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


Greenwood micro-housing project increases by 5 dwelling units, under streamlined design review

January 5th, 2015 by Doree

The micro-housing project at 714 N. 95th St. in Greenwood, which originally proposed 36 dwelling units in three stories, has increased to 41 units, according to the Department of Planning and Development’s latest Land Use Bulletin. No parking is required.

714 N 95th St-exterior-resized

DPD is using a streamlined design review process for the project. Comments on site planning and design issues will be accepted through Jan. 18. Comments can be emailed to PRC@seattle.gov or mailed to: City of Seattle, DPD, PRC, 700 5th Ave., Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.

Following the public comment period, the Department of Planning and Development will issue a written design guidance report. This report will consider public comment and the applicable city-wide and neighborhood specific Design Guidelines and will serve as the basis for further review of the building permit. Once the applicant has incorporated the design guidance into the proposal they may apply for a building permit. No public notice of the building permit application will be provided.

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Mini park will pop up in parking space in Phinney Ridge for Friday’s annual PARK(ing) Day

September 16th, 2014 by Doree

The annual PARK(ing) Day is this Friday, with more than 50 pop-up parks throughout the city, including one in Phinney Ridge. PARK(ing) Day turns parking spaces into public places for one day, to re-think how streets can be used to promote a healthy, walkable community.

Our neighborhood’s pop-up park will be in front of A-1 Piano at 7020 Greenwood Ave. N. They’ll have pianos there for anyone to play.

Here’s their pop-up park from last year.

PARKing Day 2013 - A1piano-resized

PARK(ing) Day spaces will be in place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. Check out the website for a full list and map of all parks throughout the city.

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Apodments at 87th & Phinney Avenue to be called ‘Footprint Phinney,’ open in spring 2015

July 23rd, 2014 by Doree

Footprint Investments has a conceptual drawing of its plan for the four-story, six-unit building currently under construction at 8727 Phinney Ave. N. The building will be called “Footprint Phinney” and have 40 “sleeping rooms.” It is directly north of the Greenwood Safeway’s upper parking lot, and east of the grocery store’s lower lot.

Here’s what the construction site looks like now.


Footprint Phinney’s website lists its amenities:

  • Furnished with a bed, table, chair, and bookshelf
  • Convenience center including microwave, refrigerator/freezer
  • Common kitchens
  • Sound-insulated floors and walls/quiet hours
  • Onsite laundry
  • Walk Score: 97
  • Transit Score: 53
  • Bike Score: 68
  • Professional maintenance of common areas and grounds
  • Close to Zipcar locations
  • Flexible lease terms

We’ve emailed Footprint Investments several times to ask how much rent will be but have not received a response.

Our October post about the development drew a lot of neighborhood criticism because it does not require parking.

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Controversial extra-wide turn lane into Fred Meyer on 3rd Avenue slimmed down

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.


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Reminder about pre-paid overnight parking if you need to leave your car after a night out

March 18th, 2013 by Doree

Simon Thwaits, a journalism student at the University of Washington’s News Lab, reports on the City of Seattle’s so-called “liquor sticker” program, that encourages drivers who’ve had a few drinks, to leave their car overnight and pick it up in the morning.

Use of Seattle’s pre-paid parking program to prevent drunk driving, sometimes referred to as the “liquor sticker,” has continued to increase, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said at a press conference last Wednesday at Spitfire, a sports bar in Belltown.

“We launched the pre-paid parking program in April 2011, and when we did that we had 600 purchases in that month for pre-paid parking,” McGinn said. Now the program is averaging 2,500 uses per month and has a total of more than 45,000 uses.

The program, part of McGinn’s Seattle Nightlife Initiative, allows people to pay starting at 10 p.m. for two hours of parking for the next morning. By doing so, people can ensure they get home safely by taking a cab or public transit, then pick their car up before 10 a.m. the next day. The liquor sticker is available at any parking meter in the city.

“We’ve been working really hard in the city to give you options so that if you want to go out and have a good time and enjoy yourself, you don’t need to drive home,” McGinn said.

