The Ravenna Creek daylighting project is currently
being studied to determine the feasibility of the project. The
purpose of the study, being conducted by Metro, is to examine
what would be required to complete the project as conceived in
the Master Plan prepared by the Ravenna Creek Alliance.
The study will examine such things as the cost of
the project and the adequacy of water flow through the creek during
the dry summer months. The study will attempt to identify issues
that have not yet identified that might effect the success of
the project. The study is an important step toward getting the
creek back to the surface and flowing into Lake Washington again.
An obstacle has developed with regard to the route
of the creek and proposed park east of the Silver Cloud Inn. At
the time the project was under review for approval, the owners
of the Silver Cloud, Jim Weymouth and partners, promised the community
that they would sell the east 60 feet of the property to the City
of Seattle for a park and the creek right
of way. After the motel permit was approved, an appraisal
was conducted, and Open Space bond funds were set aside to purchase
the property. The park planned for this site is a key feature
of the daylighting project.
The owners of the Silver Cloud have now stated that
they are no longer interested in selling the property for the
price at which it has been appraised. Rather than sell the property
as earlier promised, the owners now plan to build 36 additional
motel rooms on the property.
Another appraisal will be conducted, to arrive at the value of the land, taking into consideration the potential revenue the 36 additional rooms might generate. However, an appraisal may result in a price which exceeds the amount of Open Space bond money originally set aside for the purchase at the time the original promise was made. It would be unfortunate to have a broken promise block a project as valuable as the daylighting project. Negotiations are continuing.
Newly elected City Council member Tina Podlodowski
will be a special guest at the Ravenna-Bryant Community Association's
Winter Membership Meeting, on Wednesday, February 21, at the Ravenna
Eckstein Community Center. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Come
out and welcome her to the neighborhood.
Councilmember Podlodowski was elected last November
to the City Council seat vacated by Jim Street. She was recently
named chair of the Council's new Neighborhoods and Neighborhood
Planning Committee. This committee will have an important role
in issues of concern to neighborhood residents, activists, and
Councilmember Podlodowski will also chair a council
committee on the use of technology. She is
well suited for this task; prior to entering public
life, she had a successful career at Microsoft.
The winter meeting will also feature Kathy Kolarsick,
Police Department Crime Prevention Coordinator. Ms. Kolarsick
coordinates block watch and crime prevention efforts for North
Seattle. She will discuss issues regarding the current state of
crime and crime prevention in our neighborhood. For further information
on Block Watch, or to obtain information on making your house
safer, call Ms. Kolarsick at 684- 4636.
You'll also hear updates regarding ongoing projects
in the neighborhood such as Ravenna Creek, the proposed new Ram
Restaurant, and the YouthCare housing proposal for the Deluxe
II site. We hope to see you there. For more information, call
Brian Peyton at 729-1049
YouthCare, a private non-profit agency for youth,
is proposing the development of a four story building housing
its offices and housing at the site of the former Deluxe II Restaurant,
5401 26th Avenue Northeast. The proposed building is currently
undergoing design review by the Department of Construction and
Land Use (DCLU).
The first floor of the proposed building will contain
the YouthCare administrative offices. The second floor will provide
21 beds of transitional and shelter care housing for youth. YouthCare
will own the building, and manage the first two floors. The youth
housing will have 24 hour awake staff, and no youth with a history
of violent behavior will be accepted.
The top two floors will contain ten two bedroom apartments
for small families in need of low priced housing. The Low Income
Housing Institute will manage the top two floors of apartments.
The project includes 18 underground parking stalls.
YouthCare has been operating residential facilities
for youth for 21 years. It operates Straley House in
the University District, and a similar facility in
YouthCare is purchasing the property from the owners
of the former Deluxe II, who in 1991-92 proposed to construct
a building of similar size. That proposal caused neighborhood
concerns about the height and scale of the building and the amount
of traffic the building would generate. A single family residential
neighborhood is located on three sides of the site.
The city's design review process allows the public
to comment on the design and siting of a proposed building. A
pre-design meeting was held on February 5, 1996, and was attended
by neighborhood residents. Issues raised included transition between
commercial and residential zones, increased setbacks, landscaping
and open space, and the building's scale.
Review of the proposed project is proceeding (Application Number 9505397). For more information, contact Kit O'Neill at 523-4523, or Patrick Doherty of DCLU at 233-3852.
