November 21st, 2013 by Doree
The proposed development at North 68th Street and Greenwood Avenue North will have its first Design Review Early Design Guidance meeting at 8 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16 at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave. NW, in the Multi-Purpose Room.
The developers are proposing a four-story building with 46 residential units, 3,500 square feet of retail space at ground level and 1,500 square feet below grade. Parking for 15 vehicles will be located below grade.
The lot housed a service station years ago. Those structures were recently removed. This is what the lot looks like now.
Design Guidance meetings are open to the public.
Tags: 6800 Greenwood, construction, development
November 13th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation and King County Metro crews are installing a number of pedestrian improvements along Aurora Avenue, getting ready for Metro’s RapidRide Line E route, which begins service in early 2014.
The improvements include the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection of North 95th Street and Aurora Avenue North, along with a number of new sidewalks on Aurora and some of its side streets. These sidewalks, where existing sidewalks are substandard or don’t exist, will give transit riders a safer and more pleasant path to and from their RapidRide stops on Aurora.
The project will also add a number of federally mandated Americans with Disabilities (ADA) curb ramps (although not at every Aurora intersection). Finally, the project provides funding for additional bus arrival signs along the corridor. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014.
The E Line will operate along Aurora between the Aurora Village Transit Center and downtown Seattle. Like other RapidRide routes, it is intended to improve transit speed and reliability, all intended to make travel by public transit more appealing to commuters.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, buses, construction, Metro, RapidRide, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, transit
November 4th, 2013 by Doree
Permits filed with Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development indicate that Homestreet Bank will install a branch where Greenwood Mandarin used to be, at 7307 Greenwood Ave. N., next to Ken’s Market’s parking lot.
According to the permits, the facade of the building will be improved and will include an ATM.
Thanks to Eric for the tip!
Tags: construction, development, Greenwood Mandarin, Homestreet Bank, Ken's Market
November 1st, 2013 by Doree
The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 6 of the Blue Building.
On this month’s agenda:
- 7:30-8:15 p.m. – Bicycle Master Plan Discussion – Kevin O’Neil, Planning and Urban Design Manager, SDOT
- 8:15-8:20 p.m. – Rapid Ride Stop at 50th & Aurora, partner with Woodland Park Zoo
- 8:20-8:30 p.m. – Building updates:
- 5555 Phinney Townhomes/Single Family Homes project
- Old Orowheat Property @ 70th and Greenwood
- 68th & Greenwood – 4-story mixed-use development
- 63rd & Linden – Building demo and tree removal
- 8:30-8:35 p.m. – Streets Committee
- 8:35-8:40 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness HUB
Tags: construction, development, Phinney Ridge Community Council, Rapid Ride
October 10th, 2013 by Doree
Developers just received a determination of non-significance for an environmental review of the site at 8727 Phinney Ave. N. where they plan to build a four-story, six-unit apartment building with a total of 40 “sleeping rooms,” commonly referred to as “apodments.”
The site is currently an overgrown empty lot directly north of the Greenwood Safeway’s rooftop parking lot. Here’s the view from Phinney Avenue looking west (that’s Walgreens on Greenwood Avenue in the upper left).
And here’s the view looking east toward Phinney Avenue.
The building will be a total of 8,828 square feet and does not include any parking. The full DPD decision and site description are here.
Appeals on the SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) determination must be received by the Hearing Examiner by Oct. 24, and accompanied by an $85 filing fee check payable to the City of Seattle. Send to: City of Seattle, Hearing Examiner, PO Box 94729, Seattle WA 98124-4729.
Tags: adodments, construction, development
October 8th, 2013 by Doree
The owners of the old service station property at the northeast corner of 68th and Greenwood Avenue have applied for permits to demolish the old building and construct a four-story mixed-use building with approximately 39 residential units, 5,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, and parking.
Here’s what the site looked like in April when soil samples were being taken.
Contaminated soil at the site will be cleaned up before construction.
