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RNA Affordable Housing Learning Sessions and Tours: Tomorrow, June 23rd.

June 22, 2016 by Blockhead 0 comments

Tomorrow! June 23rd, 4:30 pm at Bellwether Housing Stone Way Apartments.

Please join us if you are interested in learning about cool and doable Affordable Housing projects around our city.

The RNA Land Use committee is exploring study-assistance grant opportunities through the Enterprise Foundation, in order to incorporate affordable housing, community, and social services into the future TOD site, adjacent to the future Roosevelt Light Rail station.

We are starting by touring local projects that can provide marketing, program, and development guidance to our grant and proposed study.  This will be our 4th touring session around the city.

If you are interested in providing input in this process, and/or working on this project (or just plain interested), meet us at the site at 4:30 pm!

June 23rd Thursday | 4:30 PM | Tour of Bellwether Housing Stone Way Apartments

  • Stone Way Apartments | 1215 N 45th St (corner of 45th and Stone)
  • Susan Boyd, Director of Real Estate Development, Bellwether Housing
  • This tour will showcase the Stone Way Apartments common areas and layouts (units are fully occupied) and Susan will also discuss the in-progress University District Apartments.

Capitol Hill affordable housing: field-trip report

May 23, 2016 by Dave Wood Comments Off on Capitol Hill affordable housing: field-trip report

Members of the RNA got the opportunity to take a “field-trip” to visit mixed-use and affordable-housing developments in Capitol Hill. Thanks to Ainsley Close for organizing the tour, which was incredibly informative in showing the kinds of developments that might be possible at the Roosevelt light-rail site (TOD), or other areas in the neighborhood.

The ‘12th Ave Arts‘ building on 12th and Pine is a major development by the non-profit community development organization Capitol Hill Housing, and is a showcase of what is possible in this field. The award-winning $47M building contains street-level retail, two performance theaters (leased to multiple theater groups), office-space, community spaces, and 88 affordable apartments all in a single complex. Capitol Hill Housing CEO Chris Persons explained that the site was previously a parking lot used by the Police Department, and in the new site there is also underground parking that the Seattle PD continues to use. That’s an amazing variety of exciting uses merged into a single modern and stylish building.

The affordable housing concept is based on charging reduced rents to tenants who earn less than a certain amount. In the 12th Ave Arts building, you need to earn less than 60% of the ‘Area Median Income’ to rent an apartment in the building. For a single person that means you need to be earning less than $38,000 (there’s income verification as part of the application process). Rents are much lower than market rate, around $1000/month for a one-bedroom, where a similar private apartment in Capitol Hill might go for up to double that. Funding for the building comes from a complex array of local and federal grants, tax-credits, a 4.6 million dollar capital campaign, and debt.

It’s worth noting that the building and the apartments we saw feel incredibly modern, light, and livable. Any preconceptions you might have about low-income housing would be swept away by a visit to this building, which is a model for what is possible in a urban site like this.

Additionally Joel Sisolak at Capitol Hill Housing directs the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, an initiative to improve sustainability in the Capitol Hill Urban Village. Joel has a vision that all urban villages become similar ‘Eco Districts’, so that could be very relevant to the Roosevelt Neighborhood.

The second building we visited was the ‘Anthem‘, developed by the for-profit Spectrum Development Solutions and constructed by Walsh Construction. Jake McKinstry and Kiki Gram from SDS explained that while the apartments are primarily rented at market rates, thirty percent of units are available at reduced rents to residents making 65%-85% of the area medium income ($40,000 to $53,000 for an individual). This means the renters have a diverse mix of incomes, including full-time students, baristas, nurses, and tech workers. Interestingly the market-rate and affordable units are identical in size and amenities, and mixed-up throughout the building so it would be impossible to tell one from the other. In return for providing the affordable apartments, the developers receive a tax break through the city’s Multifamily Tax Exemption Program.