Ram International, operator of the Ram cafe in University
Village, is exploring the possibility of constructing a new restaurant
at a site at the corner of NE 50th Street and 30th Avenue NE,
at the southwest corner of Calvary Cemetery.
University Village will not renew the lease for the
Ram Cafe when it expires. Ram International is interested in remaining
in the area. A two story 6500 square foot building would be constructed
at the front of the triangular lot. Representatives of Wahl &
Associates, the developer of the site, and Ram met with 25 residents
at the January RBCA business meeting to discuss the project. Residents
of the area expressed concern about existing traffic,
parking, and congestion in the area, and the danger to pedestrians
walking in the area, which has no sidewalks and curbs. Residents
also identified problems with poor drainage, cooking odors, and
the presence of people who have been drinking at the restaurant.
Suggestions for traffic diversion measures were well-received.
The status of the project is now uncertain. The developers have met with DCLU to discuss the project. Apparently, DCLU raised concerns about certain aspects of the project. The developers will consult with Ram to determine whether to proceed with the project.
University Urban Center Continues Neighborhood Planning
The University District Urban Center continues on
with its neighborhood planning effort. Phase I is drawing to a
close. That portion of the planning effort has involved identifying
and communicating with interested stakeholder groups, and writing
a "vision statement." A planning committee for the next
steps was elected at a public meeting on January 17. The scope
of work for the planning effort will be formulated, and the real
details of planning for the area will begin. RBCA will continue
to monitor and participate in the planning process, especially
as it concerns portions of Ravenna-Bryant.
RTA to Formulate New Transit Plan
The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) is in the process of developing a new mass transit plan, to be
placed on the ballot in the fall. It has released
a "hypothetical example" which involves about half the
cost of the original plan, and has much less light rail. The new
plan will still contain light rail through the University District
and the Roosevelt District, but as in the last plan, the rail
line will not run on the surface streets. It will run underground
in a tunnel, or elevated, from the University District to Northgate.
RBCA and its members work hard on issues important
to you, such as preserving our residential neighborhoods. We want
new members, and need volunteers to distribute the Newsletter
and work on a variety of projects. Annual dues are only $10.00.
Your dues allow us to continue distributing this Newsletter and
keep you informed. Return this form with your dues to: Ravenna-Bryant
Community Association, Ravenna Eckstein Community Center, 6535
Ravenna Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115. You'll receive the newsletter
and other special mailings, and know that you've made a contribution
to help your community.
AREAS OF INTEREST OR CONCERN:
City Council Proposes Six Year Capital Spending Plan
The City Council has released a draft plan for allocating
$660 million in capital spending over the next six years. The
draft plan identifies projects in the areas of Culture and Recreation
($300 million); Transportation ($120 million); Major Maintenance
($120 million); Economic Development ($40 million); and City Government
Buildings ($80 million). When adopted, the plan will set the Council's
strategy for spending on major projects.
The plan includes $100 million to implement as yet unidentified improvements identified by neighborhood planning. The money for the projects would be raised from councilmanic bonds; voter approved bonds and levies; the City general fund; and a new source of transportation funding to replace the recently invalidated street utility tax.
A public meeting on the plan will be held on February
12, 1996 at the Fidalgo Room, Seattle
Center, at 6:00 p.m. A public hearing will take place
on February 22, 1996 at the City Council Chambers, 11th floor,
600 Fourth Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact
the office of Councilmembers Martha Choe (684-8802) or Tom Weeks
Budget Conference Examines City Maintenance Priorities
Nearly 150 people gathered at the Broadway Performance
Hall on January 27 to discuss the City's major maintenance needs
and how to address them. City government has identified $395 million
of major maintenance projects in the City's parks, streets, libraries
and other facilities. The participants were asked to consider
which of these projects should be funded in the upcoming budget,
which sets aside only $20 -25 million per year for major maintenance.
Ravenna-Bryant Community Association Wants You
to help us continue our work. As you can see, there
are a number of issues, large and small, that impact our community
and its future. RBCA only exists because of the work of its volunteer.
We need you to get involved. If you have only a couple
hours a month, we can use them. Our Board meets every month, on
the second Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in newsletter
distribution, Board membership, or have an issue that you feel
strongly about, let us know. Call Brian Peyton at 729-1049.
RAVENNA-BRYANT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Ravenna Eckstein Community Center
6535 Ravenna Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
WINTER MEMBERSHIP MEETING -- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 -- 7:30 p.m.