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Seeking Magnolia Resident for MCC Board Vacancy

The Magnolia Community Council is seeking a Magnolia resident to fill several vacant positions on its Board of Trustees beginning in November 2019 with potential renewal for a 3 year term.
The Board meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, except July, August and December, in the evening.  All are welcome to apply.
Experience in local government, land use, transportation or communications a plus but not required. It is likely there will be several candidates and the current board members will hold a small election at our November annual meeting. 
Please send your letter of interest and short personal bio by October 4 via the comment section on the Contact page of our website, or to   Candidates are invited to attend the October 15 meeting to introduce themselves.

Monthly meetings are always open to the public!

Queen Anne Appeal of ADU Changes: City-Wide Community Meeting, Nov 1, 2018

Protect Every Seattle Neighborhood!
A City-Wide Community Meeting
November 1, 2018    7:00-9:00 pm
Queen Anne Community Center, Room 1
1901 1st Avenue West, 98119

Seattle Neighborhood’s Urgent Call To Action – Every Neighborhood!

Mike O’Brien’s legislation is now rapidly moving forward to eliminate every single-family neighborhood and convert your property to tri-plex zoning!

The Queen Anne Community Council invites you to attend our City-Wide Community Meeting to discuss the City’s Final Environment Impact Statement (EIS) and the background behind our filing the necessary appeal.  We will discuss the EIS, answer your questions, discuss next steps and hopeful outcomes, and consider ways that you can help protect your neighborhood.

While Queen Anne officially filed this appeal, we are representing you and every other Seattle neighborhood and single-family property owner.  Our appeal challenges the adequacy of the EIS as it concludes that Mike O’Brien’s proposed city-wide legislation to eliminate and convert your single-family property to multi-family triplexes with no parking or ownership requirements has not even one impact.

Please share this information with neighbors and friends!
We’ll see you next Thursday
Queen Anne Appeal Website

Thank you,
Queen Anne Community Council
Ellen Monrad, Chair
Martin Henry Kaplan, AIA, Chair of Land Use Review Committee
Please consider helping fund our collective city-wide appeal – here

Our Appeal
An appeal to the Hearing Examiner is a legal proceeding that includes hundreds of exhibit reviews, evidence gathering, interviews, hearings, expert witness research and testimony, and thousands of documents to analyze.  We have a big job to build our case, in accordance with Hearing Examiner requirements, and we need your help. We have engaged our attorney Jeff Eustis, who represented us in our former successful appeal outlined above.  We will present our case together with a host of experts on land-use issues, real estate economics, traffic and parking, utilities and infrastructure, arborists and tree experts, neighborhood historians and others who will testify on our behalf.  This kind of expertise is expensive: we are estimating now our need to raise $50,000 to credibly defend our appeal.  We will seek the following determination:

Please Note: The Queen Anne Community Council is a 501(c)(4), and not a charitable organization, therefore your donation is not tax-deductible.  Thank you!



YES, Seattle’s Neighborhood Voices Matter!!  Here is my contribution to help fund the cost of our city-wide legal appeal.  All contributions remain private.

Donate HERE

Checks can be made out to QACC Appeal and mailed to:
Queen Anne Community Council:  1818 1st Ave W.  Seattle, WA 98119.  Please include your email address so we may verify your contribution with you and offer thanks!
Your contribution will be accounted for by the Treasurer of the Queen Anne Community Council and deposited into the Council’s special appeal bank account. All money received will be used to pay for our legal counsel and professional fees for experts directly involved in the Appeal process. This web site and all other support activities are provided by dozens of volunteers.

Magnolia Bridge 1:1 Replacement – Letter to SDOT and Elected Officials

The Magnolia Community Council submitted a letter to the Seattle Department of Transportation and elected officials on behalf of the neighborhood encouraging cooperation to continue strategizing a regional solution for a 1:1 replacement of the Magnolia Bridge, as the City considers budget decisions.

A copy of the letter sent by the Magnolia Community Council is available HERE.

Magnolia Bridge Replacement Progress – Your Action is needed NOW for the Seattle Budget

This update is an effort to crystalize ongoing behind the scenes multi-agency efforts to support a 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement, and identify immediate action you need to take to continue the progress. 

Progress, next steps, and immediate action needed from YOU
Dear Neighbors,
Our community’s unified message about a 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement has been heard; it has led a series of high level meetings including our 36th District legislative delegation, the Port of Seattle, our King County Councilmember’s staff, Sound Transit, Metro, and the City, all coordinated and led by our District 7 Councilmember, Sally Bagshaw.

In a nutshell, multiple governmental agencies, elected officials and decision makers are cooperating to strategize a regional solution to replacing our bridge. The 1:1 Magnolia Bridge Replacement can happen if it is part of a regional transportation corridor that involves freight mobility, Port operations, emergency response, ST3, and Metro.

There are a lot of moving parts to this effort, and with that, potential for regional funding in the upcoming state biennial budgets. All of that hinges on the City earmarking some funds and/or grant opportunity for the Magnolia Bridge to be part of an arterial system. If such a placeholder appears in the City budget, that will give our State delegation a two year window to prepare a comprehensive budget and plan to start replacing Magnolia Bridge.

At the moment, there is no allocation for the Magnolia Bridge replacement in the Mayor’s SDOT budget. LET’S CHANGE THAT!

We need to encourage City Council and the Mayor to make sure the budget reflects good-faith effort of near-term planning to replace the bridge. This will enable our wonderful 36th District delegation to pursue funds in next session’s state budget. 

The time to comment on including ongoing funding of the Magnolia Bridge replacement in the City budget is NOW.

Your comment can be as simple as, “I’d like the budget to reflect an investment in the 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement as part of a regional transportation corridor for freight, Port operations, emergency response, and transit.” 

Here are several ways to have your voice heard. We have been assured that emailed, written, or in-person comments are given equal weight.

Get your comments in by October 23rd:
* Click here to email your comments to the City Council Budget Hearing Your own words and reasons are most effective.

* Click here to download the Written Comments form You can email a scanned copy of the form to, please copy Make sure to use the subject line “Budget Public Hearing 10/23, Written Comment”.

* Attend the Budget Public Hearing on October 23rd. Click here for details. Details about the meeting, which starts at 5:30pm, are on the agenda. Sign-in for speaking begins at 4:30pm, and you will have 2 minutes to speak.

As long as you’re in action mode, forward this email to your neighbors. Click here to send an email to MagnoliaBridgeSeattle letting us know that you’ve added your comments, or will attend the October 23rd Public Hearing on the budget. Then take an extra minute and click on any or all of the highlighted names to thank them for their collaborative work so far, and to encourage them to continue their efforts to include the 1:1 Magnolia Bridge replacement as part of a regional transportation corridor.

Clicking on their name will take you directly to an email: CM Sally BagshawMayor DurkanSenator Reuven CarlyleRep. Gael TarletonRep. Noel Frame, CM Jeanne Kohl-Welles, and Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck.

Project Update: Pipe Installation Schedule

King County’s contractor has been preparing for pipe installation at the construction areas on 32nd Avenue West as part of the Magnolia Wet Weather Storage Facility at Smith Cove Park project. Pipe installation is now scheduled to start as early as Wednesday, April 4. The schedule and duration for installation may change. We will notify neighbors if the schedule changes.

Crews must install the pipe without stopping and will work around the clock for up to 4 days once installation begins.

King County’s Community Services team is working with residents in the area as we approach this critical work. You can visit the city project

If You Are Not A Resident In The Project Area

There will be limited access on 32nd Avenue West during pipe installation, and intermittent traffic delays of up to 2 hours when pipe is being installed. There is already limited parking space on 32nd Avenue West, and neighbors will need this space.

Parking is also limited in surrounding areas, including 33rd Avenue West and Wolfe Street. Closure of the parking lane on Clise Place West will mean some residents must park in the neighborhood away from their homes.

Please be considerate of the project neighbors who are affected by this work. You can view the project from the Howe Street Bridge.

Important Notices To Neighbors

There will be delays up to 2 hours on 32nd Avenue West during pipe bursting. Crews will be moving equipment in the area.

Please contact us if you are a resident in the area and need to be up to date on delays. We will work with you to keep you informed during this work.

Parking will be removed on the west side of Clise Pl. W.

There will be construction noise around-the-clock during the pipe bursting.

Lighting will be used after dark in the work area. Crews will angle lights to reduce impact to neighbors.

Who to contact during pipe installation?
For questions, concerns, or to discuss accommodations, please contact:

Until April 8, 2018 – Monica Van der Vieren
(206) 477-5502

From April 9 – 22, 2018 – Doug Marsano
(206) 477-5549

24 hour Construction Hotline: (206) 205-5969


Magnolia Historical Society Annual Meeting – April 19

We hope you can join us for our exciting Annual Meeting:

How to Research the History of Your Home
April 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Magnolia Lutheran Church
2414 31st Avenue West

Our Guest Speaker from the Puget Sound Regional Archives in Bellevue will guide us to learn about the many resources available in order to research the history of our houses.

We have also included articles on the updated progress of Magnolia School and new information regarding the replacement of the current Magnolia Bridge which you may find interesting.

If you missed our Spring 2018 Newsletter download a copy now!


Dee St. George
Newsletter Editor
Magnolia Historical Society

Citywide Open House: Mandatory Housing Affordability Zoning Changes, March 29, 2018

Citywide Open House featuring Districts 3+7 MHA MapsTHURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018, 6 – 8PM
Location Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue Seattle, Washington 98122
Event type Neighborhoods Submission Form Template MO
Building Name / Room Number / Site Main Hall, 2nd Floor
Event Description Come and review maps of proposed MHA zoning changes to your urban Village and talk with other City departments (see below). Snacks and drinks provided. All ages are welcome.

District 3 + 7  include the following urban villages:
23rd and Union-Jackson, First Hill-Capitol Hill, Madiosn-Miller, North Rainier-Mt. Baker, Upper Queen Anne

More information to come. city Departments planning to attend are:
City departments planning to attend are: Office of Community Planning and Development (OPCD), Office of Housing (OH), Department of Neighborhoods (DON), Seattle Parks, Seattle City Light (SCL), Seattle Public Utilities with Rainwise (SPU), Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections with RRIO and code compliance (SDCI), Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE), and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). More TBA.

Department/Organization Neighborhoods
Sponsoring Organization Seattle City Council
Contact Jesseca Brand
Contact Phone 206-733-9982
Contact Email
Site Contact Details The City of Seattle encourages everyone to participate in its programs and activities. For accommodations for people with disabilities, materials in alternate formats, or accessibility information, contact Susie Philipsen, / 206-733-9283 at your earliest opportunity.  Providing at least 72 hrs. notice will help ensure availability; sign language interpreter requests may take longer.
Pre-Register No
Cost Free

Magnolia Conveyance Project Update: Crews Begin Work on 32nd Ave W Pipe Replacement

Magnolia Conveyance Project Updates

Magnolia Conveyance Construction Banner

Update: Crews begin work on 32nd Avenue West

The week of Jan. 22, construction activities at Smith Cove Park continue as King County’s contractor prepares to connect another pipe to the Magnolia Wet Weather Facility as part of the Magnolia Conveyance Project.

Online open house

Crews may work on Saturdays during approved construction hours. 

Typical construction hours:

  • Weekday construction hours from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday construction hours from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Construction activities in Smith Cove Park

Crews will continue to prepare for pipe installation. People visiting the park can expect:

  • Crews accessing the existing pipe via the exit pit in the southwest corner of the Smith Cove Park site
  • Construction equipment located onsite, including a large drill rig near the entrance of the existing pipe
  • Increased noise and vibration in the work area
  • Flaggers and signs to direct traffic and pedestrians around the work zone, as necessary
  • The northern athletic fields remain open for use

Construction activities on 32nd Avenue West

King County’s contractor will begin staging on 32nd Avenue West early in the week. Traffic control will be in place, and delivery of equipment will begin. Depending on progress, crews may start work to access the diversion structure.

Residents on 32nd Ave. W. can expect the following:

  • Street reduced to one lane traffic by the construction area
  • Flaggers and signs to direct traffic and pedestrians around the work zone
  • Construction equipment located onsite including excavators, pumps and trucks
  • Orange construction fencing around the construction area
  • Increased noise from construction equipment

The schedule and duration for construction is tentative and is subject to change as work progresses. We will continue to provide email notices with updates on timing of specific construction activities.

King County will work with the community every step of the way. Find information, get your questions answered, and contact us:

  • Briefings and site visits: We will be working with community groups and neighbors to schedule briefings and site visits. If you would like us to attend your community group meeting or a neighborhood meeting, please feel free to email us.
  • Email updates: We will continue to keep you informed through these email updates about what you can expect during construction.
  • Online open house:· The online open house will be open for you to visit through the spring and will be updated, as needed, to provide an overview of expected construction activities. Please share the online open house with your neighbors who may not be on our email list.
  • Website: We will keep the project web page updated with the most up-to-date information on construction as it becomes available
  • Hotline: We have a 24-hour construction hotline (206-205-5969). You may call with questions and concerns. Please leave a message with your contact number and King County’s team will get back to you.
  • Contact us: Email Monica Van der Vieren ( with your questions.

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