Queen Anne home burglarized, three teens arrested

This just in from the SPD Blotter:

On September 30th, at approximately 10:30 AM, officers responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress in the 2500 Block of 5th Avenue West.  The complainant stated that three juvenile males had entered the neighbor’s house through the garage.  The complainant remained on the phone with the dispatchers while officers responded to the area.  Officers set up containment around the house and arrested the three juvenile suspects without incident as they came out of the house.  West Burglary detectives also responded to the scene.   The complainant did a great job in keeping an eye on the suspects and guiding the officers to the correct house without knowing the exact address.  The two 16 year olds and the 17 year old were later booked into the Youth Services Center.

New development on Dexter raises concerns

A planned housing development at 1415 Dexter Avenue has some neighbors worried about losing their views of Lake Union.  Catholic Community Services wants to build 50 units of low income housing on the site which is currently vacant.  That’s not sitting well with some residents of the Nautica condos who live directly behind the site.  They would have to trade their water view for a view of a brick wall.

“It would literally be three feet from the windows of those condos,” said Nautica homeowners association president Gerald Whalen. “It would turn those units into a cave.”

Site of proposed low income housing at 1415 Dexter Ave

Dan Wise with Catholic Community Services tells us two or three units would be blocked by the new building, and that Catholic is trying to minimize the impact as much as possible.

“We’re trying to take all of those considerations into our building design,” said Wise.  “We have a really good record of being good neighbors.”

But Nautica’s HOA president says about three quarters of the condo residents would have their views negatively impacted in some way.  He’s also worried about a possible drop in property values because of the new building.  Dan Wise tells us that Catholic has been meeting with residents as they push forward with the project that is expected to open in 2012.  Once the project moves into design review with the city, residents and nearby businesses will have other opportunities to voice their opinions.

The fight to save the gym at QA Community Center

A proposal to close the gym at the Queen Anne Community Center was met with strong opposition during Wednesday night’s public hearing on the city budget.  Under the mayor’s plan, the gym will be closed in 2011 to make room for BizKid$, a national public television series for children.  BizKid$ will use the gym as a production studio until at least the end of 2011.  Volunteers and supporters of the community center showed up Wednesday in Northgate to tell the City Council they want the gym to stay open.

“Yesterday afternoon the phone was ringing off the hook.  All kinds of parents and coaches wanted information,” said Pat Barger who serves as a volunteer at the community center.

A sign urging the City Council to keep the gym open

The community center gym and McClure’s gym are used by 22 youth basketball teams, and Barger isn’t sure how many of those teams can be relocated.  The gym is also used for several other programs.  Even though the rest of the community center will remain open, Barger fears BizKid$ may eat up other space in the facility.

“It impacts everyone from babies to the elderly.”

The community center will also go from 5 full time staff members to one full time person and two half-time staff members.

Another impact from the proposed budget involves the East Queen Anne wading pool, which will only be open three days a week next summer just as it was this year.

A crowd lines up to speak at Wednesday night’s budget hearing in Northgate

To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The next public hearing on the budget takes place Wednesday, October 13 at South Seattle Community College at 5:30pm.  The City Council has also set up a  web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.

Goodbye Underdawg Records

Underdawg Records, located at 532 Queen Anne Ave, is closing up shop soon. There’s a “for lease” sign in the window, next to another sign detailing the neighborhood record shop’s “retirement sale.”

According to the sign, call vinyl is on sale for 20 percent off, CDs and DVDs are also marked down, and anyone who wants to nab some cheap VHS and cassette tapes can nab them for 50 cents and 25 cents respectively. The folks at Underdawg say they expect to be open for about one more month.

Auction and gala to preserve landmark church

The community is invited to an event to help continue renovations to a Queen Anne historic landmark. The Seattle Church of Christ at 2555 8th Avenue West will hold its 3rd annual Auction and gala event this Saturday, October 2 from 6pm to 10pm. The event will help raise funds needed to match a $25,000 landmark challenge grant. A ribbon cutting celebration will open the evening, followed by appetizers and fine wines. Cost is $20 in advance, $30 at the door. Click here for more information.

Photo from Seattle Church of Christ, Dale Lang

Ballard Bridge lane closure Thursday

Engineers with the Seattle Department of Transportation will be inspecting the Ballard Bridge on Thursday. This means the right-hand, southbound lane of the bridge will be closed from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The sidewalk will remain open.

24 hour prayer vigil on Aurora Bridge

For the second year in a row, a Wallingford pastor will lead a group of people back and forth across the Aurora Bridge as part of a 24 hour prayer vigil. The vigil, set for October 8 and 9, is designed to bring attention to the problem of suicide jumpers.

Pastor Heath Rainwater, a Seattle firefighter who also leads the Vine Christian Ministries in Wallingford, started the “Take Back the Bridge Project” after responding to a suicide on the bridge. He was with the fire crews staging at the bottom of the bridge when he looked up and saw what was happening up top.

