at PNA

February 29th, 2012 by Doree

Microhouse architecture and design firm and two partners are offering another workshop in a series discussing how seniors can “age in place” by living in Backyard Cottages.

Seeking stay-at-home alternatives? Backyard cottages can provide creative housing options for seniors and their families. Join Microhouse, Ncompass Cottage Company, and Husky Senior Care to learn more about aging-in-place strategies including the design construction and use of backyard cottages. Bring your ideas and questions. After the presentation we will have plenty of time to discuss your project.

Tonight’s Stay-at-Home Strategies workshop is from 7-9 p.m. at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 32 of the Brick Building. Cost is $20 for PNA members, $25 general. To register call 206-783-2244.

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Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was lost!

February 28th, 2012 by Doree

Update: Chicken and owner have been reunited! From Kiva:

We’ve reunited neighbor and fowl! The chicken hadn’t traveled very far and we got to meet new neighbors and a standing invitation for the daycare kids to come see the chickens! Thanks for your help.

Earlier: Kiva tells us that her mom saw a chicken trying to cross the road – seriously – on 8th Avenue NW near the corner of NW 73rd Street today.

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Zak & Zoe vandalized last week, large rock thrown through window

February 28th, 2012 by Doree

A few days ago we told you about Umpqua Bank being vandalized last week. Now, we’re told that Zak & Zoe, just a few blocks down, was also vandalized.

Owner Nadja Wiese says someone threw a large rock through the store’s window sometime early last Wednesday, Feb. 22. Besides shattering the glass, it also destroyed one of the store’s illuminated signs.

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Chuck’s Hop Shop hosts ‘Good Cause Beer Tasting’ for Greenwood Park on Wednesday

February 28th, 2012 by Doree

Chuck’s Hop Shop, also known as Chuck’s 85th St. Market, is hosting a special beer tasting on Wednesday evening to raise money for a new multi-sports court in Greenwood Park.

The beer samples are free, but donations are welcome. The event is from 5-8 p.m. at 656 NW 85th St.

Meet great people, learn more about the project and try awesome beer from American Brewing Co. in Edmonds including Breakaway IPA, American Blonde, Brave American Brown and Caboose Oatmeal Stout.

Vision Greenwood Park (VGP) is a volunteer group of neighbors and representatives of local groups. In 2009, the group developed the “Greenwood Park Master Plan” with input from the community. The master plan called for the construction of a community garden and multi-sports court for basketball, hockey and soccer uses. Thanks to a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Neighborhood Matching Fund, local donations and tons of volunteer hours the community garden has been successfully built. Now we are off to finalize design of the sports court and get it built in 2012. Once again DON is helping to make this endeavor possible by awarding us a Matching Fund Grant, that coupled with a grant from by King County has gone a long way. Despite the two grants, VPG is finding it necessary to trim the design of the sports court to match our available budget. Every cent raised at events like the one being held at Chuck’s helps us maintain the important elements to make the sports court a fun useable space for the older kids in the neighborhood.

Come out and learn more about the project this Wednesday while getting to know a local business as well.

For more information on Vision Greenwood Park find us on Facebook or visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VisionGreenwoodPark/. Learn more about Chuck’s at http://chucks85th.com/.

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85th Street paving project update for this week

February 27th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation continues its nearly year-long paving project on N/NW 85th Street from Ballard to I-5.

Here’s what SDOT plans to work on this week (planned work hours are from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Phase 1 – 15th Ave NW to 8th Ave NW

  • Demolition, excavation and replacement of concrete roadway panels throughout the project area.
  • Removal and replacement of curbs, curb ramps and sidewalk at Mary Ave NW, 11th Ave NW, 10th Ave NW and 9th Ave NW intersections.
  • Installation of storm drain pipes and inlets on NW 85th St at 13th Ave NW (south side).
  • Access to/from NW 85th St at Mary Ave NW (north side) and 13th Ave NW (north and south sides) will be closed starting this week.

Side-streets can be closed for up to 30 days; closure days are not required to be consecutive.

Phase 2 – 8th Ave NW to Greenwood Ave N

  • Continue roadway demolition and excavation on the south side of NW 85th St between 8th Ave NW and 3rd Ave NW.

Residents and businesses will be notified in advance of impacts to driveways.

  • Access to/from NW 85th St at 6th Ave NW (south side) will continue to be closed for installation of storm drain pipes and concrete work.

