Queen Anne Elementary is expanding, and its growth brings changes around the school. From traffic impacts, bus load/unload, and on-site parking, the Seattle Public Schools has released a SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) document in advance of breaking ground. Seattle Public Schools has prepared a Draft SEPA Checklist for Queen Anne Elementary School Addition Project.
First up, here’s the plan for the remodeled school:
The 100+ page document is available online – here are its key findings:
- The expanded Queen Anne Elementary School is expected to accommodate a student capacity of 500—an increase of about 80 compared to current enrollment. The expansion may result in 10 additional employees—up from 50 current employees.
- The expansion project is estimated to generate net increases of 54 vehicle trips during the morning peak hour and 53 vehicle trips during the afternoon peak hour.
- Traffic conditions will continue to be busy along the roadways that surround the site—4th Avenue N, Bigelow Avenue N, Boston Street, Crockett Street, and Newton Street—in the morning before school begins and in the afternoon when school is dismissed.
- Traffic generated by the school is expected to add some delay to the study-area intersections during the peak 20 minutes around arrival and dismissal. However, all study-area intersections are expected to continue operating at the same levels as without the project during both morning and afternoon conditions.
- The project would increase on-site parking from 21 to 30 spaces, and is expected to increase midday parking demand by 12 or fewer vehicles.
- During the evenings when large events are held at the school (typically once per month or once every other month), on-street parking demand surrounding the school is expected to continue to be well utilized.
Seattle Public Schools is holding a public meeting on Queen Anne Elementary to present the project and answer questions. All are welcome to attend this meeting at Queen Anne Elementary (411 Boston St) on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
If you can’t make the meeting and would like to submit written comments, you can do so via email through 5pm on June 16th. You can also snail mail comments to:
Seattle Public Schools
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124-1165