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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss backyard cottages, transportation, land use, urban villages

January 19th, 2016 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. This open board meeting will cover a number of topics, with time for attendees to speak about any neighborhood issue they want the council to follow.

On the agenda are discussions about neighborhood transportation, land use, possible expansion of the Aurora-Licton Springs urban village, and engaging neighbors in discussing the city’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda and its Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

The council also will vote on a proposed letter to City Councilmember Mike O’Brien about pending legislation on backyard cottages. See the draft letter here, and give your input at the meeting.

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Holiday info for Metro, Seattle Public Utilities

December 22nd, 2015 by Doree

King County Metro Transit will run a Sunday/holiday schedule on Friday, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1. It’s also running a reduced weekday and “no UW” schedule this week and next. Be sure and check Metro’s service advisory page for route info.

Seattle Public Utilities will not pick up garbage, recycling and food yard waste on Christmas Day, and the South Transfer Station will be closed that day. All regular Friday collections will be collected on Saturday.

If you subscribe to food and yard waste collection, you can put out your Christmas tree and other holiday greens on your regular collection day at no extra charge, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 10. (Multifamily buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge.) Trees need to be cut into sections of six feet long or shorter, and branches trimmed to less than four feet, and bundled with string or non-plastic twine. Remove all ornaments and tinsel.

Full details on holiday composting is here.

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Metro Route 48 rerouted off North 85th Street tonight through Sunday afternoon

November 20th, 2015 by Doree

Metro bus Route 48 will be rerouted off North 85th Street between 8th Avenue NW and Greenwood Avenue North from 8:30 p.m. today (Friday) until about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, due to construction.

Instead, Route 48 will travel along 8th Avenue NW, North 80th Street and Greenwood Avenue North in both directions, before connecting to its usual route.

Click here for reroute details.

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Reminder: Safe Routes to School audits of Wilson-Pacific site are Wednesday and Saturday

November 10th, 2015 by Doree

Remember, neighbors can take part in a Safe Routes to School audit for the Wilson-Pacific schools site near Aurora Avenue North and North 90th Street. The first audit starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday; the second audit starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both start at The Woodlands Pizza at 8314 Aurora Ave. N.

Three new schools will open on the site. Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge. Many students will have to cross major streets, including Aurora, 85th, I-5 and Northgate Way. The purpose of the audits is to find safe routes for those students to get to school, and to suggest pedestrian improvements to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police and City of Seattle.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Neighborhood groups conducting audits of safe routes to new schools at North 90th Street

November 3rd, 2015 by Doree

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Licton-Haller Greenways and Greenwood-Phinney Greenways are conducting audits of safe routes for children to get to the three new schools that will open in fall of 2017 on North 90th Street, one block east of Aurora.

Robert Eagle Staff Middle School, Cascadia Elementary School (Advanced Placement Program) and Licton Springs K-8 will serve about 1,700 students total, including many students from Greenwood and Phinney Ridge.

Adults and children are welcome on the audits of potential routes, which will be conducted by walking and biking. The walks will be between 1-1/2 and 2 hours long, followed by a review session. Food and refreshments will be supplied during the review session.

The audits will result in a report to the School Traffic Safety Committee, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Police, and City of Seattle to encourage the implementation of needed safety improvements prior to the schools’ opening.

Audits are currently scheduled for the afternoons of Wednesday Nov. 11 (Veterans Day, a school holiday), and Saturday, Nov. 14. A third day could possibly be added, depending on interest.

For more information or to RSVP to attend an audit, please email LictonHallerGreenways@gmail.com.

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Reminder: Tonight is Greenwood Community Council forum on Move Seattle levy

October 5th, 2015 by Doree

Just a reminder that the Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee is hosting a forum from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Monday) at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, about the Move Seattle levy proposal on the November ballot.

In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city.

This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure.

The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.

We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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Forum on Move Seattle transportation levy Monday in Greenwood

September 29th, 2015 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council Transportation Committee is hosting a forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, at Works Progress, 115 N. 85th St., Suite 202, about the Move Seattle levy proposal on the November ballot.

In 2006, Seattle voters approved a nine-year $365 million transportation levy, known as Bridging the Gap, which will expire at the end of 2015. For the last eight years, this levy provided the Seattle Department of Transportation with nearly 25% of it’s funding with funds being used to address maintenance backlogs, improve transit service, rehabilitate bridges, and implement pedestrian safety projects throughout the city.

This November Seattle voters will vote on a new transportation levy that will replace Bridging the Gap. The replacement levy proposal, called “Move Seattle,” will fund an array of transportation projects throughout the city with the goals of reducing congestion, increasing safety, and improving aging infrastructure.

The $900 million Move Seattle levy would be paid for through a property tax that would cost the median Seattle household (approx. $450,000) about $275 per year for nine years.

We will be hosting a panel of representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle campaign who will make a brief presentation of what is in the levy proposal and what projects are specifically planned for North Seattle. We will also reserve plenty of time for questions from the audience.

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Metro schedule changes on Saturday

February 10th, 2015 by Doree

Metro Transit’s spring schedule takes effect on Saturday, Feb. 14.

Updated printed route schedules are available now, and electronic schedules will be posted online on Friday. Until then, you can use Trip Planner to plan trips for dates after Feb. 14.

For routes serving Greenwood and Phinney Ridge, the only change is a detour at the south end of Route 48.

Fares also increase by 25 cents on March 1.

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Greenwood Community Council meets tonight to discuss Greenwood Avenue transit, sidewalk project

April 22nd, 2014 by Doree

The Greenwood Community Council meets from 7-8:30 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N. The major topic on the agenda is Seattle Department of Transportation’s upcoming project of transit improvements and new sidewalks on Greenwood Avenue between North 90th and 105th streets. SDOT representatives will present their plans during the meeting and answer questions.

Neighborhood residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to discuss how sidewalk designs will impact on-street parking, and how to balance improvements for bikes and buses vs. impacts to drivers.

From GCC:

The transit improvements are intended to remove the need for buses to wait for traffic to clear before they pull back into traffic after stopping for passengers. Instead of pulling out of traffic, the buses would stop in-lane, and cars would wait while passengers get on and off the bus. Bicycles would be routed behind a bus “island” so they could continue without stopping behind the buses, similar to the operation on Dexter Ave. N. This is a somewhat controversial approach worth discussion.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the proposed park across the street from the library on Greenwood Avenue and 81st Street, and an update on micro-housing and low-rise development regulations.

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