Madison Valley

is a charming Seattle village with a European flair. We offer an eclectic mix of sophisticated shops, services, and restaurants. Our independently owned businesses attract visitors from afar, and shopkeepers greet customers by name. Here you’ll find people enjoying the good life, strolling the sidewalks, pausing to chat and explore. Join us, say hello, and stay awhile.

 

Contact: Madison Valley Merchants Association, 4111 East Madison Street #290, Seattle WA 98112

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Day Before Thanksgiving Special at Two Doors Down

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Two Doors Down will be taking $3 off the price of any growler fill on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Give thanks for great beer!

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Two Doors Down
206.324.BEER
2332 E Madison St.

 

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Holiday Lights Funding Update

NOVEMBER 16, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Hello Neighbors:

The generous donations from Madison Valley businesses and residents have gotten us very close to fully funding this year’s lights ($7,035 out of $8,800). With a few more contributions, we can meet our goal. Please help us keep Madison St bright and cheery!

To pay online, click the Donate button on the home page: http://madisonvalley.org, or send a check payable to:

Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 E. Madison Street #290, Seattle, WA 98112.

Thanks!

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The Chef and the Perfumer: A Scent for the Century

NOVEMBER 14, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Thierry Rautureau, chef and proprietor of Rover’s, Luc, and Loulay, has collaborated with French-trained perfumer Molly Ray to create a line of fragrances called Loulay.

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Chef Thierry set out to create one of the most luxurious, intoxicating, and romantic scents of the century, using the art and experience he has acquired as a world-class French chef. He and Molly have handcrafted a recipe intended to transcend time.

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Our experiences with feasting and scent are connected to memory. When asked, “Do you remember what your wife was wearing the day you met her,” Thierry pauses and says, “No.” “What about the way she smelled?” His smile lights up and he is transported to the day he met her, and recalls every fragrance she’s ever worn for the next hour. What is it about the olfactory experience that brings distant memories to the present? Both food and fragrance help us remember who we are.

Chef Thierry hosted a recent launch party, where 200 guests arrived to celebrate this new line and his new career. In addition to his generous charitable efforts, it’s great to see him stepping outside the box and nourishing a creative outlet that will please so many. Loulay, let it whisk you away!

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Loulay is a sustainable product that uses no toxic chemicals of any kind. The fragrance contains notes of fig, lime, green tea, and bergamot. View the Loulay fragrances here:

Loulay Eau De Toilette and Products

 

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Announcing HoneyDeux Beauty Bar!

NOVEMBER 7, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

We are proud to announce HoneyDeux Beauty Bar, our new retail and express spa services shop on Madison! Many of you know that we have been working on this new addition during the summer and we are finally ready to unveil our newest venture!

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We now have room to expand our retail products, Hylunia and Well Beyond Beauty, as well as offering curated gifts. And our favorite new obsession is Lalalicious, an all-natural, food-grade body line, free of all toxins of course!

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We will be offering all of our lash/brow services and luxurious express skin treatments so you can get your Honey in a hurry!

We are also excited to launch new services including full body waxing, leg, and bikinis! We will have the greatest manicurist in Seattle performing Manicures featuring NCLA, which is one of the safest polishes out there, no toxins and no carcinogens!

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Join us on Friday, Nov. 9th and Saturday, the 10th, from 4–7 pm at our beautiful new shop! We are located steps from Honey Skin Spa right on Madison!

In honor of our grand opening we will have some fun goodies and giveaways starting on opening night and throughout the following week, so book your next appointment soon!

HoneyDeux
2816 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
206.453.5053
honeydeuxbeautybar@gmail.com
honeydeuxbeautybar.com

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Holiday Gift Preview Party

NOVEMBER 5, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

At Baas Framing Studio we’ve assembled an amazing collection of hand-crafted items from Northwest artists and fair trade companies this year, including silk-and-wool scarves, colorful felted trivets, laser-cut wood pocket knives and wallets and new ceramics from Cary Lane. Reusable pyrex glass straws make a fun stocking stuffer. We’re excited about three new jewelry lines too: silver and enamel jewelry from Alisha Merrick, vintage Victorian buttons and brass chains from My Mother’s Buttons, and laser-cut brass and silver from A Tea Leaf. Also featuring new Venetian plaster paintings by Miguel Lee-Leon!

Join us for some early shopping, cocktails and a fun start to the holiday season!

Thursday November 8
5 pm to 8 pm

Baas Framing Studio
2703 E. Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
baasframingstudio.com



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Abstract Painting #2082 by Miguel Lee-Leon

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Necklace of Brass with Vintage Victorian Keys, Buttons and Magnifying Glass

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Fair-Trade Felted Wool Trivets

 

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Holiday Lights Funding Update

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

We’re halfway to paying for the Holiday Lights! Every year the decorative lighting on Madison Street is funded by donations from area merchants and residents. You can help keep Madison Valley cheery during the winter by making a donation to the lighting fund.

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You can donate online using PayPal, or mail a contribution to the address below. If we all pitch in a little, we can make the season bright!

Send a check and make payable to:

Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 E. Madison Street #290, Seattle, WA 98112

To pay online, go to http://madisonvalley.org and click the Donate button on the home page.

 

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Firefighter Training in Madison Valley

OCTOBER 31, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Since Monday, Seattle firefighters have been setting up at the intersection of 28th Ave East and East Roy Street.

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The firefighters are conducting a “training burn” at this location, an exercise that allows firefighter trainees to practice putting out fires. The officer in charge told me they have one instructor for every trainee onsite. It’s an opportunity for the trainees to work with live fire in a controlled setting.

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And there are fire trucks and safety equipment set up around the perimeter of the training site to put out a fire should something go wrong.

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The house on the site been vacant for the past several years, and owners Andy Morris and Lynne Salkin plan to tear down the structure and build a new home there.

“Our insurance agent told us that fire departments are sometimes looking for vacant homes to practice on. We loved the idea and I contacted the fire department last spring,” said Lynne. The fire department then went into the house and prepared it for the training. They worked for a full week rebuilding walls, venting the roof, and building new doors. “It was very exciting to pull up on Monday morning and see the training in action. It’s certainly not every day that you’re happy to see smoke pouring out of a house you own!”

“It is really encouraging to see how seriously the FD takes their training. It gives me a lot of confidence as a resident of Seattle that we are supported by highly qualified first responders,” said Andy. “The men and women working the scene each day, from the most junior recruit to high-level officers such as Captains and Lieutenants, have a true passion for community relations. They patiently explain firefighting techniques and fire safety to spectators. They encourage neighbors young and old to observe and to ask questions. They show off their equipment. It is really impressive to see the pride they have in serving the community!”

 

 

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Pets of Madison Valley October 2018

OCTOBER 29, 2018 | ANNIE MCCALL

Pets of Madison Valley returns! Here are some furry friends as they visit All the Best Pet Care on Madison.

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Ada loves to come in for treats and pets.

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Bentley loves to come in for snacks on his evening walks.

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Brothers Fritz (top pic) and Gizmo (bottom pic) checking out the No-Hide selection.

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Our regular, Mac brings in his neighbor Guinness for snacks

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Vivi is always super excited to come in for snacks!

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KIWI KITCHENS
FREEZE-DRIED DOG FOOD
• New Zealand sourced and produced
• with Green-lipped Mussel for joint health
• feed as a meal, treat or topper

See this and other special offers from All The Best pet food and supplies.

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Holiday Lights Funding Update

OCTOBER 27, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Dear Neighbors,

I was driving home from downtown last night at sunset, and I couldn’t get over how wonderful the holiday lights look. This magical sparkle is one of my favorite parts of living here during the winter; I just can’t imagine it being dark and dreary.

 

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The cost for this year’s lights (install, maintain, and remove) is $8,800. So far, unfortunately, we’ve received very few donations to the lighting fund. Please donate something to cover your share of this beautiful addition to the season.

Send a check to:

Madison Valley Merchants Assoc.
4111 East Madison St. #290, Seattle WA 98112

Or pay online: Click the Donate button on the Madison Valley home page (http://madisonvalley.org).

If you have any questions about the Holiday Lights, send an email to lindy at madisonvalley dot org.

I hope everyone has a safe Halloween, and a joyful holiday.

Lindy

 

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Public Meeting About the Montlake Market Property

OCTOBER 25, 2018 | EDITOR

The Washington State Department of Transportation will host a public meeting to share information about the status of WSDOT’s acquisition of the property where the Montlake Boulevard Market and the 76 gas station are located. The topics below will be discussed and an opportunity for public feedback will be provided.

• Overview of the upcoming Montlake Project elements and schedule

• Factors driving the project’s need for the property

• How WSDOT is working to address a 2018 legislative directive, which states in part: “The department [WSDOT] shall work with its design-build contractor to ensure to the maximum extent practicable that the building housing any grocery store or market currently located on parcel number 1-23190 will be preserved.”

Meeting details:

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Location: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle, WA 98112

Limited free parking is available on site
Transit: Bus routes 43, 48, 255, 257, 311, and 545 serve the Montlake/SR 520 area; use King County Metro Trip Planner tool to find your route

WSDOT presentation at 5:45, followed by an opportunity for public feedback.

 

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What Happened to the Monthly Madison Valley Police Reports?

OCTOBER 20, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

I’m sorry to report that unless the Seattle Police Department resumes reporting data on specific locations where incidents occur, it will be impossible to continue the monthly Madison Valley Police Reports series. During the past few months the SPD has been changing the system it uses to make data available to the public. This process has involved the creation of new databases which, unfortunately, specify only the general areas in which incidents occur. The SPD explains their new policy as follows:

 

“In an effort to safeguard the privacy of our community, offense reports will only be located to the ‘beat’ level. Location specific coordinates will no longer be provided. Beats are the most granular unit of management used for patrol deployment. In addition to the Departments patrol deployment areas, these data contain the ‘Neighborhood’ where the crime occurred, if available. This coding is used to align crime data with the Micro Community Policing Plan (MCPP).”

 

Unfortunately, the geographical systems that the SPD uses do not identify Madison Valley as a Seattle neighborhood. For example, below is a map of central Seattle showing the city-specified neighborhoods that comprise it. The black lines on the map show the boundaries of what the city identifies as two neighborhoods covering Madison Valley: Stevens/Miller Park to the north and Central District/Squire Park to the south.

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On this map I’ve also indicated in green the area that we have been using as a definition of Madison Valley. Neither of the two neighborhoods specified by the SPD nor their combination comes close to matching a reasonable delineation of Madison Valley. The same is true of the two SPD beats that cover our area (They are C2 and C3; you can see a map of the SPD beats here.)

As a result of these changes it is no longer possible to produce maps showing where in Madison Valley particular robberies, burglaries, etc. have taken place. It is also impossible to provide basic counts of the incidents that have occurred in Madison Valley. Thus, until the SPD recognizes Madison Valley as a neighborhood, or resumes giving detailed information about where incidents are occurring, it will be impossible to produce a monthly review of incidents in Madison Valley that have been reported to the police.

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

 

Editor’s Note: We want to thank Lowell for his hard work on the Police Reports column over the last five and a half years. Through his efforts, Madison Valley residents have been made more alert to the issues of safety and crime. Thank you, Lowell!

 

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Holiday Lights 2018 Call for Contributions

OCTOBER 16, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Winter is approaching, but East Madison St will be lit up with holiday lights, chasing away the gloom.

 

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Holiday Lights is a neighborhood beautification project sponsored by the Madison Valley Merchants Association. Each year the lights are paid for with the generous contributions of merchants and residents in Madison Valley. The cost to put the lights up, maintain them during the holidays, and take them down again is $8,800. You can donate online using PayPal, or mail a contribution to the address below. If we all pitch in a little, we can make the season bright!

Send a check and make payable to:

Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 E. Madison Street #290, Seattle, WA 98112

To pay online, click the Support button near the green bird on the home page.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, September 1, 2018 - October 12, 2018

OCTOBER 13, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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Accessory Dwelling Units

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)has been issued which examines potential environmental impacts of proposed changes to the City’s Land Use Code related to detached and attached accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones. The Final EIS includes a Preferred Alternative for Land Use Code changes that address regulations and policies frequently cited as barriers to the creation of ADUs. 

Notice of Final EIS

 

2925 E Madison St

The City's Hearing Examiner has received an appeal of the Master Use Permit decision(s) to allow a six-story building consisting of 82 residential units above 25,850 sq. ft. of retail space, located at ground level. Parking to be provided for 140 vehicles at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. The Appeal Hearing will be held on at Monday, December 10, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Office of Hearing Examiner, Suite 4000, on the 40th Floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue. Hearings are open to the public, but generally only those who are parties to the appeal and persons called by the parties as witnesses will have the opportunity to testify. 

Notice of Appeal Hearing

 

2450 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to relocate a minor communication utility displaced by construction of expanded SR-520. Project includes a 125′monopole and equipment cabinets in WSDOT right-of way. Environmental documents prepared by WSDOT.

Notice of Application

 

2507 E Union St

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story, 7-unit rowhouse in two buildings. Parking for 4 vehicles proposed. To be considered with project at 2515 E Union for shared access. Existing buildings to be demolished.

Notice of Application

 

2515 E Union St

Land Use Application to allow 5, 3-story single family residences. Parking for 7 vehicles proposed. Existing buildings to be demolished. To be considered with project 2507 E Union for shared access.

Notice of Application

 

525 20th Ave E

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.

Notice of Application

 

115 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four 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.

Notice of Application

 

113 27th Ave E

Land use application to subdivide one development site into two 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.

Notice of Application

 

2724 E Union St

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four 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.

Notice of Application

 

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

 

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A "Top Doctor" Dermatologist Moves into the Neighborhood

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED
Arboretum Dermatology is a new medical and cosmetic dermatology clinic for children and adults. The clinic provides treatments for acne, skin cancer, and other skin disorders, as well as cosmetic treatments. Next day spots are available. Located in the Arboretum Court building at the intersection of East Madison Street and Lake Washington Boulevard, the facility offers well-appointed patient areas and treatment rooms, up-to-date medical devices and Wi-Fi accessibility.

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The owner, Dr. Carmen Berger, a board-certified dermatologist, and Rebecca Patton, a Certified Physician Assistant, are specialized dermatology providers, bringing over 30 years of combined clinical dermatology experience in the Seattle area.

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Consultations are available for evaluation and treatment recommendations.

Arboretum Dermatology
3131 East Madison Street, Suite 205
Seattle, Washington 98112
Phone: 206-462-5850
Email: info@arboretumdermatology.com
www.arboretumdermatology.com

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, August 3, 2018 - August 31, 2018

SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER
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

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119 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, 4-unit townhouse building in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles will be provided. Project to be considered with project at 123 26th Ave E for shared access easement from 26th Avenue E. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Decision

 

123 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three story, 4-unit rowhouse building in an environmentally critical area. Parking for four vehicles will be located within the structure. To be considered with project at 119 26th Ave E for shared access. Existing single-family residence to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Decision

 

115 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four 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.

Notice of Decision

 

152 21st Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into six 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.

Notice of Application



Resources
Land Use Information Bulletins– NEW
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, July 1, 2018 – August 2, 2018

AUGUST 3, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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2925 E Madison St

Land Use Application to allow a six-story building consisting of 82 residential units above 25,850 sq. ft. of retail space, located at ground level. Parking to be provided for 140 vehicles at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished.

Notice of Decision

Notice of Interpretation

 

1711 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow 2, 4-story townhouse buildings, (8 units total). Parking for14 vehicles proposed. Existing building to be demolished.

Notice of Application

 

1715 20th Ave

Land Use Application to allow 2, 4-story townhouse buildings, 3-unit and 5-unit (8 units total). Parking for 2 vehicles proposed. Existing building to be demolished.

Notice of Application

 

115 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, four unit rowhouse building. Surface parking for two vehicles provided at 113 27th Ave E. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with project at 113 27th Ave E for shared access and parking.

Notice of Decision

 

113 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow two, three-story single-family dwelling units. Existing structures to be demolished. Surface parking for two vehicles to be provided. To be considered with project at 115 27th Ave E for shared access and parking.

Notice of Decision

 

236 24th 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.

Notice of Decision

 

Resources
Land Use Information Bulletins– NEW
Permit and Property Records
Design Review Board
Buildings in Design Review Map

 

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Music in the Park Thursdays

JULY 31, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Madison Park’s annual Music in the Park series will be held on the the first three Thursdays in August. The kid-friendly free concerts are sponsored by the Madison Park Business Association and run from 6:30 to 8 pm.

 

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Gin Creek

 

The bands playing this year are The Side Project (original music and covers, Aug 2), Gin Creek (rock and jazz, Aug 9), and Two Scoops Combo (boogie woogie blues, Aug 16).

In an unusual move, the bands will not be using electric guitars out of consideration for the neighborhood’s noise levels.

 

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Bailey-Boushay House Opens Emergency Shelter Nov 1, 2018

JULY 21, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

For over 25 years, Bailey-Boushay House has served the housing and health care needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and other terminal diseases. Thanks to funding made available from Mayor Jenny Durkan’s plan to serve 500 more people per night in homeless services programs, Bailey-Boushay House is now able to provide safe and accessible shelter services for up to 50 of its existing clients. The shelter will allow consistent oversight and treatment for these individuals, helping improve care and quality of life. The project is supported by the City of Seattle for November and December 2018 and will continue into 2019 contingent on additional funding.

 

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HOW IT HELPS

The shelter is an extension of our Housing Stability Project. Half of the people helped through the Housing Stability Project find permanent housing. The shelter embraces critical elements to be effective:

  • Easy accessibility
  • Crisis and interim housing
  • An environment that fosters community, with supportive health and social services
  • Rental assistance program for homeless clients

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The shelter will open November 2018 and will run through the end of December 2018, with operation in 2019 dependent on funding.
  • The shelter will primarily serve our existing homeless clients who, today, sleep on the neighboring streets.
  • It will exist within Bailey-Boushay’s present facility. There will be no construction or roadside disruption.
  • Shelter hours will be from 4:00 pm to 6:30 am. We will continue to have 24-hour security.

 

QUESTIONS?

Attend the community forum on Wednesday, August 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Bailey-Boushay House (2720 E Madison St)

 

CONTACT US

Brian Knowles, Executive Director
206-240-3269
Brian.Knowles@virginiamason.org

 

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Fury Summer Sale

JULY 21, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Hello and Happy Summer in Seattle! It’s time for our annual summer clearance sale. Save 30–70% on all of our spring/summer inventory. We have a ton to choose from, bring a friend :)

Sale starts Sat. July 28th at 10 am and will run for two weeks.

 

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Thanks to you, Fury has been here 33 years! Check out current happenings and new arrivals on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

If you are interested in a private shopping party, please contact us for more details. We would love to host your girl’s day or night out!

Fury—Extraordinary Consignment
2810 East Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
206-329-6829
Open Tues-Sat 10-5:30
Furyconsignment.com
Email Fury
Facebook
Instagram

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, May 18, 2018 - June 30, 2018

JULY 2, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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2301 E Union

Design Review Board recommendation meeting for a 7-story, 429-unit apartment building with retail. Parking for 252 vehicles proposed. Existing buildings to be demolished.

July 18, 6:30–9:30 P.M.
Seattle University
824 12th Ave
Admissions & Alumni Comm Bldg- Stuart T Rolfe Room
Notice of DRB Meeting

 

2301 E Denny Way

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story, 46-unit apartment building (45 small efficiency dwelling units and 1 apartment unit). No parking proposed. Existing buildings to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay

Notice of Application

 

2217 E Mercer St

Land Use Application to allow a 2-story single family residence. Parking for 1 vehicle proposed. Zone: Single Family 5000

Notice of Application

 

117 18th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into five unit lots. Development standards will be applied to the original parcel and not to each of the new unit lots. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay

Notice of Application

 

Resources

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

 

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Garden Party: Festival in the Evening Sun

JUNE 28, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

The Seattle Japanese Garden will be hosting its biennial fundraiser and celebration of everything the garden has to offer. Join us for a summer evening in the Seattle Japanese Garden sipping sake under the setting sun!

 

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Attendees will savor local wine, specially-chosen sake, Japanese beer, and a dinner menu inspired by the food found at a traditional Japanese summer festival.

Described as the “Best Kept Secret in Seattle,” this is one summer evening event you won't want to miss.

Diners will be serenaded by a jazz trio and be enveloped by the lush greenery of the garden in summer and watch as the sunset transforms the landscape into majestic twilight.

 

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All tax-deductible proceeds will go to support programming, operations and capital improvements for the Garden.

Thursday, July 12, 2018
6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Tickets: $125
Purchase Tickets Here

 

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May 2018 Police Reports

JUNE 25, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

No robberies, no aggravated assaults, and only 3 burglaries were reported to the police from Madison Valley during May. Furthermore, two of the three burglaries were delayed reports of incidents that happened in April. Technically then, the count for April was 9 burglaries and that for May was only one. This is the smallest total, both for burglaries and for the total of all three types of incidents, since I started collecting data on Madison Valley police reports back in 2013.