Thanks to Karl and Andy for the tips, and Robert for the photo!
Tags: construction, Department of Planning and Development, development, DPD
October 3rd, 2013 by Doree
The development planned for 101 NW 85th St., across the street from Fred Meyer, has officially filed a land use application to construct a five-story, 104-unit residential building with 8,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and below–ground parking for 104 vehicles.
The development will take over the long-empty building on the corner of NW 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW, plus three neighboring lots.
The development is undergoing SEPA Environmental Determination. Comments on the environmental impact are being accepted through Oct. 16. You can comment online, by email to the Public Resource Center at email@example.com, by fax to 206-233-7901, or by mail to: Department of Planning and Development, Attn: Public Resource Center, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019. Include the project number, project address, and your mailing address.
Tags: construction, development
August 11th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation will begin work this week on Aurora Avenue North improvements, including installing Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes, adding signal priority for Metro buses, and retiming corridor traffic signals.
Beginning September 8, BAT lanes will be in operation for the north and southbound directions on Aurora between N 38th and N 115th streets during peak travel times – 6-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. BAT lanes are reserved for buses and right-turning vehicles. The exception will be the southbound BAT lanes between N 77th and N 72nd streets, which will be activated only during the morning peak period until parking in this area is further evaluated.
Once the BAT lanes are operating, SDOT will retime signals to keep traffic moving and reduce travel times for all users of Aurora. During the fall, SDOT will install transit signal priority systems to enable traffic signals to detect approaching buses and extend a green light or end a red light early. This will improve service and reduce delays for transit users.
Following installation of the BAT lanes and traffic signal retiming, King County Metro will start RapidRide E Line service on Aurora Avenue N in February 2014, replacing Route 358.
Details of the project schedule are as follows:
• August 12, 2013: SDOT will begin removing existing signs and roadway striping, and installing new signs and striping. Medians also will be installed at Aurora/N. 87thand Aurora/N. 88th to improve safety. The expected duration of the work is three weeks, ending on September 6. Temporary parking restrictions will occur during construction.
• September 8, 2013: SDOT will open the BAT lanes.
• September 8-27, 2013: SDOT will adjust traffic signals based on the new roadway configuration and traffic queues.
• Fall 2013: SDOT will install and configure transit signal priority systems.
• February 15, 2014: King County Metro will begin RapidRide E Line service.
Tags: Aurora Avenue, construction, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, transit
August 7th, 2013 by Doree
The City of Seattle and Metro Transit are hosting an open house tonight to discuss plans to improve Metro service and bus stops in Greenwood. The open house is from 5-7 p.m. at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
Changes are proposed for Greenwood Avenue North between 92nd and 105th streets, including bus stop consolidation, bus bulbs and sidewalk improvements.
Tags: bus, buses, construction, Greenwood Library, Metro, transit
August 7th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Department of Transportation crews have started resealing about 36 miles of streets throughout Greenwood and Crown Hill. Crews will be working between NW 110th and 85th streets, and 15th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue. The work should be complete by Aug. 30, weather permitting.
Renewing the chip-seal surface preserves the condition of the streets, creating a highly skid-resistant surface that prevents water from penetrating the roadway subsurface, thereby limiting damage such as potholes. Approximately 25 percent of Seattle’s residential streets have chip-sealed surfaces. Preparation began this spring when crews repaired cracks and other roadway damage in the streets scheduled for resurfacing.
Chip sealing is cost effective and fast; crews can resurface up to several miles of roadway in a day’s time. SDOT has been chip sealing streets since 1967, converting dirt and gravel non-arterial streets to chip seal in order to cut down on dust and other pollution and improve air quality. Chip-seal surfaces are typically renewed approximately every ten years. Streets in the Crown Hill/Greenwood neighborhood were last chip sealed in 1996.
