Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

A new design for 35th

Since planning for the 35th Ave NE Project began in 2016, we’ve heard from many people advocating for safer ways to travel in northeast Seattle. We appreciate everyone who has reached out to share their thoughts, concerns, and support for the proposed safety enhancements.  

When the project began, the goal was to better organize the street, increasing safety for everyone.  To meet this goal, we proposed a design that included bike lanes consistent with recommendations in the Bike Master Plan adopted by City Council in 2014.

In response to the feedback we heard about the design, and based on industry best practices, data analysis, and continued conversations with the community, we’ve chosen to move forward with a new design that includes 1 travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane (north of 65th) and parking maintained on the east side of the street (between NE 47th and NE 85th streets). In addition, we will be making enhancements to the neighborhood greenway on 39th Ave NE.

Better street design can lead to safer streets. The new design helps us improve safety and operations for all travelers on 35th by providing a dedicated space for turning vehicles. We’ve seen decreased vehicle speeds and decreased collision rates on streets with 1 lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Examples include NE 75th StNE 125th St, and Nickerson St. By slowing vehicle speeds and better defining the travel lanes, this helps increase safety for everyone on 35th, including people crossing the street.   

The new design will also allow efficient transit travel through the corridor with southbound buses making in-lane stops at the curb. Based on community feedback, the new design keeps the northbound and southbound bus stops at NE 68th St for riders wanting access at this important location. 

New design description
NE 47th St to NE 65th St Parking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides One lane in each direction No center turn lane given the narrow width of the roadNE 65th St to NE 85th StParking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides One lane in each direction Center turn lane NE 85th St to NE 89th St Parking will be maintained on both sides of the street One lane in each directionCenter turn lane Throughout the corridorPedestrian crossing improvements at 60th St and 80th St, with further evaluation of additional requests after the project is complete New left-turn pockets at NE 75th St as well as space for left-turning vehicles to pull out of the travel lane at many other intersectionsSignage and crossing enhancements on the 39th Ave NE greenway New load zones and short-term parking changes, in coordination with nearby businesses
How did we get here?
Throughout the lifetime of this project, we have continued to receive feedback about the original design and participated in additional conversations with community members for and against this project in an attempt to find common ground. We have heard consistently that safety along this corridor is the neighborhood’s number one priority.   
With a year’s worth of comments, targeted outreach, and additional analysis, we have chosen a new design that reflects the neighborhood priority to enhance safety along 35th. While there would be no protected bike lanes on 35th, people riding in the street would still benefit from slower vehicle speeds and clearly defined travel lanes. We will also be making enhancements to the parallel neighborhood greenway on 39th Ave NE that provides a route for people that prefer to bike on a quieter street. 

To make space for the center turn lane, parking will be maintained on the east side of the street, instead of both sides.  Throughout this project, we’ve worked with businesses and religious organizations along 35th to better understand parking, loading, and access needs. With the new design, we have decided to prioritize parking on the east side of the street. This decision is based on community feedback and the location of several existing load zones and ADA parking spaces on the east side of the street. We’ve heard that these spaces are critical for people with limited mobility that are attending services at the religious institutions on 35th.
  
What’s next?
We are moving forward to implement this new design in order to improve safety for everyone. The design is conceptual and still needs to be further developed. We’ll share additional details with the community in the coming weeks.

The new design addresses many concerns we’ve heard from the community however, we’ve also heard requests for additional enhancements along the corridor. SDOT is evaluating these requests and will share more information as we have it. We hope to continue developing a strong relationship with community members to help us take a holistic look at future transportation and mobility projects in northeast Seattle. 
 
Construction to resume as early as April 8
Crews plan to return to the project corridor to resume construction activities, including grinding and paving between NE 75th St and NE 89th St as early as April 8. We’ll  share more details about these construction activities in our next email update.
Stay informed
You can find more background about this project on our webpage. Please forward this email to those you think will be interested or share this link to sign up to receive construction updates by email. If you have questions, please contact us at 35thAvePaving@seattle.gov or 206-512-3950.
 
Contact
35th Ave NE Project Outreach Team
Seattle Department of Transportation
Construction information line: (206) 512-3950
35thAvePaving@seattle.gov
www.seattle.gov/transportation/35thNEpaving.htm

Jane Addams MS FundRaiser 11/13/2018

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to provide a brief update on how things are progressing.