 

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1. On May 1 police were called to investigate a burglary at business on 19th near Mercer. When they arrived, the owner told them that an alarm had been set off around 2 AM the previous Saturday (April 28th). When he arrived shortly thereafter, he found that the front door to the business locked and no there was no evidence that anyone had been inside. As a result, he decided that it was a false alarm. Subsequently a witness called the business and reported that he had seen a man enter, set off the alarm, and then quickly leave, locking the front door as he did so. Police did not search for fingerprints on May 1 because others had been in and out of the business since the burglary. As they were leaving the police were asked to investigate another burglary that had also happened on April 28 at a nearby apartment building (see next item).

2. Shortly after midnight on April 28, a burglar entered an apartment building on 19th near Mercer by using his cell phone to hack the building’s security system. Once inside, the burglar spent approximately an hour and a half roaming around the building before leaving. The next day, residents discovered that someone had opened several packages in the building’s mail room, but apparently little or nothing was taken because the police report gives the value of the losses due to the burglary as only one dollar. Video footage of the incident suggests that the burglar was the same person who had twice previously burgled that apartment complex. Police did not look for fingerprints because they weren’t informed of the burglary until May 1 and several days had passed since the burglary.

3. Sometime between 10 AM and 10 PM on May 2 a burglar entered an apartment on 26th near John by crawling through an unlocked bedroom window. The burglar apparently took only a laptop computer, and the burglary wasn’t discovered until the next morning when a resident couldn’t find the laptop. Police found evidence that the burglar had entered through the window, but were unable to find fingerprints.

 

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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Summer Paella Dinners at The Harvest Vine

JUNE 19, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

July Paella Dinner featuring Carmona Flamenca!

 

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
$150.00 per person (pricing includes food, wine pairings, flamenca entertainment, tax and gratuity)
Tickets can be purchased via our website!

Guest Arrival: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Begins: 6:30 p.m.

The Menu:

Course 1: Pimientos de Padron: fried Galician-style green peppers with sea salt & Avinyó Petillant 2017

Course 2: Ensalada el Landó: thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes with olive oil, sherry vinegar & garlic & Tresolmos Verdejo 2016

Course 3: Paella: chicken, rabbit and chorizo paella with saffron bomba rice & Seis de Luberri 2015

Course 4: Plato de Quesos: a selection of Spanish cheeses with accompaniments & Remelluri Lindes de San Vicente 2011

Course 5: Flan de Vainilla: creamy Spanish-style vanilla bean custard & César Florido Cruz de Mar Cream Sherry

No substitutions please.

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August Paella Dinner featuring Ben Woods!

 

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Thursday, August 9, 2018
$150.00 per person (pricing includes food, wine pairings, flamenca entertainment, tax and gratuity)
Tickets can be purchased via our website!

Guest Arrival: 6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Dinner Begins: 6:30 p.m.

The Menu:

Course 1: Pimientos de Padron: fried Galician-style green peppers with sea salt & Rezabal Txakolina 2016

Course 2: Ensalada el Landó: thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes with olive oil, sherry vinegar and garlic & Protos Verdejo 2016

Course 3: Paella: chicken, rabbit and chorizo paella with saffron bomba rice & Valenciso Reserva 2010

Course 4: Plato de Quesos: a selection of Spanish cheeses with accompaniments & Nexus One 2015

Course 5: Flan de Vainilla: creamy Spanish-style vanilla bean custard & Don Px 2014

No substitutions please.

The Harvest Vine
2701 E. Madison St. Seattle, WA. 98112
206 320-9771
www.harvestvine.com

 

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Women-Only Strength Class

JUNE 13, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Starting June 18th, Emerald City CrossFit will be holding a 10-week, women-only strength program on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

This Strength Class for Women will teach you everything weight training beginners need to know. Starting with body weight resistance exercises, the class will progress to lifting free weights in the gym. All fitness levels and ages welcome!

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• Learn how to lift weights safely with proper technique.
• Strength train with other women who share your goals in a fun, supportive and motivating environment.
• Increase your muscle and improve definition focusing on appropriate levels of progression to train the entire body. 

Participants can come as little or as often as they like!

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Emerald City CrossFit
2308 E Madison St.
(206) 465-9640
info@emeraldcitycrossfit.com

www.emeraldcitycrossfit.com/strength-class-for-women

 

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Traffic Advisory

JUNE 4, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

The University of Washington Commencement is Saturday, June 9, from 12:30–4:30. The heavy traffic around the university often backs up in the Arboretum.

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For more information:
http://www.washington.edu/graduation/ 

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Ask a Master Gardener

JUNE 2, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Did you know that the Graham Visitors Center in the Arboretum has master gardeners who can help you at no cost? Yep, every Sunday, noon to 4:00, volunteer master gardeners are available to answer all your gardening questions!

 

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Madison Valley resident, master gardener, and bird expert, Penny Bolton (right) answers my questions about aphids. “Thanks Penny!”

 

Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112
For more information about the center, visit their website.

 

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Madison Park Home & Garden Tour

MAY 31, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present The Madison Park Home & Garden Tour on Sunday, June 3, 2018, from 12 to 4 pm. A walking tour of distinct neighborhood homes & gardens that highlight a broad range of innovative, classic and stylish design. All proceeds benefit McGilvra Elementary School.

Homes include historic Olmsted gardens, an Ellsworth Storey craftsman, a new sophisticate penthouse, NW contemporary home and much more. 

McGilvra Elementary — a historic school house built in 1913 and nestled in Madison Park is attended by children from Madison Park, Madison Valley, the Arboretum, Broadmoor, Washington Park, Denny Blaine, and other neighborhoods throughout Seattle. As a public school, McGilvra Elementary relies on yearlong fundraising campaigns held by the school and the Parent Teachers Association to help provide vital programs and critical education support roles including; music classes, art classes, reading specialists and math specialists.

 

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Tickets for the tour cost $25.00 for adults and children under the age of 16 are free with a paid adult. Tickets must be brought to the Madison Park office of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (4031 E. Madison Street) the week of the tour to pick up tour maps and wristbands. All tour attendees must have a wristband and are encouraged to pick up tour maps and wristbands before the day of the tour to reduce wait times.

Tickets at www.madisonparkhometour.com

 

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Special Moments in Madison Valley

MAY 31, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Thursday evening, my husband and I were strolling along Madison Street, when we stumbled upon a delightful surprise. Restaurant Cantinetta had decided to roast an entire pig in the parking lot! Chef Derek May started cooking it at 9:00 AM, and by 7:00 PM we were able to enjoy a remarkable meal.

 

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Owner Trevor Greenwood watching over the fire.

 

We ordered the prix fixe four-course meal; $35 per person. The slow-roasted pig was succulent; the salad sublime, and handmade pasta heavenly.

 

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Chef Derek May in the kitchen with his staff.

The whole experience was enhanced by the smell of the fire, good music, and a warm breeze. Derek said he was going to do more of these special dinners in the future. Highly recommended.

 

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Neighbors enjoying a pretty Spring evening in Madison Valley

 

Bar Cantinetta
2811 East Madison Street
(206) 329-1501
cantinettaseattle.com

 

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April 2018 Police Reports

MAY 29, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

Seven burglaries, two robberies and one assault were reported to the police from Madison Valley during April. Because so much construction and remodeling is occurring in Madison Valley, and because construction sites are attractive targets for burglars, a significant proportion of Madison Valley burglaries are occurring there. This month, four of the seven burglaries were at such sites.

 

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1. At 6 AM on April 3 police were called to an apartment building being renovated on E. Union near 20th. When they arrived, a resident told them that he had heard what he thought were construction noises earlier that morning, but when the noises became very loud he realized that someone was trying to pry open the front door to his apartment. After setting off an alarm in the building, he called 911. Inspection of the building revealed that someone had broken into another apartment close by, but at the time of the police report it was not known if the burglar had taken anything from it. The burglar apparently left in a hurry because he left a flashlight behind. The police gave the flashlight to their Evidence Section to search for fingerprints.

2. Sometime during the night of April 8–9 someone pried open the front door of an almost-finished home under construction on 29th near Pine and took a boxed surveillance system worth $1500 that was being stored in the kitchen pantry. No fingerprints were found at the scene.

3. On April 11 at 8:30 AM police were called to a construction site on 27th near Denny to investigate a robbery that had taken place during the previous night. When they arrived, the victim told them that someone had broken into the site and taken a dehumidifier and a concrete saw. The police were unable to find fingerprints at the scene.

4. Sometime during the night of April 19–20 someone entered a home on 21st Ave. E. near Roy that is being remodeled. When the contractor arrived on the morning of the 20th he found that a plywood panel that covered a door had been pried off, and that items belonging to the home owner had been taken. The police found no fingerprints or other evidence about the burglary.

5. During the night of April 21–22 a burglar succeeded in opening the garage door of a town home on Madison near 26th and stole a bicycle and skiing equipment. The resident had left the door just slightly open to let it air out after a painting job on the evening of the 21st, but found the door completely open the next morning. No fingerprints were found at the scene.

6. There was a forced-entry burglary at a residence on E. Denny near MLK on April 30, but the police have not filed a detailed description of this incident.

7. Police were called to a home on E. Denny near 19th on April 30 to investigate a burglary that was taking place. When they arrived, residents told them that while upstairs they had heard noises coming from the ground floor of the home and that when they investigated they found a man searching though some jackets that were hung close to the front entrance. The man quickly fled the scene and although one of the residents chased after him, he outran her. After the police received a description of the burglar, another police unit found a man matching the description hiding in a doorway near 21st and John. While holding him for possible identification by witnesses, the police found a small bag of methamphetamine in his possession. After the residents of the home identified the man as the one who they had seen in their house, the police took him to the King County Jail.

One of the two robberies reported in April involved theft at the Safeway store, and the other was reported by a victim whose report left police wondering about the veracity of his story.

At around 6:30 AM on April 14 an employee working in an office behind the customer service counter at the Safeway store on E. Madison heard noises coming from just outside the office. When she investigated, she found that a woman was reaching behind the service desk and removing tickets from a lottery ticket dispenser. The employee then confronted the woman and started picking up some of the tickets that had fallen on the desk and the floor behind the counter. The woman then entered the area behind the service counter and physically assaulted the employee. When another employee came to the rescue, the woman threatened them both and they backed away. The woman then fled from the store and was last seen walking south on 23rd. The store provided the police with security camera footage of the incident.

On April 11 police were called to investigate a robbery that had occurred on April 10. When they arrived, the complainant told them that at around 7:30 PM on the previous day while he was walking home a man had approached him and told him that he wanted the hat he was wearing. When the victim tried to flee, the robber tripped him and tried unsuccessfully to taser him. The robber then took the hat, described as a straw hat worth $175, and fled. The police report of this incident expresses skepticism about the complainant’s report, noting that he could not provide information about important features of the incident, that his account contained several inconsistencies in its details and that it also contained assertions about the event that are demonstrably untrue.

Finally, there was an aggravated assault on E. Union during April.

Shortly after 2 PM on April 10 police responded to reports of gunfire in the vicinity of E. Union and MLK. When they arrived, witnesses told the police that the shots had come from a dark colored vehicle that had fled south on 27th just after the incident. While gathering evidence at the scene, the police learned that a 911 call had just come in from two people reporting that they had been shot at while driving in the area. The victims told the police that they had been driving on Rainier Ave. in Columbia City when a vehicle attempted to cut them off. As they continued along Rainier, the vehicle started following them and they became frightened, until the vehicle disappeared. Later, however, the vehicle appeared again when they were driving north on MLK and resumed following the victims. Finally, in the vicinity of MLK and Union occupants of the following vehicle opened fire on the victims. Shortly after the police interviewed the victims, the car from which the shots were fired was discovered by the police and several people were taken into custody.

 

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 Area, Apr 10, 2018 – May 17, 2018

MAY 20, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

Early Community Outreach for Design Review

Seattle City Council added requirements to the land use code that all projects going through Streamlined, Administrative, or Full Design Review shall conduct community outreach. Specifically, applicants shall prepare a community outreach plan and document compliance with the community outreach plan before the early design guidance (EDG) meeting can be scheduled. As required by the legislation, Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods are proposing a joint director’s rule establishing:

1) what constitutes a community outreach plan, and
2) how compliance shall be documented.

Notice of Adoption of Rule

 

Frequent Transit Service Area Map

The land use code requires Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections adopt a map showing the frequent transit service area (FTSA), which is a basis for applying parking requirements in certain areas of the city. The purpose of this rule is to adopt the map showing the frequent transit service area (FTSA).

Notice of Adoption of Rule

 

2030 Challenge

The Seattle City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) to

1) establish a 2030 Challenge High Performance Existing Building Pilot Program; and
2) update the existing Living Building Pilot Program.

Both programs encourage the development or rehabilitation of buildings that meet high green building standards and promote environmental quality. More information available here. 

Public hearing:
June 6, 9:30 a.m.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave

Written comments may be sent to rob.johnson@seattle.govand must be received by June 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Accessory Dwelling Units

The Seattle City Council has issued a draft Environmental Impact Statement(DEIS) that describes potential adverse environmental impacts of proposed changes to City Land Use Code regulations for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that are located in certain single-family zones. ADUs include backyard cottages, known as Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), and in-law apartments, known as Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (AADUs). 

Open house and public hearing:
May 31, 5:30 open house, 6:30 public hearing
Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave
Bertha Knight Landes room

Written comments on the DEIS may be submitted through June 25, 2018, online comment form at seattle.gov/council/adu-eis or email to ADUEIS@seattle.gov

Notice of DEIS

 

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2301 E Union

Land Use Application to allow a 7-story, 429-unit apartment building with retail. Parking for 252 vehicles proposed. Existing buildings to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood commercial-2 pedestrian (M1), Urban Village overlay

For some background, this is the Midtown property, a full city block at 23rdand E Union. Early Design Guidance of the Design Review Board was in January. Here is the proposal prepared for that meeting. Here is the report of that meeting. Currently, the architects and developers are seeking feedback. There will be a large public space, so different uses, building configurations, and flow are offered for your consideration and ideas. Just click on Comment on this Project to see the discussion.

Notice of Application

 

3320 E Republican

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land. Existing structures to remain. Zone: Single family 5000, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

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1115 34th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. 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 parcels and unit lots.  Zone: Arterial within 100ft, Lowrise-2, Neighborhood Commerical1-30

Notice of Decision

 

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

 

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March 2018 Police Reports

MAY 17, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

Six burglaries, one robbery and one aggravated assault occurred in Madison Valley during March. An interesting feature of incidents of these types that have been reported thus far in 2018 is that they have been heavily concentrated in the area south of John and west of 26thAve. More specifically, 23 of the 28 incidents that have been reported in Madison Valley during 2018 have occurred in that section.

 

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1. Shortly before closing time on March 4 a burglar broke into the liquor storage room at the Safeway store on Madison. Video cameras recorded him loading a backpack with liquor bottles and leaving the room and then the store. The burglar took more than $1000 worth of liquor but left no fingerprints at the scene.

2. At around 12:30 AM on March 8 police received a call reporting a burglary in progress at a home on 20th near Denny. When they arrived, they searched the neighborhood for two men matching the description of the would-be burglars, but were unable to find them. The burglars had been attempting to open a rear window when they were observed by the resident, and the police report states that the resident knows the identity of one of the burglars.

3. On March 13 at 3:40 AM video cameras at an apartment complex on Madison near 20th recorded a man and a woman attempting to break into a storage area in the complex. When a manager of the complex came to work later that morning he found the damage caused by the burglars and called the police. When the police arrived, they were told that the couple might be living in a vehicle nearby, but during a search of the neighborhood the police were unable to find the couple.

4. On March 21 someone opened packages in the mail room of an apartment building on 19th Ave. E. near Republican. At the time of the police report there was no evidence that anything was taken from the packages that had been opened. The police report states that security cameras may have recorded the incident.

5. On March 25 shortly after 2 PM a witness saw a woman, described as being in her 20s, take a bike from the porch of an apartment on Madison near 20th and, accompanied by a man who was also riding a bike, ride away on it. At first the witness wasn’t sure that he had witnessed a burglary, but when he saw the woman having difficulty riding the bike, he took pictures of her with his cell phone and called the police. When the police arrived, he described the burglars and what they were wearing. By chance one of the officers present had investigated a burglary at that apartment complex during February (it was reported as burglary number 5 in the February edition of this report) and he noted that the description of the couple was very similar to very to the couple that had been recorded on security cameras in that incident. However, at the time of the police report it had not been conclusively determined that the two couples are in fact the same.

6. During the night of March 28–29 someone broke into a home being renovated on 30th near Union and took construction equipment worth approximately $2500. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

There was another shoplifting → burglary incident during March.

A little after 1 PM on March 18 police were called to the Safeway store on Madison by employees who had just experienced a robbery. The employees told the police that they had observed a woman who has been a frequent shoplifter at the store taking packages from the meat department. One of the employees confronted the woman and told her to put down the packages and leave the store. At first the woman ignored the employee, but when the employee attempted to recover one of the packages the woman yelled an obscenity at her and brandished a sharp cutting tool. After unsuccessfully attempting to injure the employee with the weapon, the robber left the store carrying about $100 worth of ribs. Other employees saw the robber enter a car, described as an older model blue Chrysler, which then drove south on 23rd. Employees told the police that they have often seen the robber in the vicinity of 23rdand Union.

Finally, at approximately 9 PM on March 17 there was an aggravated assault at Union and 24th that involved a firearm. The police have not posted a detailed description of the incident because it is still under active investigation.

 

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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Greenbelt Birds

MAY 17, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

The Harrison Ridge Greenbelt volunteer forest stewards hosted Lead Naturalist, Ed Dominguez from the Seward Park Audubon Center this past Wednesday, April 25. The visit brought two new neighbors into the fold of our Greenbelt team and was enjoyed by all. The Stewards had identified four areas within the site that they wished to have some expertise guidance for creating an optimum bird habitat.

Ed did not disappoint! For two hours we wondered among the trees as he identified birds by sight and sound. We even spotted the first migrating warbler of the season!

 

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Naturalist Ed Dominguez with some of the event’s participants.

 

Ed was most complimentary of our restoration efforts that have had a primary goal of fostering birdlife. He had some suggestions for additional plant material and gave us some pointers for respecting nesting areas.

The Stewards felt that we received both positive validation of our own efforts as well as tips for continuing success. Thank you, Ed! We are most appreciative.

 

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Earth + Wind + Fire

MAY 17, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Finally! A fabulous yoga studio has opened in Madison Valley in the traditional courtyard space along Madison Street. Earth + Wind + Fire brings the mega-watt star power of the owners which will surely restore this venerated site to the former glory of the original studio, Santosha.

The dazzling light-filled space has been lovingly refreshed to uphold its reputation as the most beautiful studio in Seattle. It is simply a joy to practice here.

Owners Alice, Madzy and Jamie have been together since 2008 when Jamie opened Mountain Flow Yoga. Alice and Jamie were childhood friends from Epiphany School, reconnected at an Epiphany Alumni reunion and were surprised to learn that they were both teaching yoga. Alice immediately jumped on board as Mountain Flow’s first teacher. Madzy was a student in the very first class Jamie ever taught at Mountain Flow. She quickly transitioned to teaching and through the years, the three teachers developed a sisterhood that fosters their current collaboration. All three women live with their families in our community.

 

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Owners Alice, Madzy and Jamie.

 

The Earth + Wind + Fire name is from the yoga-based medicine practice of Ayurveda. Ayurveda organizes a person’s personality and constitution into one of three doshas: earth (grounded and calm), wind (fluid and creative) and fire (passionate and energetic). The three teachers have recognized themselves as one of these doshas and bring their unique practice style in line with them. Alice (earth) offers classes that she customizes on the spot to the students present at the time. Madzy, (wind) guides her students to find their potential with playful, core-based challenges. Jamie, (fire) leads athletic classes that open doors to new and perhaps unrealized possibilities.

The studio offers classes from 6 AM into the evenings with a thoughtful range of styles. Challenging, vigorous experiences are balanced with calming and restorative practices. For the encouragement of new yogis, there is the Stiff + Scared class. Pricing options are generous and varied. An enticing intro for new students is $50 for 5 classes. Wow! What a deal!

As an additional enhancement, the studio hosts a variety of workshops and retreat opportunities. Upcoming retreats in 2019 include Costa Rica in January and Sonoma in August. Check out the website: earthwindfireyoga.com for details.

Earth + Wind + Fire will surely kindle the interest of locals who may have had to journey to far flung sites for their practice. It is absolutely wonderful to have such a quality studio in our neighborhood. Thank you, Alice, Madzy and Jamie!

 

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River Song Jewelry Has Moved and Honey Skin Spa is Expanding!

MAY 17, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

There is a lot happening at the cute little storefront at 2816 E Madison St!

 

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River Song Jewelry, which had been there for 9 years, has moved. River and her husband have relocated to San Miguel, Mexico where she will continue creating jewelry. You can purchase her beautiful jewelry online at riversongjewelry.com, and follow her creative process on Instagram @riversongjewels.

So what will happen to the space, you ask? 

Honey Skin Spa is expanding! Owner Megan Sevcik is opening Honey Deux. Such a cute play on words with a nod to the neighborhood’s French theme. 

As most of you probably know, Honey Skin Spa is located in the courtyard next to Arya’s Place. Honey offers a variety of skin and beauty services. 

When I asked Megan about expanding, she explained that Honey Deux will be like “Honey in a hurry.” She will be offering a variety of beauty services including facials, waxing, and nail services, as well as her own line of beauty products. 

