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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Mar 16 - 20, 2015

MARCH 23, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last week.

 

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1733 27th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a 3-unit rowhouse structure in an environmentally critical area. Parking for two vehicles to be provided within two of the residential units, and one surface parking space. Existing single family residence to be demolished under a separate permit. Project also includes 1,500 cu. yds. of grading. Environmental Review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Decision
Project #3018450

 

1722 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6360009. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project# 3016318 

 

1726 27th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6338997. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Notice of Decision
Project# 3016316

 

502 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow 2,966 sq. ft. of vegetation removal and revegetation in an environmentally critical area. Project includes upgrade to retaining walls, stairs, and walkways.

Notice of Decision
Project# 3017958

 

1141 M L King Jr Way

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 41 apartment units above 6,091 sq. ft. of commercial space. Parking for 27 vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. 

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting
Project# 3015747

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
 (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

 

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Metro Meeting Minutes

MARCH 21, 2015 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Minutes from the 3-18-15 meeting with Metro regarding the changes to bus routes. 

Jeremy Fichter, Transportation Project Manager III is the lead from Seattle Metro on these changes.  He met with community members to outline the bus proposals and to answer questions.

Please visit MadisonValley.org a description of the proposals.

Please visit Nextdoor.com to follow the dialog of citizen concerns.

Primary concerns for attendees at the meeting:

• Increased frequency of buses (every 10 min) will lead to traffic congestion and perhaps delays.

• Increased transfers to other buses, light rail, streetcars so less one seat rides to destinations.

• One seat rides overwhelming choice over increased frequency

• Safety when transferring and walking to other stops or one’s destination.  Increased walking distances to shopping destinations so carrying purchases would be burdensome.

• Metro is very much encouraging use of ORCA cards for public transport. They are striving for a paperless system in future.

• Implantation of whichever plan is chosen will take place in 2016 after the light rail to UW and Capitol Hill street cars are operating.

Have a say:

Visit http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/

This website includes an online survey and a calendar of events so that you can plan to attend a community meeting.

Contact:

DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner
deanna.martin@kingcounty.gov
206-477-3935

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Minutes from the Merchants Association 18-Mar-2015

MARCH 21, 2015 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Read the minutes from the Merchants Association meeting. 

MVMA Minutes 18-Mar-2015

 

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February 2015 Police Reports

MARCH 16, 2015 | LOWELL HARGENS

There were 60 Madison Valley incidents reported to the police during February, almost the same as the number for January (58 incidents). As usual, car-prowl theft and vehicular theft (26 incidents) constituted the largest category of the reports, but property damage/graffiti reports (9 incidents) maintained their spot in second place. There were also 6 burglaries reported during February.

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1. On Monday, Feb. 9, sometime between 8 AM and 7:45 PM a burglar entered a home on 26th Ave. E. between Madison and Mercer by smashing a patio door at the back of the house. The burglar then ransacked the house, taking a laptop, change from a change container, a black hoodie and, presumably, other items that are not listed in the police report. Although the residents were away, a large and protective dog was in a kennel in the home at the time, but its presence apparently did not hinder the burglar. The police found fingerprints at the scene.

2. On Wednesday, Feb. 11, there was a non-forcible entry burglary at a residence on 19th near Denny, but the police have not filed a detailed description of the incident.

3. On Friday, Feb. 13 at around 3 AM police were called to a residence on 25th between Olive and Howell to investigate a burglary that had occurred sometime after noon on Feb. 12. After searching to make sure that no one was present in the residence, the police and the victim found that a burglar had gained entry by smashing open a sliding glass door at the back of the building. The police report states that approximately $2600 worth of property was stolen, and that the police found fingerprints.

