Seattle Public Schools will host a community meeting at Asa Mercer Middle School on Tuesday, April 10 from 6:30-8 p.m., to discuss possible building construction projects to include in the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) levy package. This is the third in a series of community meetings over the next couple of weeks throughout the city to work on the BEX IV package, which is expected to be voted on in February 2013.
The meeting will include presentations by Capital Projects and Planning staff, followed by a question and answer session. Comments from the community will be collected to consider when the District puts together the BEX package.
The BEX III levy was approved in 2007, and included renovations at Chief Sealth International High School, Hamilton International Middle School, Ingraham High School, Nathan Hale High School and Rainier Beach High School. It also included new construction at South Shore Pre-K-8 and Denny International Middle School.
Neighbor Heather writes to tell us that Coco, the unofficial “12th Avenue Viewpoint park greeter” cat, is missing again. Coco was last seen on the morning of Saturday, March 24, at 12th Avenue South and South Stevens Street.
“Things to know: female, social, black and white long haired, green eyes, and has one pupil that is bigger than the other and probably with some bushes or branches attached to her tail. She is EXTREMELY friendly and has a home. Please call me if you have seen her.
Two Level 3 sex offenders recently moved to North Beacon Hill, according to a Seattle Police Department announcement distributed this week to notify neighbors about seven offenders who have moved into the South Precinct. Two of the offenders are living in North Beacon Hill, one in Georgetown, one in Columbia City, one in Sodo, and two near the Othello area of Rainier Valley.
The offenders on North Beacon are Malik Calhoun, 20, who moved to the 1300 block of 15th Avenue South, and Michael L. Johnson, 35, who moved to the 1400 block of South Columbian Way.
According to the police, Level 3 sex offenders have the highest risk of re-offense. These offenders have completed their sentences and are free to live wherever they wish; however, they are required to register in the community where they live, and police may publicize their presence. It is against the law to use this information to threaten, intimidate, or harass registered sex offenders.
Here is the announcement from Mark Solomon at the SPD:
“This sweet girl ran up to me this afternoon on 13th near Angeline around 5:30. She would really like to go home. Is she yours? Give me a call at 206.354.2582.”
Another dog is not where he should be. Neighbor Allison posted a plea to the Beacon Hill Mailing List last night: “Our golden retriever Jack escaped our yard near El Centro. As of 10pm he's out and about. He typically comes home on his own. He wears a tag but the current one may not have our phone numbers on it.” Contact us here at the blog if you find Jack.
The Jefferson Park Golf Clubhouse and the new development planned for the southeast corner of the Beacon Hill Station block — both topics of a fair amount of neighborhood interest — are on the agenda for the next North Beacon Hill Council meeting Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. at the Beacon Hill Library community room.
Here’s the agenda:
This is an important meeting for all residents concerned with the
redevelopment happening on Beacon Hill. Please come to ask your
questions and voice your opinions.
7:00 Welcomes and hellos
7:15 Susan Rockwell, Seattle Parks Dep’t. Program Coordinator – Plans for the clubhouse at Jefferson Park; Q&A to follow
7:45 Andrea Leuschke, Pacific Housing NW, Landscape Architect – An update on the development planned for the SE corner of 17th Avenue and McClellan (light rail station block) with questions and answers
8:15 Community concerns and announcements
8:30 Closure and executive board meeting if needed
The Beacon Hill Library is located at 2821 Beacon Avenue South. All are welcome to observe or participate in the neighborhood council; you are part of the council when you attend your first meeting, and you have voting privileges when you attend your second.
At 1534 Sturgus Ave. S., an application has been filed to subdivide one site into four unit lots for the construction of residential units. Permits have already been granted to tear down a 1906 3-bed/1 bath home on the site (sold in December for $200,000) and construct two 2-unit townhouses, with one garage and three surface parking spots. The subdivision is for the purpose of allowing sale or lease of the individual unit lots.
“The Van Asselt Bobcat Champions” from Van Asselt Elementary School on South Beacon Hill will compete in the city final of the 2012 Global Reading Challenge against students from Adams, Alki, Arbor Heights, Graham Hill, Greenwood, Loyal Heights, Northgate, Roxhill, and View Ridge elementary schools. The event is this coming Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Central Library Microsoft Auditorium, 1000 Fourth Ave., and it is free and open to all. Parking is available for $5 in the library’s garage.
The Challenge is a “Battle of the Books” for kids in grades 4 and 5. To compete, children read books from this list, and then participate in a “Quiz Bowl” game. Questions about the books are read to the teams and repeated once. Then the teams have 20 seconds to write down the correct answer. The winning Seattle team will take home the Global Reading Challenge traveling trophy and continue on to a videoconference challenge against students from Fraser Valley and Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada.
The final against the Canadian teams will be held on Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. at the John Stanford Center, 2445 Third Avenue South.
Retailers in Beacon Hill, Sodo, and Lake City would be asked to voluntarily refrain from selling certain “high-octane” alcohol products during morning hours under a pilot program currently being developed by Mayor Mike McGinn’s office.
Under this voluntary plan, sales of fortified wine and some beers would be prohibited between 6 a.m. and 1 p.m., seven days a week. Bars and restaurants would not be included. Community organizations would be notified if local businesses don’t participate.
According to a report by Casey McNerthney at seattlepi.com, the project will involve a partnership with several alcohol distributors who will encourage local retailers to participate in the program, and will keep track of the program’s progress. The program is still in the planning stages, but could be operating as soon as May.
You may notice a lot of new trees like this one on North Beacon Hill. These are two of the 300 or so trees that the Seattle Department of Transportation is planting along some of our neighborhood streets this month through the SDOT Community Tree program.
The trees pictured here, on 17th Avenue South, are Paperbark Maples, which are known for their decorative peeling red bark and for spectacular autumn colors. Other trees offered to the neighborhood included Serviceberry trees and American Hornbeams.