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Coyote sighting in Ravenna Park?

September 12, 2017 by Dave Wood 0 comments

Well my parents visiting from England got a surprise on their morning walk today, when they spotted what we think was a coyote in Ravenna Park, just east of 15th, on 63rd. You can see the slightly grainy “Mulder & Scully”-style photographic evidence here:

Coyote in Ravenna Park?

According to the WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife page on coyotes, these animals are normally wary of humans, but in certain circumstances can be aggressive towards children, cats, or small dogs: “Coyotes are curious but timid animals and will generally run away if challenged. However, remember that any wild animal will protect itself or its young … Never approach an occupied coyote den … Never feed coyotes … Don’t leave small children unattended … If a coyote ever approaches too closely, pick up small children immediately and act aggressively toward the animal.

Interested to hear comments on how frequent these sighting are, and whether this is a concern for folks in the neighborhood.

Dave Wood

Roosevelt Light Rail Station TOD project

August 10, 2017 by Land Use Comments Off on Roosevelt Light Rail Station TOD project

The City announced funding for “Equitable Community” next to the future Roosevelt Light Rail station. The Seattle Office of Housing today announced $15 million in funding for building affordable homes at Seattle’s future Roosevelt light rail station.

Sound Transit and the City of Seattle Office of Housing (OH) jointly request proposals from qualified entities (local government, housing authority, or a non-profit developer) that will result in the construction of an equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) project.

Eighty percent of the units must be affordable to those earning 80 percent of area median income; but lower AMI thresholds are encouraged.

The request for proposals was issued Aug. 4. Proposals are due by Thursday, Sept. 14. A pre- proposal meeting will be held, but the date has not been determined. A successful proposer will be announced by the end of the year after a competitive process managed by Sound Transit and the city’s Office of Housing.

“It is exciting to see the Sound Transit commitment to create equitable communities come to fruition,” said Councilmember and Sound Transit Board Member Rob Johnson. “We need housing for all incomes at light rail stations so that all Seattle residents can take advantage of the health, mobility, and cost benefits of living near transit.”

Earlier this year, the Roosevelt community actively participated in a public engagement process to inform the priorities of the transit-oriented development opportunity adjacent to the future station. Many of the community priorities identified through this public process have been integrated into this procurement.

“The Office of Housing appreciated working with a group of neighbors who welcome and support building affordable homes,” stated Steve Walker, director of the Seattle Office of Housing. “The Roosevelt public process is a model for participation to create inclusive communities where families of all income levels can afford to live.”

The Roosevelt Station will open for service in 2021 as one of three stations that will serve the Northgate Link Extension. The affordable housing will be built on a site adjacent to the Roosevelt Station between NE 66th and NE 67th streets and between 12th Avenue NE and Roosevelt Way NE. The property is expected to become available for TOD construction in early 2020.

Roosevelt Paint Party – A Huge Thanks!

June 29, 2017 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Roosevelt Paint Party – A Huge Thanks!

A huge thanks to the dozens of setup volunteers and 130 paint volunteers that came out on Saturday to paint the street! It was a hot day, the paint dried fast, and we were able to get all 3 coats laid down before the bands were through.

The day kicked off with a free pancake breakfast sponsored by Calvary Christian Assembly and a few words from Council Member Rob Johnson about how the Weedin Place Project is making the area safer, just like the NE 65th Street VisionZero project intends.

Brian Vogan and Good Buddy Danika played for the kids  followed by The armonica Pocket. It was fun to see the kids(and kid’s at heart) enjoying the music and getting creative in the art tent with paint and chalk.

In the afternoon, Warren Dunes and Nyamuziwa played to overheated and overworked volunteers. The bands were very much enjoyed! The volunteers were invited to cool off at local bars Triple R Tavern and Latona Pub for discounted beers. Other businesses participating in discounts were Evolve Hair and Art, The Weaving Works, Derby Salon, and Bus Stop Espresso.

What’s next for Weedin Place?

Now that the street is painted, the first phase will be finished with the placement of several small boulders (think sized to sit on) along the blue meltwater path. There will also be planter boxes on each end of the closed section of street (adjacent to the carwash). This will finish this phase of the project.

Future phases will depend on funding. We are currently working on signage for the area and exploring the possibility of putting a mural on the Shell carwash building. If you would like to get involved with this project and the future phases. Please contact weedinplace@rooseveltseattle.org

 

 

Service Opportunity Now: Become an RNA Director or Committee Chair!

June 23, 2017 by The Roosie Editor Comments Off on Service Opportunity Now: Become an RNA Director or Committee Chair!

The neighborhood association urges interested in the future of the neighborhood to join the RNA and volunteer as a Director or Committee Chair. The RNA encourages representation as diverse as our neighborhood. Apartment dwellers, other renters, homeowners, business owners, non-profit business and agency leaders, and employees working in the neighborhood are all welcome to be members and in leadership!

Available volunteer positions, requiring about 10 hours/month, are:

Treasurer
Secretary
Events/Culture Committee
Membership Committee
Business Group

Contact rna@rooseveltseattle.org or president@rooseveltseattle.org for more information.

SATURDAY – Roosevelt Street Painting Party

June 20, 2017 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on SATURDAY – Roosevelt Street Painting Party

A big thank  you to everyone who played a part over the past 4 years in closing Weedin Place and imagining what it could be.

We are finally implementing the first phase of the “Roosevelt Glacier” theme!!! Yay!! Come out this Saturday to help paint the street and listen to live music.

Fun bands and activities for the kids in the morning! Free Pancake breakfast at 9am. Family friendly bands in the afternoon – A must-see!!

