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Land Use Notices Madison Valley Area, Apr 10, 2018 – May 17, 2018


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 or email to

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


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


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


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


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: 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!


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, 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


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Alder Creek Anniversary Celebration


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



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 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



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 for more details.


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JazzED In Our Valley


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:

What fun!


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Petite Galerie's Allium Dinner & New Dinner Series


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

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


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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