I attend and provided testimony at the SPS Special Board meeting for public comment on BEX V Levy last Thursday, 10/18. It was a great session to attend as only 8 members of the public attended to give comment.
I had a separate discussion with Director Burke and Director Mack following the session. They are supportive of our Site Improvements and I have no reason to believe our needs will fall off the list of proposed projects. The board will adopt the final list in the coming weeks. Our big push following placement on the levy will be encouraging folks to vote yes in February.

I have been laying low in fundraising (we are still around the $23,000 mark) for the Stair project this month as the PTSA is conducting their Annual Give campaign. I will begin pushing hard in early November. After all tiles make great gifts! Visit jamsdreambig.org to purchase yours!

Lastly please help spread the word of our upcoming school takeover event at the RAM restaurant at University Village on 11/13 from 5-9PM. We will receive 10% of all sales during that time. I’ve attached a poster.

thank you,
Colleen

Lake City Way Corridor Improvement Project Community Drop in Sessions

Lake City Way NE (State Route 522) is one of the busiest arterial routes in Northeast Seattle. The 3.67-mile-long corridor (from I-5 to the city limits at NE 145th St) has seen a high volume of collisions over the years. The roadway facilitates travel to and from the city, supports thriving businesses, hosts frequent transit routes, and functions as “Main Street” for residents in this part of the city.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will be working closely with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to enhance safety, accessibility, and travel on Lake City Way NE. WSDOT plans to repave the corridor and upgrade ADA curb ramps, and we will construct spot and intersection improvements to enhance walkability and safety for all travelers.

There will be two Drop in information sessions regarding this project:

Lake City Way Corridor Improvement Project

Join project team members at one (or both) of our upcoming public drop-in sessions to ask questions and learn more about the Lake City Way Corridor Improvement Project. Interpreters, kids activities, and light refreshments will be provided.
Drop in Session #1Drop in Session #2
September 17th, 2018September 25th, 2018
6-8 PM6-8 PM
Faith Lutheran Church
8208 18th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

PROJECT INFORMATION & CONTACT
LCWimprovements@seattle.gov | (206) 256-5458
www.seattle.gov/transportation/LCWimprovements

PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS

Meadowbrook Your Voice, Your Choice Project Selected!!!

In a fantastic piece of news for our community, the City of Seattle has announced that the Your Voice, Your Choice submission from our neighborhood (see below) was selected as a winning project this year. This goes to show that when the community stands together and goes to the city to fix an ongoing issue, it can succeed!

We will post more information here on this blog when the details/schedules/etc are made available.

Thank you,
Your Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Project: #5G. (Project #18-543)

This round we have a much needed improvement in the Meadowbrook area on the roster. Project: #5G. (Project #18-543)

YVYC 2018: 18-543, NE 105 St and NE 104th Pl: Due to the intersection geometry at NE 105th St & NE 104th Pl, installing floating median islands to clarify intended vehicle movements is recommended.

Click on the document image above to view the project details

Your Voice Your Choice: Vote now for park and street projects in our neighborhood!

It’s time again to vote for Your Voice, Your Choice — for park and street improvements nominated by you and your neighbors here in Meadowbrook, Lake City and City Council District 5.

The 2018 Your Voice, Your Choice Vote takes place June 16 to July 16. Click above to vote online!

  • Voting is open to anyone age 11 and up (must be 13 and up to vote online) who lives, works, goes to school, worships, receives services, volunteers, or is part of a program in the City of Seattle.
  • Each voter may cast one ballot per City Council district, and may choose up to three (3) projects per district. Complete Project List
  • You can vote online or by paper ballot at any Seattle Public Library branch.

The list of projects in all districts is available here for your review. If you go to D5 you will see that we have 7 projects in Lake City/Meadowbrook/Little Brook, our eastern chunk of the district.

Meadowbrook Project: #5G. (Project #18-543)

This round we have a much needed improvement in the Meadowbrook area on the roster. Project: #5G. (Project #18-543)

YVYC 2018: 18-543, NE 105 St and NE 104th Pl: Due to the intersection geometry at NE 105th St & NE 104th Pl, installing floating median islands to clarify intended vehicle movements is recommended.

Click on the document image above to view the project details

Preparing for work on Meadowbrook Pond Rehabilitation Project

Dear Community Member,

SPU’s contractor is now onboard, and we are working with them on final preparations for the sediment removal project at Meadowbrook Pond. We plan to keep the pond open until they are ready to begin work, which will be the week of July 9th at the earliest.

