The North Beacon Hill Council met tonight at 7 at the Beacon Hill library. Very briefly, here’s what went down:
- Reps from DPD present talked about outreach and prep for the next planning meeting May 30th.
- An ad hoc committee and an outreach subcommittee of the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee is seeking a six month delay in the DPD neighborhood planning process to get outreach to more of the community and focus more closely on neighborhood issues specifically instead of Southeast Seattle issues generally.
- Beacon Mountain Playground is moving forward with phase 1 of the project.
- An SDOT representative will be at the June meeting to provide an update.
- Some background on the Sound Transit tunnel voids was given by Roger Pence. There are believed to be only two unfilled voids remaining and they are being actively worked on.
- Some discussion of the pedestrian safety, zoning, and environmental issues around the new car wash occurred, leading into a proposal to form a committee to work on attracting additional businesses to the hill and a motion to write a letter to the DPD concerning the zoning conflict with the transit overlay area.
- Police updates included notice that staffing hours will likely change soon, focusing more bodies during the times of day when they’re needed. Also brief discussion of car prowls, burglaries, graffiti, car accidents, prostitution, etc.
- Asian Express’s liquor license renewal is mentioned to be coming up soon, and it may be an opportune time to work out a “good neighbor” agreement to reduce the sales of high-alcohol beverages.
- Volunteers were sought to staff the NBHC booth at the Jefferson Park festival on June 6th.
- Michael Richmond mentioned the possible upcoming city council and mayoral candidate forums this fall. Previous candidate forums are said to have been especially well attended here on the hill.
- The Piñata Party will be on July 18th this year — the same day as the Sound Transit Link Light Rail grand opening. This may be both good and bad.
- Newly elected board members:
- Matthew Stubbs
- Sara Hasan
Did I miss something or get something wrong? Let us know in the comments.
Peg Neilsen at SDOT shares a couple of traffic items that could affect getting around Beacon Hill on Saturday:
March Against Violence – 12 noon
600 participants expected
March starts at Rainier Beach High School, Rainier Avenue S and S Henderson Street and heads north on Rainier to S Graham Street, west on Graham to the Aki Kurose Middle School at 42nd Avenue S.
Seattle Sounders versus Kansas City Wizards – 7:30 p.m.
34,000 + spectators
Match is at Qwest Field. Occidental Avenue S will be closed north and south bound from S King Street to S Royal Brougham Way. Due to construction in the area, motorists need to allow extra time and check for the latest update on the SR 519 project at www.wsdot.wa.gov/projects/sr519
For traffic on major city streets, check SDOT’s real-time traffic Traveler Information Map at www.web5.seattle.gov
The area just south of Cleveland High School on Swift Avenue South is notoriously pedestrian-unfriendly to students and others walking there. Fortunately, there are improvements coming to the area.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is completing a sidewalk improvement at the Metro bus stop on Swift Avenue South at 19th Avenue South. This will widen the 3-foot wide sidewalk to 9-feet wide at the bus stop. This sidewalk widening is part of a larger project that also includes a new lighted bus shelter, a new southbound bike lane, guardrail improvements, new school zone signs, and approximately 270 street trees in the neighborhood around Cleveland.
To celebrate these improvements, SDOT is hosting an event
next Friday, March 27 at 1:00 pm at the corner of South Orcas Street and 16th Avenue South. Grace Crunican, the Director of SDOT, will join approximately 30 school children from nearby Maple Elementary School to plant approximately 30 trees on South Orcas Street. The Mayor may possibly attend as well.
Thanks to Steve Louie for the information!
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SDOT’s Marybeth Turner wrote to let us all know:
SDOT crews will repair roadway pavement in the 5300 block of Beacon Avenue South on Saturday, March 14, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Southbound vehicles and bikes on Beacon Avenue South will be detoured at South Bennett Street to Columbia Drive South, returning to Beacon Avenue at S Brandon Street. Northbound traffic will not be affected.
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Marybeth Turner with SDOT wrote to let us know:
SDOT will close a lane on the Jose Rizal Bridge (12th Avenue South, connecting Beacon Hill to downtown Seattle) on Thursday, March 5. The southbound, right-hand lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to allow crews to inspect expansion joints.