The Knickerbocker Floodplains Project off NE 100th Street will be bringing more truck traffic to the neighborhood in the next few weeks. Construction began last week on the project which so far has cleared the land in preparation for the relocation of Thornton Creek (see photo comparing the site over the past four weeks):
In an e-mail to residents Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) said,
We’ve heard concerns about truck traffic in the neighborhood. Because of the nature of the neighborhood streets, our contractor carefully considered pedestrian and traffic safety when they chose a route for trucks to enter and exit the site. All delivery trucks larger than a pickup will follow the directions below.
-Exit I-5 Northgate Way and travel East on NE Northgate Way
-Turn right going South on 23rd Ave NE.
-Turn right going West on NE 102nd St.
-Turn left going South on 21st Ave NE
-Turn left [sic] going East on NE 100th St.
-Back down into site.
We have implemented the following safety procedures for all truck deliveries:
• All deliveries are required to call Project Superintendent 10-15 minutes before entering the neighborhood.
• The contractor will provide flaggers throughout the route for all semi-tractor trailer trucks.
• The contractor will place “No Parking” signs 24 hours in advance for semi-tractor trailer truck deliveries.
• Flaggers and drivers will not allow truck staging or idling on 21st Ave NE.
Why they don’t just go down Lake City Way and then straight up NE 100th Street from Summa is a mystery. It would be a much shorter and direct route rather than through the entire neighborhood. I guess that’s “carefully considered” for you (or a cheap-ass Google Maps route search).
As for the project itself:
Anticipated work during the week ahead
The contractor will:
• Prepare equipment that will divert the creek through flexible pipes while they construct the new creek bed and floodplain.
• Remove the steel frame of the current pedestrian bridge.
• Begin work in the creek July 1 and continue through the fish window.
If you would like to receive e-mail updates about the project from SPU, subscribe to this listserve.
Here are various activities in and around our neighborhood:
Saturday, June 21st, 1 PM. Northgate Library. Fire Extinguisher 101 – Learn the PASS-word and stay safe putting out small fires. In this free 30 minute course, learn the anatomy of a fire extinguisher, how to choose the right one for your household, review the do’s and don’ts of fire safety, and gain hands-on practice with a demo extinguisher.
Thursday, June 26th, 9 AM, Northgate Library. Watch the U.S. versus Germany World Cup match at the library. Cheering encouraged!
Thursday, June 26th, 7:15 PM, Meadowbrook Community Center. Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting. Topics will include a stormwater primer, SPU’s draft integrated stormwater plan, the Northgate pedestrian bridge project, and an update on the Meadowbrook confluence project.
Don’t forget the Lake City Farmers Market is each Thursday afternoon as well, next to the Lake City library on NE 125th Street.
Last night’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council had a focus on the recent SWAT team bust of a house on 19th Avenue NE which resulted in the arrest of the occupant for dealing narcotics (heroin specifically). Drug dealers have apparently been targeting empty or abandoned houses in the area in which to do business.
Read the full minutes of last night’s meeting.
Nearby residents have attempted to contact the legal owners, some of whom are local, but others are foreclosures now owned by a bank, in an attempt to deal with this situation, either by maintaining the property and keeping out squatters or selling the houses to buyers who will improve them and revitalize the area. Calls to the city do help, as the squeaky wheel does get oil, so if you see suspicious activity around an empty house, call it in. Meanwhile, work continues behind the scenes with the hope of resolving this situation before long without having to resort to mobilizing neighbors and kicking up a fuss in the media.
Also, be on the lookout for a woman who follows UPS and FedEx delivery vans and then steals packages off of porches. She’s been spotted up on NE 113th Street, as well as stealing out of mailboxes.
In other business, not much has happened with the traffic circle project on 23rd Avenue or the proposals that were submitted to CleanScapes to win funding. The Neighborhood Night Out is still in the planning stage and will be held, like last year, next to Victory Heights Park starting at 6 PM on Tuesday, August 5th as a potluck.
Neighbors are encouraged to attend the Lake City Farmers market each Thursday.
The next meeting will be at Heidi Smeller’s house, 1717 NE 105th Street on Tuesday, July 15th.
Saturday looks like great garage sale weather, here’s a map of some sales going on in Victory Heights. E-mail me to add your sale, I’ll update as I get information.
The Victory Heights Community Council meeting on Tuesday, June 17th will be held at Ardith Lupton’s house, 10408 23rd Avenue NE (where the Little Free Library is located). The regular meeting place, the Co-op Preschool in Victory Heights Park, is not available during the summer. While we will be discussing the upcoming Neighborhood Night Out (coming August 5th), the main topic will no doubt be the recent drug bust on 19th Avenue and the abandoned house on Northgate Way. Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to attend the meeting which will begin at 7 PM. We hope to see you there.
The Lake City Farmer’s Market opens this Thursday, June 12th from 3 PM to 7 PM. It will continue each Thursday until October. This is a real make-or-break year for the market which is hoping for real support from the community. There’s plenty of free parking, and in addition to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other made-in-Washington products, there will be live music on certain dates, special events, and activities for the kids.
The market is located at the intersection of NE 125th Street and 28th Avenue NE, next to the Lake City library.