Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

As many of you know, the Department of Neighborhoods has been re-envisioning itself with a strong focus on placing an equity lens on our outreach efforts. This is not easy work, but it is important work. I realize this every day. But what I didn’t realize was how many people were paying attention to the work we are doing. Yes, we hear from community members throughout this city - some question what we are doing; some object, others cheer and express thanks. But we are also hearing from many other cities.

We’ve heard from Phoenix, Washington DC, Chicago, Minneapolis, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Vancouver...the list goes on. Each of these cities has asked how we are updating and improving our approaches to outreach, how we are redefining our relationships with communities, and how we are creating more opportunities and bringing more voices into the conversation.

My mantra for neighborhood issues has always been that we all have more in common than not. We just need to talk with one another. Based on the conversations I have had over recent months, this belief goes beyond neighborhoods and expands to cities across the country. We all are exploring ways to improve engagement and create meaningful partnerships. Seattle is once again leading the way.

 
- Kathy Nyland, Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
 
Join Us for Our Upcoming Housing Affordability & Livability Open Houses

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Sign-up for a P-Patch Community Garden Plot in Select Neighborhoods

Serve on the New Seattle Renters’ Commission: Apply by May 1

OTHER CITY NEWS

Your Voice, Your Choice: Parks & Streets Final Project List Announced The field has now been narrowed down to 10 projects for each Council District. (more)

City Invests in Responsive Solution for Local Homelessness Crisis The City of Seattle has awarded $1.3 million in funding to Compass Housing Alliance to create an enhanced 24/7 homeless shelter opening in summer 2017. (more)

King County & Seattle Foundation Offer Voter Engagement Funding They will award a total of $400,000 in grants to community-based organizations to provide either a 9-month campaign or a series of smaller events focused on improving voter access in underserved communities. (more)

Event Planning in Parks Workshop on May 6 Learn the basic steps for creating a successful event in Seattle's parks. (more)

You Might Be Eligible for Assistance With Your City Light Bill 
If you are having trouble paying your City Light bill, there are programs that might help. (more)

Summer Opportunities for Youth Summer is the perfect time to explore your interests, learn new skills, meet new people and connect with your community. (more)

Spring Clean 2017 Seattle Public Utilities supports volunteers with FREE bags, gloves, safety vests, and waste disposal. (more)

Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation Volunteers can get involved in a variety of projects at local parks, urban forests, and other natural areas around the city. (more)


  
ADD YOUR VOICE

The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.


NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
Neighbors Invited to Northgate/Pinehurst Find It, Fix It Community Walk (more)

Northgate Link Extension Project Update Come learn about the future 4.3 mile Northgate Link light rail extension which includes stations at Northgate, the Roosevelt neighborhood and the University District. (more)

Volunteers Make a Difference for Homeless at Licton Springs Village One week after opening, the Licton Springs Village is now home to 20 residents, many who were referred and transported there by the City’s Navigation Team from unsanctioned encampments. (more)

NE Northlake Way Sidewalk Project Begins Impacts are expected to continue through the end of May, as crews begin building new sidewalks. (more)


EVENTS

  • Disaster Skills Workshop: April 18, 6:15pm (more)
  • Victory Heights Community Meeting: April 18, 7pm (more)
  • Northgate Link Light Rail Drop-in Meeting: April 19, 11am (more)
  • Northgate / Pinehurst Find It, Fix It Community Walk: April 25, 5pm (more)
  • NW Neighborhoods Community Open House: April 27, 6pm (more)
  • NE Neighborhoods Community Open House: April 29, 1:30pm (more)
  • LGBTQ Senior Resource Fair: April 29, 10am (more)
  • King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market : May 5, 4pm & May 6, 9am (more)
  • Get Engaged Info Sessions - Greenwood Library: May 11, 6pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: May 17, 6pm (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
What Happens Next for KeyArena? There will be an open house May 11 from 5 – 8pm at KEXP for you to come meet with the proposers, review their plans and ask questions. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Rodgers Tile Company Building for Landmark Status (more)

Mayor Murray Unveils Affordable Housing Proposal for Chinatown-International District Legislation would require new development in the C-ID to contribute to affordable housing, producing at least 150 new affordable homes over the next decade. (more)

Preliminary Proposal for Uptown Urban Center After more than three years of engaging community members in envisioning a vibrant future for the Uptown neighborhood, the Office of Planning & Community Development has issued a preliminary rezone recommendation. (more)

Participants Needed for the Queen Anne Elementary School Departure Advisory Committee Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications needed for the renovation and addition to the school. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board Will Consider Nomination of the Colonnade Hotel/Gatewood Apartments (more)

Mayor Seeks New Members for Pioneer Square Preservation Board The positions needed include a Pioneer Square retail business owner, a historian, a property owner, and a member-at-large. (more)


EVENTS
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: April 18, 6pm (more)
  • Seattle Pacific University Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting: April 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • Teens Take a Stand - Learn About Your Rights: April 21, 4pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Exchange - 25th & Union Parklet and Little Free Library: April 22, 10am (more)
  • South Lake Union Community Open House: April 25, 6pm (more)
  • Community Information Meeting on the Possible Sale by Seattle City Light of 800 Aloha: April 25, 7:30pm (more)
  • East Precinct Advisory Council Community Meeting: April 27, 6:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Youth Empowerment Day: April 29, 9am (more)
  • Water Bootcamp Presented by Growing Vine Street: April 29, 1pm (more)
  • Public Hearing on the Possible Sale of 800 Aloha: May 1, 7pm (more)
  • Get Engaged Info Session- Capitol Hill: May 3, 6pm (more)
  • Central Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 16, 6pm (more)

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
East Marginal Way Corridor Improvement Project Help the City identify how and where we can make improvements along East Marginal Way S by participating in an online open house and survey. (more)

Seattle Parks and Recreation to Resurface West Seattle Stadium Track 
Design for the resurfacing is nearly complete and construction will begin this summer. (more)

Update on the Lander St Bridge Project Learn about the updated project timeline, bridge design, and how local access will be maintained while the bridge is built. (more)

Judkins Park Light Rail Conversation and Workshop 
The Office of Planning & Community Development and the Seattle Department of Transportation are working together to host a community workshop on April 26. (more)


EVENTS
  • LGBTQ Senior Resource Fair: April 19, 10am (more)
  • West Seattle Tenant Rights Bootcamp: April 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • Morgan Community Association Quarterly Meeting: April 19, 7pm (more)
  • Get Engaged Info Session- Rainier Beach Library: April 22, 12pm (more)
  • West Seattle Timebank Gathering: April 22, 1pm (more)
  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting (HPAC): April 26, 7pm (more)
  • Bridge to Beach - SE Seattle Community Cleanup: April 30, 10am (more)
  • SW Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 6, 10am (more)
  • Rainier Arts Center Visioning Workshop: May 6, 9:30am (more)
  • Free Bilingual Legal Clinic : May 10, 6pm (more)
  • SE Neighborhoods Community Open House: May 13, 10am (more)

RESOURCES
Land Use Bulletin
Seattle Area Construction Look Ahead
Seattle Department of Transportation Alerts
Seattle Customer Service Bureau
Office of the Mayor
Seattle City Council
Seattle Neighborhood Services

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