Tuesday, April 24, 2018

11 Permits Filed For Development In Nearby Area And City Eliminates Required Parking Spaces

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) published this information in a recent newsletter:


City Eliminates Required Parking Spaces 
New legislation is highly likely to increase street parking in residential neighborhoods, since developers will no longer be required to provide parking. 
In our area, nearby Union Bay Place has very few sidewalks, making it unsafe and inaccessible for pedestrians. It’s not bike friendly either. 
On April 2, Councilmember Rob Johnson (District 4, Northeast Seattle), Chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, issued this statement following a 7-1 vote in support of Council Bill 119221: “... The legislation allows for flexible use parking, so that existing and new parking spaces can be shared and used by more people. 
It eliminates parking requirements for affordable housing units (up to 80% Area Median Income) so that our affordable housing partners can build more housing, and requires unbundling of parking in leases so people who do not own a car will not be required to pay for parking spaces they do not use.”  This legislation assumes fewer cars in our city. 
Contrary to LCC’s urging, recently approved city upzones and resulting permit application build outs will soon have definite impacts and consequences in our area. Inadequate street capacity and traffic congestion will be one. Street parking will be another. 
SDIC, SDOT, and the various developers appear not to approach the cumulative impact of development but rather determine that each individual project has “no impacts.” 
Here are permits filed or issued through March 10, 2018, along Five Corners to Union Bay Place NE, to NE Blakeley St., to 25th Ave. NE: 
  1. Aegis Senior Living, Permit #3025056, 3200 NE 45th Street; 136 senior units, 53 parking spaces. 
  2. Permit #6590332, 4516 Union Bay Pl. NE; Mixed use residential and commercial 61 apartments, 119 parking spaces, which includes parking for adjacent property. 
  3. Apartments, Permit #3020320, 4609 Union Bay Pl. NE; 255 units and planning for 464 residents, 80 feet height, 65 parking spaces. 
  4. Retail sales and service (from warehouse), Permit #6585763, 3016 NE Blakeley Street; 21,000 estimated sq feet. 65’. No added parking. 
  5. Indoor sports and recreation center, Permit #3027739, 2510 NE Blakeley St.; add 18,500 sq feet, 3-story, 9 parking spaces. 
  6. Multifamily units (6), Permit #6451837, 4732 22nd Ave. NE; no parking. 
  7. Apartments, Permit #3020374, 5200 22nd Ave. NE; 32 units, no parking. 
  8. Apartments, Permit #3027063, 4715 25th Ave. NE (Travelodge site); 205 units, 142 parking spaces. 
  9. Retail and parking garage, University Village, 4500 25th Ave. NE; five new retail buildings with new 7-story garage off 25th Ave. NE. Removes 467 parking stalls at surface and adds 800 new stalls in garage (net +333 parking stalls), estimated + 85,000 sq feet expansion retail. 
  10. Seattle Children’s Hospital, phase 3, Forest Building B Building; construction begins fall 2018, adds 592,000 new sq feet and 323 parking spaces underground, (net +151 from removed surface parking). 
  11. University of Washington, Campus Master Plan 2018; plans to build on existing East Campus parking lots along Montlake Blvd. in 15 years. Summary Residential units in the above triangle: 695 units or approximately 1,320 new residents with 379 parking spaces planned. Retail, recreational square footage increases: +124,000 with 333 parking spaces allocated. Major institutions: Children’s, see above. UW, build out unknown but assume net loss of parking at buildable sites along Montlake

Music for Tots Class Thursdays At Community Center

Music for Tots class at the Laurelhurst Community Center has added a second class on Thursday mornings from 10-10:45am through June 21st.  The cost is $119 and includes the instructor's CD and Songbook.