I caught Megan in the space late at night as she was painting the trim herself. That’s true entrepreneurship! 

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Honey Deux opening in June, 2018 — please stop in and say hello. 

To learn more about Honey Skin Spa visit honeyskinspa.com.

 

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Alder Creek Anniversary Celebration

MAY 17, 2018 | PENNY BOLTON

Hello Friends and Neighbors: 

It has been 11 years since our neighbor, Wallis Bolz, took up the challenge of restoring our neighborhood’s special place, Alder Creek. It is the wild space at the dead end of 26th Ave East and East Helen. Once an overgrown, impenetrable patch of blackberries, ivy and bindweed, it has been transformed to a wild place filled with native plants and birds. A stream runs through it and trails built over the years by volunteers provide a quiet, private spot to relax in the busy city. 

 

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Over the years a group of regular volunteers have spent three hours each month weeding, planting, and mulching with wood chips. These second Saturday work parties have been augmented with United Way and other community-wide volunteer groups that have allowed us to make real progress. The ivy and blackberries are almost gone! The birds are loving the snags and brushy undergrowth.

 

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Many neighbors don’t even know that Alder Creek is a public space so we are having a 11th Anniversary Celebration on June 3, Sunday, from 10 AM to noon. We’ll provide donuts and coffee. Penny Bolton of Seattle Audubon will bring a collection of bird skins that represent the species we have in Alder Creek and your yards. Meet your neighbors, let the kids play on the logs, and learn about our project.

We look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions feel free to email Penny Bolton at ppbolton AT gmail DOT com

June 3, Sunday
10 AM to Noon
Alder Creek

 

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New Forest Steward for Greenbelt

APRIL 24, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

 

Please welcome your neighbor Linda Becker as our latest volunteer in the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt! Linda has lived in Madison Valley for 20 years and is a lifelong gardener. After she retired last year, Linda looked no further than her own backyard for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity. She lives a block away from the Greenbelt and has neighbors who grew up playing in the woods. She was excited to learn about the restoration work—it’s a perfect fit! After completing the official Forest Steward training this fall, Linda will transition to lead volunteer at the Greenbelt. “I hope to foster interest and inspire more volunteers from the neighborhood,” she says. “The Greenbelt is such an important treasure of the community!”

 

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Linda Becker

 

Linda is right! The Harrison Ridge Greenbelt is the only “wild” greenspace in the neighborhood. The 6-acre land is home to many birds and provides a wonderful respite from the asphalt and concrete of our lives. As a human geographer (a scientist who studies why people live where they live), Linda is especially aware of the benefits of interacting with nature for people of all ages, but especially for children. Anyone can meander the paths and sit among the trees. Additionally, the Stewards provide field work experiences for the Urban Forestry class at The Bush School.

The Forest Stewards of the Greenbelt work under the auspices of Forterra. Forterra’s mission is to secure wilderness, local farms, and city greenspaces from unbridled development. They provide tools, plants, and support to the Steward volunteers. Forterra functions as a non-profit under the umbrella of Green City Partnerships. They supervise the restoration of hundreds of thousands of acres that will now be saved for our future generations.

Stop by and say hello when you see us! Please consider joining our team! Even one or two hours a month can make a big difference. Working together, we can all enjoy this special park.

 

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Celebrate Mother's Day at Cafe Flora on May 13

APRIL 19, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

Vegetarians, vegans, and meat-lovers alike can flock to Cafe Flora for its beloved Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 13 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. The spring-focused, three-course menu starts off with an array of Fresh Baked Pastries including Petite Croissants and Lemon Blueberry Cornmeal Scones all served with grapefruit curd and lemon thyme compound butter, and a Tropical Fruit Plate. Next guests will have the option to choose between a Northwest Lox Benedict with poached eggs, smoked carrot “lox” and avocado hollandaise, Spring Chile Rellenos or Strawberry Rhubarb Stuffed French Toast. For dessert choose between a Rhubarb Upside Down Cake or a rich Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart. A dedicated kids menu is available with starter, entrée, and dessert.

 

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Brunch is $45 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Price excludes tax, gratuity and beverages. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling (206) 325-9100. Cafe Flora is located at 2901 E. Madison Street, Seattle. Visit cafeflora.com for more details.

 

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JazzED In Our Valley

APRIL 16, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

By last minute invitation, a couple of weeks ago, I attended a musical fundraiser and was surprised to find that the program is based right here in our neighborhood! JazzED (pronounced jazz ed) is taught out of the FAME at MLK Community Center.

My host and table captain at the event was JazzED’s new board member Harold Brandford. Harold was recruited by his neighbors to become involved and make a contribution to the community. Harold was born and raised in Barbados. He moved to the USA in his late teens for his advanced education. With a bit of hard work and encouraged by the kindness and generosity of wonderful mentors along the way, he has achieved a good measure of success, working as a physician in the Seattle area for the past 38 years. He sees his involvement in JazzED as an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of kids who might otherwise be denied a chance for music education.

 

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Harold Brandford

 

JazzED is a fantastic and successful extracurricular music program. It was founded in 2010 by an enthusiastic group of volunteers that wanted to provide music education to anyone in any school regardless of finances. The beloved Clarence Acox of Garfield Jazz fame was the founding music director and continues to be involved. 

The music instruction bridges the gap between school-based classes and private lessons. Local experienced professional musicians lead the bi weekly group lessons and many instruments are donated from a variety of sources including most recently, Amazon.

The students range from grades 4–12 and are drawn from 70 different schools in the Puget Sound area. JazzED is currently serving 600 students a year. Commitment to diversity is a primary goal. 50% of the students are girls, 42% students of color, and 40% are receiving scholarship assistance.

 

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Students may choose from Choir, Strings, Brass, and Woodwinds. Additionally, audition-based ensembles for Big Band, Orchestra, and Vocals are on offer. A jazzy field trip to New York City is planned for this coming June. WOW!

Thinking that live music may catapult your next party into a fabulous experience? Look no further! All Star Combos are available for bookings.

Truthfully, there are just too many JazzED opportunities and events to describe here. Your best bet is to peruse the beautiful JazzED website: seattlejazzed.org

What fun!

 

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Petite Galerie's Allium Dinner & New Dinner Series

APRIL 16, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

New Madison Valley brasserie Petite Galerieis launching a monthly dinner series this April with the first dinner theme “A Love Affair with Allium” held on Sunday, April 29 with one seating at 6:30 p.m.

Chef-Owner Rob Sevcik’s spectacular six-course menu is an ode to spring, with the allium plant serving as the inspiration. Dinner is $85 per person with an option to add wine pairings for an additional $55. Reservations are required and available at 206.588.1682 or online at www.petitegalerie-seattle.com.

Full menu and wine pairings is below; here is a look at the full dinner series lineup April-September:

Sunday, April 29 – A love affair with Allium
Sunday, May 27 – Colors of Spring
Sunday, June 24 – Salute to Spain
Sunday, July 29 – Cook’s Showcase
Sunday, August 26 – Whiskey Dinner
Sunday, September 30 – Tomatoes

 
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A Love Affair with Allium Menu - Sunday, April 29

Amuse

First:Multi Colored Garlic Salad, tuna tartar, quail egg, spring radish, lemon aioli / charred calçots, romesco sauce
Guardian Angel Sauvignon Blanc

Second: Spring Onion Seared in Brown Butter with Halibut Cheeks, braised leeks, minced prawn & fingerling potato
2016 Domaine Lelievre, Auxerrois Blanc, Cotes de Toul

Third: Braised Shallot Consommé, roasted bear’s head mushroom, hazelnuts, poultry mousse, chive oil
2017 Casale del Giglio “Satrico” Bianco, Lazio

Fourth: Pearl Onion & Confit Rabbit Stew, bread crumb, prunes, preserved tomato, olive oil
2016 Vina Sastre Tinto Roble, Tempranillo, Riberia del Duero

Sweet Onion Granité

Main: Roasted Lamb Loin, green onion cous cous in savoy cabbage papillote, rosemary demi-glace, ramp jam
2015 Chateau Mourgues du Gres Terre de Feu Rouge

Dessert: Caramelized Onion-Balsamic Ice Cream Sandwich, dark chocolate cookie, candied berry
NV Cesar Florudo, Moscatel, Chipiona

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Mar 15, 2018 - Apr 9, 2018

APRIL 10, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

MHA Public Hearing District 3

Proposed legislation to apply Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements in existing multifamily and commercial zones in Seattle, areas currently zoned Single Family in existing urban villages, and areas zoned Single Family in potential urban village expansion areas identified in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Planning process. 


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The legislation would make area-wide revisions to the official zoning map in the areas shown on the map, and apply MHA requirements in the rezoned areas, requiring new commercial or multi-family development in the affected zones to contribute to affordable housing.

Public hearing focusing on changes affecting property in District 3 and District 7:

April 16, 6:00 P.M.
Seattle Central College 
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway

Sign-up sheets will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. Written comments will be accepted at: citywidemha@seattle.gov

Notice of Public Hearing

 

1711 & 1715 20TH AVE

Design Review Early Design Guidance (EDG) for 7 units total and parking for 7 vehicles proposed, on each property. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Urban Village overlay, Scenic view within 500 ft.

April 11, 6:30 P.M.
Seattle University
Student Center 130
1000 East James Way

Design Proposal

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EDG notices for 1711 1715 20th Ave

 

236 24TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6582536. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay 

Notice of Application

 

111 26TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6492073. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2 

Notice of Application

 

115 26TH AVE E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6564684. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

Resources
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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Spring Clean 2018

APRIL 5, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

The Merchants Association and McGilvra Elementary are getting together on Saturday, May 12, to clean up the neighborhood—please join us! We’ll be pulling weeds, spreading wood chips, and cleaning up the landscape along Madison St. The merchants will be cleaning up their storefronts as well.

Sign Up Here!

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We’ll have some supplies on hand: garbage bags, paint, cleaning supplies, etc. Please bring gloves, paint scrapers, and garden hand tools.

Cash donations are also welcome to help offset the cost of the cleanup. You can make a donation online — just click on the Donate button at the top of the page. Be sure to write Spring Clean in the notes field. All contributions are appreciated! 

Saturday, May 12, 9 AM
Meet at FastFrame
2840 E Madison Street
Free coffee and pastries provided by the Merchants Association.

If you have questions, contact:

Devon Magnusson
206-641-7733
devonm@movemend.info

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Bird Lovers in the Neighborhood

APRIL 5, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

The Seward Park Audubon folks are coming to our Greenbelt for a habitat consultation. As the caretakers of our Greenbelt, your neighbor volunteer forest stewards are always mindful of installing plants that provide shelter and food for our winged friends. This effort is one of our priorities.

 

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Your volunteer neighbors Trina Wherry, Peter Constantini and Linda Becker hard at work this spring.

 

The Stewards are hosting the Audubon educators to provide additional expert guidance for the coming season and beyond. 

YOU are invited to this unique opportunity! Please join us!

Wednesday, April 25th 4–6 PM
Meet: 32nd Ave E between E John and E Denny
Dress for the weather

Click here to register and get more info.

 

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February 2018 Police Reports

MARCH 29, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

 

Eleven burglaries in were reported in Madison Valley during February, which is almost double the monthly average. A little over half of them were residential burglaries, but only one of them involved a single-family dwelling. As the number of apartment buildings and condos in Madison Valley continues to grow, the proportion of burglaries that occur in single-family dwellings will decline.

 

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1. On Feb. 2 at 10 PM there was a forced entry burglary at a business on Madison near 27th Ave. E., but the police have not posted a detailed description of the incident.

2. Sometime during the daylight hours of Feb. 15 a burglar broke into an apartment on 20th Ave near Denny and stole personal items worth approximately $700 and credit cards that were subsequently used for purchases worth $600. The police were unable to find fingerprints in the apartment.

3. On Feb 16 there was a burglary that did not involve forced entry at a nonresidential building on 22nd Ave. near Olive, but the police have not released a description.

4. On Feb. 22 there was a forced entry burglary at a residence on 19th Ave. E near Denny, but the police have not released a description.

5. Just after 2 AM on Feb. 23 two burglars broke into the lobby of an apartment building on Madison near E. 20th Ave. After spending time in a bathroom off the lobby, the burglars, described as a male and a female in their 20s, broke into a storage closet and removed a package. The female burglar also attempted to open two safes in the room and then found and removed a device that makes keys for both the building and for individual units in the building. At around 3 AM the burglars left the building, heading west toward a north-south alley. Security cameras recorded the burglars’ activities and captured very good images of the female burglar. Building managers did not recognize the burglars as being residents of the building.

6. On Feb. 23 at about 11:20 PM a burglar gained access to an apartment building near 22nd and E. Union by entering just after a resident. Once inside, he broke into several secure areas of the building but the police report mentions no missing items beyond approximately $20 in cash. Video footage of the event clearly shows the burglar’s face.

7. Police were called to a business on E. Union near 22nd on Feb. 24 to investigate a burglary that occurred sometime during the previous night. The burglar apparently entered through the rear door of the business, which opens onto an area shared with an apartment complex at that location. The burglar apparently only took loose change from a cash register. There is a possibility that a security camera owned by the apartment complex may have recorded the burglar’s entry into the business.

8. Sometime between 6 PM and midnight on Feb 23 someone forcibly opened the several mailboxes at a condominium building near 25th and Madison. There is no security camera in the area, and police did not search for fingerprints because the area is heavily used. The police report specifies only a few minor items that were known to have been taken by the time when the police arrived.

9. On Feb. 26 police were called to a building on 19th near Madison that houses a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth. When they arrived, employees at the organization reported that sometime during the previous weekend a burglar had entered their offices and left incoherent notes on a whiteboard and on various pieces of paper and had also forced open several metal cabinets. Aside from the damage to the organization’s equipment, however, nothing appeared to have been taken by the burglar.

10. Sometime between Feb. 22 and Feb. 27 someone broke into a bicycle storage area in an apartment building near 24th and E. Union and took equipment from a bicycle being kept there.

11. During the night of Feb. 26–27 someone entered the bicycle storage area of a building near 24th and E. Union and stole a woman’s bike worth approximately $500. Although this is not stated in the police report, it appears that this is the same building as that in the previous burglary incident. There was video footage of this incident, but it does not show the burglar’s face.

Also, during February there was another shoplifting/robbery incident at the Safeway store on Madison.

On Feb. 9 at around 3 PM an employee at the Safeway store confronted a woman who had bypassed the checkout area with approximately $200 worth of items in a shopping cart. When the woman threatened him with a knife, the employee backed off and the store called the police. The woman is known as a frequent shoplifter at the store, and the incident was recorded by the store’s security cameras. Police conducted an area search, and although they did not find the woman, near 24th and Denny they found the empty shopping cart that the woman used.

 

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 Loop Trail Grand Opening

MARCH 29, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

An afternoon of public festivities will celebrate the opening of the new Loop Trail in Washington Park Arboretum on April 8 from noon to 3.

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There will be a ribbon-cutting, live music, free snacks, food trucks, and fun activities all along the 2-mile loop.

  • 1 p.m. “Vine-cutting” ceremony at the Birch Parking Lot (Lake WA Blvd & E Interlaken Ave), adjacent the Loop Trail
  • A performance by the Husky Marching Band Drumline.
  • Educational activities for kids hosted by UW Botanic Gardens, plus the opportunity to learn about field trips, camps, and more!
  • Stroller and bike decoration station
  • Activity nodes at various locations around the Loop
  • Live music from Gansango (West African), Marc Smason & One Love (New Orleans), and Evan McPherson (classical guitar)
  • Food trucks: 314 PieChicago WestThai-U-UpLil J’s Super Dawgs
  • Talk and book signing with outdoors writer and guidebook author Craig Romano
  • Free snacks, artists-at-work, and more!

Parking at the Arboretum will be very limited during the Loop Trail event. Please consider coming by bike, foot, or public transportation.

Directions

 

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

MARCH 15, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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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 http://www.seattle.gov/council/committees. For those unable to attend the public hearing, written comments may be sent to: rob.johnson@seattle.gov 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

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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

 

Resources
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

MARCH 12, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

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

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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
206.323.1098
2328 E. Madison St

Two Doors Down
206.324.BEER
2332 E Madison St.

 

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A Brief History of Our Community

MARCH 8, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

 

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

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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

MARCH 5, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

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.

 

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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
1-206-684-4725
Hours: 12:00pm-7:00pm
https://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org

 

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January 2018 Police Reports

FEBRUARY 28, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

 

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

 

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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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Rover's Winter Pop Up IX

FEBRUARY 28, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

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.

 

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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
Monday,
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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Ishbel is Selected to Play in the World Cup

FEBRUARY 26, 2018 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

 

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.

 

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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

FEBRUARY 23, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

 

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

 

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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

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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

 

Resources
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

FEBRUARY 22, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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

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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 emeraldcitycrossfit.com or email Melinda at melinda@emeraldcitycrossfit.com.

Emerald City CrossFit
2308 E Madison St
(206) 465-9640
www.emeraldcitycrossfit.com
info@emeraldcitycrossfit.com

 

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

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

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.

 

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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.

 

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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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MoveMend's Expanded Hours and New Personal Trainer

FEBRUARY 12, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Please help us welcome Eric Kartevold to Madison Valley and MoveMend!

Eric is a personal trainer with 10 years’ experience. He earned his bachelors degree from University of Washington in Healthcare Administration and is now pursuing his Masters of Occupational Therapy from University of Puget Sound, to be completed in 2019.


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Eric has been providing health and wellness services for the past decade in multiple capacities. Through private personal training Eric has worked with individuals who have a history of pain, muscle and joint injuries, as well as acute and chronic health conditions. He focuses on providing a creative and collaborative service to achieve goals. Eric believes above all else that achieving health and wellness is about finding what works for you. He uses his broad experience to find the catalysts for your success.

Personal:

Eric and his family enjoy finding new adventures in hidden places in Washington. With two boys that are lovingly referred to as his “monsters,” Evan and Eli, find new ways to challenge the world every week as Eric tries to keep up.

Licensure, Certification, and Professional Associations:

• University of Puget Sound, Masters of Occupational Therapy (TBC 2019)
• University of Washington, Bachelors of Healthcare Administration/Leadership
• National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – Certified Personal Trainer
• 2014 Certification: NASM Cardio for Performance, NASM Integrated Balance Training, 2012 Certification: NASM Integrated Core Training, NASM Integrated Reactive Training, NASM Integrated Resistance Training, NASM Neuromuscular Stretching. 

OPEN SATURDAYS!

MoveMend is now providing personal training and occupational therapy (shoulder, arm and hand rehabilitation) on Saturdays! Visit our website to make an appointment or just drop in to say hi. www.MoveMend.info

 

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Chef Rob Sevcik returns to Madison Valley!

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Madison Valley at Seattle’s best new restaurant, Petite Galerie, with a private preview from February 14–17! Chef-Owner Rob Sevcik’s gorgeous 4-course menu served with complimentary bubbly, roses and chocolates is the perfect date-night out. 

 

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Chef Rob, formerly Chef de Cuisine at Rover’s and Loulay, is thrilled to be back in Madison Valley with his own restaurant, opening later this month. But guests can enjoy a special Valentine’s week preview of Petite Galerie from February 14–17!

Dinner is by invite-only. Please call 206-588-1682 to inquire about an invite. First seating at 5 p.m. and last seating at 9:30 p.m.


Petite Galerie Sneak Preview February 14–17

Enjoy a special four-course Valentine’s menu or choose select house specialties. Upon seating, each guest will be served a complimentary glass of bubbles while a long stem rose awaits each guest at the table. When dinner is finished, guests receive a box of chocolates as parting gifts

 

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Valentine’s Menu

This special four-course menu comes with two sumptuous options per course:

  • Amuse
  • First course – choice of Dungeness crab, sweet lemon supreme, green pea consume’, crème fraiche; OR smoked salmon mousse, butter lettuce, caper berry, pickled pearl onion, artichoke heart
  • Second course – choice of Pan seared diver sea scallops, pastis brown butter, confit fennel, tarragon, whipped red beet, pancetta, OR rye crusted black cod, chiffonade haricot vert, celery root rondelle, cauliflower puree
  • Main course – choice of seared waygu rib cap, charred broccoli, madeira braised mushrooms, sour onion jam, red wine demi, OR roasted whole quail, filled with orange scented chicken mousse, romanesco tops, chicken fat poached baby white potatoes, sage sauce
  • Dessert course – dark chocolate, cookie pieces, and scotch, OR brandied Cherry pie, sweet toasted black pepper mascarpone, amaretto meringue

A la Carte Menu

Choose from select house favorites such as:

  • Whole lobster, saffron mayo, drawn butter, fine sea salt
  • Pan seared foie gras, bourbon gastrique, spiced bread, poached apple

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Petite Galerie is located at 3131 East Madison, Suite 100; phone 206-588-1682. Hours will be Monday–Friday for lunch from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; dinner will be served Tuesday–Saturday with the first seating at 5 p.m. and last seating at 9:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sunday. To learn more visit petitegalerie-seattle.com or follow us @petitegalerieseattle on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Dec 18, 2017 - Jan 23, 2018

JANUARY 27, 2018 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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2301 E Union St (Midtown Block)

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a seven-story apartment building containing 435 units, retail and restaurant spaces at ground level. Parking for 286 vehicles to be provided below grade. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Scenic view within 100 ft., NC2P-75′ (M1), Arterial within 100 ft., NC2P-40′

 

Proposed Changes to Off Street Parking Requirements
The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation (Council Bill 119173) to amend Seattle’s land use code regulations related to off-street parking for motor vehicles and bicycles. The proposal includes a new “flexible use” parking, reduced parking requirements, and clarified definition of frequent transit.

