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HALA – Roosevelt Land Use Academy – Sat Dec 10th 10a-12p

December 9, 2016 by Land Use 0 comments

HALA – Land Use Academy : Saturday, December 10th, 2016 10:00am – 12:00pm
Calvary Christian Assembly, lower floor gym @ 6801 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
The City has drafted plans which will reshape transit-oriented communities. The proposed changes will affect many properties in the Roosevelt, and some Ravenna parcels east of 15th Ave NE. This event will focus on small group discussions & comments following short presentations on the HALA background and draft-plans.

The RNA supports affordable housing in the Roosevelt neighborhood, and some of the future projects will depend on the Federal Tax credit funding. please consider adding your name to support this program.

The ACTION Campaign is calling on the Trump Administration and Congress to prioritize the Housing Credit as they consider reforms to the nation’s tax code and investments in the nation’s infrastructure. Specifically, we are calling on the Administration and Congress to:

1) Ensure that the Housing Credit and Housing Bonds are held up as positive examples of the power of the tax code to improve communities by maintaining their viability under tax reform, and

2) Expand and strengthen the Housing Credit to increase the availability of safe and affordable housing and revitalize local economies.

Sign on here: http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50954/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19658

Land Use Academy: HALA Urban Village Draft Plans

December 5, 2016 by Blockhead 0 comments

The Roosevelt Neighborhood Association is holding another Land Use Academy session on Saturday, December 10, at 10 am at Calvary Christian Assembly on Roosevelt Way.

This session will be a community workshop focusing on the city’s draft plans to reshape transit-oriented neighborhoods. The mayor established the Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda to address the affordability crisis in Seattle. Some of the HALA recommendations deal with changes to Urban Villages to accommodate Seattle’s growth in population. The proposed changes for the Roosevelt Neighborhood involve changes in the boundary of the urban village and in the zoning of almost every block.

The city will be holding a community meeting to present the proposed changes and have a conversation around them on Tuesday, December 13th at Ravenna Community Center. They will be accepting comments on the draft plan until the end of January.

Before their meeting, the RNA would like to gather feedback from our community on these changes in order to present our combined comments to the city. The Land Use Academy session will involve some presentations on the HALA and zoning draft plans and then group workshops to discuss the plans and gather feedback about them.

Please join us for this session to learn more about the plans and how much the changes will affect you and the neighborhood, and let your voice be heard.  For more information, visit the Land Use Academy website.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10 am to 12 pm

Calvary Christian Assembly lower floor

 

Winter Celebration / Tree Lighting – THIS WEDNESDAY

November 28, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle 0 comments

Join your neighbors for the Fifth Annual Winter Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Wednesday, Nov. 30th

6pm In front of Ten Thousand Villages and Wayward Coffeehouse

Live Music

 

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Meet your neighbors and the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association volunteers after the tree lighting ceremony at Wayward Coffeehouse!

• Learn about the RNA’s plans

• Enjoy a special discount on hot drinks with this coupon! (Coupons will be available at the tree lighting ceremony)

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Thanks to RNA president Scott Cooper (holding up check) & NE Greenways, Andres Salomon, for addressing the I-5 pedestrian crossing at NE 70th St.

$381,000 has been committed by the City of Seattle to support this work.

This I-5 overpass is a major thoroughfare for people walking, biking, and driving, providing one of very few connections east/west between the Roosevelt and Green Lake neighborhoods across I-5. Despite its importance and heavy use the overpass and adjacent intersections remain dangerous and dif cult to navigate for all users.

Applicant Solution

  • All-way stops at NE 70th St and 8th Ave NE and at NE 71st St and 6th Ave NE
  • Curb bulbs and crosswalks at NE 70th St and 8th Ave NE and at NE 71st St and 6th Ave NE
  • Painted sidewalk and protected bike lane on north side of overpass

details here: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/docs/nsf/2016077.pdf

SDOT Roosevelt Repave Celebration 

November 4, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on SDOT Roosevelt Repave Celebration 

Saturday, Nov. 5    /    11am – 1pm

U-District Food Bank / 5017 Roosevelt Way NE

Free event with food. Please bring new, unused toiletries to the event to help your local food bank.

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6th Annual Cider Fest @ Freeway Estates Community Orchard!

September 28, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on 6th Annual Cider Fest @ Freeway Estates Community Orchard!

 Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

All are welcome. Free organic apple juice tasting from the apple press. Other activities as well, including sales of homemade pie slices. Fun for Families!

Learn more about Freeway Estates Community Orchard at http://freewayestates.org/

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Weedin Place Gateway Project – Open House

September 27, 2016 by Roosevelt Seattle Comments Off on Weedin Place Gateway Project – Open House

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An open house is being held to share the current status of the project and Phase 1 implementation plans. The target date for Phase 1 implementation is Spring 2017, when the weather will allow painting the street (artwork and final phases will be implemented as funding allows).
Join us to learn more about the project. We look forward to this project improving vehicular and bike safety as well as improving walkability in the area, putting more eyes on the street and reducing unwanted behavior.

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When:    Sunday, October 2nd, 3:00-5:00PM
Where:  Bus Stop Espresso & Gyros (800 NE 65th St.)
What:    Open house to learn about the Weedin Place
                street closure and public space activation
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RNA Affordable Housing Learning Sessions and Tours: Tomorrow, June 23rd.

June 22, 2016 by Blockhead Comments Off on RNA Affordable Housing Learning Sessions and Tours: Tomorrow, June 23rd.

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 http://bellwetherhousing.org/
  • 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]