Register online, in-person at the Community Center Monday through Friday 9-2pm or by calling 684-7529 referencing Barcode #181862.
The information says:
Based on the idea that music is a language, children ages 6 months through 4 years will have the opportunity to learn basic musical skills while playing, moving, and interacting with each other and their parents. Grown-ups wear comfortable clothing and come prepared to move and sing! Created and taught by Award-Winning Children’s Musical Artist, Miss Charlotte, who received a 2016 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor for her children’s music CD “A Spoonful of Songs” included in cost of class.
Go here for more information.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Tonight Land Use Meeting For Proposed New Health Club


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A neighbor would like to share that a new health club has been proposed at the site where a a long empty Japanese restaurant stands at 2510 NE Blakely Street, the corner of NE Blakeley and 25th Avenue NE.

The owners are listed as Neal and Amy Zeavy with a Laurelhurst address who appear to owners of the Raffle Administration Corporation.

The application states: 

Land Use Application to allow a 3-story indoor sports and recreation center (Center of Physical Arts). Parking for 9 vehicles proposed. Existing structure to be demolished.


Tonight at 8pm, Design Review Board Recommendation Meeting will meet at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave North) to discuss the application. 

Several years prior a permit was submitted for a one or two story commercial building to house a bank and possibly a small restaurant. A restaurant currently existed on the site which would have been demolished.

And another permit was to construct an 18,500 sq. ft. commercial building with accessory surface parking for 17 vehicles and the existing structure on the site would have been  demolished.

For more information go here. 

Check Ouut New Public Library Website




The Seattle Public Library has recently launched an improved and easier to use website to find and use Library resources.

The website was last redesigned in 2003 and the 2012 Library levy included funding to improve computer and online services,

The information says:

The Library conducted public surveys and focus groups to ensure the site would meet the public’s needs and expectations. The Library talked with users and non users of the Library, as well as non-English speakers and patrons with accessibility needs. 
Usability testing was completed at each phase of the project. The Library maintained a website redesign project page for the public to track progress on the project. The public was welcome to provide comment throughout the entire redesign. 
The new site provides better access to the Library’s collection of books and materials, educational classes and services, as well as librarian assistance. The new site works well with mobile devices, a feature patrons have been asking for, as well as integrated search results and easier access to online resources and media. 

Go here to learn more about the new site and the many new features. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

All About SUN Pocket Park Near Laurelhurst Elementary School


The Sun Park Team, which oversees the upkeep of the small corner pocket park located at the corner of NE 47th Street and 47th Avenue NE, invites the community to Weed and Sweep Brigade work parties held the second Saturday of each month at 10am.

The team said neighbors are welcome to "stop by with a favorite garden tool to keep the park in shape."

Sun Park is located on the corner of NE 47th Street and 47th Avenue NE where originally a large 1920's Bungalow style house was with a large backyard. 

A developer divided the original lot in three parcels and two houses were built on the subdivided lots. The Sun Park group, along with many in the community, attended a meeting along with City representatives, to save the third parcel from being developed and then created a pocket park.

The plot of land was purchased in March 2007 by a group of Laurelhurst neighbors and friends, through donations to the Cascade Land Conservancy, in order to preserve the small open space from development. 

SUN Park group provided this history, also located on a plaque at the park:

Saving Urban Nature
In 2005 the property at the corner of NE 47th St. and 47th Ave. NE was slated for development, but neighborhood residents saw an opportunity to create a community park and native plant garden. They worked with Cascade Land Conservancy (now Forterra) and formed a partnership to acted on this dream. Forterra is a nonprofit 501.c.3 organization whose mission is to conserve great lands and create great communities.  
The property was purchase in 2007 and SUN Park was completed in 2009, all funded by private donations. The Friends of SUN Park continue to partner with Forterra as well as to volunteer to maintain the plantings and enhance the space for neighborhood use.
The garden showcases a diverse collection of trees, shrubs, ferns, perennials, and groundcovers native to Western Washington. Identification markers offer
some information on the plants and the ways in which their use represented the
first ‘grocery store’ and ‘pharmacy’ for local Native American cultures.
SUN Park serves as a demonstration site for those interested in growing native
plants and learning more about the plants indigenous to the region. Gardening
with these plants creates a more nature landscape, promotes wildlife habitats,
and requires less maintenance.

