Pet License and/or Chip Opportunity

We all love our pets, right? Here’s a good offer from Seattle Animal Shelter and Good Neighbor Vet, for licensing or chipping:

ProtectYourPet

Northgate Link Extension – Drop-In Meetings

There will be three drop-in meetings about the light rail being built between the University District and Northgate. Staff will be there to answer questions, but there is no formal presentation. See more info below:

LightRailDrop-In

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Pocket Park

Barbie-AnnaThis month’s art in the park is by Anna. She is an art student at Victoria Raymond’s art studio in Pinehurst. Anna did a series with Barbie dolls. She used mixed media collage, fabric, ribbon, handmade papers, paint and jewelry to make clothing, hats and accessories for the Barbies, and gave them personality profiles based on her family and friends. She also made a book, ‘Barbie World Book’, and a poster. They did a photo shoot in Victoria’s garden, made invitations, and then had a solo show in the studio. It was an amazing body of work. See this Barbie photo in the kiosk at Pinehurst Pocket Park, NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE.

Victoria Raymond teaches kids, teens and adults, including youth with autism and learning differences.

If you would like to submit your child’s artwork for the Pocket Park, please email nancy@pinehurstseattle.org. We’ll put it on mat board donated by FRAMEIT Ltd, 10712 5th Ave NE.

Councilmember O’Brien presenting at Northaven Senior Living Annual Meeting 5/28

Come to learn about Northaven and their plans to grow more affordable housing units. Hear Councilmember O’Brien talk about affordable housing needs and development in Northgate.

See the attached flyer for details.
AnnualMeetingAnouncement.docx

Pinehurst Picks

Who is Aunt Sandie, does anyone know?

AdoptAStreet25th

Please feel free to send in photos of art – or anything unexpected and fun – you see on your walks around the neighborhood to info@pinehurstseattle.org.

Update on Effects of the NE 125th St Road Diet

125thDietStatsWalking in Seattle blogger Troy Heerwagen poured through data from a half dozen Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) evaluation reports to create a graphic depiction of the effect road diets in Seattle have had on traffic and safety.

For NE 125th St, while weekday traffic volume has gone up 11%, aggressive speeding has gone down 69% and injury collisions have reduced by 17%.

Click on the chart to enlarge it, or go to the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways website here.

 

Rental Housing Inspections Begin

HouseAndAppleTreeA selection of rental housing properties will receive safety inspections starting in April. These inspections are taking place under the Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO), which was established by the Seattle City Council to help ensure that rental housing properties in Seattle are safe and meet basic housing requirements and safety standards.

“Over half of Seattle’s population lives in rental housing, yet an estimated 10 percent of rental homes have moderate to severe problems,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “No one in Seattle should be forced to live with a roof that leaks, a toilet that doesn’t flush, or an unreliable heating system. By registering rental properties and conducting random inspections, we can help ensure that these properties meet the basic standards that any of us would expect.”

Historically, Seattle relied on renters calling the City about rental problems when they were not fixed by the property owner. But not all renters knew they could call, or felt comfortable complaining about issues with their landlord.

“This is a big step towards addressing the housing problems that we encounter in the course of our work,” says Kira Zylstra of Solid Ground, an anti-poverty and social service organization in Seattle. “We applaud the City for taking a proactive approach to renters’ rights. This program protects tenants by shifting the responsibility away from the tenant when there are safety concerns that have not been addressed.”

Inspectors will look for the basic safety and maintenance issues described on the RRIO Checklist, a set of plain-language requirements developed in consultation with rental property owners, renters, and other community members.

All properties with 10+ units should have registered by September 30, 2014. All properties with 5-9 units should have registered by March 31, 2015. Properties with fewer than 5 units will be registered throughout 2015-2016 based on a schedule set by zip code. Rental properties will not be selected for inspection until they have been registered.

About RRIO: The Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance was established by the Seattle City Council after an extensive public involvement process to help ensure that all rental housing in Seattle is safe and meets basic maintenance requirements. The program educates property owners, managers, and renters about their rights and responsibilities, and through a comprehensive registration and inspection process, helps make sure that rental properties meet City housing codes. Visit www.seattle.gov/rrio for more information.

