Among the proposed changes to King County Metro bus service next year with the opening of the Link Light Rail station at Husky Stadium is the elimination of Route 72 serving Lake City and eastern Victory Heights. In addition, Route 73 serving western Victory Heights along 15th Avenue NE would have its weekend service eliminated.
As for how we in Victory Heights are supposed to get downtown or to the U District after the 72 is gone, Metro suggests this:
Service on Route 372 which currently only operates Monday through Friday would be added on weekends, as well as additional trips weekdays (every 15 minutes during the day). You would still need to walk from Stevens Way on the UW campus down to Husky Stadium to catch the Link train (approximately .3 miles).
These suggestions were made after “nine months of outreach for this project, we received 16,000 comments from the general public, key institutions, community groups, and an advisory panel of transit riders in the affected areas. This feedback helped transit planners understand how people are using our service today, how they’d like to use it in the future, and what’s most important to riders as we work to balance those two things.”
Disagree with the changes? The people who make the decisions are the King County Council. You can contact them here.
UPDATE: Follow the progress all week on our Twitter feed Aug 24-28: https://twitter.com/victoryheights2
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has put out a map and schedule for when the microsurfacing project in Victory Heights will be done on specific streets.
Beginning on Monday, August 24th, NE 104th Street and NE 107th Street will be closed for the treatment. Each day a different street will be worked on, culminating on August 28th with NE 100th Street and 21st Avenue NE north of 105th. You won’t be able to drive (or walk) on a street that has had the new material put down for eight hours until it cures. This might be a challenge if you live in the middle of a block without any sidewalks. Also, garbage trucks might not be able to reach you on Thursday the 27th if you are on NE 103rd or 23rd Avenue NE.
For more details, you can contact Art Brochet, 206-727-3669 or check out SDOT’s project website.
Here is a list of events in and around Victory Heights this month:
August 7th, 8th & 9th: SalmonFest 2015. Lake City’s annual neighborhood event is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year! There is a parade Saturday night and a salmon BBQ going on all weekend, plus much more.
August 9th: Sheikh Idriss Mosque 14th Annual BBQ. Public event co-sponsored by the Islamic Center of Washington. 2 PM, 1420 NE Northgate Way.
August 15th: Jokumfest. Victory Heights’ own jazz festival is in its 13th year. This free event features hours of live jazz music, taco bar and beer (bring a side dish). Acoustic music starts in the grotto at noon, live bands play from 3 PM to 9:50 PM. Held in the backyard of Gary Schudie’s house, 2021 NE Northgate Way.
Don’t forget the Lake City Farmer’s Market each Thursday 3-7 PM in Lake City next to the library. There’s a kid’s story time each week from 6-7 PM.
For the third year in a row, the Victory Heights Neighborhood Night Out (NNO) was a rousing success, with at least 170 name tags passed out (plus many attendees who didn’t wear one). Held again on NE 106th Street next to Victory Heights Park, the pot luck get together featured a wide variety of foods and desserts, including free ice cream bars. Two fire engines stopped during the two hour event, first Station 39 from Lake City stayed for nearly a hour, giving tours to the kids, and even a free ride around the block for two lucky children. A little while later Engine 40 from Wedgwood came by, coincidentally as their Battalion Chief was visiting who himself is a resident of Victory Heights!
Aside from an information/greeting table set up by the Victory Heights Community Council, there were tables about emergency preparation, a kid’s craft area, and representatives from the Thornton Creek Alliance.
Thanks everyone who attended this year (so many newborn babies too–Victory Heights’ own baby boom!), and the great volunteers who helped put on this successful event, especially Ann Forrest.
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The next meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council is Tuesday, September 15th at 7 PM at the co-op preschool building in the park.
More photos from last night:
Dots show the location of where attendees live in Victory Heights.