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Land Use Notices Madison Valley, July 7 - July 27, 2015


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


224 23rd Ave E (revised app)

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 6 small efficiency dwelling units and 4 apartments. No purposed (sic) parking. Existing duplex structure to remain (12 total units).

Notice of Application

Project # 3020668


1733 27th Ave

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 Application

Project # 3021255 



307 36th Ave E

Land Use Application to subdivide one parcel into two parcels of land in an environmentally critical area. Proposed parcel sizes are: A) 5,039 sq. ft. and B) 5,068 sq. ft. Existing structures to remain.

Notice of Decision

Project # 3019041


2603 E Thomas St

Land Use Application to allow a three-story, five unit rowhouse in an environmentally critical area. Three surface parking spaces provided on site. Environmental review includes future unit lot subdivision.

Notice of Application

Project # 3020412


227 23rd Ave E

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

Notice of Decision

Project # 3020249 



Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map 
Design Review Board

Buildings in Design Review Map

Seattle In Progress


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Auditions for the Metropolitan Singers


The Seattle Metropolitan Singers (formerly the Seattle Metropolitan Glee Club), a choir for women of various abilities, is about to begin our 2015-2016 season and we are looking for new members in all sections. Membership is through low key auditions which are being held September 15 – 29th. If you are interested in joining or would like to find out more, please contact our director, John Gulhaugen at the Met, or visit our web page and click on "The Seattle Metropolitan Singers." Looking forward to hearing from you.



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Fury Summer Clearance Sale


Here we go again! Our big annual clearance sale starts Sat. July 25 and will run for a couple weeks. We will start to put out fall and transitional items partway thru the sale.

Fury Storefront 2

All of our spring & summer items will be reduced 30-70%! Stock up on dresses, sandals, purses, etc. Bring a friend, its a fun time and the deals can't be beat.  

Consignors, call for your fall appt. now. 206-329-6829

Thanks for your support, we couldn't do it without all of our loyal customers and consignors.  

Extraordinary Consignment

2810 East Madison St.
Seattle, Wa  98112

Open Tues-Sat 10-5:30


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Dr. Jenn’s Health Tips: Magical Magnesium


Although magnesium isn’t actually magical, it can sometimes appear that way due to its profound effects. There is, however, sound scientific evidence of its benefits.  Magnesium deficiency affects the majority of us, and since it’s an essential mineral involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies, deficiency can contribute to a number of health complaints. Deficiency occurs not only from lack of magnesium in our diets, but also as a result of excessive sugar, calcium or alcohol intake, prolonged stress, and can be depleted with certain medications. 

Eating a diet rich in magnesium can be difficult depending on the depletion level of the soil from which the produce is yielded. Generally, good choices of magnesium-rich foods include avocados, organic dark leafy greens (especially beet greens, Swiss chard, and spinach), nuts & seeds (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, and cashews), legumes (navy beans, tempeh, pinto beans, kidney beans, and lima beans), some grains (buckwheat, millet, barley, and quinoa), and dark chocolate. 

Helpful for headaches, insomnia, leg cramps and muscle pain, there are so many reasons to add a magnesium product into your daily routine. Navigating the different forms of magnesium can be a bit tricky and is a common question asked on a daily basis at Pharmaca. If you’ve taken a look at an aisle of magnesium supplements, you have probably noticed that there are different types. The magnesium must be attached to another substance, be it a salt or an amino acid, which distinguishes the different forms.

Which magnesium is right for you?

When considering a magnesium supplement, take into account the bioavailability, effect on the digestive system and the general indications of the form. This list is not conclusive; other forms of magnesium also exist, but are much less common. Before adding a new supplement to your routine, check with your healthcare provider to make sure it is a right fit for you. 

Magnesium Citrate:  This common, inexpensive form is very bioavailable and therefore, usable by our bodies. It does a good job for any result you’re looking for with magnesium, such as complementing calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D for bone health, muscle pain or cramps, constipation, anxiety, or insomnia. Although generally well-tolerated, it can have a mild laxative effect for some at regular doses.  If you tend to have loose stools or have a lot of GI irritation, consider another type, or figure out what your dose limit is.

Magnesium Glycinate:  This chelated form is touted as having great bioavailability and is especially good for those tending towards anxiety or insomnia. The magnesium is attached to glycine, which is an amino acid that works as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, resulting in a calming effect. Additionally, this form does not have a laxative effect, so it would be a form to choose if diarrhea is an issue. 

Magnesium Malate:  Good bioavailability and helps with cell energy production, as malate is a substrate in the Krebs cycle. In particular, the malate form can help with bodily pain, ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), and fibromyalgia, in addition to the other general magnesium uses.

