Roosevelt, Seattle

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

Tonight: RNA Board Meeting, CCA at 6:30 p.m., March 3, 2015

March 3, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

We Need Neighbors to Get Involved!

Interested in land use developments around the light rail station? Looking for community events that help you connect with your neighbors? Have a unique talent for design, fundraising, marketing, or business development? If so, consider joining the RNA tonight to share your skills or learn more about the exciting changes in our neighborhood.

You are invited to attend tonight’s RNA Board Meeting!

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Calvary Christian Assembly, 3rd Floor, 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115

For more information, including dates of upcoming meetings and volunteer job descriptions, contact the membership committee chair Tova Ramer at [email protected]

Learn this Important New Acronym: TOD

March 3, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

By Jim O’Halloran, former President of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) refers to the utilization of real estate surrounding mass transit sites, such as the Roosevelt light rail station now under construction in our neighborhood.

What will become of the old QFC grocery store site which is now used for construction staging?  Sound Transit purchased several parcels of land which are currently enclosed by a green wooden wall.  By 2021 when the station opens, the construction walls will come down, two station entrances will be built along 12th Avenue NE, and the remaining property will be available for redevelopment.

To determine the ultimate usage of these properties, Sound Transit and the City of Seattle intend to engage the Roosevelt neighborhood to discuss our needs and interests.   Other factors will also bear on the outcome of these TOD sites, three in all.

This short article is a prompt for you to be thinking about the types of services and facilities which you feel would complement Roosevelt Station.  You’ll read more about TOD and find opportunities for input in future issues of The Roosie.

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Roosevelt is the next chapter in our urban village storybook.  Done right, TOD affords the opportunity to create a true town center, the hub of a vibrant urban village.  Another fascinating and important discussion awaits us.


To learn more about the Roosevelt neighborhood & the RNA please read The Roosie, March 2015, (The Roosie March 2015 pdf).


Summary of Roosevelt Repaving Project Presentation from Feb. 24, 2015

February 25, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

Here are some notes from last night’s Roosevelt Repaving Project Presentation from Feb. 24, 2015:

Scott Kubly, SDOT director:

  • Protected Bike Lanes (PBLs) are lightning rod throughout the country
  • Minimize disruption
  • This project will save time and save money
  • Everyone needs to use the roadway
  • We are balancing all of the needs as we deliver this project

Dawn Shellenberg, Community Engagement Liaison:

  • Vision Zero, learn more at
  • Street designs were created for safety and predictability
  • Targeted Education has been done to the community
  • Data-driven enforcement will be essential in order to have this be successful
  • “not about US and THEM” “value of life does not change based on mode of transportation”

Paul Elliott, Community Relations:

  • There are many non-bike elements of project (65th to Fuhrman)
  • Bus reliability and speed will be increased
  • Funding for in-lane bus stops
  • LED streetlights will likely be funded
  • 10-12,000 per day, 1100 bus riders, ~78 people on bikes per morning commute

Additional Notes:

  • Approximately 55 people in attendance
  • Neighborhoods represented: Greenlake, Wallingford, Ravenna, U District, Roosevelt
  • To learn more about left turns at signalized
  • “Bicycle facility” is the name SDOT uses for Protected Bike Lanes

Project implementation Schedule:

  • 60% design now
  • 90% by next week
  • Finalize by early summer
  • Summer Meeting 2015 to explain about impacts of the project
  • Construction to begin in late September
  • 9 am – 3 pm
  • 5 phased sections
  • Noise, light, dust, etc. will be disrruptive
  • Weekend and night work is probable
  • Summer 2016 estimate for completion

There seemed to be equal representation amongst folks supporting the project and those questioning the timing and process of the project.  There was a heavy objection by businesses owners and some residents to the loss of about 90 parking spots along the west side of Roosevelt.  Many in the audience asked if the process of outreach to all stakeholders, especially north of 45th, had been sufficient and Scott Kubly said “Yes.”