Notice of Public Hearing

 

152 21st Ave E

Streamlined Design Review application proposing a 3-story structure with 6 townhouse units. No parking to be provided. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban Village overlay, Scenic view within 500 ft., Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

1630 43rd Ave E

Shoreline Substantial Development Application to enclose existing covered driveway and install a new boat lift. Project includes a new in ground covered pool, landscaping, and interior and exterior alterations to existing multi-family building. Parking areas to be reconfigured to add additional barrier free spaces and one additional parking space for a total of 80 spaces. Zone: Urban residential, Zoning special street within 100 ft., Archaeological buffer area, Lowrise-3, Wetland, Conservancy recreation, Arterial within 100 ft., Special grading requirement.

Notice of Decision

 

Resources
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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December 2017 Police Reports

JANUARY 24, 2018 | LOWELL HARGENS

2017 Wrap-Up

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In terms of numbers, 2017’s burglaries, robberies and aggravated assaults in Madison Valley were similar to other years in the recent past. Robberies were up a bit, but as noted in past reports, this is due to what appears to be an increase in shoplifting incidents at the local Safeway store that have escalated into robberies.

Six burglaries were reported in Madison Valley during December.

 

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1. On Dec. 1 at around 5 AM someone broke into a storage unit at an apartment building near 19th and Highland. A resident called the police during the break-in and followed the burglar to an apartment building near 18th and Prospect. When the police arrived at that location the burglar had fled south from the building. Further investigation at the 19th and Highland location revealed that the burglar had broken into several storage units there.

2. Sometime during Dec. 8 someone entered an apartment on E. Denny near 20th and took electronic and personal items worth approximately $1200. When the resident returned home that day he noticed that various items inside the apartment were amiss and called the police. The resident told the police that all of his keys to the apartment were accounted for but that one was in the possession of a friend who had recently “fallen on hard times” and who may have a drug problem. The resident also told the police that he would contact the friend and find out what she knew about the burglary.

3. On Dec. 15 at 11:13 PM a surveillance camera monitoring the entrance of an apartment building on 20th near Denny recorded a burglar using a pry bar to gain entry to the lobby of the building. The burglar is described as a white woman, 25–35 years old, wearing gloves and a maroon hoodie under a dark coat and carrying a black backpack with a rolled-up blue sleeping bag attached. Once inside the lobby, the burglar opened the door to a room where packages for residents are kept and proceeded to open two packages. She did not take the contents of the packages, however, and returned to the lobby where she again opened a package without taking its contents. The surveillance video shows her leaving the building at 11:15. The burglar caused approximately $75 worth of damage to the entrance door.

4. On Dec. 17 police were called to a home being renovated on 21st Ave. E near Roy to investigate a burglary that had occurred sometime during the previous 36 hours. The burglar broke in through a piece of plywood that was covering a back window of the home and took approximately $1250 worth of construction tools. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

5. Sometime between Dec. 25 and Dec. 27 someone broke into a home on 24th Ave. E . near E. Galer St. while its occupants were away for the holiday. The burglar forced the front door open with a crowbar and took musical instruments worth approximately $9500. No fingerprints were found at the scene.

6. On Dec. 28 police were called to a townhouse on 19th near Pike to investigate a burglary that apparently occurred the previous day. When they arrived, a resident told them that earlier that day she had found a backpack belonging to her roommate, who was on vacation, lying in the back yard of the residence. She called her roommate, who told her that there were three credit cards in the backpack, and a check of recent purchases showed that the cards had been used to purchase approximately $500 worth of items. The resident who talked to the police told them that there was no evidence of a forced entry, but that the previous day (Dec. 27) she had found that the front door to the townhouse was ajar. After she closed it she checked her own belongings and found nothing missing. Police found no fingerprints.

There were two robberies reported during December, and both were shoplifting incidents that developed into robberies.

On December 7 at around 11:30 AM employees at the Safeway store on Madison observed a man and woman load items into a hand shopping basket and then attempt to leave the store without paying for the items. When one of the employees confronted the man as they attempted to leave, the man yelled a profanity at the employee. The employee then tried to take the basket away from the man, but the man resisted and then shoved the employee to the floor. The couple then fled the store without the basket. The incident was recorded by the store’s security cameras.

Police were called to the Safeway store on Madison at 9:30 PM on Dec. 13 to investigate a robbery that had just occurred. When they arrived, employees told them that a man and a woman had loaded their grocery baskets with containers of baby formula worth approximately $600 and had tried to leave the store without paying for them. When the shoplifters got to the store exit two employees stood in the doorway and told them to return the items they had taken. The man pushed one of the employees to the floor while the female sprayed the other employee in the face with an unknown liquid that caused a burning sensation. The robbers then fled south on 22ndAve. Shortly after the police arrived at the Safeway store, a 911 call from the resident of a nearby home reported that a man and a woman were having a physical fight in her front yard. When the police arrived to investigate that incident, they found a man matching the description of the shoplifter/robber, and they took him into custody when store employees positively identified him as the robber. Police also found most of the stolen baby formula in the yard where the couple had been fighting, but were unable to find the woman involved in the robbery and the fight. During questioning the male claimed that he had not been in the Safeway store than night, but that shortly before he had been apprehended he had had a fight with an unknown “Mexican guy” who sprayed mace in his face. The police, however, believed the store employees who had identified him as one of the robbers and concluded that the female robber had sprayed her accomplice during their fight. The police booked the man into the King County jail. Security cameras recorded the incident and there was also a witness present.

Finally, there were two aggravated assaults reported during December.

At around 3:40 AM on Dec. 17 police received multiple reports of gunshots in the vicinity of 22nd and Union. When the police arrived, people who had heard the shots reported that several cars had sped away from the scene after the shooting. Police found multiple cartridges at the scene, and a transient who had been sleeping nearby told them that “a group of kids” had been congregating at 22nd and Union before the shooting. At 4:30 AM the police were informed that a man with a gunshot wound in his leg had been taken to the emergency room at Swedish Hospital. When interviewed, the victim told police that he had been walking toward his car, which was parked at 19th and Union, and had just crossed 22nd when he heard gunshots. When he looked in the direction of the shots he saw a man aiming a gun at him so he ducked behind a car. When he tried to run from behind the car he realized that he had been shot. Fortunately, he was able to flag down a passing motorist who took him to the hospital. The victim told police that he didn’t know anything about what had produced all the gunfire.

On Dec. 27 at 12:30 PM police responded to a reported assault at a house on 19th near Pine. A woman who was living in the house told police that she was packing in preparation for leaving because she had been evicted, and that another resident had demanded that she pay him $800 that she owed him. The victim denied that she owed the money and an argument ensued during which the other resident pushed a bookshelf over in an attempt to injure her. When he failed to injure her, he smashed her cell phone on the floor and she fled the house to call the police. When the police searched the house for the assailant’s belongings, they found a packet of what appeared to be methamphetamine and a stun gun. A check of police records showed that the assailant is the chief suspect in another aggravated assault at a nearby location that involved a stun gun. The victim was advised that she should notify the police immediately if she sees her assailant again. 

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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Fury Winter Sale

JANUARY 22, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Hello and Happy New Year! Its time for our annual winter clearance sale. Save 30–70% on all of our fall/winter inventory. We have a ton to choose from, bring a friend :) Sale starts Sat. Jan. 27 at 10 am.

 

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Thanks to you, Fury has been here 32 years!  Watch for a special sale in mid-March to celebrate our 33rd anniversary.  Current events and new arrivals can be found on our Instagram and Facebook pages.  

If you are interested in a private shopping party, please contact us for more details. We would love to host your girls day or night out!

Fury—Extraordinary Consignment
2810 East Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
206-329-6829
Open Tues–Sat 10–5:30
www.FuryConsignment.com
Furyconsign@qwestoffice.net

 

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"After Hours" at Baas Framing Studio

JANUARY 16, 2018 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

The first gallery art show of the year at Baas Framing Studio is “After Hours,” featuring art from the staff to showcase their creative talents outside of what they do during business hours. 

 

KARRIE BAAS 
Driftwood Animal Sculptures

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Baas exhibits sculptures inspired by animals and birds. Made of driftwood pieces gathered on the Elwha River, these works embody the forces of nature in their delicate construction. The aged wood fragments were released with the removal of the Elwha Dam and gathered by the artist on rejuvenating journeys to the Olympic Peninsula. 

 

JULIA RICKETTS
Abstract Painting on Canvas

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Ricketts exhibits new abstract oil paintings. Each piece is built from repeated brushstrokes of different lengths and widths. The use of repetition evokes architecture and creates a rhythmic language that is enhanced by strong color choices. Within a limited concept, infinite variations are possible. 

 

PETER KELLER
Abstract Ink Paintings

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Taking influences from automatic writing, Japanese Zen brush painting, and abstract expressionists like Mark Tobey, Keller creates works that are simultaneously active and meditative. His works employ techniques drawn from stochasticism and Eastern approaches to existentialism. This will be his first gallery showing in over ten years and the first exhibiting his new direction.

 

The show runs from January 25th–February 28th, 2018

Artist Reception:
Thursday January 25th, 5 pm to 8 pm
Meet the Artists and enjoy wine, and snacks!
baasframingstudio.com

 

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January MV Merchants Assoc. Meeting

JANUARY 10, 2018 | LINDY WISHARD

Do you own a business in Madison Valley? Would you like to meet and network with other business owners in the Valley? Then join us for the first Merchants Association meeting of 2018. 

The association promotes local businesses and restaurants, neighborhood beautification and safety, and networking opportunities.

On the agenda for January’s meeting: We’ll be discussing our yearly activities, the Spring Clean and Holiday Lights. We’ll also talk about the community bikes program and what, if any, feedback we want to give the city about it. Also up for consideration is the direction of the organization and how it can meet the needs of the members.

Wednesday, January 17
8:30 AM, coffee provided
All are welcome
Araya’s Place
2808 E Madison St.

 

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November 2017 Police Reports

DECEMBER 28, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

Eight burglaries, three robberies and an aggravated vehicular assault were reported to the police during November from Madison Valley.

 

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1. Sometime between 10 AM and 5 PM on Nov. 7 a burglar broke into a rental home on Ward near 28th and took approximately $8000 worth of digital equipment and jewelry. When one of the residents returned home that afternoon he discovered the burglary and called the police. The police found that the burglar had forced open a door to the lower level of the home, but were unable to find fingerprints.

2. On Nov. 10th police were called to an apartment building on 23rd Ave. E. near Denny to investigate a burglary that had happened a week earlier. When they arrived, the victim told them that she had had to go to Virginia Mason hospital for a medical emergency during the morning on Nov. 3 and that she did not lock her apartment when she left. When she returned that evening she found that various items worth approximately $50 had been stolen from her apartment. Police did not search for fingerprints because too much time that had passed since the burglary.

3. Sometime around 4 AM on Nov. 13 someone broke into the laundry room of an apartment building on John near 23rd. The building’s manager notified the police of the incident later that morning, and told them that it appeared that nothing had been taken either from the laundry room or from elsewhere in the building.

4. On Nov. 16 at around 9 PM police were called to a home on E. John near 28th to investigate a burglary that had occurred earlier that day. The victims told police that the burglar apparently entered through an unlocked front door, and that once inside the home the burglar had ransacked their bedroom, taking approximately $5000 worth of items. The police did not find fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Nov. 17 at 5:30 AM police responded to a report of a man entering a second story window of a business on the corner of 20th and Union. A witness familiar with the business and knowing that it was not usually open at that time watched while the man, described as a black male, approximately 30 years old and wearing a winter coat and hat, entered the business, climbed through the window and then emerged from the front door. After the burglar moved the ladder inside the building the witness continued watching the front of the business until the police arrived. When they arrived, the police found the back door of the business open, and that someone had removed the drawer from the cash register and spilled change on the floor. The owner of the business arrived to open for the day at about that time and reported that she had been burglarized several times previously and now kept only about $20 of change in the cash register. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

6. Sometime between 6 PM on Nov. 17 and 11 AM on Nov. 18 a burglar broke into a storage closet of an apartment building on 23rd near Olive, pried open a key-storage safe, and took the keys contained in the safe. The police report of this incident notes that a key smith was re-keying the building during the afternoon of Nov. 18, and that nothing appeared to have been taken from any of the apartments in the building.

7. On Nov. 27 police were called to an apartment building on E. John near 23rd to investigate an attempted burglary. When they arrived, the building manager showed them that someone had tried to pry open a door to the building and told them that the burglary attempt had taken place sometime earlier that day. The manager estimated that repairing the door would cost approximately $1000.

8. There was a forced-entry burglary on Nov. 30 around 5 AM at a nonresidential building on Madison near 20th but the police have not posted a description of the incident yet.

Women with anger issues were involved in two of the other four incidents that occurred during November.

On Nov. 10 at approximately 12:30 PM a patron at the car wash on 23rd Ave. near Union apparently tried to kill or injure an employee at the site by ramming him with her car. When the police arrived at the scene the victim told them that the woman was upset because she had not received the kind of car wash she wanted, and briefly confronted him about it. After the employee returned to his work the woman, who apparently thought that the employee was a manager or owner, returned to her car and then tried to run him over as she left the car wash. Luckily, the employee was able to dodge the oncoming vehicle and received only minor injuries when he was hit by its side view mirror. Clear pictures of the incident, the woman, her car, and its license plate were recorded by security cameras at the site.

At around 3:30 PM on Nov. 6 two robbers forcibly took approximately $30 worth of merchandise that a customer had just purchased at a store on Union near 23rd. The customer, who was wearing a knee brace, was unable to chase the robbers when they fled. The customer described one of the robbers as a white male, age 16 – 19, and the other as a black male with an afro and wearing a dark hat. After the robbery, the victim returned to the store and employees then made an unsuccessful search for the robbers in the immediate vicinity of the store.

On Nov. 19 at approximately 9 AM a woman walked into a coffee shop on 19th near Aloha and asked to use the business’s telephone. When an employee told her that the phone was unavailable to the public, except in cases where students from a nearby school need to call their parents, the woman became angry and poured hot coffee into the tip jar and slapped the employee. When she left the store the woman took several newspapers that were available for sale to coffee shop customers and started walking south on 19th. When the employee tried to get the woman to return the papers, the woman hit her in the face with the papers, thereby committing robbery, and continued on her way south on 19th. When police arrived at the scene they learned that the woman had also been causing trouble at another shop on 19th, and that she had threatened to kill an employee there. Shortly afterward the police learned that the woman had just been sighted on 15th Ave, and were able to take her into custody there. After victims and witnesses confirmed that she was the woman involved in the incidents on 19th Ave., she was booked into the King County Jail on charges of robbery and assault.

Police were called to the Safeway store on Nov. 30 at 4:20 PM to investigate a shoplifting incident that had become a robbery. When they arrived, an employee told them that she had witnessed a man loading items from the cosmetics section of the store into a shopping bag. She went to inform a manager about the shoplifter, but by the time he was located again he had gone to an area in the back of the store where liquor is stored and was filling a bag with liquor bottles. When the manager asked the shoplifter to surrender the bottles, the shoplifter denied that he had any bottles and a physical altercation resulted. The shoplifter was then asked to leave the store, but instead of doing that he attempted to get into the men’s restroom. A store employee successfully resisted the shoplifter’s attempts to shove his way into the restroom, and then the shoplifter left the store with the bag of liquor bottles. After the robber left, employees found the cosmetics items he had stolen inside the restroom. The police report indicates that the shoplifter has a history of shoplifting at the Safeway store and that security cameras recorded his activities during the incident.

 

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 Area, Nov 23 - Dec 17, 2017

DECEMBER 18, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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.

 

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408 Lake Washington Blvd E

Land Use Application to allow a new, two-story school (The Bush School). Surface parking for four vehicles will be provided on the site. Existing structures to remain. To be considered with project at 3400 E Harrison St for shared parking. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft., Single family 7200

Notice of Application

 

3400 E Harrison St

Land Use Application to allow a new, two-story middle school (Bush Middle School) with below grade parking for eighteen fleet vehicles. Existing middle school and office building to be demolished. To be considered with project at 408 Lake Washington Blvd E for shared parking. Existing parking to remain. Zone: Single family 5000, Potential slide area, Liquefaction prone soils, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application

 

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2010 E Jansen Ct

Streamlined Design Review for a 4-story apartment building with 10 small efficiency dwelling units. One dwelling unit to be demolished. Existing multi-family structure to remain. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-3

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

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107 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6522971. 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-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Decision

 

1810 24th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a four-story building containing eight apartment units. Existing four-unit apartment building to remain. Zone: Urban Village overlay, Lowrise-2

Notice of Decision

 

Resources
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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The Benefits of a Small School

DECEMBER 3, 2017 | ALAN BRAUN

By early October, I know each of the children at my school. As Head of The Valley School in Madison Valley, I get to greet our students by name each morning at the gate and ask questions that let them know I care about them. With just over 100 students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, our school provides the close connections and sense of belonging that increase a child’s engagement in learning. 

 

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Schools come in all types and sizes, but increasingly teachers, administrators, and researchers in the field of education are recognizing the advantages of small learning communities. 

Smaller schools foster a greater sense of connectedness among children, teachers, and families. Effective learning communities, at all levels but particularly in elementary schools, are based on empathy. In small schools, where every child is known and no one can fall under the radar, empathy can flourish more fully. 

 

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Smaller schools have the flexibility to adapt more quickly to new learning opportunities. With fewer teachers and fewer scheduling constraints, small schools can respond quickly and nimbly to new topics and areas of student interest. Pulling the whole school together for a performance by a visiting musician is easier in a small school. 

In small schools, teachers know all of the students at all grades more personally. As students advance from grade to grade each year, children enter a new classroom where they and their parents are already known by the teacher. 

 

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In smaller schools, with smaller staffs and fewer layers of administration, parents have closer contact with all members of the faculty, thus allowing for quicker, more timely communication and collaboration on strategies. Relations between parents and school people tend to be more personal and informal, thus leading to trusting, close relations. Research has shown that strong home-school relations are one of the key predictors of a positive learning experience for children and of academic success. 

At The Valley School, like many small schools, we pride ourselves in providing a positive family-like school climate where children can be themselves, can take risks safely and confidently, can engage in their learning fully, and grow into thriving members of a healthy school community. 

 

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The Valley School is an independent School located in Madison Valley. Visit us at www.thevalleyschool.org.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Oct 27 - Nov 22, 2017

NOVEMBER 23, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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.

 

523 20th Ave E

The proposal is to allow one, three-story, four-unit townhouse structure. Surface parking for two vehicles to be provided. Existing structure to remain. Zone: Lowrise-2, Urban Village overlay

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

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113 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow two, three-story single-family dwelling units. Existing structures to be demolished. Surface parking for one vehicle to be provided. To be considered with project 115 27th Ave E for shared access and parking. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

115 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, four unit rowhouse building. Surface parking for two vehicles provided at 113 27th Ave. E. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered with project at 113 27th Ave E for shared access and parking. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

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HALA MHA – Final EIS

The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Mandatory Housing Affordability rezone plan and preferred option is available for public review.

Notice of FEIS Availability

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Short-Term Rental Regulations

The City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) related to short-term rental uses and bed and breakfast uses. The proposed changes would: add a definition and standards for short-term rental uses; modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses; and adds other definitions related to the new short-term rental and bed and breakfast standards. Comments may be emailed through 5:00 p.m. to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office at spencer.williams@seattle.gov

Public Hearing
Monday, November 27, 2017

Sign up to comment 4:30, hearing 5:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

Notice of Public Hearing

 

Resources
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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October 2017 Police Reports

NOVEMBER 20, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

Seven burglaries, one robbery, and an aggravated assault were reported to the police during October, very close to the Madison Valley average monthly totals for each of those kinds of incidents.

An interesting feature of the robberies in Madison Valley, at least during the last year or so, has been that roughly half of them have involved shoplifting attempts that escalated into robberies. When a shoplifter is confronted by a store employee and then pushes or strikes the employee, or even threatens to do so, the shoplifter becomes a perpetrator of a “strong arm robbery.” Should the shoplifter strike the employee with an object that could conceivably cause an injury, or threaten to do so, the shoplifter becomes an armed robber. In one incident during the past year, for example, a shoplifter threatened an employee with a screwdriver, and thereby committed armed robbery. The vast majority of shoplifting incidents in Madison Valley that are reported to the police originate at the Safeway store at Madison and 22nd. This is due both to the high volume of business at that location and to the fact that it is well defended by security cameras and vigilant employees. As a result, the Safeway store, although a relatively safe location for customers, has lately been the scene of roughly half of all robberies in Madison Valley, and the typical robbery victim in Madison Valley is a Safeway employee who is trying to stop a shoplifter. One such robbery occurred during October.

One of the seven burglaries in Madison Valley during October also took place in the Safeway store.