The building itself has a hip energetic feel, and again nothing about it feels low-income. There’s a Jimi Hendrix theme with various musical references in the décor (Jimi grew up and played his first show nearby). The tenants have an average age of 26, and the building is nicely suited to that age range, with a large social space on the ground floor, lots of bike storage, rooftop deck (with strawberry plants, fire-pit, and a mini dog park!), and lots of social activities. Other tidbits we learnt were that having a concierge service to receive packages is essential (as so many people order so much stuff from Amazon), but the gym is the “most requested, but least used” amenity (it was indeed empty when we looked in). The parking in the building is fully leased, but in newer buildings SDS is putting in less parking and finding it less and less used – for people on Capitol Hill living without a car is becoming the new normal, at least for this demographic.

This trip was very eye-opening and showed a range of buildings from non-profit and for-profit developers. Any of these buildings would (IMHO) make a great addition to the Roosevelt TOD site. Thank you so much Chris, Joel, Jake, Kiki, and Afton for an informative afternoon!

[Dave Wood]

RNA Affordable Housing projects – tour: May 19th 4-6pm

May 11, 2016 by Land Use Comments Off on RNA Affordable Housing projects – tour: May 19th 4-6pm

Join the RNA Affordable Housing projects – tour on May 19th 4-6pm

Interested in learning about Transit Oriented Development projects that incorporate Affordable Housing?

The RNA Land Use committee is exploring study-assistance grant opportunities through the Enterprise Foundation, in order to incorporate affordable housing, community, and social services into the future TOD site, adjacent to the future Roosevelt Light Rail station.

We are starting by touring local projects that can provide marketing, program, and development guidance to our grant and proposed study.

Join us if you are interested in helping to provide input in this process, and/or working on this project.

4:00 – 4:45 pm: 12th Avenue Arts 1620 12th Avenue. Meet w/ Chris Persons, CEO, Capitol Hill Housing

5:00- 5:45pm:  Anthem on 12th, 103 12th Avenue. Meet w/ Jake McKinstry, Spectrum Development

12th Avenue Arts

RSVP required:

Neighborhood Cleanup – Saturday

April 21, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Neighborhood Cleanup – Saturday


Neighborhood Cleanup

Saturday, April 23rd

9:00am – Noon

Outside Whole Foods

1026 NE 64th St

  • Check in at Whole Foods to Gather Supplies and Refreshments
  • Shop these Local Stores after the Cleanup
    • 10% Discount at Ten Thousand Villages
    • Free Drink from Broadcast Coffee Roasters

Bring your ‘gardening’ or work gloves. Cleanup equipment, vinyl/latex gloves, and garbage/recycle bags all provided by Seattle Public Utilities.

Instructions on how to report graffiti found along the cleanup will be provided.

Questions? Contact Ellen Stoecker at


Graffiti in Roosevelt and Surrounding Neighborhoods

April 18, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Graffiti in Roosevelt and Surrounding Neighborhoods

Buff-and-Burn-Logo• Who’s Doing It and Why?

• How Does the City Respond?

• What Tools are Available for Neighbors?

• Let’s Find Some Creative Solutions!Date-Time-Location

City Panel

• Chris Young SPD – Graffiti Detail

• Idris Beauregard SPU – Graffiti Prevention Specialist

• Allynn Ruth – Department of Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods Panel

• Marcus Johnson – U-District Partnership

• Katie Wood – Roosevelt Neighborhood Association

• Matt Gasparich – Fremont Neighborhood Council



Meet and Greet with Representative Brady Walkinshaw*

April 9, 2016 by Blockhead Comments Off on Meet and Greet with Representative Brady Walkinshaw*

Join Former State Representative Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney, Former City Councilmember Jean Godden, City Councilmember Debora Juarez (District 5), State Representative Jessyn Farrell, Betty Means and Jeff Smith for a Meet and Greet with State Representative Brady Piñero Walkinshaw!

You’ll get a chance to talk about the issues that you care about most, and hear from Brady about how we can bring make real progress in Congress.

Light snacks provided – just bring yourself and ideas for our region.