To support SUN Park, contact Dixie Porter (dixiejoporter@hotmail.com or 206-383- 0147) or Janice Camp (206-849- 5778).

Go here for more information.

Saturday NE Branch Library FriendShop Pop-Up Sale



Friends of The Seattle Public Library's Pop-up Shop will be at the Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) tomorrow from 10-2pm.

There will be used books,  including pre-owned paperbacks and children's books for $, gifts from the FriendShop, including tote bags, mugs, jewelry, literary gifts and more.

Members will receive two free hard cover fiction books as a member benefit.  Renew or join today!

The FriendShop Pop-Up Sale, visits many of the Library branches throughout the year.

The information says:

Purchasing gifts, used books and more at these Pop-up Shops helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library. 
Your support helps the Friends advocate, educate and raise funds on behalf of The Seattle Public Library. All proceeds benefit The Seattle Public Library.
Go here for more information. 


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Laurelhurst Elementary School From 1900-Present











Laurelhurst School, Seattle, 1930
Courtesy MOHAI (Image No. MOHAI 83.10.4190)



History Link published an interesting history of Laurelhurst Elementary School, which was built in 1930.

A long-time Laurelhurst resident who attended the Elementary School told the Blog staff that he sang this song around 1962:
“Hats off to LaurelhurstSchool that we loveWe’ll strive to win the fateThat she deservesFirst now and evermoreWe’ll show our loyaltyHats off to LaurelhurstFor we love thee


Laurelhurst School (History Link)

