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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Feb 23, 2018 - Mar 14, 2018


Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last three weeks for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520




Central Area Design Guidelines Public Hearing
The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed design review district and board, and neighborhood design guidelines for the Central Area neighborhood.

April 4, 9:30 AM.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue 

For more information on the time of the hearing, please check the Committee agenda a few days prior to the meeting at For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to: and should be received by April 3, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing


2030 Challenge Pilot Program

The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code to establish a new 2030 Challenge Pilot to promote the construction and operation of buildings that meet the highest green standards and promote environmental quality, and revise the living building pilot program.

Notice and DNS




1640 20th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five 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. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40

Notice of Decision


1121 34th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land, including one into four unit lots. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live-work and residential dwelling units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-30′, Arterial within 100 ft, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision


1638 20th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five 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. Zone: Lowrise-3, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′

Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at The O’BottleNeck Lounge and Two Doors Down



Saturday March 17
The Feast of St. Patrick’s
4 PM until the taps run dry

Presenting Chef Arnie’s Famous Corned Beef Sandwich

Featuring Irish-Style Brews, including Boundary Bay Irish Red, Iron Horse Quilter’s Irish Death, Diamond Knot Slane’s Irish Red, Lowercase Dry Irish Stout and Double Mountain Black Irish Stout (on nitro).

• Green Rice Krispy Treats for the Wee Ones
• Ice Cream Stout Floats for The Elders
• Irish Whiskey & Specialty Cocktails at The O’BottleNeck




Sunday March 18
Sad Bastard Hangover Brunch at Two Doors Down

• $5 Irish Ales from 10 AM to 2 PM
• Corned Beef Hash and Eggs

We’ve got the cure for whatever ‘ales’ you!

The BottleNeck Lounge is an over 21 years of age establishment. Two Doors Down is family-friendly and includes all ages.

The Bottleneck Lounge
2328 E. Madison St

Two Doors Down
2332 E Madison St.


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A Brief History of Our Community



Isabelle Grey has made quite an impression throughout our community and beyond with her slim volume Madison Valley Places of Interest.




Her book is well documented with accompanying photos. She covers dramatic historical events such as the horrific flood of 2006 and the creation of our park-like retaining pond that now protects us.

A thorough review of our community’s parks and notable African-American residents is included.

Other topics review the historical accounts of MLK Jr. School, Bailey-Boushay House, and the pea patch movement.

A working understanding of historical events is imperative for the planning of our future development.  

Isabelle contributes by describing our valley with infectious affection. Love for the neighborhood is what inspires us to become community advocates.

Thank you, Isabelle!

Anyone who lives in or loves Madison Valley would benefit from Isabelle’s book. It would make a great gift or addition to a home library. You can (of course!) find it on Amazon.


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Seattle Japanese Garden



The Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum has opened for the 2018 season.

The 3.5-acre garden Seattle Japanese Garden opened in 1960 and was designed by Juki Iida.


Japanese Garden 2


Free admission to the garden is available on the first Thursday of each month. The  Family Saturday program hosts special activities geared toward families with children.

Volunteer docents will be giving daily tours at 12:30 p.m. from April 1 to the end of October.

Seattle Japanese Garden
1075 Lake Washington Blvd E, Washington Park Arboretum
Seattle, WA 98112
Hours: 12:00pm-7:00pm


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Rover’s Winter Pop Up IX


Bonjour Gourmands!

It is time to treat yourself to an evening of French cuisine and fine dining, accompanied, of course, by our favorite and most entertaining host, Chef Thierry Rautureau.




Join the Chef in the Hat, his wife Kathy, and the Luc staff for the Rover's Winter Pop Up IX. Be our guest as we serve you the most delectable flavor combinations put together by Chef Thierry and Chef de Cuisine, Andrew Yanak. 

For event details, how to reserve, and full menu please follow the link below:

Rover's Winter Pop Up IX
Champagne upon arrival, followed by a 7-course menu with wine pairing
March 12, 6:30pm

The date is fast approaching and these dinners fill up very quickly, please do not hesitate to contact us to make your reservations.


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January 2018 Police Reports



Five burglaries were reported in Madison valley during January, a number similar to the totals of the past several months.




1. Sometime during the night of Jan. 6 – 7 someone used a small wooden stool to smash in the glass door of a building near 22nd and Madison. The building was being used as a storage space, and there was no evidence that the person who smashed the door actually entered the building.

