The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced three “drop-in sessions” this month to show off the latest design of the proposed Northgate pedestrian bridge over I-5 that will hook up with the Link Light Rail station there. Working with their partners at North Seattle College, they recently refined the west approach to the Northgate Ped/Bike Bridge. Stop by a session to learn about:
- Bridge design updates
- 1st Ave NE protected bike lane
- Public art
- Upcoming State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) environmental review and how to provide feedback during the public comment period
Monday, March 19: 12 – 1:30 PM
North Seattle College, The Grove
9600 College Way N
Tuesday, March 20: 8 – 9:30 AM
Aljoya Thornton Place
450 NE 100th St
Wednesday, March 21: 5 – 6:30 PM
Neighborcare Health at Meridian, Room 110
10521 Meridian Ave N
Drop-in sessions are open, informal opportunities for you to come and go as fits your schedule and speak with project staff. Can’t make one of these events? Information will also be posted on their project webpage.
The Thorton Creek Alliance will be having its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 27th at the Meadowbrook Community Center in Wedgwood starting at 7:15 PM. The public is invited.
In addition to elections, there will be a presentation on the Sound Transit Link Light Rail extension from Northgate to Lynnwood. Some of the questions to be addressed include: How are concerns specific to Thornton Creek being addressed during the construction phase? What are the mitigation projects and where are they planned? Are there opportunities for TCA to improve wetlands in the area through volunteer efforts? What is being considered and how will it impact Thornton Creek?
This Saturday, August 17th, join Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Karen Meadows as she shares 43 years of Northgate’s hidden treasures.
Karen will introduce you to Jaeger, the Dahlia Man and the local landmark Golden Chain tree with an amazing Wisteria Vine growing in her yard. You’ll stroll by the Idriis Mosque, the biggest mosque in Seattle and learn more about Victory Creek Park. At the Northgate Mall, the first covered mall in the country, you will discover what happened to the Northgate Totem Pole. Beyond the covered asphalt, enjoy the walk in the woods by the Northgate library and to see the famous Thornton Creek. Karen will also provide you an overview of the proposed Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge across I-5 from the Northgate Link Light Rail station to the community college and what this means for the neighborhood.
Stay charged up during the walk, bring your mug! Free coffee will be available for all participants.
The walk starts at 10 AM and ends around 11:45. For more information, visit the Feet First Meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/Feet-First-Walks/events/132773622/
As part of the regular Pinehurst Community Council meeting on Thursday, a representative of Sound Transit will be giving a presentation on its Link Light Rail extension to Northgate and beyond. The meeting will also include a talk about online communities for Pinehurst, an election for officers, and FREE PIZZA.
Pinehurst Community Council Meeting
Thursday, December 6th @ 6:30 pm
Pinehurst Amante Pizza and Pasta
12319 Roosevelt Way NE
Also, you can bring new socks/gloves/scarves/hats for the Seattle Police North Precinct Holiday Sock Drive and they’ll deliver them for you.
Seattle’s mayor Mike McGinn has been visiting neighborhoods around the city in a series of town hall meetings. On Tuesday, November 27th, residents of Victory Heights and Northgate will have their chance when the mayor appears at the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, at 6:40 PM. He and other city staff will take questions (and presumably give answers) from the public until 8 PM.
Prior to the mayor’s appearance at the event, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 there will be a community information fair, following by a 10 minute youth performance at 6:40.
This will come just two days before the Victory Heights Community Council meeting which will be held at the community center in Victory Heights Park on the 29th.
The City of Seattle’s new proposals for tree regulations and a 5 year update of the Urban Forest Management Plan have come under protest by tree activists. Michael Oxman of Save Seattle Trees notes that, “key components will be left out of the 2 proposals, such as a new requirement that a permit be issued prior to citizens being allowed to remove trees from private property.” He is also disturbed that, “Since Resoultion 31138 was issued in 2009, no attempt has been made to determine the number or quality of trees that have been cut down by either city staff or by citizens doing maintenance or construction of new development.” He urges people to attend a meeting of the Urban Forestry Commission on Wednesday, July 11th at 3 PM in Room 2750 of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave and make their views known during the opening public comment period.
Trees slated for removal along NE Northgate Way
Meanwhile, residents near Northgate are upset about a plan by Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to cut down 18 “healthy” trees as part of the widening of NE Northgate Way at 5th Ave NE. Janet Way said, “It’s an insult to the community,” and Ruth Williams noted, “We should make sure SDOT means what they say and will replace the trees with specimens of similar size. Since they will no longer be on the sidewalk shading pedestrians, but out in the median shading vehicles, there will be fewer overhead wires and awnings to contend with. Will SDOT be able to add a few natives to their tree list and plant some now?” They urged concerned citizens to contact SDOT via e-mail or phone (206-462-6348) and register their concerns.
Thursday night at the Meadowbrook Community Center at 7 PM the Thornton Creek Alliance will be having a meeting that will feature a program about the North Corridor of Sound Transit around Northgate. More details here.
Speaking of which, the Seattle Transit Blog has a post up today detailing the latest developments about the proposed parking garage at Northgate at the Light Rail station as well as a pedestrian overpass across the freeway to link to North Seattle Community College. In addition, the Cascade Bike Club has posted an Action Alert to encourage Sound Transit to go ahead with the overpass.
Sound Transit is planning on breaking ground on the Link Light Rail extension to Northgate in August. See what’s in store at an Open House at the Olympic View Elementary School, 504 NE 95th St, Monday, June 4th between 6 and 8 PM.
Can’t make the meeting? Check out this briefing (pdf document) from Sound Transit.
Pinehurst Seattle reports that the intersection of NE Northgate Way and 5th Ave NE will be closed mornings this Saturday and Sunday to move utilities in preparation for construction work. Read the full article.