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

 

First phase of Aurora Avenue road work ends more than a week early, median lanes to reopen today

February 5th, 2016 by Doree

Washington State Department of Transportation crews finished the first phase of signage work more than a week early and will reopen the median lanes in both directions by early afternoon today. The southbound bus-only lane will also reopen, except at Comstock Street.

Phase two of the work to build foundations for the signs that will direct drivers to the future SR 99 tunnel will start at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8. This second phase will require a one-block closure of the southbound right lane near Comstock Street while crews construct the final sign foundation near Comstock Street. Buses will merge into the general purpose lane at this location. This should last two to three weeks.

Since buses will merge into the general-purpose lanes for one block during the next phase of work, there may be some backups.

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Greenwood development update

February 1st, 2016 by Doree

We have two Greenwood development updates to tell you about.

Two houses at 8755 and 8759 Phinney Ave. N. will be demolished to make way for a seven-unit, three-story townhouse building. Parking for five vehicles will be provided.

325 N 90th St-8755-8759 Phinney-resized

The building, at the corner of North 90th Street and Phinney Avenue North, will have a new address of 325 N. 90th St. The project is under Streamlined Design Review. You can comment on site planning and design issues through Feb. 10 by emailing PRC@seattle.gov; reference project number 3021901. This will be the only opportunity to comment on this project.

Construction crews are currently building two three-story townhouse structures at 526 N. 105th St. The five-unit building will have attached garages; the four-unit building will have surface parking. The site is adjacent to several other multi-family structures.

526 N 105th St-resized

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

January 31st, 2016 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. All Phinney Ridge residents and business owners are welcome.

On the agenda:

 

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Former Oroweat site at 70th & Greenwood to become mixed-use development

January 25th, 2016 by Doree

The empty site at 7009 Greenwood Ave. N. that used to house the Oroweat Bakery Outlet has finally been sold after several years of environmental cleanup.

Old Oroweat site-4-4-13-resized

Evolution Projects in Fremont plans to construct a 38,000 square foot mixed-use building with 25 units and 20 parking spaces.

You can see photos of what the site currently looks like behind the fence at the website for Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections (formerly called Department of Planning & Development).

Design Review is required, so the public will have a chance to weigh in at Early Design Guidance meetings, yet to be scheduled.

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SDOT now in Phase 2 of Greenwood transit and sidewalk project

January 25th, 2016 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation has finished the first phase of its Greenwood Avenue North Transit and Sidewalk Project and has moved into Phase 2.

During Phase 1, crews built new sidewalks and curb ramps that are ADA accessible along the east side of Greenwood Avenue North between North 92nd Street and North 97th Street, and between North 104th Street and North 105th Street.

Crews will now work from south to north along the corridor installing new sidewalks, planting strips, and curb ramps on the east side of Greenwood Avenue between North 97th Street and North 104th Street. After that, crews will install new bus islands, shelters, lighting and other improvements between North 90th Street and North 103rd Street. The project is expected to be finished in April.

See the project webpage for complete details of the project, including construction fact sheets.

If you’d like to sign up to receive construction updates, email GreenwoodAve@seattle.gov.

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Reminder: Extended lane closures on Aurora Avenue beginning Monday

January 17th, 2016 by Doree

Don’t forget that the median lanes will be closed in each direction along a one-mile stretch of Aurora Avenue North between the Aurora Bridge and just north of Mercer Street beginning Monday. The closures will last about a month. Construction crews will build four large sign foundations for the future SR 99 tunnel. During the closure, buses and vehicles will share the southbound bus-only lane.

An additional lane will close at night and during several weekends, including Jan. 23-24.

WSDOT encourages drivers and bus riders to plan ahead as additional congestion is expected on Aurora Avenue North. Consider alternative travel modes such as ride-sharing or carpooling, or traveling in off-peak times. Keep informed by using King County Metro’s rider alerts or trip planning tools as well as WSDOT’s travel tools and SDOT’s travelers information page.

Also remember that cyclists and pedestrians will be routed off the Aurora Avenue Bridge northbound sidewalk beginning Monday as crews attach a containment system to the sidewalk as part of the bridge’s preservation project. Signed detours will be in place. That sidewalk detour will remain in place through September.

Drivers may also notice the containment system which is a large tarp that will stretch up and over the bridge’s safety fence. The system is designed to keep paint and debris falling into the water below while crews repaint portions of the bridge.

A contact number and emergency phone for a vehicle pickup will be available at either end of the bridge to assist ADA users who are unable to use the cyclist and pedestrian detour.

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Open house for new SPD North Precinct Station on Jan. 23

January 13th, 2016 by Doree

The Seattle Police Department is hosting a community open house to update folks on the progress of the new North Precinct Station, which will be at the southeast corner of Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street.

The meeting is from 10 am. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Bitter Lake Community Center Annex at Broadview-Thomson K-8, 13040 Greenwood Ave. N. SPD will show preliminary designs and a proposed construction schedule, and will discuss opportunities for public input.

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2nd Early Design Guidance meeting for Phinney Flats apartments at 68th & Greenwood is Monday

January 8th, 2016 by Doree

The second early design guidance meeting for the Phinney Flats development proposed for 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

The proposal is to replace the current building with a four-story building with 56 small efficiency dwelling units and three live-work units, with bike storage but no parking. Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat Bistro are expected to move back into the ground floor.

Click here to see the design proposal.

You can comment on site planning and design issues by emailing PRC@seattle.gov (reference project number 3020114).

Please note that public comment at the EDG meeting is limited to design considerations. If environmental review is triggered, comments related to environmental impacts (such as traffic, parking, noise, etc.) may be sent to DPD following notice of that review.

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Reminder: Phinney Flats developer at Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting Tuesday

January 4th, 2016 by Doree

Just a reminder that the developer and architect of the proposed Phinney Flats at 6726 Greenwood Ave. N. will be at the Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting tomorrow (Tuesday). The proposal would replace the current building with a four-story building with 56 small efficiency dwelling units and three live-work units, and for Ed’s Kort Haus and Stumbling Goat Bistro to move back into the ground floor. No parking is proposed.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Kelten Johnson of Johnson & Carr Developers and Jay Janette of Janette Architecture will discuss the project from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

This is a good chance for the community to learn more about the project before the Northwest Design Review Board holds its second design review meeting on Monday, Jan. 11. That meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ballard Community Center, 6020 28th Ave NW, in the Sunset/Captain Ballard Room.

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