2. Police were called to an apartment building on 20th near Pine at 1:30 AM on Jan. 10 to investigate a burglary in progress. When they arrived, residents told them that they had been hearing noises in the basement of the building. The police then started searching the basement and found that it had been barricaded in in various places. After a few minutes, the police discovered and arrested a burglar dressed only in boots and a jacket. Residents speculated that the burglar had been staying in a nearby condo unit that has been hosting transients who have been engaged in thievery in the neighborhood. The burglar apparently took nothing from the apartment building.

3. On Jan. 14 police were called to investigate a burglary that had occurred earlier that morning at a home on E. Pine near 20th. When they arrived, the resident told them that he had gone to sleep on his living room couch at 2 AM and that when he woke at 8 AM his iPad and wallet were gone. The resident also told them that although the doors of the residence had been locked when he went to sleep, the front door was ajar when he woke up. There were no signs of damage to the front door.

4. Sometime in the early morning hours of Jan. 19 there was an attempted burglary at a residence on Pike near 24th, but the police have not posted a description of the incident.

5. Just before midnight on Jan. 28 there was a non-forcible entry burglary at a business on E. Madison near 31st, but the police have not posted a description of the incident.

In addition to the burglaries, there were two robberies and a shoplifting/assault incident during January.

At around 8:20 PM on Jan. 6 a robber accosted a woman at 23rd and Pine. After grabbing her by the throat and punching her in the face, he threatened her with a knife and demanded that she give him her backpack. When she gave him the backpack, which contained items worth approximately $1700, he pushed her to the ground and fled north on 23rd. The woman ran to her nearby home and called the police, who carried out an unsuccessful search for the robber. The victim described the robber as a white male, over 6’ tall and weighing about 250 pounds, with a partial beard and tattoos on the back of both of his hands. The victim also speculated that the robber may be homeless because his clothes and person were dirty and unkempt.

On Jan. 13 around 11 AM there was a shoplifting/assault reported at the Safeway store at 22nd and Madison. Although the police have not posted a description, their summary report indicates that the incident has been referred to the City Attorney’s office, suggesting that the perpetrator was arrested.

Shortly after noon on Jan. 23 police were called to the Safeway store to investigate a robbery that had just occurred there. When they arrived, a store employee told them that a man had attempted to shoplift food items from the deli and when asked to return and pay for the items, had threatened to strike an employee with a carton of soft drinks. The shoplifter/robber then took the items to his pickup truck, which was parked across the street from the store’s entrance. When another employee followed him outside, the robber opened the door of the pickup and took a dark object from it. The robber then dared the employee to “come on” at which point the employee retreated because he thought the dark object was a handgun. The employee was able to photograph the pickup’s license plate before retreating, however, and when the police determined the owner of the pickup they discovered that there were three outstanding warrants for his arrest. Another police unit discovered the pickup near 14th and Spring a few hours later and the robber was found nearby and arrested. The police found narcotics in the pickup.


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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Ishbel is Selected to Play in the World Cup



Ishbel Dickens is a soft-spoken woman. However, her quiet demeanor does not mask her life’s passions. It’s really obvious that she is fully committed to them.

Now retired, Ishbel has spent the majority of her working life as a legal aid attorney representing the owners of manufactured homes — an often-maligned group. She worked tirelessly with these low-income families to ensure that their legal rights were protected and enhanced.

As the mother of four and grandmother of eight, Ishbel is dedicated to her family. She glows when talking about her children and grandchildren. She is a valued friend, neighbor and member of our community.

However, for more than fifty years, one of her most enduring passions has been field hockey. Ishbel has been playing continuously since she was a young girl in her native Scotland. She and her twin sister Ailsa played against each other in their grandparents’ garden using their dad’s old field hockey sticks.




Thirty years ago, upon arrival in Seattle, Ishbel set about finding a local hockey team. Fortunately, Seattle Parks and Recreation had contact information for an ongoing women’s team that had been playing since 1953 and was originally the U.W. Alumni Club. She joined up immediately and now plays for and captains the Seattle Woman’s Field Hockey Team. They practice and play year-round at Montlake and Washington Park.

The team participates in tournaments in Canada and other parts of America. Additionally, they took a touring team to Europe several years ago. Although the Seattle team boasts over 100 members, there is a core of thirty players. The team has players from age 20 to 60s with the average ages being late 20s to 30s. Her husband, Markus Krueger, has been chosen for the U.S. 050 World Cup men’s team. Markus coaches the Seattle women’s team.

Ishbel describes hockey as an exciting game for all ages and abilities. She feels that the game requires more skill than soccer and ice hockey. She loves the outdoors and playing a team sport has allowed her to connect easily with new friends whenever she has moved to other cities in Great Britain and when she came to America over thirty years ago.