In 1900, 50 wealthy men bought 54 acres on Webster Point in northeast Seattle and founded the Seattle Golf Club, between what is now NE 35th and NE 40th streets. Developers bought the golf course and adjacent land in 1906 and divided it into house lots for sale. 
To reach this neighborhood, known as Laurelhurst, from downtown Seattle, visitors took a streetcar to Madison Park and, from there, a steamer across the mouth of Union Bay to a dock on the west side of Webster Point (south of NE 35th).  
In 1912, a community dock and public boathouse had been built where the steamers landed. There were 18 houses in the neighborhood, with an additional four in Laurelhurst Heights, site of the former golf course. Local children attended Yesler School, which they reached by walking west across Yesler Creek and the Northern Pacific Railroad tracks. 
In August 1915, Laurelhurst residents urged the Seattle School Board to locate a portable in their neighborhood. The next spring, Laurelhurst Annex opened at 43rd Avenue NE and (N)E 34th Street as an annex to Yesler School, near the old steamer dock. The Yesler School janitor walked over every morning to build a fire in its large stove. This one-room portable held one class for grades 1-3 or 1-4. 
The first teacher, Alice Clayton Mooers, recounted this story of the heavy snowfall of 1916: "I walked all the way from North Broadway to school in spite of the knee-deep snow because I knew some of the children would be there. Two or three were waiting at the door and I sent them home. We kept a weather calendar at that time and there was snow on the ground for six weeks." 
In 1919, a new, larger portable was opened on top of the hill to the north. The former annex was leased to the Episcopal Church for Laurelhurst Mission and its successor, St. Stephen's Mission. In 1925, the district reclaimed the property. After World War I, it became part of the Union Bay Village veterans' housing complex, affiliated with the University of Washington. 
Laurelhurst School opened in October 1, 1919, as an annex to Bryant. It was located on 2.75 acres at (NE) 45th Street & 46th Avenue NE. At first, it had two rooms, one for grades 1-3 and the other for grades 4-6. A large wood stove heated the building and was used to heat soup at noontime, as well as for hot chocolate and coffee. Enrollment grew from 44 in 1920-21 to 117 in 1927-28. 
A permanent school opened on the same site in 1928. The next year Laurelhurst became independent, serving grades 1-8 for the first time. The school paper, the Laurel Leaf, got its start the same year. A lunchroom portable was added in 1930. In 1936-37, the year kindergarten was added, enrollment totaled 450, and portable classrooms were added. 
In 1940, a four-room addition replaced four portables. During World War II, U.S. Army troops occupied the park across the street to the south, living in tents and a permanent barrack. Children had to walk around the perimeter of the installation going to and from school. From the ballfield, anyone hitting a ball into the machine gun nest got an automatic double. 
By 1944, the auditorium was divided into two classrooms and three portables were in use.  
In support of an upcoming school levy, an October 1944 Seattle Times article proclaimed, "Laurelhurst Pupils Must Eat in 'Heats' or They Go Hungry." The 400 children who ate lunch at the school had to go in shifts because the lunchroom portable held only 130 at a time and had only one door for entry and exit. "In order to enable all the pupils to find shelter at noon time, lunch periods [were] staggered in a schedule so complicated it makes a railroad time table look like a primary reader … The time when one group is excused for lunch depend[ed] entirely on how long it [took] their predecessors … To cope with this variable problem, 'runners' or 'spotters' from the classrooms [went] to the lunchroom to carry the word back to the teachers -- like little Paul Reveres." 
Laurelhurst became a K-6 school in 1946-47. An addition to the building was finally built in 1950, with six classrooms, a lunchroom, and an auditorium. At the same time, a gymnasium (the Laurelhurst Fieldhouse) was added, with 67 percent of its funding coming from the Seattle Parks Department, which operated a public playfield in Laurelhurst Park to the south. 
By 1955-56, the 19 classrooms were supplemented by 10 portables on the playground in order to hold the peak enrollment of almost 1,100 pupils. The opening of Sand Point School in 1958 helped relieve enrollment pressure not only at Laurelhurst but at View Ridge and Bryant as well. 
In 1960-61, Laurelhurst served 850 students and required only seven portables. An overpass across NE 45th Street was completed in 1960, linking the school and playfield, as originally proposed by the Laurelhurst Community Club in 1927. 
An Individually Guided Education Program began in September 1970. The same year, Laurelhurst 6th graders moved on to middle school as part of the district's K-5-3-4 program. Teachers received specialized training and organized into teams with an emphasis on individualized instruction. 
In 1993, Laurelhurst became the only school in the district to be accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. To receive accreditation, the school had to complete a two-year self-study process. Recently, student and adult volunteers created a Peace Garden in honor of Aki Kurose, who taught at Laurelhurst for 25 years (see Kurose). 



Seattle Public Schools, 1862-2000: Laurelhurst School
This People's History of Laurelhurst School is taken from Building for Learning: Seattle Public School Histories, 1862-2000 by Nile Thompson and Carolyn J. Marr. The book, published in 2002 by Seattle Public Schools, compiled profiles of all the public school buildings that had been used by the school district since its formation around 1862. The profiles from the book are being made available as People's Histories on HistoryLink.org courtesy of Seattle Public Schools. It should be noted that these essays are from 2000. Some of the buildings profiled are historic, some of recent vintage, and many no longer exist (new names and buildings not included in these profiles from 2000 have been added), but each plays or has played an important role in the education of Seattle's youth.






Aerial view, Laurelhurst School, Seattle, 1960
Courtesy Seattle Public Schools (Image No. 242-1)



Aerial view, Laurelhurst School, Seattle, 1970
Courtesy Seattle Public Schools (Image No. 242-5)

Saturday Center of Urban Horticulture Storytime


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Miller Library, located in Laurelhurst at the UW Botanic Gardens (3501 NE 41st Street), is holding a story time on Saturday with the theme of "SpringTime" from 10:30-11:15am.

The information says:
Take a deep breath-spring has sprung! These three stories of springtime adventures in the garden are sure to bring a smile. After the stories, you're welcome to make a blossom picture in the program room.