4. On Saturday, Feb. 14 a resident of an apartment building on 21st near Madison called police to report an attempted burglary of his unit. At around 9:00 AM that day a resident of a neighboring apartment observed a white male and white female attempting to force open a door connecting the the victim’s apartment to the apartment building’s laundry room. The witness recognized the woman as another resident in the building and asked them what they were doing. After the male told her that they were not trying to break into the victim’s apartment, the witness told them that they had better leave and informed the owner of the apartment they were trying to break into, who then called the police. The witness told police that the woman involved in the burglary and her associates were known drug users and “tweakers,” and that there was a lot of traffic in and out of the woman’s apartment. No one answered when the police went to the woman’s apartment to see if she was present.

5. On Saturday, Feb. 14, at approximately 2 PM a resident of a home on Pine near MLK heard a loud noise while showering in an upstairs bathroom. He quickly ran downstairs, found that a dining room window had been smashed, observed a white male dressed in a black hoodie and wearing a black knit cap and a backpack running out of his yard, and then called the police. Shortly after they arrived, the police noticed a person fitting the description on the corner of Union and MLK and detained him. After he was positively identified by the resident as the person whom he had seen running from his yard, the police booked the suspect into the King County Jail.

6. Sometime during the night of Feb. 17–18 someone broke into an apartment building on 23rd near Howell and then stole a bicycle from the building’s bike room. The apartment building is a new one and has video cameras, but whether the cameras were functional at the time of the burglary is unknown.

There were also a completed and an attempted robbery during February.

1. On Tuesday, February 10 at around 9:45 PM a robber with a semiautomatic handgun passed a note to an employee of a specialty store on Madison near 23rd threatening to shoot her in the face if she did not let him into the store. After she let him in, he stole approximately $11,000 worth of merchandise and cash and fled east on Madison. The robber, who apparently lives in Auburn, is known to employees at the store and the robbery was captured on video surveillance cameras. Although the police were unable to locate the robber at the time, it seems likely that he will be apprehended.

2. On Saturday, Feb. 28 at around 9:30 PM a man entered a fast food establishment on Madison near 22nd and told the worker on duty that he was homeless. Apparently homeless people frequently come to the restaurant in the hope of earning money doing odd jobs. In this case, however, the man tried to take the restaurant’s tip jar, but was prevented from doing so by the worker, who told him that she had a knife behind the counter. The man then told her that he could still harm her and that he knew that she was alone in the restaurant. The worker then picked up a phone and told the man that she was calling 911, at which point the man left the restaurant and fled west on Madison. Although the police were unable to locate the would be robber after they arrived, good quality pictures of the robber were recorded by the restaurant’s video cameras.

Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, Mar 5 - 12, 2015

MARCH 15, 2015 | KATHRYN KELLER

This week we introduce a new series by Kathryn Keller on Madison Valley Land Use Notices.

Here are the Dept. of Planning and Development’s Land Use notices pertaining to the Madison Valley community from the last week.

 

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203 24th Ave E

The proposal is for a 5-story apartment building with 27 small efficiency dwelling units.

Notice of Administrative Design Review
Parcel Information
Project # 3018090  

 

217 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. This subdivision of property is only for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots.

Application Granted
Notice of Decision
Project #6404983

 

2305 E Madison St 

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story residential structure containing 50 units above 3,492 sq. ft. of retail space.  Surface parking for 13 vehicles to be provided.

Notice of Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting
Design review materials (from prior early design guidance phase)
​Project # 3015490

 

Resources

Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents

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Metro Alternative Three - Updated March 17, 2015

MARCH 15, 2015 | REG NEWBECK

Updated March 17, 2015

Madison Park resident, Reg Newbeck, has been following the more than 80 comments posted on NextDoor* regarding the two alternatives presented by SDOT for new Metro bus routes to Madison Park and Madison Valley. Reg studied the concerns voiced in the comments, and has put together a suggested Alternative 3. Please note this is not an SDOT official alternative—this is a recommendation from a resident. It addresses many of the concerns related to our neighborhoods. This Alternative 3 has been shared with the SDOT project coordinators. Reg will be available at the Wednesday Metro meeting. 