 

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1. Shortly after 6 AM on Oct. 10 police were called to the Safeway store to investigate a burglary that had just occurred there. When they arrived, a manager told them that a man had entered the stockroom area at the back of the store and had removed a case of whiskey. After leaving the stockroom area he met an accomplice outside of the store’s public restrooms and they began to stuff the liquor bottles in their pants and jackets. As they walked toward the store’s exit an employee from the meat department confronted the accomplice, who at first claimed that he had no liquor bottles. When the employee insisted that he did have some, however, the accomplice stopped, placed four of the bottles on a deli counter, and then fled. The employee followed the burglars outside and witnessed them getting into a gold Nissan Pathfinder without license plates, which then fled northeast on Madison. Security cameras recorded all of the events inside the store and an employee reported that he recognized one of the burglars because he had previously stolen items from the store.

2. On Oct. 14 police were called to an address on 25th Ave. E. near Madison to investigate a storage unit break-in. When they arrived, the owner told them that sometime between early Sept. and Oct. 6th a burglar had broken the lock on his storage unit in the building and stolen items worth approximately $4800. The police found no fingerprints at the scene.

3. On Oct. 19 at around 6:20 PM a burglar entered a restaurant on 19th near Roy through a side door. He then entered the restaurant’s business office and after spending a little time rifling through desk drawers, took an employee’s purse from a coat hanger in the office and left via the side door. The purse and its contents were worth approximately $1300. The incident was recorded by the restaurant’s security cameras and police found fingerprints left by the burglar.

4. Police were called to a residence on 31st Ave E near Harrison at 2:30 PM on Oct. 26 to investigate a burglary that was in progress. When they arrived, the owner told them that when she returned home from work she thought she heard noises coming from inside the house and when she entered she found items out of place on the floor. She then thought she heard someone running out of the house and found that a sliding glass door on the side of the house had been smashed open. The police searched the home but found nobody inside. The owner found that one of the bedrooms had been ransacked and that some digital gaming equipment had been taken. Apparently the burglar did not have time to enter other rooms in the house, several of which contained valuable items. Police were unable to find fingerprints at the scene.

5. On Oct. 30 police were called to the same address on 25th E. near Madison as in incident #2 above, to investigate another storage unit burglary. When they arrived, the victim told them that sometime between Oct. 2 and Oct. 6 someone had broken into his storage unit and taken recreational equipment worth approximately $2400. Police did not search for fingerprints because so much time had passed since the burglary, and the police report notes that residents are considering installing a security camera system in the area containing the storage units.

6. On Nov. 5 police were called to a residence on 31st near Pike to investigate an attempted burglary that had taken place sometime after Oct. 7. The owner told them that someone had broken the window of a spare bedroom in the house, but that he hadn’t noticed it earlier. There was no evidence that the person who had broken the window had gained entry to the house and police found no fingerprints at the scene.

7. Sometime between 10:30 AM and noon on Oct. 31 burglars entered a home on Thomas near 31st through an open window in the back of the home. Once inside they ransacked the house and stole approximately $20,000 worth of items, most of them electronic devices. Police were called to the scene shortly after noon, but were unable to find any fingerprints.

On Oct. 15 at about 1:30 PM a couple who were shoplifting paper towels and laundry detergent accidentally ran into the sliding glass doors on the southwest side of the Safeway store while driving an electric shopping cart. This attracted the attention of an employee of the store, who followed the couple into the store’s parking lot and tried to stop them from loading the stolen goods into a minivan. While doing so, he was struck in the mouth by the female shoplifter, after which the minivan fled south on 23rd Ave. The incident was recorded by security cameras, and when the police arrived they were given detailed descriptions of the couple and the minivan. Shortly afterward another police unit located the van and its occupants and found that the couple had outstanding arrest warrants. After verifying that the couple were in fact the shoplifters (now robbers), the police booked them into King County Jail.

On Oct. 1 at 8:30 PM police were called to 21st Ave and Olive to investigate an aggravated assault. When they arrived, the victim, a homeless man, told them that he had been drinking beer with a group of friends behind a nearby apartment building when a newcomer to the group told the others that he wanted the group to start smoking marijuana. When the others in the group told him that they didn’t want to smoke, the newcomer became angry. The victim tried to calm him down, but when he did so the newcomer threw a beer can at him, striking him in the face. The assailant is described as a black male with blond hair, about 6′3″ weighing approximately 170 lb.

 

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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SPD Burglary Unit to Speak at EastPAC

NOVEMBER 15, 2017 | EAST PRECINCT ADVISORY COUNCIL

Greetings East Precinct Community:

There have been numerous posts on NextDoor and other neighborhood blogs regarding thefts of packages delivered to residences. The EastPAC board is pleased to feature, at our next meeting, experts from SPD’s Burglary unit and a representative from a local delivery service to share tips on avoiding package theft.

Our upcoming meeting will be held THIS THURSDAY, a week early to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t miss this important presentation and information meeting! 

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Thursday, November 16th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
East Precinct Advisory Council
Room 142, Chardin Hall, Seattle University
1020 East Jefferson (enter on 11 and Jefferson, park free in lot)

 

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21st Annual Winter Group Show

NOVEMBER 10, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Baas Framing Studio will be holding its 21st Annual Winter Group Show from November 16 – December 31, 2017.

An artist reception will be held on Thursday November 16th, 6 pm to 8 pm. Come meet the Artists and enjoy cider, wine, and snacks!

Sculptures by Sandi Bransford

We're pleased to feature Sandi's newest body of work "Journeys." Animals, birds, and figurative references abound, and each piece has a compelling presence animated by color and texture. Kiln-fired clay is hand painted in acrylic paint with intricate textures that enhance these beautifully hand-built characters.

 

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"Annabelle," hand-painted ceramic and wood, 16" x 7" x 6"

 

Jewelry by Twyla Dill

Twyla Dill jewelry combines hand fabricated and cast metals with hand crocheted lace. She uses a lace technique called 'oya', traditionally crocheted on Turkish headscarves. Each piece is crocheted in her signature patterns and style. Lightweight and easy to wear every day or as a signature piece to enhance an outfit.

 

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Holiday Gifts and Small Works!

Also on view: Small works by Carla Dimitriou, prints by Judy Talley, and Venetian plaster paintings by Miguel Lee-Leon. We also have a great gift selection of locally made and fair-trade items! Felted sculptures by Snooter Doots, candles by Big Dipper, and cards & bath items by Shannon Martin make fun presents!

 

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Hand-carved birds from Brazil and ceramic mask by Barbara Clark, $70 – $145

 

Baas Framing Studio
2703 EAST MADISON STREET
SEATTLE, WA, 98112
206.324.4742
https://www.baasframingstudio.com

 

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Free Pizza!

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 | EDITOR

Pagliacci Pizza is giving away free pizza on Thursday to celebrate their five-year anniversary in their Madison Valley location. Limit two slices per person. 

 

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Thursday, Nov 2
11 am – 3 pm
3015 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 726-1717
pagliacci.com

 

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Live Love Flow Closing

NOVEMBER 1, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Local yoga studio Live Love Flow is closing its Madison Valley location after four years. Owner Indira Avdić was unable to negotiate a new lease. The last day of operations is November 23. Memberships will continue at the Capitol Hill location.

 

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Live Love Flow
2812 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 323-7138
https://liveloveflowyoga.com

 

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving at Cafe Flora

OCTOBER 31, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Cafe Flora’s annual Vegetarian Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 23rd, and offers guests a beautiful, four-course vegetarian meal for $75 for adults and $25 for children, with plenty of gluten free and vegan options. 

MENU:

1st Course: Spiced apple parsnip soup with crispy Brussels sprouts (vegan, gluten free).

2nd Course: Roasted fennel, grilled Belgian endive, arugula, pomegranates seeds, toasted pumpkin seeds, dried cranberry, cornbread croutons (available vegan & gluten free).

3rd Course: Filo spirals filled with wilted greens, pecans, gruyere and fontina, brushed with brown butter. Served with braised kohlrabi and cabbage, smashed cauliflower and Yukon Gold potato, green beans and chestnut leek sauce.

OR

Roasted acorn squash wedge with foraged chanterelle mushrooms, oven roasted autumn vegetables, pear tangerine sage chutney, smashed cauliflower and Yukon Gold potato, and wild mushroom gravy (vegan, gluten free).

4th Course: Pumpkin mousse, pecan graham crust, meringue, candied pepitas (vegan, gluten free).

OR

Rustic apple galette, horchata cinnamon ice cream, cranberry gelee. 

 

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KIDS MENU:

1st Course: Carrots in a blanket with housemade BBQ dipping sauce (available vegan and gluten free). 

2nd Course: Garden Salad, romaine, pears, dried cranberries, pomegranate seeds, cornbread croutons (vegan, gluten free). 

3rd Course: Mini Shepherd’s Pie, peas, carrots, squash, and other winter vegetables in a creamy sauce, topped with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes. Served with green beans and crispy onions, and cranberry sauce (vegan and gluten free)

4th Course: Pumpkin Pie with whip cream (vegan and gluten free).

 

Available by reservation only, with seatings from 1 to 7:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. To reserve, call 206 325-9100 ext. 3 and for more information, visit CafeFlora.com. Cafe Flora is located in Madison Valley at 2901 East Madison St, Seattle.

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Sep 26 - Oct 26, 2017

OCTOBER 27, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

Central Area Design Guidelines and Design Review Board

The City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development is proposing to amend the Seattle Municipal Code to adopt the Central Area Design Guidelines; to establish a Central Area Design Review District; and to change Design Review Board Composition.

Notice of Land Use Code Amendments

 

Accessory Dwelling Units Environmental Impact Statement

The City of Seattle is proposing to change regulations in the Land Use Code to remove barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in single-family zones. ADUs include backyard cottages, known as Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (DADUs), and in-law apartments, known as Attached Accessory Dwelling Units (AADUs). The proposal involves allowing two ADUs on one lot, removing the existing off-street parking and owner-occupancy requirements, and changing some development standards that regulate the size and location of detached ADUs.

Request for Comment

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Short-Term Rental Regulations

The City Council is considering amendments to the Land Use Code (SMC Title 23) related to short-term rental uses and bed and breakfast uses. The proposed changes would: add a definition and standards for short-term rental uses; modify the definition and standards for bed and breakfast uses; and adds other definitions related to the new short-term rental and bed and breakfast standards. Comments may be emailed through 5:00 p.m.to Spencer Williams in Councilmember Rob Johnson’s office at spencer.williams@seattle.gov

Public Hearing
Monday, November 27, 2017
Sign up to comment 4:30, hearing 5:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
2nd floor, Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Avenue

Notice of Public Hearing

 

2310 E Madison St

Land Use Application to allow a five-story, 17-unit apartment building (12 small efficiency dwelling units and 5 apartment units). Retail to be located at street-level. No parking proposed. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian, Lowrise-3, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay

Notice of Application

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Resources
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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Madison Valley's AFH Salon Takes Home Awards

OCTOBER 21, 2017 | EDITOR

Annie Fisher of AFH Salon sends exciting news about her salon. 

Last Monday at Seattle Style Night, she and stylist Theresa Leon were nominated, and subsequently awarded, top honors.

 

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Annie Fisher of AFH Salon was nominated and awarded 2017 Master Stylist of the Year in the Northwest.

 

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Theresa Leon of AFH Salon was nominated and awarded 2017 Avant-Garde Stylist of the Year in the Northwest.

 

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The nearby photos were submitted to the judges as examples of their work.

 

AFH Salon
2719 E. Madison St #E
206-329-2719

AnnieFisherHair.com
Facebook: Annie Fisher Hair
Instagram: AFH Salon

 

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September 2017 Police Reports

OCTOBER 19, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

On its website, the Seattle Police Department provides detailed incident descriptions for several categories crime. In Madison Valley, the most common of these categories is burglary, followed by robbery and aggravated assault. Data for the past four years show that on average each month there are 7 burglaries, 1.1 robberies and .3 aggravated assaults in Madison Valley. Burglaries are not only more frequent than the other two types, they also vary more from month to month. For example, over the past four years the number of burglaries in a given month ranged from one to sixteen, while the monthly totals for the other two categories were, with only one exception, in the range between zero and two. In view of these monthly averages, September 2017 was a fairly typical month in Madison Valley because five burglaries, one robbery and no aggravated assaults were reported to the police.

 

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1. At 9 PM on Sept. 1 police were called to a residence on E. Highland Dr. near 24th to investigate a burglary. When they arrived, the victim told them that earlier that evening someone had broken into a locked storage unit on the property and had stolen tires and wheels worth approximately $2500. The police found no fingerprints at the scene.

2. Sometime during the night of Sept. 2 – 3 a burglar entered an unlocked residence on E. Roy near 26th while the residents were asleep and stole key rings and two jars containing approximately $50 in change. Using a key on one of the key rings, the burglar was also able to steal some dry cleaning from the owner’s vehicle. Police were called to investigate the next day and found fingerprints on one of the change jars that had been found abandoned in the neighborhood. However, a pair of white gloves were also found at the scene, suggesting that the finger prints may not be those of the burglar.

3. Also during the night of Sept. 2 – 3 a burglar entered another unlocked home nearby on 27th Ave. E close to Roy and stole items from the top of a dresser near where the owner was sleeping. After leaving the house, the burglar used a stolen key to steal the owner’s car. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

4. Shortly after 10 PM on Sept. 12 police were called to an apartment building on 19th near Howell to investigate a burglary. When they arrived, they detained a suspect leaving the building carrying two large bags. Upon further investigation, they learned that another person, described as a tall and skinny white male wearing dark clothes, had broken down the door of one of the apartments and had entered the unit. The police report suggests that the police have information about the identity of the burglar.

5. On Sept. 13 a burglar once again broke into the storage unit involved in burglary number 1 above. After stealing cleaning supplies, a compressor and a jack handle, the burglar fled in a vehicle south in the alley toward Prospect. A security camera recorded the incident and the video footage was forwarded to the police lab for analysis. The victim believes that the same burglar responsible for the previous Sept. 1 incident carried out the this one.

The robbery reported in Madison Valley in September was an armed robbery committed in broad daylight.

On September 27th at around 4:30 PM a woman visiting from San Francisco was approached by a man holding an knife while she was walking north on 21st Ave. E. near Galer. The man, described as a young black male wearing a grey hoodie and saggy dark jeans that revealed his underwear, told the woman “Excuse me, give me your purse and just go.” The woman initially refused, but when the robber repeated his demand, she gave him the purse, which contained a cell phone, credit cards and $120 in cash. After the robber fled west on Galer, the woman returned to a friend’s house in the neighborhood and called the police. The police searched the neighborhood but were unable to find anyone matching the description of the robber.

 

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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Holiday Lights Fund Update

OCTOBER 16, 2017 | LINDY WISHARD

The fundraising for the holiday lighting is going well, but we’re still short of the goal.

With contributions from merchants and residents, we’ve reached nearly $5,000, but to fund the lights this year we’ll need $8,000. This covers the labor cost of installation, maintenance and safety checks, and uninstalling.

 

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Thanks to all who have sent a donation. If you can spare something for the effort, please send a check or donate online via Paypal. If we all pitch in, we can make the season bright!

Send a check and make payable to:
Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 E. Madison Street #290, Seattle, WA 98112

To pay online, click the Support button near the green bird on the home page.

 

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Seattle Restaurant Week Fall 2017 at Luc

OCTOBER 10, 2017 | EDITOR

Local favorite Luc is participating in Seattle Restaurant Week again. This year they have extended it to three weeks:

October 15th – November 2nd
Sunday through Thursday
3-course Menu $33/person (does not include wine, tax or tip)

 

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Le Menu:

First Course (choose one)
Butternut squash soup
pistachio, argan oil
Roasted Beets
pickled carrot, chèvre, toasted walnut, baby greens
Duck Rillettes
frisée salad

Second Course (choose one)
Tsampa Grain
foraged mushrooms, carmelized turnips, pearl onion, preserved lemon, vegetable reduction
Wild Salmon
seared brussel sprouts, celery root & potato purée, gremolata
Grilled Leg of Lamb
couscous, sautéed apples, rutabaga, rosemary-harissa sauce

Dessert (choose one)
Butterscotch Crème Brulée
lemon sablé cookie
Chocolate Caramel Cake
hazelnuts, vanilla whipped cream
House made Vanilla Ice Cream
poached pear, smoked honey syrup

More information about Seattle Restaurant Week.

 

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Holiday Lights 2017 Call for Contributions

OCTOBER 7, 2017 | LINDY WISHARD

Winter is approaching, but East Madison St will be lit up with holiday lights, chasing away the gloom.

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Holiday Lights is a neighborhood beautification project sponsored by the Madison Valley Merchants Association. Each year the lights are paid for with the generous contributions of merchants and residents in Madison Valley. The merchants have chipped in $2,250 so far, and we’re asking residents to help as well. You can donate online using PayPal, or mail a contribution to the address below. If we all pitch in a little, we can make the season bright!

Send a check and make payable to:

Madison Valley Merchants Association
4111 E. Madison Street #290, Seattle, WA 98112

To pay online, click the Support button near the green bird on the home page.

 

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August 2017 Police Reports

OCTOBER 5, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

In mid-August the SPD unveiled a new website for access to its Police Report data. Although the new website makes some kinds of analyses easier, it makes others, such as presenting monthly data specific to Madison Valley, more difficult. As a result, until I become more familiar with the new system I will focus the monthly Madison Valley report on the types incidents for which detailed descriptions are available, such as robberies, burglaries and aggravated assaults. This means that information about the numbers and locations of other incidents, such as car prowls and property damage/graffiti, will not be reported. I hope to be able to find a way to obtain such information soon so that future monthly reports can again cover these less serious incidents.

 

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During August, there were five burglaries, an aggravated assault, and an armed robbery in Madison Valley.

1. Sometime during Aug. 05 – 14 someone broke into the garage of a residence on 21st Ave. E. near Highland and took a generator and a bicycle. Police found a bottle that the burglar had left in the garage and sent it the police lab for a fingerprint search.

2. On Aug. 9 there was a non-residential burglary on 25th near Harrison, but no details of the incident have been posted.

3. On Aug. 15 at approximately 4:30 PM a burglar broke into an apartment on 20th near John by removing a window screen and crawling through the uncovered window. Once inside the apartment, the burglar took a black handbag containing a wallet with $60 inside as well as personal ID and credit cards. The victim called the police upon returning to the apartment the next day, by which time several purchases had been made with the credit cards. Security cameras at the building recorded the burglar, described as a white male about 5”11” tall with a thin build, short dark hair and wearing black clothes, breaking into the apartment and leaving it carrying a black handbag. Police found fingerprints at the scene.

4. Police were called to an apartment building on 24th Ave. E near Denny on Aug. 16 to investigate a burglary that apparently occurred sometime between Aug. 9 and Aug. 15. A neighbor discovered several open packages outside the building that were addressed to residents of the building and reported this to the building’s manager. The police learned that someone had recently forced open mailboxes in the building and the door to a storage room, but were unable to locate usable fingerprints.

5. Sometime between Aug. 16 and Sept. 8 a burglar entered an apartment on 19th near Thomas, and after ransacking it, took a laptop and approximately $60 in cash. The victim, who had been away since Aug. 16, found upon returning that her front door was ajar even though she had locked the deadbolt when she left. The victim told police that there were ongoing problems with security at the apartment building.

6. Sometime between Aug. 25 and Sept. 2 there was a burglary at a home on 24th Ave. E. near Valley, but no details have been posted.

On Aug. 7, shortly after noon there was an aggravated assault at 22nd and Union. Although the police have posted no details, this incident is listed as a possible hate crime.

At 11:50 P.M. on Aug. 31 police were called to a business on Union near 24th to investigate an armed robbery that had just occurred. When they arrived, employees told them that while they were cleaning up and preparing to close for the day, three robbers, dressed in hoodies and wearing face masks, came into the store brandishing handguns with laser sights. The gunmen ordered the employees into a back room and made them lie face down on the floor. The night manager of the store, who was in the back room getting ready for closing, was ordered to open a locked safe, but told the robbers that he didn’t know the combination. The robbers then took a bag containing over $5000 in cash and fled the store. The entire incident took less than a minute and was recorded by the store’s security 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 Area, Sep 1 - Sep 25, 2017

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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.

 

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Central Area Design Guidelines Open House

The Central Area Design Guidelines Coalition (CA DGC) has been working with the City of Seattle and local architects Schemata Workshop and Mimar Studio to outline a set of neighborhood specific guidelines for future development in the Central Area. Guidelines are intended to address how new buildings support and enhance the character of the existing community fabric. They define the qualities of architecture, urban design, and public space that are used by the City of Seattle Design Review Program. Come help celebrate the hard work done by this community and team of partners to create neighborhood specific design guidelines. The final document from Schemata Workshop and Mimar Studio is complete. Come check it out!

Tuesday, September 26, at 6:00 pm
Black Zone
2301 S Jackson St

Central Area Design Guidelines Open House

Proposed Neighborhood Parking Reforms

Legislation is being prepared (and attached to the notice) to update parking regulations, including how ‘frequent transit’ is measured, expanding access to off street parking by introducing a new ‘flexible-use parking’ category and allowing park and ride use in garages in certain areas, unbundling parking spaces from units in multifamily housing, and other changes to parking requirements. The SDCI Director has determined that the changes will have no probable significant environmental impact, which is a step in the process before the legislation is introduced to Council.

