North Precinct Advisory Council Minutes for November 2019

This month’s guest speaker was SPD Officer Leroy Outlaw, who gave a presentation on active shooter awareness for civilians. He defined ‘active shooter’, described the kinds of places these incidents tend to occur (most in high-traffic commercial areas, but also schools, places of worship, etc.) and characterized them as essentially random targets. He explained when and how to run, hide, or fight, and what to do once law enforcement arrives. The minutes gives many of the details of his presentation.

Captain Sano, in his Captain’s Report, said that YTD 92% of the crime in the north precinct is property crime. SPD is trying to ID and arrest the prolific repeat offenders, which should greatly help reduce property crime.

Given the 6 fatality collisions on Aurora and 2-3 on Lake City Way, SPD got a Vision Zero grant to enforce speed limits on those two streets. and to make a north precinct traffic emphasis plan.

This year’s special holiday patrol plan will not include Northgate Mall since most of the stores have closed, but patrols will keep an eye on it as usual.

For more news in the north precinct, such as about the high number of shots fired this year, and the work Community Police Team has been doing to clear encampments that block sidewalks and in parks, read the minutes.

You can see all the minutes here.

Burglary Prevention Class November 18

SPD is hosting a burglary prevention class on November 18th! See details below. If you want to go, please register at

Out Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mary Amberg, is an excellent speaker and has all kinds of tips for making your home to reduce the likelihood of property crimes.

Annual Sock Drive

SPD’s Community Police Team has a sock drive every year that North Precinct Advisory Council participates in. One year we in Pinehurst dropped off almost 100 items at our collection point – Treehouse Coffee. I haven’t been actively pushing the drive for some time. Today I’ll just mention that the drive actually goes on all year round, and the socks are distributed around the holidays to places like Mary’s Place for families experiencing homelessness, a foot clinic for homeless in Pioneer Square, and more. See below for how to donate and what other new items are accepted beyond socks. If any of you knitters want a good cause…. 

Nathan Hale Theatre Performance

HARK! A MARVELOUS SHOW IS NEAR! This weekend is the debut of Nathan Hale Theatre’s production of the Shakespearean comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” Don’t miss this exceptional show of enemies turned lovers, weddings turned foul and troublesome little brothers. Acquire tickets at

Kids’ Art in Pinehurst Park

This month’s art in the pocket park is not by a kid; it is a collage by Victoria Raymond, Pinehurst artist. She made this as a sample for one of her workshops for homeless women at Mary’s Place. This photo of her beautiful art is in the kiosk at Pinehurst Pocket Park, at the corner of NE 117th St and 19th Ave NE.
Victoria Raymond offers group art lessons from her Pinehurst studio for both youth and adults.
If you would like to submit your child’s artwork (or yours!) for the Pocket Park, please email

Northgate Mall Area Redevelopment Update – October 29, 2019

Here is an update on Northgate Mall redevelopment, including housing near light rail, from the minutes of the October 29, 2019  ReVisioning Northgate meeting:

Stephen Antupit, consultant for the Northgate Mall developer, gave an update on changes and plans at the Northgate Mall which is being redeveloped into a “neighborhood”. He noted the open house for NHL Seattle that was held Oct. 2 at the mall. The hope is that the NHL team will kick off league play at Seattle Center by fall 2021.  At the Northgate site will be three ice rinks, one for the NHL team practice and it will include seating and probably merchandise store, and the other two for community use. The three rinks will serve as anchors for the Northgate neighborhood development.

The next phase will be hotel development, then mixed use apartment buildings.  The Food Court will continue to be open during construction but the routes for getting to the Rack and Food Court will probably shift as different phases of construction occur. Other phases of development will include office spaces, other housing, open spaces, and a supermarket.  Retail will continue but unsure which businesses as of now. The northern portion of the mall will remain more or less intact. Eventually, it is anticipated there will be 350,000 sq. ft. of retail but it is NOT envisioned to be a University-Village replica. There will be no more large “anchor” department stores there.  That may be of concern to those, especially the older generation that remains a significant part of the local population for which RVN has expressed support, who have not embraced the paradigm of buying most things on-line.  Some of them might not even be on-line.  A communication plan will eventually be rolled out. Development of the spray park was discussed.

Simon Properties continues to own the land and is planning leases for the vertical developments (although the NHL site is a separate arrangement)

Jeremy Wilkening of Capitol Hill Housing talked about Transit-Oriented Development in the Northgate area in association with the light rail station environ.  CHH is a public corporation organized by the City of Seattle and started about forty years ago (see website above).   CHH has various projects for housing around the city. At the Northgate site, it is required to partner with a market-rate housing developer and is working in partnership with Stellar Holding (the owner of Thornton Place) & Lowe Enterprise.  CHH then provides the low income housing. Current negotiations and purchase rule agreements are in progress though King County-METRO has not been speedy from its end. CHH will build 232 units of affordable housing on the site near the light rail station, using varying degrees of low-income criteria/measurements for rentals. CHH received a grant to get the planning underway from King Co/METRO.  The site will also have an early ed. childhood facility that will be for people in the community, not just residents on site. CHH is hoping for a 2023 opening. It will not build parking but residents will be eligible for reduced rate ORCA passes. Required bicycle spots will also be available, one per unit. CHH will undergo a Design Review process as it moves ahead.

NHL Seattle:

METRO North Link Connections Mobility Project:


Capitol Hill Housing:

Extra Yard Waste Accepted in November

Again this November, Seattle Utilities is accepting extra yard waste at no cost. See poster below for guidelines:

Neighborhood Treekeepers Community Meeting

Neighborhood Treekeepers Community Meeting – Monday, October 21, LAKE CITY LIBRARY, 6 PM. Learn why we need to protect mature trees in Seattle and how you can get involved.

Every day we lose more and more of our mature tree canopy as Seattle grows in population and density. Trees in the “emerald city” benefit public and environmental health in numerous ways, and significantly off-set areas of impact from climate change.

The objective of the Save Our Trees campaign is to persuade the mayor and city officials to adopt stronger tree protections in Seattle in 2020.

2019 Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 5th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at from October 15th through November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.

Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting October 17th

Remember when the lovely large property on the north side of NE 125th St and 23rd Ave NE with the red house and creek running through it was for sale? It’s being turned into a park. Learn how a coalition of groups and the city and county brought about this purchase at the upcoming Thornton Creek Alliance meeting: