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Magnolia Community Council Votes to Support Alternative 1 for Ft. Lawton Redevelopment Project

For Immediate Release

Consistent with its mission “to monitor private or governmental activities that affect the quality of live in Magnolia and to take appropriate action to further or protect the interests of the community,” the Board of Trustees of the Magnolia Community Council (MCC) voted on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018, to support Alternative 1, the Preferred Alternative of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Development.

The fate of the Army Reserve site at Fort Lawton has been a topic of intense interest to the Magnolia community over the course of many years. The MCC Board has reviewed the process and alternatives, and joins in supporting the Preferred Alternative of affordable housing and new park land so that we may be proactive stakeholders in solving community concerns for transportation improvements, bringing amenities to the site, and building a welcoming community for all.

The Board of Trustees will continue to engage with the community to bring forward suggestions and solutions that will make this project a success. Community members are encouraged to engage in careful reviews of the options and provide written comments as provided below:

“The City of Seattle is holding a 45- day comment period that extends through 5:00 p.m. January 29th, 2018. Comments may be submitted via email to:

OH_Comments@seattle.gov

Or via mail to:

Lindsay Masters
Office of Housing
PO Box 94725
Seattle, WA 98124-4725

These comments will help the City to improve the completeness, accuracy, and objectivity of the analysis.”

Contact: https://magnoliacommunitycouncil.org/contact/

View a PDF of this press release.


Information about the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Development:

Alternative 1 (the Preferred Alternative):

Development of 238 units of affordable housing on ~7.3 acres, including:

  • 85 units of supportive housing for formerly homeless seniors, including veterans, plus 1 manager unit (Catholic Housing Services)
  • 100 units of affordable rental housing (Catholic Housing Services)
  • 52 units of affordable ownership housing (Habitat for Humanity)

Provision of 21.6 acres of park and recreation area, including 2 multipurpose fields (owned by Seattle Public Schools), preserved existing natural areas and conversion of an existing structure to a park maintenance facility (owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation).

 

For more information please see the full presentation provided by the City of Seattle (presented January 9, 2018) and send all comments to the City at OH_Comments@seattle.gov by 5:00 p.m.  January 29, 2018. Your input can make a difference!

Sound Transit – Project Update: West Seattle/Ballard

Project update: West Seattle/Ballard

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Project update: January 19, 2018

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Apply to be a community representative by Jan. 22!

Be the voice of your community. We’re recruiting approximately 5–7 individuals to be part of a Stakeholder Advisory Group and to serve as representatives of their communities. This group will work together to help refine project alternatives such as route, station locations, etc. for further study in our environmental review phase.

Don’t forget, the deadline for submitting your application is 5 p.m. on Jan. 22. So, don’t wait. Visit soundtransit.org/wsblink to learn more and complete the short application. Representatives will be selected later this month and the first meeting will take place on Feb. 8.

We want you


Save these dates! Open houses in February

Sound Transit is holding project kickoff open houses in Ballard, Downtown Seattle and West Seattle to introduce you to the project team, share information, answer your questions, and get your input on the project. Help shape the future of your community.

West Seattle: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Alki Masonic Center

Ballard: Thursday, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Leif Erikson Lodge

Downtown: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 5:30–7:30 p.m. at Union Station

Can’t join us in-person? Our online open house goes live on Feb. 12: wsblink.participate.online.

Mark your calendar


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Get in touch: wsblink@soundtransit.org or 206-903-7229
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Community Conversation with the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, Jan 23rd

Help Us Celebrate Magnolia on Tuesday, January 23rd!

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce wants you to be part of growing the vitality of our community. On January 23, 2018 we are holding our first Community Conversation for members of the Magnolia community. This is your opportunity to learn about the 2018 goals of the Magnolia Chamber, meet our new board members, and find out about upcoming events and the plans for beautifying the village center.

Specifically, this Community Conversation meeting will cover:

  • Current goals
  • The Magnolia Chamber’s values relating to the community
  • Introduction of new board members
  • Highlights of upcoming family-friendly and adult community events
  • Magnolia Beautification project
  • MAX Art Project
  • And much more

Together, we can make Magnolia a beautiful place to discover.

Day: Tuesday January 23, 2018
Time: 6:30pm -8:00 pm
Place: Magnolia Church of Christ, 3555 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199 (Upper level)
Who’s Invited: Chamber business and non-member businesses, community members and organizations, government officials are invited to attend.

We look forward to seeing you at this event.

Sincerely,
Jason Thibeaux
Executive Director- Magnolia Chamber of Commerce

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Update

The city has sent updates regarding the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A scoping report summarizing the comments they received during the scoping phase was published this week, describing how they are considering those comments as they determine the final scope for the EIS. The scoping period began on October 2, 2017 and was scheduled to end November 1, 2017. Before its scheduled end, they received requests to extend the scoping comment period. In response, the city extended the comment period 15 days to end on November 16, 2017.

The city is now preparing the Draft EIS. After they issue the Draft EIS, there will be a public comment period and opportunities to provide verbal and written comment.

You can contact the project team at ADUEIS@seattle.gov.

Aly Pennucci
Council Central Staff

Nick Welch
Office of Planning and Community Development

The Land Use Committee of the Magnolia Community Council will review this topic at upcoming meetings. Please mark your calendars for two upcoming meeting dates:

January 22, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library – Magnolia Branch
MHA FEIS Appeal Hearing Update and Outreach – Impacted Magnolia properties

February 26, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Seattle Public Library – Magnolia Branch
Discuss the city’s expected issuance of the Draft EIS for Accessory Dwelling Units

SDOT Interbay Trail Connections Update

Dear Magnolia and Interbay Stakeholders,

Work on our Interbay Trail Connections project is substantially complete, so this will be the last communication you receive about construction.

Thank you for your feedback and patience during this project. We’ve heard from over a hundred people who live, work, and travel in the area. Our project team read and considered every email, and talked to many people who called and met with us.

Through the outreach process, we heard both positive and negative feedback about our work. This safety project adds a significant piece to Seattle’s bikeway network between major trails. We’ve separated people biking and walking from people driving, and implemented a new street design aimed to reduce speeding and the number of crashes.

We also heard that people were frustrated with the construction timeline, where we did outreach, and increased travel times. You can learn more about the concerns residents shared on the SDOT blog.

Moving forward, we’re committed to periodic monitoring of the new design to learn more about what’s happening. We can make design tweaks and respond to feedback as it comes in. Over the next few weeks, you may see us doing minor construction work and installing some remaining items. The orange cones will be in place until some backordered materials arrive.

To request city services such as leaf sweeps and pothole filling, use reporting tool Find It, Fix It or call 206-684-ROAD (7623). If you have questions or concerns, please email our team at walkandbike@seattle.gov.

Please travel safely in this corridor so we can make streets safer for everyone in your neighborhood. There have been dozens of reported crashes here over recent years. Our citywide Vision Zero goal is to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030, which will take a concerted effort from all of us to travel safely.

Again, thank you for your patience and feedback throughout this project. And happy holidays.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Anderson
Senior Communications Outreach Specialist
City of Seattle Department of Transportation

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment now available

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment now available

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Fort Lawton Army Reserve Center Redevelopment is now available for public review on our website at https://www.seattle.gov/housing/ft-lawton. A hard copy is also available for viewing at the Seattle Office of Housing located at 700 5th Avenue, Suite 5700, Seattle, WA 98104. A limited number of CDs is also available upon request.

The Office of Housing will be conducting a 45-day public comment period with all comments due by 5:00PM on January 29th. In addition we will hold a public hearing, where both oral and written comments may be provided. The public hearing details are as follows:

Meeting Date/Time: 6:00 PM, January 9th, 2018
Meeting Location: Magnolia United Church of Christ, 3555 W McGraw St, Seattle, WA 98199

Written comments on the DEIS may also be submitted via email to OH_Comments@seattle.gov or via mail to: Lindsay Masters,Office of Housing, PO Box 94725, Seattle, WA 98124-4725.

City Government, School District to plan together on future schools, Memorial Stadium, and Fort Lawton

The office of the Mayor & Seattle Public Schools released a statement outlining future plans to work together on a number of projects, including the Fort Lawton Redevelopment process. See full details below.


City Government, School District to plan together on future schools, Memorial Stadium, and Fort Lawton

SEATTLE (Nov. 20, 2017) – The City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools today announced a historic new partnership to plan for a new Memorial Stadium and the potential of a new school at Seattle Center, provide land for a new downtown elementary school, and allow the school district to join the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Agreement process.

The agreement signed today at Memorial Stadium outlines a process for the district and the City to plan together for a growing student population, explore opportunities for the district to acquire land for educational uses at Ft. Lawton and other areas of the city, and achieve an exciting shared vision for Seattle Center. The school district and city will form joint technical teams to review school capacity issues, plan strategically for future school locations, and redesign Memorial Stadium.

The City of Seattle has added almost 100,000 residents since 2010. Nearly 8,000 additional students have enrolled in Seattle Public Schools over the last decade. The City and the district will better coordinate their planning efforts to meet future school needs for students and families.

“Making sure every one of our children has a strong, healthy, and fair start is the measure of a great city. Public education is one of the most important factors in sustaining a great city. This partnership agreement signals an even stronger relationship between the city government and Seattle Public Schools,” Mayor Tim Burgess said. “As part of our agreement, the city is committing to consider a financial partnership for Memorial Stadium’s revitalization and we will proactively help identify other potential partners. We will make land available for schools and other school-related uses. We will establish technical teams to review capacity issues and to prepare designs for the new Memorial Stadium.”

“With this agreement we are making a huge leap toward a wonderful future in which we’ll have a new stadium and school facilities at Seattle Center fully integrated with the broader Seattle Center campus,” Mayor Burgess added. “I want to thank our partners at Seattle Public Schools for having the vision and commitment to take advantage of the many opportunities this partnership agreement creates. It’s about the future, the future of Seattle’s children.

They deserve a strong, healthy, fair start and the best possible education any city can provide.”

“We are in the midst of a capacity crisis, and in some areas, we are bursting at the seams,” School Board Vice President Leslie Harris said. “We have added students faster than we could add classrooms and buildings. Finding affordable land for new schools is nearly impossible. This makes it essential for the City and Seattle Public Schools to work together to plan for how and where we build new schools.”

“This is a great opportunity for Seattle Public Schools and the City of Seattle to work together for the benefit of our city and schools,” said Seattle Schools Superintendent Larry Nyland. “With collaboration and commitment, our shared vision will turn into a better Seattle Center for our students and our community.”

“A deeper partnership between the City and the school district will benefit all Seattle students,” said Council President Bruce Harrell. “By planning together for future schools and a new Memorial Stadium, we ensure better facilities to serve the entire district and support equity of opportunity for all families across the city.”

Today’s agreement sets forth the process for the City and the school district to work together on these efforts. In January 2018, there will be a joint meeting of the School Board and the City Council to set direction for the joint planning process and involving the public.

Seattle Public Schools students are a vital presence on campus. The school district operates Center School and owns nine acres at Memorial Stadium and an adjacent surface parking lot, and is surrounded by the adjoining Seattle Center campus. Both parties agree that the school district properties at Seattle Center must be better designed into the overall campus.

At 70 years old, Memorial Stadium is deteriorating and severely outdated. The stadium is an asset to the school district and community, hosting many community and district athletic events, graduation ceremonies, Seattle Reign matches and concerts. Any renovation or remodeling plan will honor and preserve Memorial Wall, a monument inscribed with the names of former Seattle students who died in World War II.

Seattle Center, our region’s top tourism destination, receives 12 million visitors at more than 16,000 events each year. The new Memorial Stadium will be planned as part of an update to the Seattle Center Century 21 Master Plan to ensure that the facilities are fully integrated into the surrounding campus design. The partnership advances master plan goals of creating more public open space, better access and pedestrian connections, an outdoor performance venue, and a new stadium. Integrating the design of a new facility and outdoor amenities will improve pedestrian flow, transit access, and vehicle parking to serve the larger Seattle Center campus.

The City is studying options for redevelopment of affordable housing and park uses on surplus land at Fort Lawton. This agreement includes an opportunity for Seattle Public Schools to join the Office of Housing and Seattle Parks and Recreation in the planning process, with the goal of enabling SPS to obtain land for park uses.

The City recently adopted a new plan for the Uptown neighborhood adjacent to Seattle Center that includes new Green Streets pedestrian improvements, incentives for additional cultural spaces, and affordable housing requirements. Other nearby investments include the potential redevelopment of Key Arena, renovation of the Space Needle, Seattle Opera facility improvements, completion of the SR 99 tunnel, reconnection of Harrison, Thomas, and John Streets across Aurora Ave., and a future light rail station.

Seattle Public Safety Survey – Community Feedback Wanted

Seattle University is administering the 3rd annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle.

The survey is accessible at publicsafetysurvey.org until November 30th and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey.

A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making Magnolia safer and more secure.

Letter to City Council Candidates, Answers From Candidate Pat Murakami

Responses from candidate Pat Murakami:

With police reform and equitable justice being such timely issues and the homelessness, addiction and mental health crises playing out so publicly) how can city council help re-establish civic norms of public safety and individual responsibility (not just individual rights)?  How can we make up for lost time in rebuilding a right-sized police force with officers who are connected to the communities they serve?  Better protect our parks and public spaces from mis-use?

We need to get the homeless into proper shelters immediately, providing necessary wrap-around services, with the goal of getting all homeless into permanent housing as soon as possible.  If individuals have been offered alternatives to living in tents and RVs  and are still living in the streets, they should be offered 3 alternatives:  go into the shelter we provide, enter a treatment program, or leave Seattle.  Those that refuse to take one of these options should be investigated for possible criminal activity, such as running a Meth lab in their RV.  There are many nuances that would take too long to provide here. For example, giving non-compliant sex offenders an opportunity to get off the streets and become compliant again.

