November 9th, 2012 by Doree
A happy crowd of members and donors helped the Phinney Neighborhood Association unveil its new elevator and community plaza, complete with a more welcoming staircase to the front door, on a beautiful, crisp Thursday evening.
PNA Capital Campaign Co-Chair (and former Board President) John Smith told the crowd that the Capital Campaign has raised $6.4 million to renovate the historic buildings, once home to the John B. Allen School. That includes $1.15 million from community members. The elevator, plaza and stairs cost about $2 million.
“I wanted to say a big hearty ‘thank you!’” Smith told the crowd.
The PNA made an elevator a priority so that it could be more accessible to the entire community, whether it was someone who was mobility challenged, or a parent with a stroller who needed to get to a class on the top floor.
State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles told of bringing her elderly mother to the PNA for functions, but it would take forever for her to walk up the stairs. “She’s turning 97 and I’m really looking forward to bringing her back,” she said with a smile.
PNA Executive Director Lee Harper, Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and Kohl-Welles toasted the plaza and elevator with champagne.
Then they got to work on cutting the ribbon. (Former PNA Executive Director Ed Medeiros got to use the huge scissors.)
The Phinney Center is listed on the Washington Heritage Register of Historic Places. Susan Rohrer from the Washington State Historical Society told the crowd, “Historic buildings like this add depth and character to the communities they reside in.”
Here’s a shot of the plaza from above.
Tags: accessibility, community plaza, Ed Medeiros, elevator, Frank Chop, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, John Smith, Lee Harper, Mary Lou Dickerson, Phinney Neighborhood Association, PNA, Washington State Historical Society
March 2nd, 2012 by Doree
State Reps. Mary Lou Dickerson of the 36th District and Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney in the 46th District have announced their retirements. Both districts cover portions of Phinney Ridge and Greenwood. Phinney Ridge resident Nick Cail has announced he will run for Dickerson’s position in the 36th District.
“This election year more than any in recent history, our Seattle delegation needs strong champions for ensuring our local, small businesses thrive; preparing our kids to compete in a global economy; and renewing our commitment to our four-year universities and community colleges,” Cail said in a press release.
“My campaign will not be about our economic struggles of the last several years, but instead focus on our state’s great capacity to invest in our small businesses and public schools over the next several decades. Now is the time to decide what we want Washington state high schools and colleges to look like when today’s kindergardeners are ready to enroll in them.”
Tags: 36th District, 46th District, Mary Lou Dickerson, Nick Cail, Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney, politics, State Legislature
June 1st, 2011 by Doree
The three lawmakers in the 36th Legislative District – which includes parts of Phinney and Greenwood – are hosting a town hall forum at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, at the Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N. 85th St.
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson and Rep. Reuven Carlyle will talk about the recently concluded 2011 Legislative Session, which included dramatic budget cuts, and what lies ahead for the state.
Tags: 36th Legislative District, Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Mary Lou Dickerson, politics, Reuven Carlyle