“We’re super thrilled about how well it’s been used, how well it’s been received,” Jerry Everard, the owner of Spitfire, said.

Mike Nolan, captain of the Seattle Police Department, also spoke in praise of the program.

“This sticker program not only is an educational outreach, it’s a proactive prevention that is where ultimately we want to be,” he said. “It encourages people not to get behind the wheel of any kind of a vehicle when they’re impaired.”

More information about the Nightlife Initiative can be found at seattle.gov/mayor/nightlife.

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Zoo hosts open house for North parking lot reconfiguration

February 21st, 2013 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo is hosting an open house from 5-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, to show neighbors designs for its reconfiguration of the North parking lot. The open house will be in the zoo’s ARC building, next to the West entrance, at 5500 Phinney Ave. N.

The reconfiguration will add 165 spaces, remove two storage buildings, and relocate at least seven portable trailers that currently house the zoo’s administrative offices.

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Woodland Park Zoo applies to expand North parking lot

February 7th, 2013 by Doree

Woodland Park Zoo has applied for a permit to expand and re-stripe its North parking lot, adding 165 parking spaces. Two storage sheds will be demolished, and seven portable office buildings will be moved to another site. The project requires SEPA Environmental Determination.


The North lot, seen from the northeast corner.

The project includes moving about seven mobile trailers that house administrative offices from the Inner North parking lot. They will move to a currently unused space between the penguin exhibit and the zoo’s ARC Building near the West entrance.


Entrance to the Inner North lot. The administrative trailers are just inside to the right.

David Schaefer, the zoo’s director of public affairs, tells me the zoo currently has 754 parking spaces in five lots: South lot – 265; Tower lot (just off Phinney Avenue near the water tower) – 145; West lot – 57; Inner North – 92; North lot – 195. The project would add another 165 spots, for a total of 919.

The City of Seattle has said it will pay 75 percent of the construction costs, up to $2 million. The zoo is paying for the other 25 percent. Schaefer said they don’t have the final costs yet, because the final design is not yet finished. He says the city asked the zoo to apply for SEPA environmental determination first, then the city will appropriate the money.

The zoo plans to have an open house at the end of the month for neighbors to look at the parking lot designs. The zoo will notify neighbors by mail when the date and time are set.

“There are 30 or 40 days in the summer where there’s just no place to park around here or on the streets,” Schaefer said. “And we think this will be a significant help toward that.”

Comments on the project can be submitted through March 6. You can comment online, by fax to 206-233-7901, or by mail to: Department of Planning and Development, ATTN: Public Resource Center or Assigned Planner, 700 Fifth Ave, Ste 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019. Include the project number (3014618 ), project address (5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle 98103), and your mailing address with your comment.

(The DPD permit application says the comment period goes to Feb. 20, but Schaefer said they asked for two additional weeks to give people more time to comment. Land use signs on the perimeter of the zoo show the comment period ending March 6.)

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Seattle Department of Transportation paid parking survey

August 9th, 2011 by Doree

While Phinney Ridge and Greenwood do not have parking meters or pay stations, nearby neighborhoods such as Ballard do. Seattle Department of Transportation is conducting an online survey about paid parking, as part of a project to make paid parking more available downtown and in certain neighborhoods.

You can find the survey here (I just did it, and it took less than 10 minutes).

By the way, SDOT has a parking map that lists every paid, permit, carpool, time limited, no parking and unrestricted zone, as well as parking garages and lots. You can zoom in by address, intersection, major landmark, or neighborhood.

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Seattle waiving fees and interest on unpaid parking and traffic tickets

May 2nd, 2011 by Doree

If you’ve got unpaid parking and traffic tickets, now is the time to pay them off. Seattle Municipal Court is waiving collections fees and interest during May and June if you pay in full.

From the press release:

The Collections Reduction Event does not apply to those entering into a time-payment plan. The Court accepts cash, checks, credit cards, and money orders for payment of tickets. The Court efforts are designed to offer people with unpaid infractions in collections a significant savings if they pay off their tickets. The program also encourages people to pay their unpaid parking tickets before the new parking scofflaw program launches.

