Cafe McClure matriarch Lynn Lobdell retiring after 21 years

If you attended McClure Middle School or have kids who’ve attended in the recent past, take note of this special opportunity to send best wishes to the Cafe McClure matriarch, Lynn Lobdell. Lynn is retiring after 21 years at McClure, you can sign an online card here.

Here’s the info from McClure:

On January 27th, McClure Mavericks will bid farewell to our beloved Cafe McClure matriarch, Lynn Lobdell. Ms. Lobdell has been at McClure for 21 years and in her time as a Maverick, she has nurtured thousands of students through their middle school years. Going above and beyond the call of duty of nourishing our students and providing a positive, safe place for them to eat and socialize, Ms. Lobdell has mentored, monitored, guided, inspired, advised, danced with, and cheered on many a middle schooler in her beloved Cafe McClure.

She is an enthusiastic pillar of McClure’s community and will be greatly missed. If you want to wish Ms. Lobdell goodbye, provide a favorite picture or story, and/or wish her well in her retirement, please sign our online card for her before January 26th.

Thanks for taking a minute to do this, reminding your child to do so and for helping us spread the word to McClure alumni!

Learn about the grocery stores of Queen Anne’s past at a free event this Thursday

The Queen Anne Historical Society dug deep into its archives to pull together a series of articles entitled “Remembering Queen Anne’s Neighborhood Grocery Stores” – in addition to finding them online at the Queen Anne Historical Society website, you can hear directly from the authors this Thursday, January 26th, at a free presentation that’s open to all.

The research done by the Queen Anne Historical Society covers a wide swath of grocery store history. From the turn of the 20th century with Augustine & Kyer (1908-1938) to the roaring 20s with Aasten’s Grocery (which had its own garden for super-fresh produce) to the more recent S&M Market which operated until 1989 (some residents may recall this grocery, it sat where Homegrown is today) – and even a Dick’s Drive-In predecessor, the Motor-In Market – the history of shopping on Queen Anne paints a rich picture of the past.

You can learn more about these lost pieces of history at Thursday’s meeting. The series authors, Jan Hadley and Alicia Arter, will provide a brief history of Queen Anne grocery shopping.

Here are the details:

When: 7pm, Thursday January 26th
Where: Aegis, 223 West Galer
Price: Free and open to the public

Mark your calendars for this Thursday for this free event that dives into the history or our neighborhood!

Key Arena redevelopment: take the Uptown Alliance survey and attend a public meeting

If you have questions, concerns, opinions (or all three) on the redevelopment and/or possible replacement of Key Arena, the Seattle Uptown Alliance has two options for you.

First, take the Uptown Alliance’s survey on Key Arena plans. It’s a short 10 question survey with two key rating/ranking questions:

Potential community benefits: what you believe is most important, whether it’s community, transportation, or clean-up impacts.

Preferences for Key Arena: what you prefer for the future of Key Arena, from keeping the original structure as-is to completely demolishing it, and whether you want NBA/NHL teams playing at the Key.

The survey takes less than 3 minutes to complete, so take it today! Then, mark your calendars for a special community meeting to discuss the redevelopment of Key Arena and its surroundings. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 13th, at 7pm. The agenda is TBD, if you want updates on the meeting, RSVP here.

Seattle Animal Shelter Pet of the Week: Dolly & Luna

Looks like you need a gerbil in your life! How about two? My best buddy Luna and I (I’m Dolly) are looking for a home. What do you think?

Dolly and I are very active and fun. We are a shredding crew! We like to shred tissue, toilet paper rolls, cardboard, everything! It’s our number one hobby.

Then we like to dig in everything we shredded! That means we need a large home so we can roam and keep ourselves busy. We like jumping too (we’ve got some strong legs!)

We are bonded to each other and very cute when we sleep together, all nestled in our bed. Neither of us really enjoys being handled right now, but that could change once we get used to someone. It takes time to build a relationship!