To learn more about this project please visit:


Questions & Answers about Properties near 15th Avenue NE and NE 65th Street

February 23, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

I recently sent out an email and got the following responses from Diane Davis, code compliance manager, via Wendy Shark, spokesperson for Department of Planning and Development (DPD), on February 12, 2015:

Questions that were emailed to me directly from residents, (RNA members):

“It looks like the city is piling on with new fines – how will that effect ongoing litigation?”

This will not affect ongoing litigation except to the extent that the total amount ultimately owing might be more.

“(Is the) city … only dealing with the houses that have a huge amount of garbage piling up on the exterior?”

We are dealing with the houses on a case by case basis, as we receive complaints or our inspectors observe violations while in the field. We can more easily proceed when violations are visible from the outside and we don’t need to gain access to the interior (for which we need permission).

“(How does the activity two weeks ago impact or connect to) the liens on properties?”

There is no specific relationship between current enforcement and prior judgments.

“How bad do things need to get, before action can be taken? Are any other actions to board up structures planned?”

We proceed as we receive complaints or observe violations, to the fullest extent the codes allow.

“The recent action was undertaken by a citizen neighbor, who contacted everyone possible in the city, and got some rewarding results. Is it possible for us to get a list of Sisley properties? If so, people could check up on some of these to see if there are nuisance issues.”

Current actions were result of tenant complaints in the fall about unlawful eviction notices. As we gained access to properties with consent of tenants, we were able to put together enforcement cases.

“Is this map accurate:, does this city have a map to share with the community of Sisley (or other) properties?”

That map looks accurate. Some of these properties may be partially controlled by lessee Roosevelt Development Group. Customers can complain about any potential violation they observe (Sisley-related or not) by calling our complaint line 615-0808 or going to complaint page
Questions from Laura, Editor, The Roosie:

What are the current total amounts of liens on Hugh Sisley properties?  What are the per-day amounts?  How many properties are part of the lien?

We do not technically have liens, but rather legal judgments.  The City’s judgments against the Sisleys total  approximately $695,000. They have been obtained since 2009; with interest, the amount exceeds $1 million.

What is the timeline for action for DPD on inspecting properties in question for violations or is it just based on neighbor complaints and photos?

DPD is monitoring properties on an ongoing basis (in particular, the vacant buildings) and also responding to complaints from neighbors and building occupants.

When will DPD refer the most recent action for legal review with Seattle City Attorney’s office?

Our goal is to refer cases for legal review within 30 days of noncompliance with a compliance date in an NOV.  (I am publishing this sentence but was unable to follow up about what “in an NOV” means.)

Given the high interest in the state of these properties is there more that could be done by DPD and the City Attorney’s office to reach out and communicate regularly with the community?  Can someone from multiple city departments come to a meeting and give a coordinated response to the concerns of the community?

Both the Law Department and DPD have been responding to inquiries from neighborhood groups and individuals on a regular basis.  DPD can come to a meeting to discuss ongoing enforcement actions although this information may be more effectively communicated in writing. It may be possible to have someone from the Law Department come to discuss the status of the lawsuits and legal judgments although some of this information may be confidential or related to legal strategy so cannot be shared.


The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association hopes to have an update from DPD at tomorrow’s general meeting.  The meeting is from 6:30 to 8 pm on Feb. 24, 2015 at Christian Calvary Assembly, Third Floor, 68th & Roosevelt.


90% Design Open House for Roosevelt Station (courtesy of Ravenna Blog)

February 22, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

We love Ravenna Blog and are so very lucky to have this resource to learn about all that goes on in the neighborhood.  Personally, I wouldn’t have gotten involved with The Roosie (and so much more) if it wasn’t for the work Rebecca Nelson does to keep us all informed!

To read about the 90% design open house meeting and see an AMAZING photo of the Roosevelt Station progress please visit this link:

Sound Transit is holding the 90% design open house on Wednesday, February 25, in the Roosevelt High School commons (1410 NE 66th Street). Open house time is 6-8 PM, with a presentation starting at 6:30 PM.

Again, thanks to Rebecca and Ravenna Blog.

