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Land Use Update – June

Land Use Update – June

Dear Neighbors:

On behalf of the Land Use Committee, I just wanted to publicly thank Jim O’Halloran for his incredible term of service to the Roosevelt community. It has been a privilege to watch Jim work at close range for five years now. All of this work has not been an easy process; it seems change never is. With a great deal of public grace and private sacrifice Jim has led Roosevelt into a new era where the community will have lasting voice in future development in Roosevelt. If you consider how little control other communities have been able to exert over their destiny you may agree that this is no small feat.

Jim, thank you.

Following on Jim O’Halloran’s June blog post my name is John Adams and I am honored to serve as the Land Use Chairman for the Roosevelt Neighborhood Association.  You may know that I have just completed three terms as Vice President of the RNA, and am a practicing architect here in Seattle. Please note the email address for the land use group has changed. The new land use email address is: landuse@rooseveltseattle.org.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Now a quick update:

The Roosevelt Development Group (RDG) has delayed their Early Design Guidance meeting.  The meeting was originally scheduled for June 18th but RDG has expressed interest in meeting with us first to present their design package.  This is a rare opportunity to preview the design and I hope you will be able to take the time to see what is in store for the design of the fruit stand block.  When a meeting time has been established I will let you all know. Send me an email if you’re not already on my email list.

The Roosevelt Design Guideline Update and Green Street Design process has begun. Our consultant Geyer Coburn Hutchings (GCH) is now preparing for the first meeting in the community.  The City has assembled a stakeholder group consisting of members of the Roosevelt Community, Ravenna Community, the High School, Sound Transit and the Roosevelt Development Group. Next week on June 13th this stakeholder group will meet with the City of Seattle and GCH to discuss initial thoughts on GreenStreet connection to the larger north seattle community as well as a determination of particular streets within Roosevelt. There is also planned discussion of the Design Guidelines as they exist and key areas in need of improvement. People from the community who have expressed interest in this process have been extended invitations to formally participate in the stakeholder group.  If you wish to listen in please come to the meeting next week.

Finally, Land Use Committee meetings will be on an as needed basis through the summer.  I expect we will be mostly focused on the Design Guidelines update process and assisting the Sustainability Committee in their work on the Green Streets. I will provide a schedule in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you all and I look forward to seeing you soon.

John Adams, AIA
Land Use Chair
Roosevelt Neighborhood Association