Notices of upcoming work in the form of door hangers have been distributed to area residents and businesses. “No Parking” signs will be placed on streets in advance. Residents should park out of the area to be resurfaced to prevent the chance of any chip-seal residue getting on their vehicles, and to help SDOT do the work as quickly as possible. Because the chip-seal process involves the application of a fast-drying emulsion into which chipped rocks are compacted, the new surface can be driven on almost immediately. Motorists are asked to limit their speed to ten miles per hour for the first few days following the resurfacing to allow for the rocks to set. Mechanical street sweepers will remove the loose rock within several days following the chip-seal operation. (Sweeping might be postponed during extremely hot weather.)
Typical work hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, with traffic restrictions in effect during this time. Some inconvenience can be expected; however, SDOT will make every effort to minimize disruptions. More information is available about this work on SDOT’s website at www.seattle.gov/transportation/chipseal.htm Also, for more information or to provide comments, the public may contact Susan Almachar of SDOT at 206-396-3556.
Tags: construction, roads, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, streets, traffic
July 18th, 2013 by Doree
Get ready for some major traffic disruption at Holman Road/105th Street in Greenwood as Seattle Department of Transportation begins making major improvements from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way NE. The work begins next Thursday, July 26
Monday, July 22 and lasts through November. (Update: SDOT has rescheduled the start of this project until after the Greenwood Seafair Parade on Wednesday.)
Phase I of the project consists of installing storm drains and reconstructing the roadway on North 105th Street between Holman Road Northwest and Aurora Avenue North. For this work, the contractor working for SDOT will detour eastbound traffic on Holman Road Northwest and North 105th Street at Greenwood Avenue North beginning Monday morning, July 22 and continuing until November.
Two signed detours will be established for eastbound traffic:
• South on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 85th Street
• North on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way
• North on Greenwood Avenue North
• East on North 130th Street
• South on Aurora Avenue North
• East on North Northgate Way
Large trucks eastbound on Holman Road Northwest will be detoured at Greenwood Avenue North, north to North 145th Street, then east on North 145th Street, or south on Greenwood Avenue North and east on North 85th Street. (See attached map.)
At least one lane of westbound traffic on North 105th Street will remain open at all times. Access to businesses will be maintained. While sidewalks are being constructed, pedestrians will have access on at least one side of North 105th Street.
In addition, transit will be re-routed, and bus stops may be closed or re-located. For information on bus service, look for Rider Alert notices at bus stops, see Metro Online,www.kingcounty.gov/metro, or call (206) 553-3000.
At the completion of Phase I, the construction activity will move east to the Phase II section of North Northgate Way between Aurora Avenue North and Corliss Avenue North.
This project will improve the corridor along North 105th Street and North/Northeast Northgate Way from Greenwood Avenue North to Lake City Way Northeast. Improvements will include roadway repaving, new sidewalks and curb ramps, drainage improvements, street lighting and traffic signals, and Intelligent Transportation System components. When it is completed in the summer 2014, it will have significant benefits for the public and motorists, including:
• Improved safety for pedestrians
• Elimination of potholes
• Eased traffic congestion
• Improved water quality
• Improved transit speed and reliability
• Real-time information for travelers
This work is funded by the Bridging the Gap transportation levy approved by Seattle voters in November 2006 and by a Washington State Transportation Improvement Board grant.
For more information, please visit the project website: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/pave_N105.htm.
Tags: construction, Holman Road, SDOT, seattle department of transportation, traffic, transportation
July 17th, 2013 by Doree
Neighbors of the remodeled Greenwood Fred Meyer complained after an extra-wide truck turn lane was painted on 3rd Avenue NW before the store’s grand reopening in February. The wide lane meant street parking in that stretch was prohibited, and cars heading northbound drove dangerously close to the curb and driveways of neighboring houses.
But, a neighbor tells us that after repeated complaints to Seattle Department of Transportation, the turn lane has been repainted and is much smaller, allowing more room for drivers going straight.
Tags: construction, Fred Meyer, parking, streets, traffic