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This is my suggestion for an Alternative 3 that takes the best of 1 and 2 with the same frequency that we get from Prop 1 that will give 15-min service on the 11 in September for six day a week.

Metro Alternative Three

8 – Run down MLK to MLK & E Madison, to E John, then to CHS only.

• 9 – Research covering 19th Ave E.

10 – Leave run as is.

11 - Run the bus from Madison Park to the Coleman dock at 15 minute intervals. Downtown Pike/Pine access via tunnel or CHS. Run to Broadway and Pine south to Madison to Coleman dock?

12 – Drop, replace with 9 and 11. 

38 – New Run from CHS to Seattle Center and SLU.

43 – Eliminate in favor of the 48.

48 – Run from current route on 23rd/24th Ave to UW.

49 & 60 – Combine with route 60 to pick up north portion of 49.

Major transfer points:

MLK and E Madison 8 and 11

22nd and E John 8, 11, and 48

CHS 8, 38, and 49

Broadway & Pine 11 and 49

Advantages:

Keeps access to business on Madison, Central Community College, Seattle University, Swedish Medical center/Pill Hill, Virginia Mason, Poly Clinic, downtown Public Library and Coleman Terminal plus the new waterfront. The John corridor gives access to Group Health and CHS.

The new routing should drive traffic to the 8 and11. People can still easily get to the shopping area downtown via Light Rail or bus from Broadway.

The 11 goes diagonally through town, and still services downtown and the businesses on Madison. This could be replaced with BRT if and when.

 

*If you are not using the website NextDoor, I encourage you to subscribe. This neighborhood based website allows for discussion of issues related to our communities. Sign up at NextDoor.com

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SDOT to Present Route Alternatives at Cafe Flora

MARCH 11, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

A rep from the Dept. of Transportation will be in Madison Valley to give a short presentation of the alternatives and take questions. If you have questions or concerns and want to meet with DOT in person, please attend. 

Wednesday, March 18th
9:30 – 10:00 AM at Cafe Flora

 

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Farewell, Lavender Heart

MARCH 9, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

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Lavender Heart will be closing after 13 years in Madison Valley. They invite you to join them for a party and raffle on Saturday, March 14th. You can also stop by and stock up on your favorite products now through March 24th.

Party & Raffle
March 14, 4 – 8 pm

Lavender Heart 
2812 E Madison St
(206) 568-4441

 

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No More #11 Bus on East Madison St?

MARCH 9, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

Sound Transit has announced two concepts for transit changes in 2016. These are the metro bus route changes they’re proposing for 2016 once the Capitol Hill and University Light Rail Stations are active. Note, this is different from the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). 

Transit Alternative 1 eliminates the #11 to Madison Valley and Madison Park.

At the following link you can learn about the two alternatives.
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/

Call to Action

1. Please take the survey. Select the yellow button in the middle of the page that says “Take our survey”.
http://metro.kingcounty.gov/programs-projects/link-connections/

2. I would like for Madison Park and Madison Valley to form a committee of regular public transit users. I see the committee having 2–3 meetings. 

Meeting 1 – Understand the proposals by Metro and Sound Transit as they impact our neighborhoods.
Meeting 2 – Meeting with representatives of Metro and Transit to answer questions and voice concerns.
Meeting 3 – Public meeting to educate businesses and residents about the changes coming to Madison. 

Sound Transit Timeline

March: Phase 2 – Public Engagement Complete
April: Metro Finalizes Routes
May: Phase 3 – Announcement of Finalized Routes
Late Summer: Changes Adopted by King County Council

 

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Group Piano Class for Adults in Madison Valley

MARCH 7, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Local piano teacher Katie O’Rourke will begin offering group piano classes for beginning adult students starting March 19.

The Benefits of Music

Research has shown that playing an instrument helps build self-confidence, concentration, and memory. More recently, research has also shown that music impacts our overall health. A 2005 study* in the Medical Science Monitor found that group-based music lessons — when not focused on performance or — were found to improve mood states, reduce burnout and reverse the effects of stress at the genomic level. People who don’t currently play music can begin learning at any age through recreational group classes or private lessons designed specifically to fit their learning style.