“I could see the young man. He was desperate,” Rainwater recently told KIRO-FM. “My heart wanted to be on top of the bridge saying something that could give him hope.”

WSDOT photo

Unfortunately, that young man jumped and died instantly. The “Take Back the Bridge Project” now helps raise money for the Crisis Clinic in Seattle which fields tens of thousands of calls a year. Rainwater says he also hopes the new suicide prevention fence currently being built across the Aurora Bridge will help.

“The reason why we’re so happy about the fence is it causes that separation of time for you to be able to get through that moment when you would impulsively jump and make a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” said Rainwater.

The 24 hour prayer vigil starts Friday, October 8 at 11am. That’s followed by a community march across the bridge on Saturday, October 9 at 12pm. Click here for more information or to register.

Metro changes bus schedules, effective October 2

Bus riders, take note: Metro is revising some routes on its current schedule, beginning this Saturday, October 2. Routes that go through Queen Anne undergoing changes include:

  • Route 17—There are routing changes in downtown Seattle for both northbound and southbound trips—Northbound trips to Sunset Hill will operate via 3rd Ave north of Virginia St and on Blanchard St between 3rd Ave and Westlake Ave N. These trips will no longer operate on Virginia St between 3rd Ave and Westlake Ave, and on Westlake Ave between Virginia St and Blanchard St. Southbound trips to downtown Seattle will operate via 9th Ave south of Republican St, on Bell St between Denny Way and 3rd Ave, and on 3rd Ave between Bell St and Virginia St. These trips will no longer operate on Westlake Ave south of Blanchard St or on Stewart St.
  • Routes16—On weekdays, the northbound 12:40 am trip will leave 15 minutes earlier at 12:25 am. Discontinued: The northbound trips to Northgate from the Seattle Ferry Terminal at 12:10 am weekdays and 12:38 am Saturday.
  • Route 26—Discontinued: On weekdays, the southbound express trip to downtown Seattle from Woodlawn Ave N & Ravenna Blvd at 7:02 am.
  • Route 28—Discontinued: On weekdays, the southbound express trip to downtown Seattle from Aurora Ave N & N 143rd St at 5:34 am and all shuttle trips operating between Aurora Ave N & N 143rd St and Fremont Ave N & N 34th St.
  • Route 30—Weekend service between the Seattle Center and the U-District will begin about 6 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. With the addition of 80 trips per week, there will now be service between the Seattle Center and the U-District until midnight seven days per week.
  • Route 31—Discontinued: The westbound Route 31 trip to central Magnolia from 12th Ave NE & NE Campus Pkwy at 6:23 am.
  • Route 45—Discontinued: The eastbound trip to the U-District leaving Roy St & Warren Ave N at 7:02 am.

Metro says it’s making the schedule and route changes to save money, preserve bus service, and operate more efficiently. Bus riders should check fall schedules for the routes they use most often to see what’s new. You can prepare by picking up a new orange timetable, Special Rider Alert brochure, or use the online Trip Planner for some advance research. When using Trip Planner, be sure to input a date of October 2 or later.

City budget hearing Wednesday night

The Seattle City Council is holding a public hearing on the mayor’s proposed budget at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northgate Community Center Gym, 10510 5th Ave. NE. Sign-in to speak begins at 5 p.m.

Mayor Mike McGinn presented his proposed 2011-2012 budget Monday afternoon. It includes a number of cuts to make up a $67 million general fund deficit. Cuts that will be felt in our neighborhood include proposed reduced operations of the Queen Anne Community Center, and continued reduced operations of the East Queen Anne Wading Pool.

QueenAnneView will have a full report after the meeting.

The city will hold two more public hearings on the budget:

  • At 5:30 p.m., Wed., Oct. 13, The Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. SW
  • At 5:30 p.m, Tues., Oct. 26, Seattle City Hall, Council Chambers, 2nd floor, 600 4th Ave.

If you can’t make it to a budget hearing, you can share your ideas online and browse through other people’s ideas, or use the online comment form.

Mayor’s proposed budget impacts Queen Anne community center, wading pool

Mayor Mike McGinn unveiled his proposed 2011-2012 budget today, and it will have some big impacts on Queen Anne.  The community center will remain open, but will have reduced operations.  The gym will be closed in 2011 to make room for BizKid$, a national public television series for children that focuses on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and life skills.   BizKid$ will use the Queen Anne Community Center gym as a production studio until at least the end of 2011 and provide the city with additional revenue.  While the gym will be closed, there will still be programming in the upper portion of the community center including childcare, preschool, and senior adult activities.  Parks will maintain some staffing for teen program development and continue its partnership with the Community Learning Center at McClure Middle School.

Meanwhile, the East Queen Anne wading pool will only be open three days a week next summer.  

To see more on the mayor’s proposed budget, click here.  

The City Council will now dive into the proposed budget.  One of three public hearings will be held this Wednesday (9/29) at 5:30pm at the Northgate Community Center gym at 10510 5th Ave NE.  The Council has also set up a web page where you can submit ideas to balance the budget and vote on other suggestions.  You can find that page here.