A scofflaw is someone with a vehicle that has four or more unpaid parking tickets. Starting July 1, scofflaw vehicles parked in public right-of-way will get their wheel locked with a boot. If a vehicle receives a boot, full payment of all past-due tickets and the boot fee must be paid within 48 hours or the vehicle may be towed. Full payment includes the initial parking fines, default penalties, collection fees and interest. If towed, full payment plus the boot and tow fees must be made before the car is released from impound. People unable to make a one-time full payment may arrange a time-payment plan with Seattle Municipal Court’s contracted collections agency, AllianceOne, Inc. (http://www.allianceoneinc.com).

To see if you have unpaid parking tickets and to pay them, go to www.seattle.gov/scofflaw (English) or call (206) 684-5600 (interpretation may be available). Payment can also be made in person at The Seattle Municipal Court at 600 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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Work begins on 8th Ave & NW 73rd St crosswalk

September 16th, 2010 by Doree

Seattle Department of Transportation crews started work this morning on the new crosswalk across 8th Avenue NW and NW 73rd St. Here they’re creating a new curbcut that will make it easier for wheelchairs and strollers.

Nearby residents have long complained about the safety of crossing 8th Avenue NW, because NW 73rd St. is offset by about 100 feet from the east and west sides of 8th, making it appear that you’re crossing mid-block instead of at the corner.

An SDOT survey found that nearly 30 people cross at that intersection during peak commute times, to reach the number 28 bus stops on either side. Children from several nearby daycares and a preschool also use that intersection frequently.

The new marked crosswalk will include one new curb ramp on the east side of 8th Avenue NW, and two new curb ramps on the west side.

New pedestrian crossing signs will be installed, as well as “No Parking within 30 feet” parking restriction signs. SDOT estimates the work will last a maximum of five days.

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PARK(ing) Day in Greenwood

September 18th, 2009 by Doree

Today is International PARK(ing) Day, where people take over a parking spot to turn it into a mini park for the day. Thirty groups are vying for the prize of best PARK(ing) Day spot in Seattle, including this one here in Greenwood, sponsored by the Greater Greenwood Bi/Ped Safety Coalition.

That’s arborist Michael Oxman, standing on the speaker’s platform of the Greenwood PARK(ing) Day spot in front of Steven Cole Salon and the Pig n’ Whistle on Greenwood Avenue North. You can’t see it in this picture, but the spot also includes a bike rack, table and chairs for sitting and chatting, and more nice greenery. The speakers platform is intended to be like an old-fashioned soapbox, to give anyone a chance to speak their mind.

PARK(ing) Day is intended to promote walking and biking, and to get people thinking about alternatives to gas guzzling cars. “We’re demonstrating the fact that there’s a solution to the problem of too many cars,” Oxman said.

He also said Neptune Coffee would deliver a latte to the park if you wanted, and the Pig n’ Whistle offered to deliver lunch to the outside table.

PARK(ing) Day goes until 3 p.m. today, then there’s an awards ceremony to determine the best spot in Seattle.

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Boys and Girls Club to receive neighborhood grant

August 27th, 2009 by Doree

The North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood is receiving an $80,000 neighborhood grant from Mayor Greg Nickels at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The club applied to the Neighborhood Matching Funds for Large Projects for a new car-free entry and community plaza.

The project aims to create a gathering space for neighbors of all ages and backgrounds to connect and a process in which they can participate directly in planning, design & implementation. In anticipation of this project which will kickoff this fall, the design & engineering process for the Neighborhood Street Fund sidewalk project reconfigured the street so that when the new entry and plaza is developed, they will work perfectly together. Service vehicles, club vans and other limited vehicular circulation is now via the alley just west of the club. The new curbs and sidewalks along Fremont Ave provide ample on-street parking with several short term spots just south of the corner of N 87th St.So please join us on August 29th at 11am for the festivities that will include neighborhood food, beverages and good company. We’re very proud and excited about the award and would love it if you could make it to the event.

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