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About the Class

Each class of 4–6 beginning students will be introduced to the fundamentals of piano at a relaxing and fun pace. It’s okay if participants don’t have access to a piano, especially for the first few classes, since practice will not be required. There will be performance opportunities for those eager to share their music, but performing will always be optional. After a brief introduction each group will get to choose class activities that suit their unique interests. All styles of music are open for exploration, including classical, jazz and popular music.

For more information vist www.pianowithkatie.com/group. Registration is available online or by phone at 405 696-SOLO. The Piano Studio of Katie O’Rourke also offers group classes for children and private lessons for all ages and levels.

* Barry Bitman et al. “Recreational music-making modulates the human stress response: a preliminary individualized gene expression strategy.” Medical Science Montior 11, no 3 (2005), 31-4

 

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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Heart Health

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 | JENN GRUSHON, ND - LEAD PRACTITIONER AT PHARMACA

February is American Heart Month, and a great time to add heart-healthy foods, exercises and supplements in to your routine. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, so whether you’re managing type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension or you’re simply interested in cardiovascular protection, there are many lifestyle habits you can adopt. As always, consult your health care professional when it comes to implementing new exercises or supplemental products. 

Eat heart-healthy foods

Michael Pollan said it best when he said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Hands down, a plant-based or Mediterranean diet takes the lead as the most cardioprotective diet. Concentrate on vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, healthy fats such as avocado and coconut, legumes and nuts, and berries for their anthocyanin content (which gives the fruits a purple hue and serves as an effective antioxidant).

Get your heart pumping!

If able, aim for at least a half hour of moderate intensity exercise per day, at approximately 70 percent of maximum heart rate. To calculate your maximum heart rate, take 220 minus your age, then multiply by 0.70.

Example: Maximum heart rate for a 45-year-old
220-45 = 175 x 0.70 = 122

Try supplemental cardiovascular support

CoQ10 is a common supplement used to optimize mitochondrial function, and has antioxidant qualities. Choose a high-quality CoQ10 supplement, or its more “active” and typically more absorbable form, ubiquinol.

Hawthorn can be taken for cardiovascular protection, as well as used a general heart tonic. It is a broadly safe herb and can be used for extended lengths of time without repercussions. 

Consider increasing garlic in the diet, or try garlic capsules. Garlic can help to mildly lower blood pressure, as well as decrease cholesterol.

Horse chestnut works as a venous tonic, helping blood flow to the heart, and modulates inflammation. This can be used in the case of venous insufficiency, such as edema or varicose veins. 

Visit the Madison Park Pharmaca to check out our complete selection of herbs and supplements that can help support cardiovascular health, and get additional product tips and advice from our team of licensed experts. Here’s to you and a healthy heart! 

 

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Bastille Bash Announcement

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 | LINDY WISHARD

Several people have asked about Bastille Bash 2015, so it is with a little sadness that I write this. There will not be a Bastille Bash Street Festival this year. The explanation follows:

Not Enough Volunteerism

There are a handful of organizers who conceived the idea of Bastille Bash, and worked to make it successful for the past three years, with the help of many participants and volunteers. Those organizers do not have the time to put into organizing the event this year. One is getting married this summer, one has a new job requiring travel, and one owns a business that is quickly growing.

If you attended the event you can imagine the months of preparation goes into the Bash: city permits, food, wine, entertainment, rentals, marketing, tickets, volunteer coordination, set up, tear down, etc.

In total the event takes about 3,500 hours. To put that in context, a full time job is 2,000 hours per year. Each year recruiting volunteers to work the event has gotten more difficult, and each year finding volunteers willing to help organize was almost impossible.