To rebuild our police force, we must recruit from other agencies across the country, give credit to former military members to advance through the academy faster, and request the State increase capacity at the State Law Enforcement Academy (which is a bottleneck in our attempt to fully staff the Police Department).

To improve behaviors in our parks and open spaces, we must record all interactions with individuals, i.e. not just give a verbal warning, but document that warning, so the next time an officer has contact with a person for inappropriate behavior, that officer can take stronger corrective action.

City Council is passing an unprecedented level of experimental legislation at the same time that our city budget and bureaucracy is very bloated, with little direct accountability for outcomes.  How can you bring pragmatism and follow-through on impacts to communities affected? (e.g. small landlords, small businesses, neighborhoods).

I want to create Citizen Oversight Commissions with actual power to propose corrective legislation, including a Budget Review Commission.  We need to bring small landlords and tenants to the same meeting, and help negotiate a balance which protects tenant rights while not creating overly onerous legislation for small landlords.  The concerns of small businesses, particularly legacy businesses, must be taken into account by City leadership.  Neighborhoods should have a voice in development to ensure development serves the needs of the community, rather than the community serving the profitability of the developers.  The City Council must invite impacted parties to the table for genuine input BEFORE legislation is passed.

The opioid epidemic is playing out painfully in our neighborhoods (like Ballard).  No one on city council seems to recognize the impacts to business costs, home safety, devastation to parks and green spaces and urban disorder.  How can we make better progress helping individuals in need and also mitigating the wide abuses to communities (not NIMBY, not hysterical)?

We all have a responsibility to be contributing members of society to the best of our abilities.  Drug addicts must be offered detox, rehabilitation and/or legal alternatives to illicit drugs (such as Suboxone).  Most people will accept services in lieu of jail time if they are confronted by law enforcement when they have committed a crime.

What are your thoughts on the issue of AirBnB/HomeAway rentals and reduction in long term rental apartments?  Where are the appropriate? How can city manage?

Short-term rental units should be registered with the City.  There should be oversight to ensure units aren’t clustered in single areas.  AirBnB/HomeAway landlords should be required to pay the same taxes as hotels, which make substantial investments to boost tourism in Seattle.

Would you hire your staff based the first qualified applicant. No need for interview, Obviously not, so what is your position on requiring landlords to rent to the first in line?

I disagree with this policy.  Landlords have a right to protect their property, and particularly to choose who might live in the same home with them.  There are better ways to help people with a criminal record to obtain proper, permanent housing.

I no longer feel safe in Magnolia on the bus to my downtown office or walking around the city – day or night because of the homeless issues.  How do you plan to address these?  How much do you think this homeless problem stems from drug abuse?

I want to create a campus with wrap-around services on-site for the homeless, thereby getting everyone off the streets and into proper shelter.  I think a large portion of the homeless population has a drug abuse problem, so the wrap-around services must include drug intervention services.

There have been advocates to rezone single family housing zones to multi-family and to relax the rules for parking and requiring a property owner to  live on the property.  Do you support these initiatives?  Why?  There are serious issues with too much garbage and noise and not enough parking.

I do not support any of these initiatives, because all of them negatively impact livability.

I can no longer afford to live in my own city.  Seattle rents have experienced the highest increase of any major city in the country.  What is your specific plan to create affordable housing?

We have let developers do as they please.  It is time to demand an adequate percentage of affordable units, across the affordability spectrum, in all new developments.  The City also needs to monitor the affordable units to ensure affordable rents are being charged – right now we have an honor system.  We may have to enact rent controls on large landlords.

What do you plan to do to address the traffic situation in the city? There are some easy ways to address these without just spending more money –

We need to increase buses on over-crowded routes.  I also propose a gondola system, taking advantage of our natural geography.  It would be far less expensive to build than fixed-rail, could be built faster, and would be an excellent option to reduce gridlock and get people out of their cars.

Seattle is experiencing unprecedented traffic gridlock.  What specifically will you do to was traffic congestion?

See answer to question above.  Also, we must stop allowing developers to block our streets during rush hour (a.m. and p.m.).


Question for City Council candidates received via email [Shortened version]:

Currently, under the “green house” regulations, there is a minimum number of trees that need to be put on a construction site.  Unfortunately, there are no regulations about the appropriateness of the species of trees that  are planted on each lot where the construction of the “green house” is.  There is no protection for the neighbors, as large trees are planted close the houses possibly undermining foundations or allowing rodent access to roofs.  The people at DPD were very clear that the situation is very bad.  The bottom line is that the responsibility for the current rules regarding the “green houses” belongs to City Council. Are you willing to address this issue?

Yes. Some of these problems would be addressed if we required more open space and adequate setbacks from lot lines. With enough open space, trees could be planted properly.