Notice of Code Amendments

 

1811 20th Ave

Administrative Conditional Use to allow a Hotel in a Neighborhood Commercial 2-40. Application is to change a portion of an existing building from office to lodging. Live-work and boarding house units to remain.  Zone: Urban Village overlay, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40

Notice of Application

 

1640 20th Ave

Application to subdivide one development site into five-unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6497162. 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 Application

 

212 25th Ave E

Application to subdivide one development site into four unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6440840. 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: Potential slide area, Lowrise-3, Arterial within 100 ft., Scenic view within 500 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

Resources
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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The Artist Karrie Baas

SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Karrie Baas’s life working in the Arts is a success story. An artist by nature and profession, Karrie wanted to enjoy her love of painting without the constant pressure of financial concerns. She developed her gallery and framing business to support her artist self.

 

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Karrie has been a Seattleite for over 30 years. When her partner, Margaret, received a coveted job offer, they decided to relocate here. In 1990, as Margaret settled into her new professional life, Karrie enrolled in Cornish College of the Arts. Five years of study yielded a BFA in Painting, printmaking, and photography. Initially, Karrie thought she would pursue photography and was looking for a space that could accommodate a dark room. However, with the advent of the digital age, the dark room seemed unrealistic and she abandoned the plan. Instead, she settled into a painting career.

 

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By September of 1995, a few months after graduation, Karrie had signed the first lease for her Baas Art Gallery and Framing Shop, becoming a member of our Madison Valley community. “It’s a perfect location,” she explains. “So many people come along Madison Street on their way to other nearby destinations that we have a lot of exposure. The space is great as a gallery and has plenty of room for the framing work.”

In 1995, when Baas Art Gallery and Framing opened along East Madison Street, the business community was just beginning to polish its rough edges. The commitment to beginning a business here was a bold move.

Karrie was a founding member of the Madison Valley Merchants Association and continues to participate as an important voice for the organization. It was the work of the Merchants that gave Madison Valley its current identity. Previously, our community was just a neighborhood between Madrona and Montlake. Dilapidated buildings, drug dealing and general scruffiness lent an unwelcoming and sometimes frightening atmosphere here. She and others worked tirelessly to upgrade the business corridor into the pleasant experience we enjoy today.

Karrie says the framing side of her business is rewarding. “It’s a great feeling of accomplishment to begin and finish a project on one’s own. To stand back and see how the framing complements and enhances the art is wonderful!” She explained that it takes at least a full year of training to become a proficient framer. Baas Framing has a terrific staff of three professional picture framers: Julia Ricketts, Peter Kelleher and Heather Wehman. They enjoy a generous benefit package. A teen internship is offered during the summer.

 

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In addition to the framing business, Karrie hosts works from local artists on consignment and provides exhibitions. Everyone benefits—the artists receive much deserved exposure, and community members are able to appreciate their talented neighbors. Karrie has a pleasant place for patrons to browse and get to know her business.

Karrie says that it was difficult to ride out the last recession. Several businesses were forced to close. However, she has a loyal clientele that trusts her eye and she was able to survive. Experiences like the recession have deepened Karrie’s commitment to patronizing small, local businesses. She is an avid proponent of seeking out independent merchants that survive on their community’s appreciation of great quality and service.

Karrie Baas has had an integral hand in the development of our vibrant shopping district. As a community, we applaud her work for the betterment of everyone in the neighborhood. Thank you, Karrie!

 

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VML Advertising Chooses Our Harrison Ridge for Team Building

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Fifteen members of the advertising firm VML donned old clothes and gloves to take on the Harrison Ridge Greenbelt. The firm is committed to volunteer events as a team-building experience.

When forest stewards Cathy Nunneley and Trina Wherry handed out tools and explained the task at hand several members looked somewhat aghast. The area we intended to work on was a slope thick with thorny blackberries, spider webs and other entanglements. This work was a far cry from their usual day of sit down computer tasks. However, fueled onward with coffee generously donated by Starbucks, they plunged right into it.

 

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It was amusing for Cathy and Trina to hear the banter of colleagues that had never seen each other outside of the office. It was fun! “Sure beats being trapped inside on a sunny day!” exclaimed one worker.

The group cleared about 800 sq. ft. of invasive plants. They then covered the land with burlap and chips. This 3-hour event accomplished what Cathy and Trina are able to do in two years!! The area is now ready for the planting native species to expedite the way to a future healthy urban forest.

Much gratitude to VML for choosing our reforestation site.

 

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Third Annual Oktoberfest Celebration at Two Doors Down & The BottleNeck Lounge

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

You don’t need to fly to Munich or stand outside in endless lines to enjoy great Oktoberfest bier! Head to the backside of Capitol Hill on Friday and Saturday, 9/22 and 9/23, for an Oktoberfest celebration that everyone can enjoy. We’re kicking things off on Friday night with an extended, table-thumping, Bavarian-style Happy Hour from 4–8 PM, featuring hand-picked beers crafted by some of our favorite Washington state breweries, including Flying Lion, Silver City, Leavenworth, Dru Bru, and Hellbent.

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Extraordinary beer not enough?  Enjoy our special Bavarian Burger, featuring a ¼ lb NW beef patty, stone-ground mustard, thick-cut bacon, and smoked Gouda served on a pretzel roll - available all weekend. And for those of you familiar with our past, The BottleNeck is pleased to formally announce the return of the Hot Pretzel! Our full menu is available throughout the weekend and we’re also serving brunch from 10 am – 2 pm). Don your dirndl and join us. Prost!

September 22nd and 23rd
No Cover
2328 E. Madison St.
206.323.1098
www.bottlenecklounge.com

 

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City People's / PCC Design Review Recommendation Meeting

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 | EDITOR

The Design Review Recommendation Meeting regarding the development on the City People’s lot will be held on September 13th, 2017, 6:30 pm at Seattle University, 965 12th Ave, Pigott Bldg, Room 104.

 

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The project has been through the “Early Design Guidance” (EDG) meeting three times. At the third EDG meeting, the board approved the project to go forward through the permitting process, with the expectation that the Design Review Board’s concerns would be addressed in this upcoming Design Review Recommendation meeting.

You can read more about Design Review and how it fits into the Master Use Permitting process in this document from the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (DCI). The Design Review Recommendation Meeting may be your last chance to provide public comment on this project’s design.

The project is currently at 9 of 12 in the design review process timeline, see page 4 of the PDF linked above. This meeting is also described in the section labeled “Step 4: Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting” on page 8 of that same document.

Note that Seattle’s Municipal Code allows either the developer or DCI to require additional Design Review meetings, so this may not be the last public meeting on the design aspects of the project.

You can review the design proposal packet here. Warning, it's a large file, ~64MB.

You can read the Design Review Board’s feedback from the previous three Early Design Guidance meetings in this document. The board’s feedback from the third meeting held on January 25, 2017 appears in the section entitled “Priorities & Board Recommendations” which runs from pages 13-15

September 13th, 2017
6:30 pm
Seattle University
965 12th Ave
Pigott Bldg, Room 104

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2017

SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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.

 

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Proposed Design Review Program Changes

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to Seattle’s land use code to modify the design review process. The legislation would change many aspects of the design review program, as described in the linked notice. The City Council’s Planning, Land Use and Zoning (PLUZ) Committee will hold a public hearing to take comments on the proposed changes to the design review program.

Monday, September 11, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.
SIFF Cinema Uptown, Auditorium 3
511 Queen Anne Avenue North
Notice of Public Hearing

 

2925 E Madison St - Design Review
Design Review Board Recommendation meeting regarding application to allow a six-story building consisting of 82 residential units above 26,250 sq. ft. of retail space, located at ground level. Parking to be provided for 140 vehicles at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Single Family 5000, Arterial within 100ft., Steep slope (>= 40%), Liquefaction prone soils, Neighborhood Commercial 2-30′ Pedestrian, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Ped

September 13, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
965 12th Ave
PIGT Pigott 104

Campus Map
Notice of Design Review

 

State Route 520 Bridge Replacement Noise Variance

The Washington State Department of Transportation has requested a Major Public Project Construction Variance from the maximum permissible sound level requirements of the Noise Control Code, Seattle Municipal Code, during construction of Mountlake Phase of the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement. Work will include construction of the West Approach Bridge South, Montlake lid and interchange, and a bicycle/pedestrian land bridge over the highway. This variance application pertains to the above-ground construction activities that need to take place during nighttime hours.

Notice of Director’s Decision

 

510 19th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story building containing approximately 8,500 sq ft of medical services uses on floors one and two, and 8 apartment units located on floors three and four. Existing 2-story building to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-40′, Arterial within 100 ft., Urban Village overlay

Notice of Decision

 

1512 19th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two 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-1, Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Decision

 

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. 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 Application

 

Resources

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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July 2017 Police Reports

AUGUST 29, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

There were 38 incidents in Madison Valley reported to the police during July, the third month in a row with an exceptionally low total. Car prowling and vehicle theft remained at low levels and there were only two burglaries.

 

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1. On July 6 police were called to a residence on E. 25th near Denny to investigate a burglary. When they arrived, the victim told them that sometime between June 27and July 3 someone had taken a bicycle worth approximately $840 from the garage at his residence. The victim and his roommates had left the garage unlocked while they cleaned it out during the previous days, and the burglar apparently took the bicycle while the garage was unattended. The victim provided the police with the serial number of the stolen bicycle.

2. On July 10, sometime between noon and 4 PM, someone stole a wallet from the maintenance room of a commercial building on 23rd near Denny. The victim told police that he realized that he didn’t have his wallet only when he had returned home after work, and that subsequently he had been notified that charges were being made to his credit card. The maintenance room opens onto the garage at the commercial building and the victim told police that residents of the building often let unauthorized people in when they open the door to enter the garage. It is likely that security cameras recorded the burglar when she or he entered the garage.

In addition, there were two robberies reported in Madison Valley during July.

1. At 11:05 PM on July 18 police responded to a call from the supermarket at E 22nd and Madison. When they arrived, the store manager told them that the store’s security officer had observed a man riding one of the store’s motorized scooters out of the store with a large bag filled with merchandise that he had not paid for. When the security officer tried to stop him, the shoplifter tried to ram him with the scooter. The shoplifter, who had thereby become an armed robber, then drove the scooter to his vehicle outside the store, put the bag of merchandise in his vehicle, and fled southbound on 23rd. The security officer and the store manager gave the police the license plate number of the robber’s vehicle and video tape footage of the incident. A store employee estimated that the robber took approximately $1200 worth of merchandise.

2. On July 25 at approximately 10 PM police were called to investigate a strong-arm robbery that had occurred at around 2 PM that day near 22nd and Pine. The victim told police that she had been walking south on 22nd with her baby in a stroller when the robber, described as a black male in his mid 30s, intentionally collided with her. The robber immediately apologized and claimed the physical contact had been an accident, but after he had started walking away the victim noticed that her cell phone had been taken from the cup holder on the stroller. She then shouted at the robber, who began running north on 22nd. The victim followed the robber, who stopped and told her that he did not have her cell phone and emptied his pockets to prove it. At this point the victim asked the robber to help her locate where he had put her cell phone, and they shortly found it in some bushes. The police believe that the robber threw the cell phone away so that it would not be on his person if the police later detained him. Neither the victim nor her baby was injured in the incident.

 

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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Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of Mount Zion Baptist Church for landmark status

AUGUST 9, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

SEATTLE (August 4, 2017) – Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider nomination of the Mount Zion Baptist Church located in the Central Area (1634 19th Avenue).

 

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The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments regarding the nomination.

A copy of the Landmark Nomination is available for public review at Madrona – Sally Goldmark Branch Library (1134 33rd Avenue) and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ office in Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor (206-684-0228). It is also posted on Seattle Department of Neighborhoods website, (seattle.gov/neighborhoods/preservation/landmarks.htm), under the heading of “Current Nominations,” or it can be viewed here.

Wednesday, September 6
3:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held in Seattle City Hall
600 4th Avenue, Floor L2
in the Boards & Commissions Room L2-80

Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following mailing address by 3:00 p.m. on September 5:

Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, June 17 - July 31, 2017

AUGUST 3, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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111 & 115 26th Ave E

Land Use Application to allow one, 3-story, 4-unit row house structure at 111 26th Ave and two, three-story, two-unit townhouse buildings at 115 26th Ave (total of eight units) in an environmentally critical area. Considered together as parking for 14 vehicles to be provided at 111 26th Ave for shared access. Existing structures to be demolished. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Potential slide area, Steep slope (>=40%), Lowrise-2

Notices of Decision  111 26th Ave E 115 26th Ave E

 

1638, 1640 & 1644 20th Ave

Land Use Applications to allow a 3-story townhouse structure containing five units at 1638 20th Ave, a 3-story townhouse structure containing five units at 1640 20th Ave, and a 4-story structure containing five townhouse units and 2 live-work units at 1644 20th Ave. Surface parking for 11 vehicles total and for 5 vehicles located within the structure at 1644 20th Ave. Existing structures to be demolished. To be considered together for shared vehicle access. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision. Zone: Lowrise-3 and Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Scenic view within 500 ft., Urban Village Overlay

Notices of Decision 1638 20th Ave 1640 20th Ave 1644 20th Ave

 

212 25th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into four 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: Potential slide area, Lowrise-3, Arterial within 100 ft., Scenic view within 500 ft.

Notice of Application

 

1710 26th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two 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.

Notice of Decision

 

Resources
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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Bailey-Boushay House Seeking Funding to Open Emergency Shelter for Homeless Clients

JULY 26, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

The Bailey-Boushay House, operated by Virginia Mason, was the first facility built from the ground up for end-of-life care for people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, it has provided a sense of community and care for thousands of people not just here in Seattle, but across the Pacific Northwest. To better serve its clients in need, many of whom are currently homeless and sleeping on neighboring streets, Bailey-Boushay is seeking funding to open an emergency shelter at its current location, with up to 50 beds.

 

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Why There is a Need:

The shelter fills a void in the community to provide safe and accessible interim housing for Bailey-Boushay’s homeless population, a critical issue among those living with HIV/AIDS. Unstable housing jeopardizes these individuals’ HIV care and overall quality of life. Bailey-Boushay believes the shelter is a necessary next step in their continuum of care, which will result in consistent oversight and treatment for these individuals as they tackle other issues, such as drug dependency, incarceration issues and mental health.

How it Helps:

The shelter is an extension of the organization’s Housing Stability Project, which builds skills and provides support for those who are homeless, or at risk for homelessness. The shelter embraces critical elements to be effective, including easy accessibility; crisis and interim housing; an environment that fosters community, with supportive health and social services; and assistance to return to permanent housing.

What to Expect:

We are currently working to secure funding for the project to have it open by January 2018. There will be no construction or roadside disruption.

Learn More:

Bailey-Boushay is holding two community forums to answer questions and present plans for opening the shelter. Stop by on August 12, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. or August 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to learn more about the process and what to expect.

If you are unable to make either time, call 206-240-3269 or email Brian.Knowles@virginiamason.org with any questions.

 

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EastPAC Community Meeting This Thursday

JULY 26, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Please join us this Thursday. We will be chatting about a community-driven crime reduction strategy. And as always we will also get an update from SPD on what is happening in our community.

When:
July 27th, 2016 6:30 PM through 8:00 PM

Where:
824 12th Ave Seattle
Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room in the Seattle University Admissions and Alumni building on the SE corner of 12th & Marion

 

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June 2017 Police Reports

JULY 21, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

June saw another decrease in the total number of incidents reported to the police from Madison Valley. The June total, 28, was down from 43 in May, 56 in April, and 63 in March. Car prowls and vehicle thefts remained in the single digits during June, and there were only three burglaries.

 

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1. Around 5 PM on June 27th police were called to investigate a burglary that took place earlier that day at a residence on E. 22nd near Mercer. When they arrived, they found that a window pane in the back door of the residence had been kicked in, allowing the burglar to unlock the door. Once inside, the burglar rummaged through the house but apparently took only $230 in cash from a drawer in an upstairs bedroom closet. The police found fingerprints at the scene and the police report notes that a high fence around the back yard of the residence would have prevented anyone from being able to detect that a burglary was taking place.

2. Sometime during June 27 – 29 someone took a bicycle from the garage of a residence on 25th near Denny. There was no forced entry into the garage and it appears that the burglar took the bicycle while the garage was being cleaned up. The robbery wasn’t reported to the police until July 6.

3. During the night of June 29 – 30 a burglar gained entry at a restaurant on Madison near MLK and took two digital devices and $1,400 in cash. The police and an employee were unable to find any evidence that there had been a forced entry into the restaurant and the employee reported although he was sure that a front door deadbolt was locked when he closed the business the previous evening, he found it unlocked that morning. The business owner told police that she planned to add a security system to the business. The police found no fingerprints at the scene.

Finally, a robbery and an armed assault were reported during June.

At around 10 PM on June 6 police received complaints about a vagrant sleeping on a sidewalk on 19th near Pine. After arriving at the scene, the police found the alleged vagrant at a nearby bus stop and he told them he had been the victim of an armed robbery that had taken place on 19th at around 6 PM that day. The victim told the police that the robber had demanded his wallet, which contained $50 and two debit cards, and threatened him with a knife while doing so. At one point during the altercation the robber thrust his knife at the victim and when he tried to ward it off with his hand he had sustained a cut from the knife. The victim refused to tell the police what had happened after he had been robbed.  

A unit from the fire department arrived to tend to the victim’s wound.

On June 17 at approximately 7 PM police responded to a report of an armed assault that had just taken place on E. 24th near Gayler. The victim told police that he had been driving north on 23rd and had stopped for the light at Madison when another vehicle stopped extremely close alongside his. When the light changed and the vehicles started moving, he heard bumping noises at which point the driver of the other car started driving erratically and yelling at him. Both vehicles continued driving north on 23rd, but after they had stopped at another red light at 24th and Galer, the driver of the other vehicle angrily pointed a handgun at him. Just then the light changed and the assailant continued to follow the victim’s car until they reached E. Lynn, at which point the assailant turned east. The victim gave the police a description of the assailant’s car and its license number.

 

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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Harrison Ridge Greenbelt Gardening Party

JULY 10, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Please come out to help preserve Madison Valley’s only natural park. We will be doing light weeding and spreading mulch. Wear comfortable shoes, long pants and a long sleeve shirt. All tools and snacks provided.

 

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Saturday, July 15, 10 AM to noon.
32nd Avenue East between E John and E Denny
Signs will be posted

 

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Ned Knows It's Never Too Late

JULY 10, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Ned Porges has never recovered from missing the deadline for becoming an Eagle Scout. One badge shy of the requirements, he turned 18 and aged out. He doesn’t do well with incompletion. For the last two years, Ned has worked doggedly to complete his education. At the age of 76, he received his PhD from the University of Washington, 38 years after beginning his studies there.

Ned’s educational trajectory did not flow easily. As an undergrad at the University of Denver, he didn’t finish his degree in hospitality/tourism but learned enough to be hired in the industry. A few years later, family encouraged him to complete the last few quarters. With his newly minted B.S. degree in hand, he hopped aboard his motorcycle and hightailed it for California.

In Los Angeles, Ned landed a job with the food service department of United Airlines and got married. He followed his new wife to Virginia for her MSW studies and decided to pursue a MBA degree. Part of his experience in grad school was working as a teaching assistant for the 101 business class and he realized teaching was a good fit.

Family in Seattle beckoned the couple and Ned began his teaching career. Initially, WSU hired Ned as an assistant professor for their Seattle extension and later he moved over to Highland Community College. He would stay there for 16 years. During this time, the college insisted on a PhD to continue in his position. The University of Washington admitted him as a doctoral candidate and he began his studies anew. However, life intervened. With 4 kids and a mortgage he could not finish his degree. Ned had completed all of his course work but was lacking the dissertation.

After a time, Highland discontinued the program he was teaching and Ned found a new career in Real Estate. Twenty-two more years passed.

As Ned journeyed into his 70s, he began to look at his life’s legacy. He compiled a bucket list of goals. One seemed insurmountable: the completion of his PhD. Undaunted, he spontaneously met with UW Dean Marty Howell and found a supportive advocate. The College of Education accepted his previous coursework and formed a doctoral committee to guide him.

Although UW waived the usual requirement of seven years limit for doctoral completion, Ned was given no additional special treatment. He toiled endlessly with revisions for two very long years. He struggled with the limited stamina of older age. He learned that students no longer used index cards and yellow stickies to organize notes. Microsoft Office was a mystery. Guided through a tutorial by his daughter, Norah, he finally got onboard as a “Modern Student.”

On June 6, 2017, Ned, accompanied by his supportive wife, Phyllis, presented his dissertation to his committee. His research paper looked at the political impact of international travel as an educational experience. Specifically, he studied “The Grand Tour” of Europe popular in the 1800s, the Birthright tour of Israel, and the experience of World’s Fairs. He was grilled with questions and comments and then told to wait outside while they discussed their decision.

Ned and Phyllis paced the hall with nervous anticipation. The door opened. His advisor, Dr. Joy Williamson-Lott smiled. “Please come back in Dr. Porges.” He had done it. 