Not Making Enough Money

The event was not growing from a revenue perspective. The Bash costs approx. $60,000 to produce and generates approx. $70,000. That leaves $10,000 being donated to the charity each year. In the first years that was okay, but that is not enough to make it worth the effort of the charities, wineries, and sponsors donating to the event. They needed to see growth each year — which we were not able to produce.

Note, the Community Council, Merchants Association, and neighborhood did not receive any money from the event. All proceeds went to the charities.

The Original Goals

For the past three years, Madison Valley has hosted the French-themed street festival Bastille Bash. The idea for the event was born from a desire to create a signature event that would accomplish many goals:

• Create a memorable theme people would associate with the neighborhood.*
• Encourage people, who would not typically visit Madison Valley to do so.
• Encourage people who live/work nearby to visit shops and restaurants they may not typically frequent.
• Raise money for charity: In years one and two it was the Children’s Response Center, in year three the Detlef Schremp Foundation.
• Provide an enjoyable and unique experience for guests.

*Please note the French theme was never intended to exclude any population. It was simply an event that we could build a good theme around and market. Also, Bastille Day fell on a summer weekend that didn’t have a lot of competing events happening in the city.

The Good Stuff

• Annual attendance ranged between 2,500 and 3,500 guests.
• Madison Valley is now often sited as a “French-themed” neighborhood.
• Madison Valley and the event was written about in more than 100 publication and blogs each year.
• Guests seemed to enjoy the Bash.

The Not So Good Stuff

• Volunteer participation and enthusiasm for the event waned each year.
• Participation by the retailers was waning.
• The city of Seattle was not going to allow us to close Madison, after many tries.
• The cost of the event continued to rise.
• The revenue from the event was not growing – keeping charities and sponsors away from the event.

Big Thank You

It takes a lot of reliable people with skills, time, and willingness to participate to pull off an event the scale of Bastille Bash. We didn’t have enough of those people to make it sustainable.

That said, I don’t want to leave out the people who have helped with Bastille Bash along the way and there are quite a few of you. For everyone who helped organize, manned a water station, sold tickets, or helped in all the ways – my sincere thank you, and I’m sure the community thanks you too!

What Now?

Honestly, I’m not sure. The organizers of the Bash are discussing organizing a Bastille Dinner. The plan would be to close 28th alongside of Luc and have provide a prix-fixe meal along with entertainment. It would be a much smaller event and the proceeds from the dinner would go back into neighborhood improvement projects. As this concept develops I’ll let you know.

Want to Help Organize the Bastille Dinner?

If that’s something of interest to you, let me know. Part of our decision to put on the dinner or not will be interest in helping put it together.

Want to Volunteer in the Community?

I’m not sure if you are aware but we do some cool things in Madison Valley.

• Spring Cleaning Day
• Sip and Dine Events
• Holiday Lights
• A variety of beautification projects
• Articles for the website
• Public Safety
• Traffic/Transit
• Greenways

If you want to be involved, reach out.

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BottleNeck Lounge Turns Crazy Eight

FEBRUARY 28, 2015 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Join us on Friday, March 6th as we celebrate the Eighth Anniversary of The BottleNeck Lounge. In addition to an extended Happy Hour from 4–8 PM, we’re rolling out our new cocktail menu featuring (you guessed it) eight new drinks at the special price of just $8 until midnight. Our 850 sq. ft. bar is certainly on the smaller side in Seattle but our penchant for celebration knows no bounds. Grab a friend or make a new one here — the party will go all night.

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Friday, March 6th
Extended Happy Hour from 4 until 8 PM
No Cover

The BottleNeck Lounge
2328 E. Madison St.
bottlenecklounge.com

 

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January 2015 Police Reports

FEBRUARY 21, 2015 | LOWELL HARGENS

There were 58 Madison Valley incidents reported to the police during January 2015, almost the same as the number for January 2014 (60 incidents). As usual, car-prowl theft and vehicular theft (28 incidents) constituted the largest category of the reports, but there was also a spike in property damage/graffiti reports (9 incidents). There were also 6 burglaries reported during January.

