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Phinney Ridge Community Council meeting tonight to discuss zoning, parks

February 4th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building.

On the agenda:

  • Speak Up Seattle, an effort by multiple neighborhoods to rollback recent multifamily zoning changes that allow “too much building, not enough sky,” according to their tagline. Phinney resident Mike Veitenhans will discuss.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parks Legacy plan
  • Planning for a joint meeting in April with the Greenwood Community Council about a Neighborhood Matching Fund grant for parks property in the neighborhood.
  • Report on HUD/Disaster Plan

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss bicycle master plan, Rapid Ride, development

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:
  1. 5555 Phinney Townhomes/Single Family Homes project
  2. Old Orowheat Property @ 70th and Greenwood
  3. 68th & Greenwood – 4-story mixed-use development
  4. 63rd & Linden – Building demo and tree removal
  • 8:30-8:35 p.m. – Streets Committee
  • 8:35-8:40 p.m. – Disaster Preparedness HUB

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Phinney Ridge Community Council to discuss crime, zoo concerts, housing developments Tuesday

August 12th, 2013 by Doree

The monthly meeting of the Phinney Ridge Community Council starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, in Room 6 the Blue Room downstairs.

Two Seattle Police Department officers will attend to discuss neighbors’ crime concerns.

Also on the agenda:

  • Increased noise from Woodland Park ZooTunes
  • Update on the zoo’s northwest parking lot
  • 5555 Phinney Ave. N. housing project
  • 52nd & Phinney Avenue North townhomes

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss Aurora Corridor Improvement Project

June 30th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday night with Jonathan Dong from Seattle Department of Transportation giving a presentation about coming traffic and parking changes to Aurora Avenue North.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Building, downstairs in the Blue Room.

As part of a strategy for making travel on Aurora more efficient and reliable for all users, SDOT is recommending traffic signal timing improvements for all lanes and the implementation of peak period Business Access and Transit (BAT) lanes between N. 38th Street and N. 115th Street. BAT lanes will support King County Metro’s new RapidRide E Line bus service which will begin February 2014. Aurora Avenue North is among the most heavily used transportation corridors in King County.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets tonight to discuss Aurora Avenue, new officers’ goals, development updates

June 4th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 tonight (Tuesday), at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Room of the Blue Building.

On the agenda:

  • Aurora Avenue Improvement Project
  • New PRCC officers/goals
  • Building updates: Zoo NW Parking; 5555 Phinney Townhomes/SF Homes project
  • Report on meeting with Councilwoman Bagshaw re: Woodland Park Zoo

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‘Future of Phinney’ discussion and board election for Phinney Ridge Community Council is tonight

May 7th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council is hosting a discussion about “The Future of Phinney” from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6, followed by its annual board member election.

Forum panelists are:

  • Dongho Chang, SDOT city traffic engineer
  • Morgan Shook, Seattle Planning Commission
  • Michael Shiosaki, Department of Parks & Recreation
  • 36th District Rep. Gael Tarleton

Each panelist will talk about neighborhood, city and state trends, conditions and upcoming policies, along with recommendations on how Phinney Ridge can work on those issues over the next five years. The floor will then be opened for discussion.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. will be the annual PRCC board election. Nominations will be taken right up until the vote. Responsibilities as a Phinney Ridge Community Council Member include:

  • Attend PRCC meetings the first Tuesday of each month at Phinney Neighborhood Center
  • Live or own property or a business between Aurora Ave and 8th N.W. & 46th Street and N. 75th St.

To submit a nomination or if you have questions, contact Diane Duthweiler, PRCC president at 206-782-1420 or dduthweiler@comcast.net.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council seeks nominations for board positions

April 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council is seeking candidates for its board. Nominations will be accepted until voting begins at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6.

The Phinney Ridge Community Council (PRCC) is a volunteer, not for profit organization that tracks public safety, transit, land use, zoning, city budgets, capital improvements, parks and other civic issues.

The PRCC maintains communication with elected officials, city departments and community and civic organizations to ensure our neighborhood shares in the opportunities for public input and resources.

The PRCC is a resource for sharing ideas and building coalitions for action.

Responsibilities as a Phinney Ridge Community Council Member

• Attend PRCC meetings the first Tuesday of each month at Phinney Neighborhood Center

• Live or own property or a business between Aurora Ave and 8th N.W. & 46th Street and N. 75th St.

To submit a nomination or if you have questions, contact Diane Duthweiler, PRCC president at (206) 782-1420 or dduthweiler@comcast.net.

The May 7 meeting also features a discussion on “The Future of Phinney.” Topics will include transit, traffic, building codes, property development and design, public safety, parks and green space. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. The discussion takes place from 7-8 p.m.

Panelists will include 36th District Rep. Gael Tarleton, representatives from Seattle’s Departments of Transportation, Parks & Recreation, and Planning & Development.

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday to discuss traffic, zoo parking, development

February 4th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Blue Room downstairs. The meeting is open to the public.