Seattle Light Rail Review Panel letter on NE 130th St

The Seattle Light Rail Review Panel wrote a letter to the Sound Transit board in support of NE 130th St with some details on why this station would be so valuable to the nearby neighborhoods. The full letter is available here. I’ve included some it below but I urge you to read the full thing as there is more detail as to their arguments and methodology.

The Seattle Light Rail Review Panel was formed in 1999 to provide design advice to Sound Transit as it develops its stations and site designs for its Central, University, North, and East Link light rail programs. Similar to the Design Commission, the LRRP provides advice to Sound Transit on all phases of station and site design, from original concept through final design details. The LRRP is not a regulatory body; its authority was established as part of the 1998 Memorandum of Agreement between the City and Sound Transit (City Council Ordinance 122400).

The Seattle Light Rail Review Panel (LRRP) continues to support the Sound Transit Board of Director’s efforts to obtain funding for the proposed light rail extension from Northgate to Lynnwood. However, we have continued to evaluate the potential station at NE 130th Street and have concerns about the approach reflected in the recent Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). We submit the following thoughts in advance of the Board’s upcoming vote on station locations. The LRRP supports locating a station at NE 130th St rather than stations only at Northgate and NE 145th St for the following reasons:

  1. Compared to the station under construction at Northgate or the proposed station at NE 145th St, a station at NE 130th St better serves the neighborhoods in and around Bitter Lake and Lake City, two growing hub urban villages that offer affordable housing options and have transit-dependent populations.
  2. Because of its lower traffic volumes, planned bicycle facilities, and opportunity for bus route restructuring, NE 130th St is a superior location than Northgate and NE 145th St for connecting non-automobile modes with light rail.
  3. A station at NE 130th St offers the potential for greater increased ridership than captured in the FEIS. This and other benefits outweigh the one-minute increase in travel times.

In closing, the LRRP sees significant merit to locating a station at NE 130th St because it optimizes non-automobile connectivity and extends transit access to currently underserved neighborhoods where transit dependence is high — with an inconsequential increase to travel time. Given recent and projected growth in and around Lake City and Bitter Lake and their above-average concentrations of marginalized populations, access to regional light rail for those residents is an immediate and direct need. This calls for providing this station sooner rather than later.

Pinehurst Bus Stop Fire

There was a fire at the bus stop at NE 125th and 15th Ave NE this evening. Which I wouldn’t normally post but I was walking by as it happened and grabbed some pictures which were intense.

http://www2.seattle.gov/fire/realtime911/getRecsForDatePub.asp?incDate=4%2F20%2F2015&rad1=des

4/20/2015 8:42:06 PM F150042201 1 E39 Ne 125th St / 15th Av Ne

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Gigabit in Pinehurst Too

There have been a few articles recently about the fiber optic / Gigabit options being built out in Green Lake, Maple Leaf, and Victory Heights. It seems like CenturyLink continues to be very conservative about what they’ll commit to as they are exceeding their public estimates by a lot. Which really isn’t a bad thing. I’d like to know more but I prefer that they under promise and over deliver to the alternative. They seem to be expanding fast into unannounced neighborhoods like Maple Leaf, Victory Heights, and even Pinehurst.

Right now in Pinehurst there is active work going on here:

120th St from 25th Ave to 20th Ave
120th St from 19th Ave to 12th Ave
120th St from 9th Ave to 5th Ave

It sounds like there is a lot more coming too. The plan is to build out the “whole area” and there are many orders that are in design and not yet to construction. There are 30+ crews working in North Seattle. It really sounds like the goal is to build everywhere though again, I don’t have specific dates or boundaries.

Dale Burnett, the Construction Project Administrator at CenturyLink said, in reference to Victory Heights:

“We are hoping to complete by the end of May.
Feel free to post my name and cell 425-516-3023 on your blog.
If anyone in your neighborhood is interested in the service just have them call me with number and address.
I will then reach out to them when its available.”

You can also email him at Dale.Burnett@Centurylink.com. He’s been very helpful so sharing your interest and address certainly wouldn’t hurt. The addresses above show that this really does include Pinehurst as well. And I know people are excited here.