1. On Jan. 9, police were called to a home on 30th Ave. near Denny to investigate a burglary that had occurred earlier that day. The burglar entered by smashing a window and then stole approximately $4000 worth of items, including a tablet computer and video gaming equipment. The resident who notified the police told them that she suspected that a neighbor, who had previously burglarized the home, was responsible and that she might have evidence from surveillance cameras in the home. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

2. Also on Jan. 9 someone entered a residence on 23rd Ave. near Olive through an unsecured garage and took a bag containing electronic equipment, including a laptop, from an upper story bedroom. No fingerprints were found at the scene.

3. On Jan. 12, sometime between 11 AM and 9 PM, a burglar broke into a residence on Madison between 26th and 27th by breaking a ground floor sliding glass door. The burglar stole $80 in cash and an unspecified number of laptops. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

4. Also on Jan. 12 the owner of a business on Mercer near 19th called police to report that a burglar forced open a window of his business and had stolen computer equipment worth approximately $3600. Police found possible fingerprints on the window.

5. During the afternoon or evening of Jan. 18 someone smashed open the bedroom window of an apartment on 27th near Pine. When the tenant returned to the apartment at around 10 PM, she found the smashed window and some damage to a wall. However, she could find no evidence that the burglar had searched her apartment or that anything had been taken from it. The police were unable to find fingerprints.

6. Sometime during January there was apparently a burglary at a location on John St. near 20th Ave. E., but the police have given no other information about it.

Finally, two robberies were reported during January, but the police have released no information about either of them beyond when and where they occurred. The first was at a location on 22nd Ave near Denny at 11 P. M. on Jan. 23, and the second was on John St. near 29th Ave. E. on Jan. 31 around noon.

 

Lowell Hargens is a Madison Valley resident and former University of Washington professor of sociology specializing in the statistical analysis of data.

 

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Arboretum Neighbors for Safer Streets

FEBRUARY 21, 2015 | JERRY FULKS

We are all aware of the high volumes of vehicle traffic cutting through our neighborhood, often at high speeds. This problem is only going to worsen with the removal of the eastbound SR-520 ramp from Lake WA Blvd. We are urging Seattle leaders to immediately fund and implement effective traffic calming measures on our streets as part of the Lake Washington Loop Greenway project. Please join us to help plan and advocate for safer streets in our neighborhood!

safe-streetsMap legend: Big Orange lines = arterial streets. The thin Green line is the future Lake Washington Loop Greenway.

 

Running from Madison Street to SR-520, the Greenway would address:

1. Traffic Flow Change. Concentrating both eastbound SR-520 commuter ramps at the Montlake Blvd interchange will cause more drivers to seek cut-through routes through our neighborhood.

2. Neighborhood Livability. Cut-through vehicle traffic today presents a significant unmitigated danger to people walking, biking and playing in our neighborhood. Cut-through traffic has adversely impacted both our quality of life and our sense of community.

3. Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Network. The existing Lake Washington Loop signed bicycle route is not only essential for local non-motorized mobility options, but is a critical segment of the 2014 Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, a plan which was unanimously passed by the City Council and the Mayor. It is also a very popular jogging and walking route for the neighborhood. 

4. Safe Route to Schools and Jobs. The Lake Washington Loop route is only remaining non-arterial northbound residential through route connecting E Madison St to the University of Washington. Our neighborhood is in the McGilvra Elementary School attendance area. This is the only viable route for our children to bike or walk to McGilvra Elementary School. We need one safe route to not only our only public school, but also local preschools, private schools, junior and high schools and the University of Washington, the largest public school and employer within the City of Seattle.

5. The City of Seattle has studied and recommended cut-through traffic mitigation along this route numerous times.

6. It’s Really Cheap. For a negligible fraction of the cost of major road projects being implemented in this corridor, excellent all-ages-and-abilities walking and biking routes can quickly be established. Transportation planners call this amount of money “decimal dust.”

 

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