At 64 years old, (she’s by far the oldest member of her home team) Ishbel competed for a place on the U.S. World Cup O55 team. The tryouts took place in both California and Pennsylvania and she was selected to be one of eighteen team members to play in the Master’s World Cup in Spain against 055 teams from several other countries.

Although running and an individual fitness regime previously composed Ishbel’s primary training program, hip problems now have her in the pool for water aerobics and taking hot yoga classes. She trains diligently to stay in shape for future competitions.

Ishbel is also captain of Alliance — a women’s international team. She loves meeting and competing with players from around the world and the travel to distant lands. She has played with them in Scotland, Australia, and The Netherlands. She has also traveled to South Africa and will be in New Zealand this year playing in social tournaments.

Inspired? Ishbel encourages anyone with the desire to check out The Seattle Women’s Field Hockey Team. They are always welcoming to new players of all abilities and ages. You can find them (of course!) on Facebook.

The World Cup competition will take place July 25th through August 5th in Spain. Congratulations Ishbel on your remarkable accomplishment and best of luck in the games! Your community will be cheering you on!


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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Jan 24, 2017 -- Feb 22, 2018



Here are the Seattle OPCD and SDCI Land Use notices and City planning activities in the last month for communities from 18th Ave. to Lake Washington and E Union St. to SR-520




Broadmoor Water Main Lining

The proposed project increases the reliability of an existing 16-inch 90-year-old drinking water feeder main by installing a cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) inside 242 feet of the main and replacement of two small sections of other downstream pipe.
Notice of Determination of Non-Significance


Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

After a careful environmental review, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has determined that the Madison Street Bus Rapid Transit Project will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment.
Notice of Determination of Non-Significance




1132 34th Ave

Streamlined Design Review proposing 2, 3-story structures. One, 2-unit townhouse structure and 1 structure with 3 live-work units. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-20′, Arterial within 100 ft.
Notice of Streamlined Design Review


728 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a new 2-story gymnasium with below grade parking for 246 vehicles (Holy Names Academy). An additional 32 parking spaces to be provided in a new surface parking lot, 12 existing spaces to be removed for a total of 307 parking spaces. Review includes partial demolition of existing gymnasium. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 100 ft. 
Notice of Application


1644 20th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project also includes a unit lot subdivision of Parcel Z into five unit lots. The construction of live-work units and residential dwelling units is under Project #6497160. This subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual live-work and residential dwellings units. Development standards will be applied to the development site as a whole and not to each of the new lots and unit lots. Zone: Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ 
Notice of Decision


Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map


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Emerald City CrossFit: Fitness and Fun



Emerald City CrossFit (ECCF) is the premier wellness experience where both health and fitness are held as top values because of the transferability it has to all aspects of life! Started in 2012 by owners Melinda and Seth Schmitt, ECCF takes its mission of creating a supportive community where you can be awesome in your physical ability and have fun doing it, seriously!

ECCF owners Melinda & Seth fell in love with CrossFit after moving to Seattle in 2010. They didn’t know anyone, but ended up making lifelong friendships from joining CrossFit and got in the best shape of their lives at the same time! The owners of the gym they joined truly changed Melinda and Seth lives first with genuine friendships, second with fitness, and third by encouraging and helping Melinda & Seth open their own CrossFit gym. “Changing lives for the better in fitness and friendship is what we are after.”
—Seth Schmitt, ECCF Owner




As the needs of their community have evolved, so has Emerald City CrossFit. Now offering a Strength Class for female identified athletes, ECCF teaches everything members need to know for weight training. The 6-week program is geared toward beginners (or those who are returning to exercise after illness, injury, or maybe are just timid to try something new) to introduce basic strength building techniques safely. The classes have some of the functional movements you see in our CrossFit classes, but this class is not focused on high intensity — although you are able to raise your heart rate. Like a traditional CrossFit class the movements are constantly varied, but there is a lot of repetition in order to learn safe techniques and master the movements.




One thing that stands out at Emerald City CrossFit is the community. It’s hard to describe. The bond between the coaches and the members and friendships formed between all are life changing.

