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RNA March Meeting – Wednesday 3/20

March 16, 2018 by Scott Cooper Comments Off on RNA March Meeting – Wednesday 3/20

2018 is well underway, and the changes to the Roosevelt neighborhood keep on coming! Join us at our March 20th RNA General Meeting to learn about upcoming transportation changes affecting Roosevelt, get updates on land use, and give us feedback on what you want to know more about!

March General Meeting
Tuesday 3/20 – 7pm to 8:30pm
Calvary Christian Assembly (upstairs)
6801 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

6:45 – 7:00: Set up, meet and greet, social
7:00 – 7:05: Introductions
7:05 – 7:30: NE 65th St Vision Zero project update, SDOT – Jason Fialkoff
7:30 – 8:00: Husky Stadium Transportation Master Plan Update, UW – Dan Erickson, Sally Clark
8:00 – 8:10: RNA Land Use update
8:10 – 8:20: RNA Committee updates
8:20 – 8:30: Community feedback

D4 Councilmember Johnson Holiday Open House

November 30, 2017 by Scott Cooper Comments Off on D4 Councilmember Johnson Holiday Open House

D4 Councilmember Rob Johnson is hosting his 2nd Annual Holiday Open House on December 8th, from 9 to 11am, at Seattle City Hall (2nd floor). The drop-in event is an opportunity to provide feedback on the year past and vision for the year ahead to CM Johnson and his staff. From his webpage:

RNA General Meetings for 2017-2018

October 19, 2017 by Secretary Comments Off on RNA General Meetings for 2017-2018

The RNA General Meeting schedule has shifted this year and we want to make sure that our neighbors mark their calendars! In 2017-2018, RNA General Meetings will be held on the following Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm (social at 6:45) at the Calvary Christian Assembly.

  • September 26, 2017 (past)
  • November 7, 2017 (elections)
  • January 16, 2018
  • March 20, 2018
  • May 15, 2018
  • June 19, 2018

Agendas will be distributed in advance to the RNA’s e-mail list and posted to the calendar on our website as soon as they are finalized.

Questions? Contact

Coyote sighting in Ravenna Park?

September 12, 2017 by Dave Wood Comments Off on Coyote sighting in Ravenna Park?

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



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:

Events/Culture Committee
Membership Committee
Business Group

Contact or 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.


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.

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.