Once work begins, Meadowbrook Pond will be closed for about 3 months. In-water work will be completed by the end of September with clean-up, demobilization, and site restoration extending into mid-October. Typical work hours will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

While most of the site will be closed for safety and security reasons as well as to enable the contractor to adequately stage equipment and efficiently remove sediment from the site, the perimeter pathway will remain open throughout much of construction with some intermittent closures.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

We have heard from the community, and we know that the beavers and other wildlife are important. In preparation for construction, SPU coordinated with Washington State Fish and Wildlife and other agencies to identify an optimal time period for construction that will have the least affect fish and other aquatic life (also known as a “fish window”). In addition, environmental analysts from SPU’s Urban Ecosystems group are continuing to evaluate the site to minimize our impacts on wildlife during construction. Continue reading

Summer is here and so are the Events!

Summer is here and there are so many things going on in our area. Below are several-hope to see you around the neighborhood!

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

June 30, 2018- 1-4PM @ Hubbard Homestead Park 11203 5th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98125
Councilmember Debora Juarez is hosting her 3rd annual Live in D5 event!
Live in D5 is a community celebration of North Seattle featuring:

3 local bands, Free salmon and fry bread sponsored by the United Indians of All Tribes, and a baby goat petting zoo. Over 30 booths from neighborhood & municipal organizations. Please join us for this free and family-friendly celebration! Look for the Meadowbrook table!

June 16-July 16, 2018-Your Voice Your Choice -Vote now for park and street projects in our neighborhood!

It’s time again to vote for Your Voice, Your Choice park and street improvements nominated by you and your neighbors here in Meadowbrook, Lake City and City Council District 5. The list of projects in all districts is provided at the link below for your review. If you go to D5 you will see that we have 7 projects in Lake City/Meadowbrook/Little Brook, our eastern chunk of the district.

Project Options

Once you decide on THREE projects you most favor, click on the big VOTE NOW box and cast your vote. Continue reading

Meadowbrook Community Council Meeting May 8, 2018 7:00PM-8:30PM

Meadowbrook Community Council Meeting Announcement
Time: May 8, 2018 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location: Meadowbrook Community Center | 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Welcome to Springtime in Seattle! As your new Meadowbrook Community Council President I want to introduce myself. Born and raised in the Seattle area I have resided in Meadowbrook since the early 80’s. My family still lives in the first home we purchased, and my children attended our local schools. I have a great love of this area . As a full time Realtor I have watched our neighborhood change, house by house. Our neighborhood is doing pretty good here in NE Seattle! As the incoming MCC President I intend to be accessible and responsive to the needs of our community. Fortunately I have had the benefit of an outstanding mentor in Dan Keefe. Dan has served MCC President for the past seven years and much of what has been accomplished has had his hand in it. He will be a tough act to follow! Not to worry though—Dan is now our MCC Vice President! Continue reading

Meadowbrook Community Meeting January 9, 2018 7-8:30PM

MCC Meeting Announcement For:
January 9, 2018; 7-8:30pm

I was late in reserving Rm1 so meeting will be in Rm11 (room to the right as you walk in).
We will not be having a featured speaker for this meeting but instead we will focus on several other issues.

I will provide an update on the Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) program. It has started with a short time line. Ideas will be due on Feb 2nd. I’ll have forms and ideas that folks can consider as potential project ideas to submit. You can also go on line to study up on the program. I just Googled “Your Voice, Your Choice,” or you can go to Your Voice Your Choice. I will also try to set a date for a YVYC meeting to prioritize and electronically submit our project ideas.

Meadowbrook Community Council

Meadowbrook Community Council

We will also entertain nominations for the board other than those currently proposed i.e., Pam Bowe- President, Dan Keefe – VP, Mike Reinhardt – Secretary, and Wilma Boyd – Treasurer.

We will need to allocate $25 for dues for our continued membership in Lake City Neighborhood Alliance (LCNA) if we indeed want to continue to be a member. We could also use someone to be our representative at their meetings.

The Sidewalk Committee will provide its usual update on the various projects SDOT has been working on in our area and take any comments you may have on what has been implemented so far. I plan to push hard for the completion of the sidewalk on NE 110th btwn 35th & 36th Avenues by Sept, 2018.

Status of JAMS Playground Beautification planning project will be discussed.

Emergency HUB status will be updated.

Look forward to seeing you at the meeting. …… Dan Keefe, President