 

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Ned and his advisor, Dr. Joy Williamson-Lott at his graduation

 

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Call for Entries

JULY 8, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Applications are being accepted for this year’s Madison Park Art Walk. The deadline is July 17. Contact the promoters at madisonparkartwalk2017@gmail.com

 

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https://www.madisonparkartwalk.com
Facebook: MadisonParkArtWalk

 

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Parade and Picnic In Madison Park on Saturday

JULY 7, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

The Madison Park Business Association is sponsoring a parade and picnic in Madison Park on Saturday, July 8. Bring the kids and meet your neighbors!

 

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11:45 AM
Parade lineup at Wells Fargo. Kids welcome in costume, decorate your wagons, bikes, pets, etc.

12 Noon
Parade begins! Follow the firetruck to Madison Park!

12:15 PM
Madison Park Festivities
Complimentary picnic with pizza, hotdogs, beverages, treats, games, and lots of fun!

Sidewalk Sale: July 6–9

 

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Give Blood on Saturday

JULY 5, 2017 | MADISON PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The Bloodmobile will be accepting blood donations in Madison Park on Saturday. For questions about eligibility, please call 800-398-7888.

 

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Saturday, July 8
10 AM to 4 PM (closed noon to 1 PM)
www.bloodworks.org/drives

 

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Mark your calendars for Bastille Day Celebrations in Madison Valley

JULY 3, 2017 | LINDY WISHARD

Bonjour Gourmands! Here are two great options for celebrating Bastille Day, Friday July 14th:

Luc Bistro

Luc’s annual Bastille Day celebration would be a wonderful time to get your family out in the sun for a cookout. There will be live music, refreshing drinks, and of course, a delicious buffet with Chef Thierry manning the grill.

 

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You can pre-reserve your tickets for this fabulous family event here

Buffet meals will be available for all attendees who purchase tickets. Pre-reserve your tickets before July 10th for $25 adult tickets and $15 for children under 12 years old. Tickets sold at the door will be $30 for as long as they last. All payments will be taken at the door, but pre-reserving your tickets guarantees entry. 

Drink tickets will also be available for purchase for $7 (non-alcoholic drinks $3.50).

Luc
2800 E Madison St Seattle, WA 98112
Friday, July 14th
4:30 – 9:30 pm

Price: $25 adults, $15 children under 12 (if pre-reserved before July 10th)
$30 at the door day of.
206-328-6645
For questions, please email Jason (jason@luc-seattle.com)

Post on our website: Luc’s Annual Bastille Day Celebration
Facebook Event: FB Event

Twitter: @chefinthehat
IG: chefinthehat

 

Voilà!

You can also celebrate Bastille Day at Voilà! Bistrot. Chef Laurent Gabrel is preparing a special Bastille Day Dinner. His three-course prix fixe menu, including turbot filet, grilled beef brochettes with bacon, and bouillabaisse highlight the flavors of summer in the south of France. 

 

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Voilà! Bistrot
2805 E Madison St, Seattle, WA
Friday, July 14th
4:30 to close
$49 per person
206-322-5460
Be sure to make a reservation online or call us directly.

Please note that our regular dinner menu will not be available on this day.

 

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Coming soon! New, westbound SR 520 off-ramps to Montlake

JUNE 28, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

In a few weeks, WSDOT will open the new off-ramps from the brand new West Approach Bridge North. This will be the very first time westbound drivers travel on the new structure and use the new off-ramps to Montlake Boulevard and Lake Washington Boulevard. 

The new off-ramps are scheduled to open mid-July and the new westbound lanes from the floating bridge to Montlake are scheduled to open in late August. 

The opening of the new WABN bridge structure will take place in phases so that crews can remove the existing ramps to make space for the mainline construction.

As we get closer to this change, we will send more detailed information with graphics, videos, weekend work impacts and the specific date of the off-ramp opening. Be sure to stay in the loop by reading these email updates, following us on twitter, visiting our website and joining us for our regular, public meeting on Wednesday, July 12, at the Graham Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

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Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when the exit lane and off-ramps open:

  • A westbound SR 520 closure from 11 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday the weekend before the westbound off-ramps open.
  • Round-the-clock work during the westbound SR 520 closure. 
  • An earlier exit for the new westbound SR 520 off-ramps, closer to the western end of the floating bridge (before the sentinel).
  • Continued construction access via the 24th Avenue East bridge as crews use the MOHAI staging area through the end of the project.

For more information about the 520 Bridge visit:

Email WABN staff with your questions about the project or construction activities.

• Join us for our next monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center.

• Visit the SR 520 Orange Page for the most up-to-date information on closures and construction impacts.

• Visit the WABN project website to find general information about the project.

• Follow us on Twitter @wsdot_520 to get key news and updates about the SR 520 program.

 

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Harrison Ridge Greenbelt Community Gardening Party

JUNE 27, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

Please join your neighbors in a two hour contribution to the reforestation of our beloved greenbelt. We will be doing light weeding and spreading burlap sacks and wood chip mulch.

Become a part of Forterra, the most successful urban forestry organization in America.

Your friendly neighborhood forest stewards, Cathy Nunneley and Trina Wherry, will be forever grateful.
See you there!

 

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Saturday, July 15, 10 AM–noon
138 32nd Ave E, Seattle, WA  98112
Coffee and snacks will be available.
All gloves and tools provided.

Questions? Cathy Nunneley: cjnunneley@yahoo.com

 

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Summer Fun at the Harvest Vine!

JUNE 21, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Campo de Borja Wine Dinner

Experience why the Campo de Borja wine region is called the “Empire of Garnacha.” Join us for a 5-course dinner featuring the wines of Bodegas Borsao and Alto Moncayo. Meet and interact with the winemakers while you enjoy the Spanish creations from our Chef Joey Serquinia. You can view the menu and purchase tickets here.

Thursday, June 29
$110.00/person. Includes food, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

SOLD OUT

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The Harvest Vine Food and Wine Fair

You’ve been watching us create your meals over our counter for years and have been asking, “where can I find these ingredients?” or “how can I make that?”

Your opportunity has arrived! Come meet a few of the importers and purveyors we work with, mingle with our staff, and taste and purchase the unique wines and food products served here at the Harvest Vine.

• Wines and Sherries from Europvin and American NW wines and Vinea Imports. Purchase Spanish wines and sherries that may be difficult for consumers to find. Discounts on purchases of 6 bottles or more and case discounts.

• Spanish food products from Culinary Collective & Aneto

• Paella Kits. Rice and non-perishable ingredients to make your own paella in a 6-person paella pan: peppers, meats, cheeses, olive oils, and more.

Chef Joey Serquinia demonstrates how to use these unique ingredients, creating delicious small bites (pintxos) for you to enjoy.

Saturday July 15
Entry tickets $20.00 per person with $10.00 credit towards any food and/or wine purchased the day of the fair.

 

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Flamenco & Paella Dinners

Because our summer paella dinners have been so hugely successful over the years we are adding an additional night this year. We will have one dinner in July and one dinner in August. Dates will be announced soon and tickets will be available for purchase through our website shop/events.

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New Website & Online Store

We just launched our new website, created by Rasteroid Design.

Some great things about the new website:

• We are now able to update our Dinner Menu daily and will include all of our nightly specials.
• You can now purchase gift cards online through our website shop/events.
• You can see all our upcoming events as well as purchase tickets and seats to all of our wine dinners.

 

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Reservations at the Harvest Vine!

We’ve made the switch. Although we are no longer on Opentable, we are still accepting online bookings through our website or by downloading the RESY app.

Harvest Vine
2701 E. Madison St., Seattle WA 98112
206 320-9771
https://www.harvestvine.com

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, May 24 - June 16, 2017

JUNE 19, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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.

 

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Outline shows the area under consideration.

Design Review — Central Area Design Guidelines Open House

The Central Area Design Guidelines Coalition (collaboration between: 23rd Ave Action Team, CA Land Use Review Committee, Historical Central Area Arts and Cultural District, Central Area Collaborative, African American Veterans Group of Washington) is working with the City of Seattle and local architects Schemata Workshop and Mimar Studio to outline a set of neighborhood-specific guidelines to guide future development in the Central Area. Come and provide your valuable input!

Open House
June 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard
2116 E. Union St.

 

Design Review - Design Review Program Changes

The City of Seattle is proposing legislation to modify the design review process: simplify and raise the thresholds for projects subject to design review, switch from a variety of thresholds based on use, units, and zoning to simple square footage thresholds that respond to the complexity of a site and type of project. The legislation would also create a new “hybrid” process that allows one phase of design review to be handled administratively and the remainder by the design review board.

The legislation adds a requirement that all applicants for projects going through design review conduct outreach to the communities near their projects before they begin design review. The legislation also modifies the composition of design review board members, eliminates the streamlined administrative design review process, modifies the review process for exceptional trees, and updates and clarifies other provisions related to design review.

Notice of Design Review Amendments

 

23rd Avenue Urban Village Rezones – Public Hearing

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation to change Seattle’s land use and zoning that would affect property in Central Area near the intersections of 23rd Avenue and S Jackson, Cherry and Union streets. The proposed changes would rezone land in the Central Area in order to implement a community vision for 23rd Avenue and Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) requirements.

The legislation would require new commercial or multi-family development in the affected zones to contribute to affordable housing and would also add development capacity in the form of an increase in the amount of allowed height or floor area for buildings in zones where the MHA requirements would apply. The legislation is intended to increase commercial and residential development capacity near these intersections to achieve the community’s vision to strengthen the Central Area’s unique identity and community character, help create vibrant and resilient commercial districts with pedestrian friendly mixed-use development, support existing and new businesses and development, provide opportunities for a variety of shops, services and affordable housing, and support community ownership and equitable development that serves the diverse Central Area community.

Public Hearing
Monday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
Commons/Lunch Room
Garfield High School
400 23rd Avenue

Notice of Public Hearing

 

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MHA Draft Environmental Impact Statement

The City of Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development (OPCD) has issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) addressing several alternatives for implementing Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA). MHA would require that new multi-family and commercial developments meeting certain thresholds either build affordable housing units on-site or make an in-lieu payment to support the development of affordable housing. MHA would focus primarily on creating housing reserved for community members earning 60 percent of the area median income (AMI) or less.

To implement MHA, the City is considering amendments to regulations to increase development capacity in the study area. The study area is existing multi-family and commercial zones in Seattle, areas currently zoned Single Family in existing urban villages, and areas zoned Single Family in potential urban village expansion areas identified in the Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Planning process.

Notice of Release of DEIS

 

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2310 E Madison St

Streamlined Design Review Application proposing a five-story structure containing 17 apartment units and 470 sq. ft. of commercial space at ground level. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′, Urban Village Overlay

Notice of Streamlined Design Review

 

1106 34th Ave

Council Land Use Action to rezone a 4,808 sq. ft. portion of land from Lowrise-2 to Neighborhood Commercial 1 with 30-foot height limit and a 6,109 sq. ft. parcel of land from Lowrise-2 to Neighborhood Commercial with 30-foot height limit. The property is bounded on the south by East Spring Street, to the west by 34th Avenue, to the North by a commercial building at 1112 34th Ave and to the east by an unimproved alley. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-30′, Arterial within 100 ft., Lowrise-2.

Notice of Recommendation

 

2348 43rd Ave E

Shoreline Substantial Development Permit to allow a three-story apartment structure with six residential units. Parking for six vehicles to be provided below grade within the structure. Existing detached parking structure to be demolished and the existing single family residence to remain. Zone: Urban residential, Shoreline habitat buffer, Archaeological buffer area, Lowrise-3, Conservancy recreation, Arterial within 100 ft., Special grading requirement.

Notice of Decision

 

Resources

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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May 2017 Police Reports

JUNE 16, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

The overall number of incidents in Madison Valley reported to the police dropped to 43 in May, down from 56 in April. The decline was due to small drops in many types of offenses rather than following the usual pattern whereby changes in car prowls and auto theft drive changes in the overall monthly totals. Seven burglaries were reported during May and there was also another incident in which a shoplifting incident became an “armed robbery.”

 

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1. On May 2nd police were called to investigate a burglary at a residence on 21st Ave. E. near Denny. Earlier that day someone had taken a bicycle from an open garage and a gas grill from a patio. Police searched for fingerprints but found none.

2. On May 3rd police were called to an apartment complex on 23rd near Denny to investigate a burglary that had occurred sometime in the previous few days. When they arrived, the victim reported that someone had taken clothing and tools worth approximately $3100 from a communal storage area in the building. Although the building is secured the storage area is not. Police did not search for fingerprints because so many people have access to the storage area, but asked the building manager to determine if the event had been captured by surveillance cameras.

3. Sometime between May 5th and May 12th someone tried to break into a garden storage shed at a residence on Lake Washington Blvd. near E. Madison. When they returned home after a week’s absence, the residents found that the lock on the shed had been damaged to the extent that they could no longer open the door. Because the burglar was unable to gain entry, nothing was taken from the shed.

4. During the morning of May 7 a burglar broke into a basement residence on Howell near 29th by climbing through an unlocked window. After ransacking the rooms, the burglar stole cash and items worth approximately $1000. The police found various personal items in the residence that the burglar apparently left behind, and submitted them to the police lab for possible fingerprints. The burglar also prowled a vehicle in the driveway at the residence, and while doing so left behind self-incriminating jail release paperwork.

5. On May 11th police were called to an apartment complex on 23rd near Denny to investigate damage to several locks on doors at the complex. Although able to gain entry through the front door, the burglar was apparently unable to open any other doors. Police asked the building manager to determine if video footage from security cameras recorded the burglar’s activity.

6. Sometime during the daylight hours of May 17 a burglar broke into a storage unit connected to an apartment on 20th near Pike. The burglar took two pieces of luggage worth approximately $500. The victim did notify police of the incident until May 24th because until then he had not noticed that anything was missing from his storage unit.

7. Sometime between May 17 and May 27 a burglar stole five bicycles worth approximately $10,000 from a storage unit in a residential building on E. 25th near Denny. During that period, a contractor had been working on the building and had left the front door ajar. The burglar apparently entered the building while the door was unlocked.

On May 9th police were called to the grocery store on Madison and 22nd to investigate an armed robbery. When they arrived a clerk at the store told them that a “chronic shoplifter” at the store had threatened to shoot him when he tried to prevent the shoplifter from taking a bottle of Suja from the store. Although no one saw a weapon during the incident, both the clerk and the store manager advised the police that they were “willing to be the victim of a robbery” [i.e. willing to testify against the shoplifter – Ed.] The police advised them to provide video footage of the incident and to call 911 when they saw the shoplifter/robber again.

 

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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Sunday Supper at Marine Area 7

JUNE 12, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Jim Henkens, proprietor of Marine Area 7, a Madison Valley shop selling vintage cookware, is hosting a private dinner.

“June is a great time of year to be a cook in the Pacific Northwest. So many of my favorite ingredients are at their peak.”

 

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The Menu:
• Bruschetta with burrata, arugula, radish and pine nuts
• New potato salad with morels and fava beans
• Poached Sockeye Salmon with roasted cherry tomatoes
• Garden greens with creamy pistachio vinaigrette
• Lemon polenta cake with rhubarb compote

 

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Sunday Supper
June 18th, 7:00 PM
RSVP only
$110 includes wine, gratuity, and tax
Purchase Tickets

Marine Area 7
2814 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
http://www.marinearea7.com

 

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The Rautureau Family: An Immigrant's Journey

JUNE 8, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

It’s not widely known that the Rautureau family lives in our neighborhood. Yes, the husband in this family is Thierry Rautureau, the famous “Chef in the Hat” and with his wife, Kathy, owner of the restaurants Luc and Loulay. The couple have lived in Madison Valley for 30 years and raised their two sons here. Their contributions to the community extend far beyond the restaurants.

Although Kathy is a homegrown American from L.A., Thierry, as everyone knows, is French. He has had an adventurous life on his journey to Seattle.

In France, at the age of 14, one chooses a career path: academic or trade. Thierry chose cooking. He worked in three restaurants learning the necessary skills and then he was off to serve his mandatory stint in the army. By 19, he was done. What to do next?

Thierry was raised in a very rural and poor part of France. His grandparents were farmers at a chateau and his parents worked locally. Although romanticized by many, rural France can be a confining environment for a curious young man. Thierry wanted a broader experience. An opportunity awaited him.

A sponsor gave him some money for travel and Thierry arrived in Chicago with $12 in his pocket. A job was waiting and he worked and lived illegally for 3 ½ years. Thanks to the other restaurant employees, Spanish became his second language. Although initially he hadn’t planned to stay in America, an opportunity to travel west and explore prompted him to obtain his green card.

He and a friend bought a car for $500 in San Francisco and began a fun-filled California road trip. He worked for a pittance in his first job in Los Angeles, where wages were too low to pay his rent. Next, he landed at an Italian restaurant and there his fate was sealed. The pretty waitress asked him out and he and Kathy have been together ever since.

 

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Kathy was dabbling in school and learning the flower trade. She was supporting herself with waitressing while developing a flower arranging business. Today, she’s become an accomplished designer with natural talent.

In 1987, they came up to Seattle to visit friends and ate at Rover’s in Madison Valley.  It was a serendipitous event. Rover’s owner was looking to sell the restaurant. Thierry and Kathy obtained funding from a partner, bought the restaurant and moved a few blocks away.

The convenience of living so close to the restaurant was wonderful for family life, but they were particularly drawn to the neighborhood. They loved the diversity and the vibrancy of Seattle. L.A. hadn’t felt like the right place to raise a family.

When the couple’s two children entered school, they were able to squeeze a bit of time from the 24/7 restaurant obligations to lead fundraising efforts. The first Auction/Dinner at McGilvra elementary raised $140,000. They continued fund raising efforts at Washington Middle School and Garfield as their sons progressed through public education.

Thierry works tirelessly giving back to Seattle. Coming from such modest means in France, he expresses amazement at his lucky life. This insightfulness keeps him going. He is a member of the Food Lifeline board and supports many other efforts to assist Seattleites experiencing food insecurity. Hunger relief is very dear to him.

Thierry is a member of the Alliance Françoise to promote French culture and has been knighted by the French government. He actively participates in Madison Valley community life through the Madison Valley Merchants Association. He is always willing to donate to neighborhood events. His many involvements in the Seattle food scene are simply too numerous to list here!

Nowadays, Rover’s is closed and the new (7 years, already!) café, Luc is their neighborhood baby. Three years ago, Loulay opened downtown. Thierry oversees the food, etc. Kathy designs all the flower arrangements and you can find her as Luc’s hostess on Friday and Saturday evenings. She continues to design flowers for weddings and other special events though her company Flowerworks.” You can check her out online for your next party!

And, by the way……What’s with the Chef in the Hat” handle?

Kathy explains: Looking for a different Christmas gift one year, she happened upon a nice Fedora in one of the neighborhood consignment shops. Thierry loved it. Wearing it as he emerged from the kitchen at Rover’s to greet his guests, as is his custom, someone called out: “It’s the Chef in the Hat”!  The hat has become his trademark since that day.

It’s wonderful, of course. Thank you, Kathy! And thank you both for being such great neighbors.

 

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Madison Park Home and Garden Tour to Benefit McGilvra

JUNE 5, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Realogics Sotheby’s and the McGilvra PTA are working together to revive the once-popular Madison Park Home and Garden Tour. The proceeds will benefit the elementary school’s kindergarten and first-grade programs.

 

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The tour will feature 10 homes and gardens in the neighborhood. The properties comprise a variety of architectural styles, including traditional Craftsman homes and modern structures.

June 11, Noon–4 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

 

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Parks And Street Fund Projects Vote

JUNE 5, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

Spread the word—it’s time to vote on the parks and street fund projects.

The new method for allocating the city grants is being implemented this year, based upon a participatory budgeting model. The cycle began some time ago, and depended on social media, volunteer community organizations, and other outreach such as the city had capacity for. Then there was a round of “development meetings” where proposers could get feedback and help with refining the proposal or decide to take back for more preparation work. There was some kind of voting/selection process for the top candidate projects and now everyone is asked to please vote on their top three.

 

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This is one method of getting neighborhood improvements, and quite major ones if the projects are broken up over time. The projects can come out of community having proposed/planned/discussed and created support for over time. Or someone gets a great idea and gets together with his neighbors, who agree it’s a great idea and network with more neighbors and start visiting community groups to ask for feedback and support.

Granted, this might feel like being at the tail end of a process, as folks may or may not have been informed. But there is always the next round. And loads of grants and opportunity, both for neighborhoods, and for projects that enhance our city and community. Check it out at the city’s Grants and Funding page.  There are grants for infrastructure and for community building and for FUN!!