Books to be read are:
FINDING SPRING by Karin Berger
DU IZ TAK? by Carson Ellis
MISS JASTER'S GARDEN by N.M. Bodecker

Story time is geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and celebrate gardens, plants and nature. All ages and their families are invited.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Saturday Learn About Yesler Swamp At Earth Day Event



On Sunday from12-2, several UW Environmental Science student are hosting a free Earth Day event at Yesler Swamp, located near the Center for Urban Horticulture and bordered by NE 41st Street and Surber Drive.

There will be stewardship activities and games tailored towards adults, college and high school students, as well as food.





One of the UW students told the Laurelhurst Blog:
The UW Environmental Science students' senior capstone project focuses on restoring the well-being of two sites within Yesler Swamp. This event serves to celebrate the students and volunteers' work as well as educate the community on ways to help restore local ecosystems. Participants will have the opportunity to the students any questions about the projects and local ecology. 
The event will start with an overview of the capstone projects, followed by an activity at the Yesler South Site for  an activity about tree diameter in regards to carbon sequestration and ecological benefits. Next, participants will proceed to the Yesler North Site to learn about identifying native plants and after a planting demo, have the opportunity to plant something.  
At the end food and coffee will be available.  There may also be trivia, ice breaker games, or board games during this time.  Friends of Yesler Swamp members, who helped with the restoration projects, will also be at the event.
Before the event from 10-noon, there will a mulching work party at the restoration project Yesler North Site.   
Yesler Swamp North is the north site of Yesler Swamp which is an area of swampland located at the former outflow of the Yesler Creek. The site area is about 902 square meters. On the west side is a prairie ecotype, and on the east side is a forest ecotype with a relatively steep slope. Both ecotypes receive full sunlight. Previous planting in the forest ecotype was done to reduce overall sunlight.  
Throughout the site are invasive species that decrease ecosystem health and beneficial species that improve ecosystem health. The plan is to remove the invasive vegetation to make space for beneficial species. Improving trail aesthetics will be a beneficial effect of the restoration.  
The goals, with a $600 project budget and volunteer labor support are:
  • Restore the native plant ecosystem to reduce the current stress on the ecosystem - reduction or elimination of invasive species on site and increasing appropriate native or beneficial species on site.
  • ​Address the slope of the site so that plants can grow successfully - reshaping of the sloped area to promote plant establishment and select appropriate vegetation for growing on sloped areas.
  • ​Increase wildlife biodiversity onsite by creating an appropriate habitat for animals - maintain the established ecotones between the two plant community types, increase coarse woody debris onsite and increase habitat-providing vegetation.
  • ​Ensure that the site is convenient for continued community usage - maintain the well-defined trails and sidewalks bordering the site, maintain the aesthetic appeal of the site and minimize human disturbance on site.

For more information go here


Tomorrow Learn How To Advocate Yourself At Medical Appointments



Tomorrow from 2-3:30, NEST (Northeast Seattle Together) (7737 25th Avenue NE) which supports Northeast Seattle elder neighbors through a network of volunteers and vendors, is having a free talk called "Talking With Doctors: Empowering Yourself ."
The information says:

How can you advocate effectively during a short medical appointment?  
We’ll discuss three domains of medical information, and ways to address each of them: 1) Receiving too much medical care can harm you, which is common and how can you avoid it? 2) How much will treatment cost? Many doctors are reluctant to discuss that 3) What are your end-of-life values?  
David Ansley was a former member  of the health team at Consumer Reports. His specialty is creation and management of web-based consumer health information, such as Choosing Wisely patient resources.  Previously, he has written, edited and published medical information for the BMJ Publishing Group, Web MD, the San Jose Mercury News, and other web and print publications.


NEST is a non-profit grassroots operation serving NE Seattle seniors by creating a "virtual village" to helping them be able to stay in their own homes and neighborhoods they love. Volunteers provide companionship, care, as well as help seniors with a wide range of services, including gardening, computer help and more. to seniors aging in their homes. Ongoing classes (fitness, etc) are also offered, as well as access to events, transportation services, and various services (such as estate planners) who provide their services at a discount to members.