If you’d like to help paint, setup at 8am or teardown at 4pm, let me know!!! All setup/teardown volunteers and painters get entered into a raffle for prizes from local businesses! Bring your paint clothes, rollers and wide brushes!

Event schedule, Band Info, Map, and More Info 

Phase 1 will be completed after the street painting. SDOT will place boulders along the painted blue “meltwater” river and add planters on the north and south ends of the closed section of the street. Future phases will be implemented when funding is raised.

MEET CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR SEATTLE MAYOR

May 30, 2017 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on MEET CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR SEATTLE MAYOR

photo: Jenny Durkan, Jessyn Farrell, Bob Hasegawa, Michael McGinn, Cary Moon, Nikkita Oliver images from candidate media pages

The Northeast District Council invites you to meet candidates running for Seattle Mayor at 7 pm Thursday, June 8, 2017 at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church located at the corner of 35th Avenue NE and NE 80th.

Candidates joining us include:

Jenny Durkan
Jessyn Farrell
Bob Hasegawa
Michael McGinn
Cary Moon
Nikkita Oliver

The event timeline:

7-8 pm          Candidates introduce themselves and address the question of how they will serve Seattle’s diversity of citizens: age group; neighborhood; income; ethnic background, etc.

8-9 pm          Questions taken from the audience

Sound Transit Board approved resolution R2017-20 supporting affordable housing

May 26, 2017 by Land Use Comments Off on Sound Transit Board approved resolution R2017-20 supporting affordable housing

The approved resolution supports affordable housing at the Roosevelt Station TOD site.

This bases the valuation for the property, to maximize affordable housing creation by reducing acquisition costs, for development to those not earning more than 60% of area median income (AMI) and establish a base price in the offering commensurate to achieving that outcome.

see: https://www.soundtransit.org/sites/default/files/Resolution%20R2017-20.pdf
the approved resolution outlines for the ”Restricted Value” of the site at $6.75 to $9M

PROPOSED ACTION (1) Declares that the Roosevelt Station – Central Transit-Oriented Development Site property is suitable for development as housing; (2) directs staff to offer the property first to qualified entities to support affordable housing creation pursuant to RCW 81.112.350; and (3) directs staff to offer the property through a process that prioritizes development of the maximum number of units affordable to those earning no greater than 60 percent of area median income and establish a base price in the offering commensurate to achieving that outcome.

Thanks to City Councilmember Rob Johnson (and ST Board member) for his strong support & leadership on this issue; to Mayor Murray; and also Mayor Marchione of Redmond WA for his succinct synopsis of the 3 options that the Sound Transit Board had in regard to this vote, and his persuasive direction.

Roosevelt Paint Party – NEW DATE 6/24/2017

May 12, 2017 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Roosevelt Paint Party – NEW DATE 6/24/2017

The kid-friendly paint party, music celebration, and free pancake breakfast that was scheduled for May 13th has been postponed due to inclement weather delaying SDOT’s implementation of the thermoplastic on the street. The event has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 24th.

We continue to pre-register neighbors for the event. We encourage all of our neighbors and anyone interested to pick up a brush and paint a section of the street – even if it’s only for 10 minutes. All volunteers will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win prizes from local businesses.

If you would like to volunteer, we have the following opportunities:

  • Now: Assist with organizing event, seeking sponsorship of cash, products for raffle, or paint supplies.
  • June 10-18: Post posters and flyer homes around neighborhood
  • June 24: Volunteer to setup and cleanup tables, chairs, cones, caution tape, etc.
  • June 24: Assist setting up volunteers to paint
  • June 24: Paint the Street (10 min – 2hr depending on number of volunteers)

Please contact weedinplace@rooseveltseattle.org to volunteer in any capacity, but also if you would like to sign up to be a painting volunteer and secure a spot to paint.

Find out more info about the Weedin Place project at www.rooseveltseattle.org/weedin-place

PHASE 1 Implementation (light blue areas to be painted by community)

 

 

 

Final Designs (to be implemented as funding becomes available)

Ravenna/Cowen Cleanup

May 5, 2017 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Ravenna/Cowen Cleanup

Reposted from the May Roosie

By Fred Potter

If you frequent Ravenna and Cowen parks, you have probably noticed an influx of unauthorized encampments, associated garbage, and even needles over the last couple of years. The parks department does a good job keeping all the main paths and play areas clean, but they don’t get to many of the off-path areas. Abandoned encampments and just general trash can linger for months.

A group of neighbors and park goers are forming a Ravenna/Cowen Cleanup Crew to do regular cleanups in the park. We’ve done two cleanups already this year and collectively have gathered about 80 bags of garbage and disposed of 37 needles. We plan to host cleanups every 4-6 weeks and our next one will happen on Saturday, May 6th at 10am.

If you’d like to participate in the next cleanup or just follow along, visit: www.ravennacowencc.org. Follow the link there to join our Facebook group and get details on upcoming cleanups or discuss problem areas in the park.

image reposted from www.willhiteweb.com

April General Meeting – 4/25

April 24, 2017 by Scott Cooper Comments Off on April General Meeting – 4/25

Come and learn about what’s happening in your neighborhood and how you can help shape it for the better!

Calvary Christian Assembly (upstairs)
6801 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

6:30 – 6:50: Set up, meet and greet, social
6:50 – 7:00: Introductions
7:00 – 7:30: BofA Affordable Housing Challenge, Roosevelt Light Rail Station – UW Students
7:30 – 8:00: Measuring the UW Master Plan – David West, SEIU
8:00 – 8:10: RNA Transportation Committee – Chris Mitchell, RNA
8:10 – 8:20: Weedin Place Project – Katie Wood, Project Lead
8:20 – 8:30: Community feedback and ideas