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, April 28 - May 23, 2017

MAY 23, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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2043 43rd Ave E – Design Review

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a 3-story apartment building containing 12 apartment units. Below grade parking for 14 vehicles to be provided. Existing structures to be demolished. Zone: Lowrise-3, Urban residential, Arterial within 100 ft.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
1000 E James Way
STCN Student Center 210 - Multipurpose Room #210

Campus Map
Notice of Design Review Board Meeting

 

2925 E Madison St – Public Meeting

The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) is currently reviewing the application for, and will hold a public meeting to gather comments on, Land Use Application to allow a 6-story building consisting of 82 residential units above 26,250 sq. ft. of retail space, located at ground level. Parking to be provided for 140 vehicles at and below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 2-30′ Pedestrian, Neighborhood Commercial 2-40′ Pedestrian, Single Family 5000, Liquefaction prone soils, Steep slope (>=40%), Arterial within 100 ft.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Seattle University
1000 E James Way
Student Center #160 – Fr. LeRoux Conference Center

Campus Map
Notice of Public Meeting

 

Vacant Buildings Legislation – Public Hearing

The Seattle City Council is considering proposed legislation that would strengthen standards for securing vacant buildings, establish an expedited process for removal of garbage and other debris from sites with vacant buildings, establish an expedited process for demolition of hazardous vacant buildings, and reduce the amount of time that a building on a site in the development permitting process must remain vacant prior to demolition.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
Seattle City Hall
600 Fourth Ave, 2nd floor
Seattle City Council Chambers

Notice of Public Hearing

 

1710 26th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into two 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-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

Resources
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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Madison Park Tree Walk

MAY 19, 2017 | MADISON PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Steve Lorton, former Pacific Northwest editor of Sunset Magazine will lead this walking tour and share stories about Madison Park’s oldest resident flora and some recent young ones, too. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the neighborhood. Great for kids and grandparents and friends. Enjoy lunch in Madison Park after the walk. Sponsored by the Madison Park Community Council.

 

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Saturday, June 3rd, 10:30 am.
The tour begins at Park Shore
1630 43rd Avenue East

 

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April 2017 Police Reports

MAY 19, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

Car prowls and vehicle theft in Madison Valley during April dropped from the 25 incidents in March to 12, driving the overall number of incidents reported to the police down to 56. Reported burglaries dropped from eleven to nine, but there were three reported robberies.

 

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1. On April 9 at 7AM a burglar, described as a white female in her late 20s or early 30s with sandy brown hair, gained entry to an apartment building on 20th near Madison. Once inside she also gained entry into locked storage areas inside the building. The building manager was unable to determine whether anything had been taken during the burglary, but was able to provide the police with video footage of the event.

2. On April 10 between noon and 2 PM someone kicked open the front door of a residence on 25th near Mercer and rummaged through the house. Although there were valuables in plain sight in the home, the burglar apparently took nothing. Police found no fingerprints at the scene.

3. Police were called to a pharmacy on Madison near 22nd at 5:20 PM on April 15 to investigate a burglary that had just occurred. When they arrived, the pharmacist told them that a man had jumped over the counter into the secure area of the pharmacy and stolen several bottles of medicine. The burglar and an accomplice then quickly fled. Police obtained a video tape of the incident that had been recorded by security cameras.

4. Sometime between April 15 and 17 someone broke into an apartment complex under construction on 24th near Denny. The burglar tried to break into a storage area in the complex with a pry bar, but was unsuccessful. The burglar also broke into a construction trailer at the back of the complex, but at the time of the police report it was unclear whether anything had been taken from the trailer. Police were not notified of the burglary until April 21, so police did not search for fingerprints because many people had been in the area between the time of the burglary and the arrival of the police.

5. During the afternoon of April 19 a burglar broke into a residence on 21st near Republican by smashing open a basement window. Once inside, the burglar took electronic equipment and jewelry worth at least $1000. The burglary was discovered when a resident returned home around 4:00 PM, but the police were not notified until 10:30 that evening.

6. On April 20 police were called to investigate a possible burglary at an apartment building on 24th near Howell. When they arrived, a resident told them that he had found the door of the building’s storage area open and that several of the storage compartments inside the area had been forcibly opened. Police were unable to determine whether anything had been stolen from the compartments, however.

7. Shortly after 6 PM on April 25th police were called to a building in the 2100 block of E. Madison to investigate a burglary in progress. When they arrived, the complainant told them that upon hearing strange noises she investigated and found that someone had cut the lock on a gate outside a shed. When she investigated further she found someone standing outside the shed with a bag containing items taken from the shed. When she yelled at the burglar, he dropped the bag and fled.

8. On April 26 the manager of an apartment building on Madison near 19th observed a woman gaining entry via the building’s call box. Once inside, the woman, described as a white female aged 25–40 with blond hair, entered one of the building’s restrooms where she remained for a while before leaving the building. Soon after one of the building’s employees found an empty package that was addressed to a nearby apartment complex. The manager told the police that she believes the woman has been gaining access to apartment buildings through entry codes that are not secure. The police subsequently learned that the woman had been frequently seen around an abandoned house in the neighborhood. The apartment building manager gave the police photos of the woman that had been taken by security cameras.

9. Late at night on April 29 a burglar entered an apartment building on 24th Ave. E. near Denny and stole packages from a mail area. The apartment manager supplied police with a video of an unknown white male entering the building and taking the packages.

The three robberies included one that began as a shoplifting incident, but ended up being an armed robbery.

1. Shortly after midnight on April 14 police responded to a report of an armed robbery at the grocery store on 22nd and Madison. When they arrived, an employee told them that a man had threatened him with a knife and then stolen approximately $300 from his cash register. After grabbing the money, the robber fled south from the store. Curiously, the robber is a well-known customer at the store and had even applied for a job there. As a result, the store has information about the robber that the police will be able to use apprehend him. The police also obtained video footage of the robbery.

2. On April 25th at around 11 PM a clerk at the grocery store on Madison and 22nd was threatened with a fire extinguisher by a shoplifter trying to take items from the store. The shoplifter, who thereby committed armed robbery, is known by employees of the store and police were given video footage of the incident.

3. Early in the morning of April 28, there was a reported strong arm robbery on 26th Ave. E. near John. The victim told police that he had had personal items taken during a physical altercation with an acquaintance that occurred after they had been drinking with friends. The victim refused medical assistance.

 

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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The Harrison Ridge Greenbelt: A History of Community Activism, Chapter 5

MAY 17, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

In the first four chapters, we learned of the past 20-year history of our Greenbelt. Now we come to today’s restoration efforts.

Continued work in the Greenbelt has been done by two sets of neighborhood volunteers. First, Evelyn Hall and I worked together for a few years. Then, the past three years have been under my and Trina Wherry’s stewardship.

 

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Catherine Nunneley and Trina Wherry

 

As restoration efforts expanded the area cleared and planted, maintenance became almost unmanageable for just two stewards. We were so busy maintaining the newly planted area that further restoration was incremental in spite of our best efforts. We were feeling overwhelmed.

Three years ago, however, the Bush Middle School students and their teacher, Ben Wheeler, rescued us. Ben began to teach a class in Urban Forestry as part of Bush’s elective curriculum. About a dozen eager students come to the Greenbelt twice a year and have made a huge contribution. Ben does some classroom teaching and then we provide the fieldwork experience.

 

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Bush School students

 

The students use picks and loppers to remove invasive plants such as ivy and blackberries. They create “life rings” around trees to protect them from the invasives. A layer of burlap and wood chips is then put down over the newly bare areas.

Each session has its own rewards. In spring, the students experience the bare branches of shrubs and trees at the beginning of their session and then delight in the leafing out and flowering that occurs over the weeks.

Fall’s reward is the installation of new plants. The Parks Department delivers a treasure trove of native ferns, trees, and shrubs that were ordered by the Greenbelt’s forest stewards. It’s tons of fun to plant the new forest baby plants.

Both classes do ongoing maintenance in the older areas. Seattle Parks Dept with Forterra provide all the gloves and tools in a big, locked job box on site. The students come to the Greenbelt for five weeks and do the work that it would take us several months alone. There are no adequate words to describe our appreciation.

 

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Bush School students

 

Trina and I also meet at the site at least yearly with the Forterra volunteer coordinator, Andrea Mojzak, Seattle Parks gardener, Sara Franks, and our new plant ecologist Will Pablo. We walk the site with them and discuss problems, solutions and future plans. It’s wonderful!

This year the trees and shrubs we planted in 2011 are finally becoming part of the larger forest. It’s quite a beautiful sight and an integral part of the community.

The Harrison Ridge Greenbelt is still a large wild area in need of ongoing restoration and maintenance. Although we are squeaking by with the Bush School help, it would be so much better to have some involvement from the community. We have not been successful requesting volunteers from the neighborhood even with small events. We are trying again to encourage participation with an upcoming work party.

Trina and I will host a summertime work party to introduce this community treasure to the neighbors and perhaps spur interest in ongoing support. We certainly hope to see YOU there!

Saturday, July 15, 10AM to noon
32nd Ave E between E John and E Denny. (signage will be in place)
All tools will be provided but bring your favorites if you prefer.
Coffee and snacks provided
Restroom facilities at nearby businesses
Contact: Cathy Nunneley cjnunneley@yahoo.com

It’s because of neighbors like you who appreciate the natural beauty of the Greenbelt that we have been able to save this little sliver of forest for ourselves and future generations.

 

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Seattle Beer Week: Puss 'N Pints

MAY 4, 2017 | WEBSITE SUBMITTED

Seattle Beer Week has begun and we’re throwing our hops-soaked hat in the ring with the presentation of Puss ’N Pints on Wednesday, May 10th — a unique event wherein you can drink beer AND help kittens.

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We’ve curated a line-up of feline-forward brews (Black Raven Kitty Kat Blues Pale Ale, Snoqualmie WildCat IPA, Georgetown Meowsa Double IPA, Kulshan Bastard Kat IPA....you get the picture) — buy one (or two or three) of these select ales and we’ll donate 50% of the cost to MEOW Cat Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to the health and welfare of cats and kittens in the Greater Seattle area. We’ll have T-shirt and glassware giveaways and the folks from MEOW Cat Rescue will be on hand to answer your questions. Rumor has it they may bring along a purrfectly lovely special guest or two. So join us on Wednesday, drink some NW beers, and support our feline friends!

Puss ’N Pints
Wednesday, May 10 6-9 PM
Two Doors Down
2332 E. Madison St
206.324.Beer
www.twodoorsseattle.com

 

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Spring Clean 2017 Report

APRIL 30, 2017 | LINDY WISHARD

Spring Clean 2017 was a great success! We had about 25 volunteers. Here are some highlights:

Volunteers painted out the graffiti at the corner of MLK and Madison Street.

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Graffiti was removed from the street signs and the power transfer in the traffic triangle.

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In the Traffic triangle we pulled weeds and spread wood chips. 

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Special thank you to Yumi Pick for helping to coordinate and to McGilvra Elementary kids and parents who worked hard throughout the morning. 

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Finally, special thank you to the Madison Valley Merchants Association who hired a professional landscaping crew to pull weeds and remove dirt, along Madison Street and for driving donuts and coffee to volunteers. 

The neighborhood looks great! 

 

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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, April 7 - April 27, 2017

APRIL 28, 2017 | KATHRYN KELLER

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

 

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Arboretum Waterfront Trail Renovation

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proposing to reconstruct the existing Waterfront Trail that connects the Washington Park Arboretum across Foster and Marsh Islands to East Montlake Park. The upland section of the trail across Foster and Marsh Island becomes inundated when the lake level is raised. Floating segments of the trail are in disrepair and some sections are sinking. None of the existing trail meets current accessibility standards outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. The new trail will be constructed as a boardwalk structure, supported by pin piles on land and floating over Union Bay/Lake Washington and reconstructed in the same location as the existing trail.

Notice of Determination of Non-Significance

 

Short Term Rental Legislation

The City of Seattle is proposing to amend the Land Use Code and the Licensing Code in order to define and add land use and licensing standards for short-term rental uses and modify the definition and land use standards for bed and breakfast uses.

Notice of Land Use and Licensing Code Amendments

 

HALA Central Neighborhoods Community Open House

City of Seattle staff will have maps and other information regarding proposed zoning changes to create more affordable housing. This will be focused on central-ish urban villages, but all are welcome to bring their questions.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 6 – 8pm
Washington Hall
153 14th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

 

1810 24th Ave

Land Use Application to allow a four-story building containing eight apartment units. Existing four-unit apartment building to remain. Zone: Urban Village Overlay, Lowrise-2

Notice of Application

 

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3607 E Madison St

Land Use Application to allow a single-family residence with an attached garage. Appealing denial of variance to allow portion of principal structure to extend into required front yard. Zone: Single Family 7200, Arterial within 100 ft.

Appeal Hearing Notice

 

1115 34th Ave

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three parcels of land. Project also includes unit lot subdivision of Parcel C into four unit lots. The construction of live-work units and residential dwelling units have been approved under project number 6526527. 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 parcels and unit lots.  Zone: Neighborhood Commercial 1-30, Lowrise-2, Arterial within 100 ft.

Notice of Application

 

107 27th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one development site into three unit lots. The construction of residential units is under Project #6522971. 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. Environmental review conducted under #3024436. Zone: Lowrise-1, Potential slide area

Notice of Application

 

Resources
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March 2017 Police Reports

APRIL 17, 2017 | LOWELL HARGENS

Reports of car prowls and vehicle theft in Madison Valley surged from 11 in February to 25 in March, a substantial contribution to the increase in the total number of incidents between February (40) and March (63). During this period burglaries also climbed from six to eleven, although most of the most of those reported in March apparently did not result in the theft of personal belongings.

 

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1. Sometime during the night of March 2–3 someone entered an apartment complex construction site on 20th near Madison through an unlocked window. Workers who came to the site on the morning of March 3 found tools and other items strewn about, but apparently the only item stolen was a large TV slated to be used in staging. Police found fingerprints at the scene.

2. Police were called to a business on Madison near Lake Washington Blvd. at around 9:30 AM on March 4 to investigate a sounding alarm. When they arrived the owner of the business told them that a man had set off the alarm by forcing a door open. There were witnesses to the incident and the would-be burglar was identified.

3. Shortly after noon on March 7 a woman working in an office room in her brother’s residence on 19th near Republican observed an intruder, described as white woman with blond hair in a ponytail and wearing a black knee-length coat with a hood, inside the back porch of the home rummaging through bags containing her brother’s clothes. When the woman rapped on her window, the intruder grabbed a few items and left the residence at which point the woman went into the alley and yelled that she was going to call the police. The intruder then dropped the items she had taken and fled. When they arrived at the scene, police found no one matching the description of the intruder in the neighborhood.

4. On March 9 at approximately 4 PM a woman returning home heard noises in her apartment as she entered. When she got inside she found that someone had been rummaging through the apartment. Neighbors had noticed a strangely parked vehicle shortly earlier, and gave police a detailed description of it. In addition, security cameras recorded the burglar. At the time of the police report there was no indication that anything had been taken from the apartment.

5. Also on March 9 a resident of a home on 21st near Mercer reported an apparent attempted burglary. Someone had tampered with a window on the north side of his home and forced it out of place while doing so.

6. When two residents of a home on E. Thomas near 29th stepped outside the back door for a smoke at 9 PM on March 16 they found a man trying to force open the basement door. The residents yelled at the would-be intruder who then left the scene. The residents could not describe the man when the police arrived.

7. Sometime between March 17 and March 24 someone was able to enter a room that contained a master key box at an apartment building on Denny near 25th. The burglar broke open the key box and took keys to eleven apartments in the building. Police did not find fingerprints at the scene.

8. On March 21st police were called to a residence on 32nd near Pike to investigate a burglary. When they arrived, the resident told them that when she returned home that day she found that her front door open and that her vehicle was missing. Further investigation revealed that someone had entered her home by breaking a first-floor window. Once inside the burglar stole various items not specified in the police report, and also apparently handled various objects, including a vodka bottle. The objects were sent to the police lab to determine if they bore usable fingerprints.

9. Sometime during the night of March 23–24 a burglar entered a building under construction on E. 21st Ave. near John and stole wire worth approximately $400. The burglar, who apparently entered through an unlocked window, did not steal tools at the site. The police found no fingerprints.

10. Also during the night of March 23–24 a burglar broke into a coffee shop on Union near 23rd and stole $300 from a bank bag and a cash register. A resident of the building containing the coffee shop found the cash register in a stairwell of the building but police could find no fingerprints on it or on other surfaces in the coffee shop. Police contacted the owner of the building to determine if surveillance cameras on the premises recorded the incident.

11. At approximately noon on March 31 police responded to an alarm at a residence on 31st near John. When they arrived, they found that basement windows at the residence had been smashed, but the would-be burglar(s) had apparently been frightened away by the alarm.

Two robberies and an aggravated assault were also reported during March.

On March 2 at 5:30 PM police were called to 21st Ave E. and Galer St. to investigate a robbery. When they arrived the victim, who had been doing landscaping work at that location, told them that while he was preparing to leave the job, two men had taken a leaf blower and a chainsaw, worth approximately $250 from the back of his truck. When the landscaper approached one of the men to recover his equipment, the man kicked him in the chest to keep him away. At that point, the landscaper retired to the cab of his truck to call 911 and the robbers sped away in a beige or silver Chevy Suburban. The landscaper declined medical attention and told police that he wouldn’t press charges and just wanted his tools back.

On March 24 at 10 AM a male and female, known to be chronic shoplifters, tried to shoplift items from the grocery store on Madison near 22nd. When employees blocked their exit from the west door of the store the female, who was carrying one of the store’s plastic shopping baskets, shoved it into one employee’s chest and the pair turned to go toward the northwest exit of the store. When they were again blocked at that exit they retreated back into the store and started down the stairs leading to the store’s parking garage. The employees caught up with them at the bottom of the stairs at which time the shoplifters physically assaulted the employees. The employees were able to recover the items taken by the shoplifters, however, and the shoplifters fled through the parking garage. Surveillance cameras recorded the incident.

At around 10:45 AM on March 28 police were called to 23rd and Madison to investigate a vehicular assault. When they arrived, the victim reported that he had been passed and cut off by a maroon Ford pickup truck a few blocks north on 23rd. When both vehicles stopped for the stop light at 23rd and Madison, the driver of the pickup started calling the victim names, at which point the victim left his car to confront the other driver. The other driver brandished a knife at the victim and in response the victim yelled to him to come out without the knife and “fight like a man.” When the light changed, however, the pickup truck driver drove ahead and in doing so tore the driver’s side door off the victim’s car and injured the victim. The pickup then fled south on 23rd.

 

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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The Harrison Ridge Greenbelt: A History of Community Activism, Chapter 4

APRIL 14, 2017 | CATHERINE NUNNELEY

“Hey! What are you doing tearing out the blackberries!??” Trina and I turn smiling to look upon a young woman walking her dog. I gesture to the sign describing the park as a reforestation site. “We’re your neighbors and the volunteer forest stewards for our Greenbelt. It’s important to remove the invasive plants so that the park will survive.” “But I like blackberries!”, she insists. It’s getting harder to find them in the city. How will I have my blackberry pies? Why can’t the park just be natural?”

This type of encounter is common for forest stewards throughout the city. It’s music to our ears to hear that folks are having a harder time finding blackberry patches. Blackberry is among the most invasive species killing our parks. Without restoration, it’s estimated that in 50 years all the trees will be gone and by the end of the century, Seattle’s urban forests will be completely destroyed. All that will remain will be ivy deserts and impenetrable blackberry thickets. It’s a desirable habitat for rats but not for many other creatures, including humans.

Today, Seattle’s urban forests are predominately deciduous trees such as big leaf maples and alders nearing or at the end of their lifespans. They are infamous for chucking off limbs in windstorms or falling down completely creating hazardous conditions. Additionally, they are covered with an ivy and clematis canopy hastening their demise. Although green in summer, they are extremely unattractive in winter. These neglected green spaces are undesirable.

Healthy urban forests are attractive and increase property values. They provide wildlife habitat, reduce storm water runoff and erosion, and improve air quality while reducing global warming. Studies from UW indicate interaction with wild green areas promote both mental and physical health.

So….back to our concerned dog walker and her fellow blackberry aficionados:

“Well,” we say, “We love blackberry pie too! However, we love this park more. Are you happy to have a wild urban forest in the neighborhood?” She nods and like everyone answers: “Yes.”

In the mid 2000s, one of our more observant neighbors realized that clematis, ivy, and blackberry had overwhelmed our neglected Greenbelt. The trees were covered with the vines and obviously struggling. Led by Libby Sinclair, the group “Save the Trees” was formed. A tiny dedicated band of neighbors worked rather casually and intermittently pulling out the ivy and clematis for a couple of years but this effort wasn’t enough.

 

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We turned to Forterra, part of the Green Seattle Partnership, for the rescue! Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) was formed in 2004 as a collaborative effort of many entities: Among them: Seattle Parks, Dept. of Parks and Recreation, SPU and many, many non-profits. The GSP has 2,500 acres of green space under reforestation and has become the largest and most effective urban forest restoration project in America!

Forterra has many missions in the reforestation effort. One of their amazing contributions is encouragement and management of all the “civilian” volunteers out in the parks. Forterra supplies tools, mulching materials and expertise to assist volunteers care for their green spaces.

Ongoing classes and events for forest stewards ensure folks are developing the necessary skills. The untiring and dedicated staff led by Andrea Mojzak has truly been a lifesaver.

The final chapter will introduce us to the current reforestation efforts in the Greenbelt and our two forest stewards. 

 

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Tax-Free Day in Madison Valley

APRIL 13, 2017 | LARRY LEVINE

Participating Madison Valley Merchants are offering a Tax-Free Day on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the deadline for submitting the federal income tax. This amounts to a 10.1% discount, which is the sales tax in Seattle.

Look for the poster in the window of participating merchants.

 

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This is our way of saying “thank you” and as a relief from income tax!

 

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