Magnesium L-threonate:  This form is believed to have that ability to cross the BBB (blood brain barrier) allowing it to have potential benefit in the realm of neuroscience. It has been studied for use in Alzheimer’s disease and has been found to improve working memory, as well as short-term and long-term memory. I tend to gravitate towards this form for migraines, as well.

Magnesium Aspartate:  Decent bioavailability, although supposedly less so than citrate and glycinate forms, yet more so than oxide form. This type is not as common, but is sometimes used for ME/CFS, as well as other general magnesium uses.

Ionic Magnesium:  This liquid form typically combines a number of magnesium types and is potentially absorbed more quickly due to the liquid ionic form of the minerals.  This would be one to consider if you prefer a liquid to a pill. 

Magnesium Oxide:  Due to poor bioavailability, and because only about 4% is absorbed in the body, this form tends to be a decent laxative. For this reason, it is not an ideal form to use for supplemental uses other than constipation.

Magnesium Sulfate:  Otherwise known as Epsom salts, this form is often used for therapeutic baths to promote muscle relaxation and stress relief, as the magnesium is absorbed through the skin. 

Magnesium Chloride:  Found in a concentrated topical spray, this magnesium can be sprayed directly onto tight or cramping muscles and is readily absorbed through the skin.  If it feels itchy when applied, dilute with a little bit of water.

Stop by Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy at 4130 E. Madison St. in Madison Park to check out our magnesium selection, or shop online at We look forward to seeing you!


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June 2015 Police Reports


After three months of substantially fewer Madison Valley incidents being reported to the police, June saw a return to a more typical number, 56. The increase over May’s total of 43 incidents was due to increases in car prowls and vehicle thefts, which grew from 16 to 25, and burglaries, which grew from 3 to 7 incidents.


1. On June 2 at 8 PM police were called to investigate a burglary that occurred sometime earlier in the day at an apartment on 21st Ave. E near John. The burglar unlocked the front door by removing the screen of an adjacent window that had been left open for ventilation, and then ransacked several drawers in the apartment, taking a laptop and other items not enumerated in the police report.

2. Sometime between 8 AM and 1 PM on June 5 a bicycle worth $1000 was stolen from the fenced patio of an apartment on 24th Ave. near Howell. The burglar apparently jumped over the patio fence and removed the unsecured bicycle from a hook outside the apartment.

3. On June 9 there was a forced-entry burglary at a residence on 25th Ave. near Union, but the police have not released a description of this incident.

4. Sometime during the afternoon of June 10 a burglar entered a residence on Pine near 26th by climbing through a window that had been left open because of the heat. When the residents returned around 5 PM, they noticed that their indoor cat was outside the house and found that their laptops and other computer equipment had been taken. Although other valuable items were not taken by the burglar, the items stolen were worth approximately $2500.

5. On June 20 at 3:08 AM a burglar tripped an alarm at a restaurant on Madison near 28th by throwing a rock through the glass of a French door at the rear of the restaurant. When the police arrived they found nothing amiss other than the damaged door, and an employee subsequently failed to find that anything valuable was missing.

6. On June 22 at around 10:30 PM police were called to a residence on 26th Ave. E near John to investigate an attempted burglary. The burglar broke a window of the home, but found that it was too small to permit entry. The burglar then attempted to enter a nearby residence, but only succeeded in breaking a crank on a window he hoped to open.

7. On June 29th in the late afternoon police were called to a home on 25th near Olive to investigate a burglary that occurred earlier that day. The residents reported that although they had locked the doors to the house when they left in the morning, someone had entered through an unlocked window on the second floor and stolen a laptop worth approximately $1600.

8. Finally, on June 23rd, around 1 AM an armed robbery occurred on 19th Ave. E near Republican St. A woman who was out walking at that time was accosted by a robber described as a white or hispanic male about 5’ 6” tall and wearing a black hoodie. The robber threatened her with a handgun and told her to give him her purse. After giving him her purse, the victim asked the robber to allow her to keep her phone. The robber did so, and after he left the victim called the police. During a search of the area the police found the black hoodie.


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, June 1 - July 6, 2015


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


2100 E Madison St 

(a bit outside Madison Valley, but a significant development)

The proposal is to allow a 6-story, 50 unit apartment building with retail located at street level. Parking for 22 vehicles will be located below grade. Existing structure (Firestone Tire Center) to be demolished.

Notice of Design Review Early Design Guidance Meeting

Project # 3020124


224 23rd Ave E

Land Use Application to allow a 4-story structure containing 6 small efficiency dwelling units and 4 apartments. No purposed (sic) parking. Existing duplex structure to remain (12 total units).