What: North Seattle Meet and Greet w/ Rep. Brady Piñero Walkinshaw

When: 11 a.m.Saturday, April 16, 2016

Where: Meadowbrook Community Center (10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125)



*The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association does not endorse any candidates or public officials listed in this blog post.  All candidates for any office and/or public officials are welcome to send the RNA notices of public meetings to post here in an effort to reach out to the Roosevelt community.

April Roosie Newsletter Now Available

April 6, 2016 by Ron Comments Off on April Roosie Newsletter Now Available

In this newsletter:

Is RPZ 19 working for you?; Let’s Make Roosevelt Shine! (Earth Day Neighborhood Cleanup Event); Roosevelt Repave Underway; Roosevelt Business Group; Roosevelt Developments; U District Renters’ Council Meeting (April 16th); Weedin Place – It’s a Go!!! (Your help is needed to paint the street); RNA Elections in May; Temporary Art on Sound Transit Construction Wall; RainWise Workshops; Get Involved!

Read it online here.

Roosevelt on Komo4 News

March 29, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Roosevelt on Komo4 News

Roosevelt Graffiti and Upcoming Multi-Neighborhood Graffiti Meeting Mentioned on Komo4 News




SEATTLE — Residents in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood are sick and tired of all the graffiti in the area, and now they’re fighting back.

Vandals have been targeting street signs, buildings and even homes in Roosevelt in recent months.

Katie Wood is a member of the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association, which is trying to raise awareness about the graffiti problem that some say is getting worse.

“I like knowing we’re living in a safe neighborhood,” she said. “Having graffiti everywhere — while Roosevelt is safe neighborhood — it gives appearance it might not be, and I don’t like that.”

Seattle police get about 800 reports of graffiti each year. A detective who investigates the cases spoke last week at the Roosevelt neighborhood meeting to educate resident on the issue.

“His answer was, on average, you’re not seeing more, but because of construction in area we’re seeing buildings in transition and that attracts them,” Wood said.

Much of the development is happening along Roosevelt Way near Sound Transit’s Light Rail project, where a historical mural has repeatedly been defaced.

So far, residents say the best way to combat the vandalism is to remove it as quickly as possible, but that can be a daunting task.

Next month there will be an event to discuss Seattle vandalism. The meeting will take place April 21 from 6-8 p.m. At the University Heights Center on University Way.

Join the Democratic Caucus Saturday

March 22, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Join the Democratic Caucus Saturday

The Democratic Caucus is happening Saturday at 10am at your local caucus location.caucus map and numbers

Find your local caucus here:

Volunteers are needed for Precinct Captain, Secretary and delegate tally counter for each of the precincts below (name listed is the current elected Precinct Committee Officer for the 43rd District Democrats):
43-1271 – NONE
43-1279 – NONE
43-2048 – NONE
43-2049 – Laura
43-2068 – Andrea “Andy”
43-2069 – NONE
43-2071 – NONE
43-2084 – NONE
43-2237 – Bill – unsure
43-2238 – Al
43-2239 – Sue
If you’re able to volunteer for the above positions, contact Laura Anderle Bernstein <> today. Laura and Al Lee are Co-Area Caucus Captains.
If you’re able to volunteer as a greeter, set up helper, etc…. please show up to the site at 8:30 am. Caucus starts at 10 am and will go for about 2 hours or more. Pack water and a snack.
Locate your Precinct with a zoomable map:

March General Meeting Tonight

March 22, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on March General Meeting Tonight

Calvary Christian Assembly
6801 Roosevelt Way NE – Top Floor
6:30 – 7:00 – Meet and Greet
7:00 – 8:30 – Presentation
On the Agenda:

Graffiti Presentation / Discussion

Detective Christopher Young, graffiti investigator for the Seattle Police Department will present info ranging from types of graffiti, graffiti subculture, myths about graffiti, tools used to catch suspects, followed by a Q&A session.

Weedin Place Update

Land Use Academy Update

Spring Clean-up Event Update


This weekend NE Seattle Greenways may be having a walk to NE 70th&  I-5 overpass to look at the problems crossing the street there. The NEDC selected a project concerning this intersection to move forward in the NPSF Grant process.