Follow Ravenna Blog on Twitter.

NE 65th street will be shut down in front of the Rooster from 6am to 6pm, 02/28/15

February 19, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 1 Comment

Pat Foley

“Hi everyone,
A quick update on progress at the Rooster project on NE 65th St. A heads up that our contractor Exxel Pacific will be dismantling the tower crane on Saturday February 28th. NE 65th street will be shut down in front of the Rooster from 6am to 6pm. Traffic control will be on site detouring traffic around the site.

Overall we are still scheduled to be open for occupancy during the first week of August.

Please pass this message along to as many neighbors as possible.

Thank you in advance and please accept our apology for the traffic inconvenience next Saturday.”

Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2015

Roosevelt Repaving Project Presentation Feb 24 at RNA General Meeting

February 14, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

Roosevelt Repaving Project Presentation
“Much of the public focus to date on this project has been on plans to include the installation of a protected bike lane (PBL) on the west side of Roosevelt all the way from NE 65th to the University Bridge. (To address near term safety needs, the PBL was recently installed south of N 45th.)”
Other aspects of the project include:
  • In-Lane Bus Stops (Bus Islands) 
  • Curb Bulbs & Curb Ramps
  • Buckled/Broken Sidewalks Repairs

Excerpt from “Roosevelt Way NE – More Than Just a Paving Project” (February 10, 2015 by Norm Mah)

Those interested in the Roosevelt Repaving Project can find additional details, along with updates during construction, at the project website, located at:

Representatives from SDOT will attend the next general meeting of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association from 6:30 to 8 pm on Feb. 24, 2015 at Christian Calvary Assembly, Third Floor, 68th & Roosevelt.



Sustainability Group & Land Use Committee Meeting, Tues., Feb. 10, 2015

February 8, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

The next meeting of the RNA Sustainability Group and Land Use Committee is Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 7 – 8:30 pm at Calvary Christian Assembly, 3rd floor by elevator, upstairs via back stairs.

This is your last opportunity to offer suggestions for the Neighborhood Design Guidelines.  The latest draft is on the RNA website homepage, 1/28/15 post,  at  Send any comments to Jay Lazerwitz at [email protected]. Thanks!

Also on the Website note the Weedin Place page and the Call for Artists for an art piece for the gateway at Weedin Place.  Let all your artist friends know!!

The agenda is open to suggestions! We can review any current Land Use topics or bring new ideas, questions, concerns.

Sustainability topics will be: April RNA meeting and Earth Day program: Planning a workshop for the new SPU Rainwise program that is available in all of Roosevelt and some of the Ravenna neighborhood; Recruiting attendees for the  March 24th Emergency Communications HUB meeting.

For more information contact:

Ellen Stoecker, [email protected]

Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, Secretary/Sustainability Group chair

Weedin Place Call to Artists

February 7, 2015 by Laura Bernstein 0 comments

Public Art for Weedin Place


12 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time)


The Weedin Place Steering Committee of the Roosevelt Business Group (within the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association) seeks an artist or artist team to create public artwork that will serve as a gateway to Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. The artwork will be integrated into a new urban pocket park at Weedin Place between 65th Avenue NE and NE 8th Street. The call is open to artists and designers working in the United States, with a preference given to Pacific Northwest artists. The total budget for artwork is estimated at $100,000. The application deadline is 12 p.m., Monday, March 23, 2015 (Pacific Standard Time).

Please visit for more information concerning:


If you have questions please email project manager Klara Glosova: [email protected]

Restoration begins at NE 65th St./12th Ave. NE in Roosevelt

January 29, 2015 by Laura Bernstein Comments Off

Sound Transit’s Roosevelt Station construction contractor will begin restoring the intersection of NE 65th Street and 12th Avenue NE as soon as Jan. 20. (Now scheduled to begin February 3rd). Crews will replace the roadway, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. This work is expected to take up to six months to complete depending on weather.

For issues that need immediate attention after normal business hours call Sound Transit’s 24-hour Construction Hotline at 1-888-298-2395.