Notice of Application

Project # 3020668



Land Use Information Bulletins
Property & Building Activity Interactive Map (Click the markers for more info.)
Design Review Board schedules and documents (New evolving website that has easy links to design proposals)


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Bastille Day at Luc


It’s going to be a great night! Live music, an incredible spread of food, wine, and Chef Thierry on the grill. 




Pre-reserve your spot by July 10th by adding your name to our Evite to get $5 off the ticket price.

$22 Pre-Reserved
$13 Pre-Reserve Child (under 12)
$27 Day of at the door

Luc Restaurant
2800 E. Madison, Seattle 98112
206 328-6645


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We get faster service on the 11, and then it goes away.


The good news is that we will be getting 15-minute service on the 11 E Madison bus this September due to Prop One funding. The bad news is that there is currently a proposal floating around that would remove the 11 from Madison between 24th Ave East and Broadway and move it over to East John Street, then down Olive to Bellevue and then the Pine/Pike area downtown. Basically this combines the 43 and 11 buses, but the 11 user will be inconvenienced with transfers or longer walks. 




Hopefully, the following will answer the questions of why the central area needs a bus on Madison Street despite the desire to move the 11 over to East John so it can go to the Light Rail Station on Broadway (CHS):

1) John/Thomas already has access via the 8 and adding the 11 is duplicating existing service. Yes, this requires a transfer, but the users for the 8 transfer to the 11 today!

2) The 8 already goes to CHS and can be accessed at MLK or 23rd—and it’s seamless.

3) Light Rail access is already available for 11 users via the Nordstrom station that gives access to all light rail stations today and in the future, including CHS.

4) Moving the 11 off Madison, yes, helps replace the 43, but at what cost to the users of the current 11?

5) Replacing the 43 with the 11 puts a diesel bus in place of an electric bus and we are getting new electric trolleys. Is this really the direction we want to go?

6) The Proposed 11 on East John would be a longer run and more likely to be less reliable than our current unreliable 11. It will be faster to transfer to Light at CHS then to take the bus to Pike/Pine.

7) The tradeoffs don’t justify the transferring and walking that having no bus on Madison will cause.

8) Telling 11 users who go to Safeway that they can use the one on 15th is fine, but Group Health is not an alternative for the Medical facilities on Pill Hill! BTW, Group Health uses Swedish for its hospital.

9) Madison Street east of 23rd is growing with new businesses and housing being added. Taking the bus off Madison will retard that growth.

10) Madison Street has been chosen for a BRT route and redevelopment by its implementation.

11) Taking the 11 off Madison promotes the use of private vehicles.


The following is a partial list of places that people frequent on the Madison corridor today and this includes a transfer from the 8 at MLK from the 8 and at 23rd from the 43 and 48. This 11 is NOT just a Madison Park bus, it is a bus used by residents all along the Madison Corridor!

  • Gyms and Health Clubs on or near Madison
  • Seattle Arts Academy that meets at TDHS School Facility
  • The Bullitt Center
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Central Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Seattle Hearing & Balance Center
  • Three black Churches including Madison Temple Church of God, Mount Zion Baptist and A.M.E. Church plus a Catholic Church
  • Jewish Family Child Service at 16th Ave East & East Pine
  • Retirement homes such as Aegis Living and The Council House 
  • Countless residential buildings along East Madison above Safeway, The Co-op, Trader Joe’s, and numerous other older facilities
  • The Community College on Broadway
  • Bailey Boushay House at MLK
  • Deaf-Blind Services Center
  • Hearing, Speech & Deafness Center
  • League of Women Voters at 18th

The area on John/Thomas does not provide alternatives to most of these places and in some cases none. Transferring and waiting for buses at all hours of the day and weekends for employees is not good. Seniors and disabled are hampered by this move and Access (a Metro run on-call door-to-door service for the disabled) is not always an alternative.

Bottom line, to be given the 11 Madison bus 15-minute service in September and then to tell riders sorry, but you going to have to transfer or to walk to get your destinations is very mean spirited. This is why I say Metro needs to slow this process down and give its latest proposal the light of day by giving it to the community before giving it to the County Council.


The following unscientific poll was run on Nextdoor: 

Which of the following routes would you prefer for the 11 E Madison?

  • A bus that would service Madison shore to shore with a seamless transfer to Pike/Pine buses: 31% in favor.
  • Keep the bus as-is on its current routing: 27%
  • Have the bus turn on to E John at 24th Ave E to Light Rail then to Pike/Pine: 19%
  • A two-bus solution with a Madison to Madison run with one running up John to Light Rail then to Pike/Pine: 13%
  • A bus that would service Madison from shore to shore: 10%


Please feel free to voice your comments to Metro about this proposed change:

DeAnna Martin
Community Relations Planner
[email protected] 


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