On the agenda:

  • 7:30-7:45 p.m.: Traffic concerns at North 62nd Street and 2nd Avenue NW
  • 7:45-8 p.m.: Annual meeting topic discussion
  • 8-8:05 p.m.: Woodland Park Zoo’s Wildlights attendance numbers
  • 8:05-8:10 p.m.: Broken city sewer line near 220 NW 58th St.
  • 8:05-8:15: 5555 Phinney – Report on meeting with developer
  • 8:15-8:20: North 52nd Street and Phinney Avenue North triplex – illegal tree removal
  • 8:20-8:30: Zoo long range plan/Parking space funds request from city

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Phinney Ridge Community Council meets Tuesday

January 7th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N.

The agenda includes discussion of a neighborhood effort to create a residential parking zone on the south side of Woodland Park Zoo. We will also be discussing the Woodland Park Zoo’s Wildlights event with the goal of providing feedback to the zoo to help minimize impacts on the neighborhood in future years for Wildlights and similar events.

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Solarize Seattle holding orientation meeting Wednesday

November 6th, 2012 by Doree

Solarize Seattle: Northwest is hosting a one-hour orientation meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6523 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6.

Solarize Seattle is a group purchase program that offers free workshops and solar assessments, plus discounts and financing help for homeowners who want to add solar power to their homes. The Northwest program is open to residents and businesses in the following zip codes: 98103, 98107, 98117, 98133 and 98177.

It’s funded by Seattle City Light, and managed by the nonprofit Northwest SEED (Sustainable Energy for Economic Development). It’s also supported by the PNA, Sustainable Greenwood-Phinney, Phinney Ridge Community Council, Greenwood Community Council, Green Lake Community Council, Wallingford Meaningful Movies, and Sustainable Seattle.

Solarize workshops will begin in early 2013.

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Learn more about Woodland Park Zoo’s new Wildlights at tonight’s PRCC

October 2nd, 2012 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council tonight will hear from a representative of Woodland Park Zoo about the zoo’s new “Wildlights” holiday event this winter.

Wildlights will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Nov. 19 through New Year’s Day, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood. Hear more about parking and driving impacts.

The PRCC hopes to learn more about the following questions:

  • Where will the guests park?
  • How will the zoo monitor and manage the additional peak hour traffic impacts on major intersections along North 50th St.?
  • How will the zoo manage ticket sales to control parking impacts over such a long period of time?
  • How will residents preserve parking near their homes for holiday guests if zoo visitors are expected to use street parking for nearly 40 consecutive nights?
  • Will this event become permanent?

PRCC members also hope to hear more about a proposed parking lot expansion on the west side of the zoo. The 180-stall parking lot is included in the city’s latest budget, with the city paying $2 million of the $2.7 million cost.

The PRCC meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 6 of the Blue Building.

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Neighborhood news roundup: Safe school routes, PNA partnership, playground renovation, zoo lights and gym move

September 27th, 2012 by Doree

Here’s a roundup of neighborhood news.

West Woodland Elementary is one of three schools that will receive a combined $800,000 as part of the Safe Routes to School project. Beacon Hill and McGilvra are the other two schools. Mayor McGinn made the announcement at West Woodland on Wednesday. The funding comes from the City’s Real Estate Excise Tax. The money will be used to upgrade a half-signal to a full signal at NW 58th Street and 8th Avenue NW, and install new marked crosswalks and curb ramps.

The Phinney Neighborhood Association will now manage all of the facility rentals for the Sunset Hill Community Association in Ballard. The SHCA clubhouse is at 3003 NW 66th St.

Because PNA and SHCA are both nonprofit organizations with similar missions to connect neighbors and foster community, this partnership is a good fit for both organizations. PNA has a history of success in managing rentals and programs at the Phinney Center and Greenwood Senior Center and welcomes the 1929 meeting hall into the rental options. PNA’s staff will promote, rent and provide custodial services for the SHCA clubhouse.

Questions regarding rentals for both the SHCA and the Phinney Center can be directed to Margaret Pai by email margaretp@phinneycenter.org or 206.783.2244 x 42.

A Community Project CrossFit, which moved into 7216 Linden Ave. N. less than two months ago, is moving to a larger space a few blocks away. ACP CrossFit will be closed Saturday through Monday for the move, and will reopen Tuesday at 7622 Aurora Ave. N. (a former Kung Fu studio). The new space is much larger and has locker rooms and showers.

The Phinney Ridge Community Council will host an informational meeting about Woodland Park Zoo’s new annual “Wildlights” holiday event, a nightly light display with live entertainment from Nov. 19 through Jan. 1. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 6. Zoo staff will address plans for traffic, parking and other neighborhood impacts.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is holding its second public meeting on the renovation of Woodland Park Playground at 1000 N. 59 St. The meeting is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Room 1. Landscape Architect Shwu-jen Hwang will present three play area options for community discussion. Construction is planned for fall of 2013.

And the Rotary clubs of greater Seattle are seeking business and professional people ages 25-40 for a month-long cultural and vocational exchange program in Russia in April and May 2013.

The Group Study Exchange is a longstanding program of Rotary International. It offers an all-expense paid experience with home stays with Rotarian host-country families, vocational visits, and an opportunity to exchange ideas and customs with Russian counterparts. Applicants must live or work in Rotary District 5030, which covers all of King County and the communities of Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Mill Creek in Snohomish County. The exchange is not open to Rotarians or their lineal descendents.

Applications for team members are due by October 22,2012. Complete information and application forms are available at www.gse.rotary5030.org.

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