Phase 3 – Greenwood Ave N to Aurora Ave N

  • Access to/from NW 85th St at Phinney Ave N (north side) will be closed beginning next week for installation of a stormwater detention pipe; this work will take approximately two to three weeks to complete.

Detention pipe work is allowed to be done out of sequence; Phase 3 roadway work on N 85th St is not anticipated to begin until spring/summer 2012.

Note: construction activities are weather dependent and are subject to change.

Upcoming Construction Activities (stay tuned for additional details):

  • Nighttime asphalt paving on NW 85th St is planned between 15th Ave NW and 8th Ave NW at night on Monday March 5; the roadway will be fully closed to traffic at night from Monday at 9 p.m. to Tuesday at 6 a.m.
  • Paving is weather dependent and could shift to the night of Tuesday, March 6
  • Weekend intersection reconstruction at N 85th St and Greenwood Ave is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of March 9 through 12; the intersection will be fully closed to traffic from Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. through Monday, March 12 at 6 a.m.

Here’s what construction looks like  at NW 85th Street and 6th Avenue NW on Tuesday.

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Whittier Elementary auction looking for last-minute donations

February 27th, 2012 by Doree

If you own a Ballard-Phinney-Greenwood area business and would like to donate to Whittier Elementary School’s bi-annual auction, the deadline is this Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Whittier is located at 1320 NW 75th St. in Ballard, but its boundaries include the western edge of Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

The auction is the main fundraiser for Whittier’s PTA, which pays for after-school tutoring, field trips, the school’s art teacher, annual events like the fall carnival, provides extra library funds, and more.

This year’s auction theme harkens waaaayyyy back – to the 1980s. “We Got the Beat” is set for Saturday, May 5, at The Canal in Ballard.

New this year, Whittier will auction off most items online, before the May 5 main auction and party. The online auction will launch on April 23. It will be divided into sections that close at different dates.

Auction coordinators say auctioning the majority of items online will make it much easier for volunteers, so they don’t have to set up hundreds of items at the May 5 main event. It also opens up bidding to everyone, whether they come to the May 5 party or not, and whether or not they have children at Whittier (i.e., grandparents who live in another state could bid on children’s books or experiences to give as gifts).

You can donate online. If you have questions, email the auction committee at wegotthebeat2012@gmail.com.

(Disclosure: I am on the Whittier auction committee.)

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Zoo’s Fecal Fest starts tomorrow

February 27th, 2012 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest starts on Tuesday. Enter the drawing for a chance to buy the very popular Zoo Doo or Bedspread compost for your garden.

A steaming pile of Zoo Doo. Photo by Ryan Hawk, Woodland Park Zoo.

Zoo Doo is the most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest. Composed of exotic species feces contributed by the zoo’s non-primate herbivores, Zoo Doo is perfect for vegetables and annuals.

Bedspread, the zoo’s premium composted mulch, is like Zoo Doo but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust. It’s the perfect mulch for perennial beds and woody landscapes such as native gardens, rose beds, shrubs, tree rings or pathways.

As usual, due to the popularity of Zoo Doo, gardening fans must enter a drawing to win the chance to purchase Zoo Doo or Bedspread. For the first time, an online form is available to make it easier to enter and help reduce paper. Beginning February 28, enter at: www.zoo.org/fecalfest. Only one entry per person is eligible for each drawing.

For those garden enthusiasts who don’t have access to a computer, Dr. Doo will still accept postcards. Separate postcards are required for Zoo Doo and Bedspread drawings. Only one postcard per person is eligible for each drawing.

For postcard entries, send a standard postcard to: Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103. Include the following information: Name; Day and evening phone numbers; Mark postcard: Zoo Doo or B.S.; Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load); Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up.

The online entries and postcards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Phone orders will not be accepted.

WHEN: Online forms and postcard entries will be accepted from February 28 through March 17. Pick-up dates begin April 13 through April 29. The lucky winners load the compost and Dr. Doo provides the shovels.

PRICES: Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $45; 6×3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStores for $12.95 and $4.95, respectively.

INFO: For more information, call the Poop Line at 206.625.POOP or visit the zoo’s website at www.zoo.org.

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This week’s repaving of NW 100th St. has been postponed

February 27th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation is postponing the repaving project on NW 100th Street from 8th to 14th Avenue NW. The work had been planned for Tuesday through Friday.

SDOT says the crew supervisor is looking at rescheduling the work to a time with a lower volume of traffic, possibly when schools are out for spring break.

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