“Being from Vermont, Emerald City has become my second home since moving to Seattle in 2014. The community at ECCF is something special. As someone who prides himself on making fitness a priority, whenever I drop into other gyms while on vacation or during work travel, I am always reminded that the community in my gym is like no other.”
–Travis Mears, ECCF Member since 2014


Travis Mears (wearing the 6 pack) pictured with his team after the ECCF Endless Summer Throwdown


"I started at ECCF in July 2014 and walked in unable to do a single push-up or pull-up. I had no clue how to properly deadlift, clean, or squat. I felt completely intimidated by the weight room at my gym and started out just wanting to learn the basics and get back to running. While after 3 years I know how to safely lift and finally have some upper body strength for the first time in my life, I'm not done here yet and can't imagine going back to working out alone. The coaches, balanced programming, and fun energetic atmosphere keep me coming in five days a week. The community that has been built at ECCF is incredible — happy hours, family picnics, and in-house competitions. You get the chance to work out with people who truly want to see you succeed and are just as excited about our achievements!"
—Brittany V



As the changing landscape of Seattle evolves, Emerald City CrossFit prides itself on meeting the needs of current members while at the same time keeping its finger on the pulse of the fastest growing city in the country to help the community make fitness a priority. “We know our community is special and we want to share that with everyone.”
—Melinda Schmitt, ECCF Owner


Seth & Melinda Schmitt


ECCF offers a wide variety of membership options, including personal training and small business groups. View rates here.

To learn more about joining the Emerald City CrossFit community, visit or email Melinda at

Emerald City CrossFit
2308 E Madison St
(206) 465-9640


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Floret by Cafe Flora is now Open at Sea-Tac Airport!


After much anticipation, Floret by Cafe Flora is now open at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This spinoff of the popular Cafe Flora is a 2,000-square-foot light-filled space located next to the new Delta lounge between A and B terminals.




This is the first exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurant to open at Sea-Tac, and one of just a handful of vegetarian airport restaurants in the nation!

With more vegetarians, vegans and ingredient-savvy diners traveling through America’s airports, Cafe Flora, a landmark for vegetarian cuisine in Seattle, is thrilled to operate its concept at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. 

“We are very excited to open Floret at Sea-Tac and let all of our guests and travelers experience all of the hard work we’ve poured into it. We’ve created hearty, nourishing and delicious items that just happen to be vegetarian,” said owner Nat Stratton-Clarke. “Now, travelling vegetarians or people looking for a healthier option, will have an incredible array of choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Floret.”  

Independently owned and operated, opting out of the often-utilized concessionaire model seen at many airport restaurants, Stratton-Clarke has gone to great lengths to replicate the same high level of quality ingredients used at Cafe Flora. He spent months working with his regional farm sources and purveyors to get them airport “badged” (obtaining vendor credentials) to offer the seasonal, local, fresh produce that will be found on the Floret menu.

The 80-seat restaurant serves both dine-in and grab-and-go clientele for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a full bar serving craft cocktails, Washington beer, wine and hard cider. View full menus here.

Diners can expect flavorful and creative vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes from chef Bernadette Biela, that utilize local Washington purveyors; including produce from Whistling Train Farm in Kent, tofu from Island Spring Organics on Vashon Island, dairy from Medosweet Farms, and eggs from Stiebrs Farm. 

Grab-and-go offerings: breakfast sandwiches, housemade pastries including Cafe Flora’s signature vegan cinnamon rolls, superfood salads, and mixed grain bowls featuring everything from quinoa to falafel.

Dine-in offerings: hearty sit down breakfasts including biscuits with mushroom gravy, scrambles, and pancakes for kids. Dinner features signature items including the Oaxaca tacos and mushroom French dip with yam fries, as well as a plethora of salads, entrees and sandwiches.

Beverages: a visit to Floret provides an opportunity for travelers to sample many of the Northwest’s favorite beverages including Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Rachel’s Ginger Beer on tap, Tieton Cider Works hard cider, and Fremont Brewing Company IPA on tap, among other local brews. Standout nonalcoholic beverages include housemade sodas and shrubs, and Seattle-based Mystic Kombucha on tap.




Another of Stratton-Clarke’s touches is bringing the atrium-like atmosphere of his Seattle cafe to Floret. The unique Sea-Tac space takes on a life of its own, with 20-foot-high ceilings and large conservatory-style windows with tarmac views that allow natural light to spill into the dining room. Contemporary interior design elements include hexagonal cement tiles, brass accents, botanical inspired wallpaper and soft color accents that create a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant’s commitment to sustainability reaches beyond its food, featuring select furniture thoughtfully sourced from recycled and reused materials. Outlets under every bar seat conveniently allow guests to plug in and work or charge electronics.

“Plants and greenery bring a relaxing, restorative effect to any space, and we really wanted that peace for travelers dining at Floret,” Stratton-Clarke said. “We are pulling in elements of our original Seattle cafe while giving Floret a playful, modern identity all its own. The space is a tranquil and relaxing haven for weary travelers.”

Floret is open daily with grab-and-go options from 5 a.m. – 9 p.m., and the dining room seating guests from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; each serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Photos by Belathee Photography


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