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


Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake Neighborhood Plan updated

March 21st, 2016 by Doree

The neighborhoods of Broadview, Bitter Lake and Haller Lake north of Greenwood have updated their neighborhood plan. That combined neighborhood is generally described as from 105th Street to the south and 145th Street to the north, 15th Avenue NE on the east side and Puget Sound on the west.

In response to the community’s neighborhood plan, Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development has drafted zoning changes to promote development of a neighborhood business district on Linden Ave. N.

The changes will affect the east side of Linden Ave. N between N 130th St. & N 145th St., and N 130th St. between Linden Ave. N and Aurora Ave. N. They include the following:

  • Rezone the east side of Linden Ave. N to Commercial 1 to reduce the intensity of commercial uses and increase compatibility with the growing residential neighborhood.
  • Allow street level residences on Linden Ave. N north of N 135th St.
  • Require street-level businesses on the east side of Linden Ave. N between N 135th and N 130th streets to encourage development of a neighborhood shopping district.
  • Require portions of new buildings over 45 feet high to set back 10 feet from the street edge to reduce bulk.
  • New buildings on and N 130th St. between Linden Ave. N and Aurora Ave. N. will need to create street fronts that support a better walking environment.
  • There are no height increases proposed as part of this legislation.

The Bitter Lake Urban Design Framework provides background for the proposed changes.

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Safety improvements coming to Bitter Lake after Mayor’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk in November

January 17th, 2016 by Doree

Following the Bitter Lake neighborhood’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk with Mayor Ed Murray on Nov. 14, several city agencies are making improvements:

  • Parks has a contractor lined up and is working with Bitter Lake P-Patch gardeners to coordinate the installation of the gunite encapsulation of the gabions to prevent further injuries
  • The North Precinct has increased patrol on Linden Ave
  • 3 incidences of graffiti removed
  • Parks pruned vegetation along Bitter Lake shoreline
  • Traffic calming on N 143rd St (in process)
  • Department of Transportation (SDOT) is meeting next week to review the Linden Ave corridor and anticipates key improvements and updates will be made (in process)

SDOT representatives will be present at the Bitter Lake Community Center (13035 Linden Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133) on January 21st, from 7-8pm to address the traffic calming project and additional SDOT improvements in Bitter Lake.

In addition, community groups, using grants distributed as part of the Find It, Fix It Community Walk, are implementing neighborhood projects:

  • PTA’s playground cleanup project at Broadview Thomson K-8
  • Interpretive sign at Bitter Lake shoreline (in process)
  • Community Center art project (in process)
  • P-Patch art project (in process)
  • What do you love about Bitter Lake? (in process)

As a reminder, please continue to use the Find It, Fix It App to report issues. The app can be found in the iTunes and Google Play stores. In addition, please take our new survey and give us feedback on the walk.

At the Mayor’s Find it Fix it Tour on November 14, 2015 the community expressed strong concerns with traffic on N 143rd St. Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) confirmed this corridor is used as a cut-through route from Aurora to Greenwood. People driving should use N 145th St, one block to the north.

At the meeting on January 21, we will provide traffic data to the community and discuss potential improvements. If the community chooses to pursue improvements, the best funding source is the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund. Project applications are due February 8. Find the application and learn more atwww.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborhood-park-and-street-fund.

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13-year-old girl sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake park Friday afternoon

July 13th, 2014 by Doree

Seattle Police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at Bitter Lake on Friday afternoon.

From the SPD Blotter:

As the girl was listening to music at the park, a man called out her name. The girl thought she knew the man and walked up to him.

The suspect then grabbed the girl and dragged her to a secluded area near the water and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was able to escape and fled to the Bitter Lake Community Center. The suspect was last seen leaving the park along Bitter Pl. North.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for evaluation.

The suspect is described as a white man, 40 years old with a heavy build.

Sexual Assault Detectives responded to the scene and are investigating the incident.

If you have any information about this case, please call 911 or contact detectives at (206) 684-5575.

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Bitter Lake Reservoir park space to reopen Thursday

January 9th, 2013 by Doree

Seattle Parks and Recreation has completed its Bitter Lake Reservoir Enhancement Project, which will allow the public to enjoy a new park space at North 143rd Street and Linden Avenue North. It was one of 15 projects to receive funding through the first round of the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund.

The Parks Department says it will remove construction fencing around the project by tomorrow.

The overarching goal for this community initiated project is to provide a park-like atmosphere with useable amenities where the Bitter Lake community can gather and play. The Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project provides a new creative children’s play space between the new P-patch and the existing plaza along with plantings and irrigation near Mark Lere’s “Seattle Scatter Piece.” The area now meets current Americans with Disability accessibility and safety standards.

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Bitter Lake Reservoir public meeting on Wednesday

September 24th, 2011 by Doree

It’s a bit north of Greenwood, but we wanted to tell you that Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a community meeting on the Bitter Lake Reservoir Enhancement project from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at Tressa Apartments, 14200 Linden Ave. N.

Parks will present a refined schematic plan for the project based on input heard at the first public meeting held in July. The overarching goal for this project is to provide a park-like atmosphere and useable amenities for the residents living in the Bitter Lake Reservoir neighborhood. This Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund project provides a new creative children’s play space between the new P-patch and the existing plaza, and brings social space improvements to the plaza. The project site is located along N 143rd St. and the corner of Linden Ave. N.

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Broadview — Bitter Lake — Haller Lake neighborhood planning meeting Tuesday

June 20th, 2011 by Doree

If you live just north of Greenwood in the Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake neighborhoods, you have a chance to shape and improve your neighborhood through a Neighborhood Plan workshop on Tuesday night.

The workshop is hosted by the City of Seattle and the Neighborhood Advisory Committee, and will help create the Broadview – Bitter Lake – Haller Lake Vision 2020 Neighborhood Plan. The city says several hundred neighbors have already participated in the first round in March by sharing why they chose their neighborhood, what’s important to keep, what’s missing, and what needs attention.

Broadview-Bitter Lake-Haller Lake neighbors cited these five items as the most important to concentrate on:

  • Places where neighbors come together to shop, dine, and play
  • Ways to preserve the neighborhood’s natural beauty and character
  • A more hospitable and pleasant Aurora Avenue North Complement growth with urban amenities and sidewalks
  • Support for community program, events, and organization
  • To walk and bike safely

Neighborhood Advisory Committees (NAC), consisting of community members who are passionate about their community and understand the importance of engaging others in this work, are advising the City on the update.

To request interpretation, ADA accommodations, or to sign up for childcare, contact Kerry Wade at (206) 733-9091or kerry.wade@seattle.gov.

Tuesday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., in the cafeteria. The first 30 minutes is for refreshments and socializing. The presentation and interactive program is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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