Street closures on 65th Street. Image via Sound Transit
Portions of NE 65th Street will close this week due to excavation and tunneling work for the light rail. The work and the closures are expected to last approximately three months.
According to Sound Transit, traffic will be affected in the following ways:
- The north half of NE 65th Street will be closed west of 12th Ave NE for about half a block.
- One lane of traffic will remain open on NE 65th Street in both directions.
- Eastbound on NE 65th Street: no left turn onto 12th Ave NE. Detour to NE 64th Street to access north-bound 12th Ave NE.
Visit the Sound Transit website to learn how this work impacts bus stops, parking, and sidewalks. For more information about light rail construction in Roosevelt, call 206-398-5300. For after hours emergencies, call Sound Transit’s 24-hour Construction Hotline at (888) 298-2395.
The next northeast district neighborhood council meeting will be held on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. with a potluck and includes short presentations from three area service providers. The meeting takes place at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE.
For more information, contact Karen Ko at Karen.email@example.com or 206 233-3732.
Sheep munching brush at Cowen Park. PHOTO: Larry Parker
Last week the Seattle Parks Department used sheep to clear brush and blackberry vines along the north bank of Cowen Park. The fifteen sheep were used instead of large machinery, which wasn’t immediately available for rent. The herd belongs to Rent-A-Ruminant. They were managed by their wrangler, Pete Yamamoto, and an electric fence.
Meet up with your neighbors at the 2nd Annual Winter Celebration and Tree Lighting, brought to you by the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association Business Group.
When: December 4, 2013 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: Roosevelt Court (NE 65th and Roosevelt Way NE)
What: the chance to celebrate our local and global communities
- Hot drinks and treats
- Local choirs and musicians
- Tuba ensemble
- Inspirational speakers
- A visit from Santa
Newly proposed school attendance boundaries in Roosevelt.
Seattle Public Schools is creating new attendance area boundaries that may affect the Roosevelt Neighborhood. You have until November 20th to make your voice known to the Seattle School Board about these changes.
The new attendance area boundary changes are intended to accommodate enrollment growth and new construction. They will be approved by the Seattle School Board in November 2013 and implemented for the 2014-15 school year. The initial focus is on elementary and middle school boundaries. High school boundaries will be revised at a later date.*
Roosevelt is the smallest neighborhood within Seattle. These proposed changes, which will be voted on for approval on November 20th, would bisect our small neighborhood into even smaller pieces. This choice would prevent students living within the Roosevelt Neighborhood boundaries from attending the same schools as some of their neighbors. (See map.)
For more information about the Growth Boundaries, please visit the Seattle Public Schools website.
Contact the Board of Directors with your feedback before Nov. 20th.
Board of Directors
PO Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165
*source: Seattle Public Schools Website
Meet the Mack Urban team at the next neighborhood meeting.
Mack Urban (formally Harbor Properties) will be constructing a new, multi-family residence along NE 68th St and 8th Ave NE. They are only in the early design stages but want to say “hello” to businesses and residents. They have met some neighbors at various community meetings and hope to meet many more in the coming months. They are currently scheduled to speak at the next Roosevelt Neighborhood general meeting.
Project Manager Dayna Dealy says, “We look forward to investing in the Roosevelt community. We believe it’s import to understand a community’s unique fabric and thoughtfully design projects that are compatible with the local neighborhood.”
Mack Urban has created properties throughout the Seattle area for more than 40 years. They are a local company with a focus on urban, multi-family development. They pride themselves on working with neighborhoods to incorporate local insight into the designs.
Stay tuned for more information about their design review process. Meet their team at the next Roosevelt Neighborhood general meeting on Tuesday, November 26th at 7 p.m. at Calvary Christian Assembly.
New neighborhood map and guide now available.
Just in time for holiday shopping, the new Roosevelt Map and Guide is now available. Download your copy and find out where to buy home decor, get a massage, grab world-class burgers, and much more.
Printed copies will be available by mid-November. Ellen Blair, Sound Transit Community Outreach Representative, will distribute them to neighborhood businesses at no charge.
Big thanks to Sound Transit and the Roosevelt Business Group for their hard work!
Simulation of possible open space design for Weedin Place. Courtesy of SDOT.
The Seattle Department of Transportation and the Roosevelt Business Group are collaborating to create new open space in the neighborhood. The potential public space is one block along Weedin Place NE between NE 65th and 66th Streets.
The project is in the initial stages, but the plan is to close this block to vehicular traffic and create a pedestrian-friendly space that serves as a gateway to the neighborhood.
Earlier this year, the City’s Office of Economic Development awarded the Roosevelt Business Group a capital improvement grant to “enhance the commercial district experience.” This site was selected from a long list of projects. According to the Department of Transportation, “Improvements to walkability lead to increases in business revenues.”
There will be plenty of opportunities for public input as the project progresses. Stay tuned for more information.
Simulation of the construction wall to be installed later this fall. Courtesy of Sound Transit.
If you missed the recent Roosevelt Light Rail Station open house you can still get caught up on the latest construction updates. Visit Sound Transit’s website to review the slides from their presentation.
- The green construction wall will go up soon, in phases.
- Station excavation and tunneling are scheduled to begin in 2014.
- Jet grouting (reinforcing the soil) near the tunneling sites takes place sometime between now and spring 2014. This will require partial lane closures on NE 65th St. for approximately three months.
- Some equipment may operate at night for the next year to install the slurry wall (fortification around the station box). Night is defined as 10 p.m.- 7 a.m. (M-F) and 10 p.m.- 9 a.m. (Sat, Sun, and holidays).
- The Roosevelt construction site will receive many, many tailings from the tunnel work. (One foot of progress in the tunnel = one truckload of dirt.) Detailed truck haul routes are available. Sound Transit is working with residents, businesses, and the high school to keep pedestrians safe.
Representatives from Sound Transit will also attend the next neighborhood general meeting to recap the presentation. The meeting takes place on November 26, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Calvary Christian Assembly (6801 Roosevelt Way NE).
Twin Scarlet Oaks on 68th and 12th Ave NE.
Twin 60-year-old Scarlet Oak trees were recently removed from the corner of 68th and 12th Ave NE to make room for the new light rail station, but they will continue to live on throughout the neighborhood. Sound Transit has agreed to donate pieces of the trees to neighbors. Volunteers from the RNA Sustainability Group and the Freeway Estates Community Orchard will help convert the branches into mushroom logs.
When: November 17, 2013
Time: 1-2 p.m. for Roosie coupon holders, 2-4 p.m. for all others
Where: Freeway Estates Community Orchard (6th Ave NE, just north of NE 60th St.)
What to do: A modest cash donation is requested to recover the costs. The amount will vary depending on which option you choose.
1) Pick up a log and take it home,
2) Do your own inoculation on-site, or
3) Have a mushroom coach inoculate a log for you
What to bring: Cordless drill, a 12mm drill bit, wire brush, toothbrush, and gloves. Instructions will be provided for the care of your mushroom log. Instructions will be provided for the care of your mushroom logs.
Twenty-five free oyster mushroom growing kits will also be available for kids to assemble. First come, first served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.