Caring for gerbils: Two gerbils should ideally have at least a ten-gallon aquarium. Change their water bottle daily and make sure to wash it with soap and water during weekly cage cleaning. Carefresh is best for bedding. They need gerbil chow and you should keep the food bowl away from their bathroom area. Gerbils can also eat small amounts of dark greens, carrot and broccoli. Be careful with fruits though because they can be too sugary.

Luna and Dolly (SAS ID #33884910 and 33884912) are busily shredding away in a foster home while they wait for your call. If you would like to meet them, fill out a Small Animal Application available at the Shelter or here, and then meet with an animal care officer at the shelter for review. The Seattle Animal Shelter is located at 2061 15th Ave W. The shelter is open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-6 pm.

Updates on previously featured pets:

Misty (affectionate tabby cat) – available for adoption
Serenity (gentle and wise Siamese cat) – available for adoption
Peaches (young male rabbit) – available for adoption
Iggy Azalea (snuggly iguana) – available for adoption
Argon (quiet, noble little mouse) – available for adoption

Disclaimer: Queen Anne View has not met any of these pets – SAS is providing us with the description, as they know them well. We encourage potential adopters to get in touch with SAS and work with them to evaluate the compatibility of your home and a new pet. Happy adopting!

New Verizon store moving into old Twirl spot

The storefront at 2111 Queen Anne Ave N that used to house Twirl Cafe, then Umbrella Tree, will soon be a Verizon Wireless store.

Readers have reported activity at the location this week, and today the Verizon sign is up. Construction is still underway on the interior space.

No word on when the store will open.

Land with Teatro ZinZanni sold to developer with plans for 16-story building

The land that runs along 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy Streets has been sold to a developer that plans to build two separate buildings on the site: one 8 story building and one 16 story building per the Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections.

The two buildings will 350 residential units and 9,744 sq. ft. of retail space. Below grade parking for 270 vehicles is currently included in the early design phase.

How 16 stories? This project is impacted by the Uptown Rezone, and the notice notes “project relies on contract rezone” in reference to the building height.

The first public meeting for this project is the Design Review Early Design Guidance Review meeting on April 5th:

Review Meeting
April 5, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 1st Ave W, Room 1

In the meantime, Teatro ZinZanni is looking for a new home, which isn’t a small feat. You can read more about the impact on this local icon in this KOMO story. And, you can learn more about the history of the “K Block” from the Queen Anne Historical Society.

Queen Anne teen faces charges for 7-Eleven armed robbery

According to the Seattle Times, a local Queen Anne teenager has been charged with attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree assault for the January 2nd robbery of the Upper Queen Anne 7-Eleven at 1607 Queen Anne Ave N.

Here’s a quick synopsis from the Seattle Times:

“Just after 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, a masked male walked into the 7-Eleven store at 1607 Queen Anne Ave. N., pulled a gun and demanded that the clerk fill a backpack with money. The clerk didn’t believe the gun was real and threw a plastic milk crate at the would-be robber, hitting him in the right hip. As the clerk reached for another crate, the male fired a single shot, narrowly missing the clerk’s head. The gunman grabbed his backpack and fled without getting any cash.”

The next night/early morning, a local Queen Anne resident reported a burglary after finding a gun missing from the family’s safe. Only one of several guns was missing and with no signs of forced entry, SPD linked the two incidents, resulting in the arrest of 17 year-old Henry Hicks.

You can read the full story in the Seattle Times here.

Drone crashes into Space Needle as New Year’s pyrotechnics crew watches

The Space Needle has released footage from a drone that circled the Space Needle before crashing into it as New Year’s Eve fireworks prep crews watched. It’s the third drone that the Space Needle has recovered on its property.

The drone is now in the possession of Seattle Police Department, and the incident has been reported to the FAA.

Full footage from the drone is below, fast forward to 2:15 to see the drone zero in on the Space Needle and crash.

City opens up RFP for Key Arena renovation

As we reported back in July, the City of Seattle is seeking options for a renovation of Key Arena. At the time, the City stated it would open up a Request for Proposals (RFP) process in January. Fast forward to today, and RFPs are now being accepted.

Per the City:

“The City of Seattle is seeking proposals from parties interested in redeveloping and operating KeyArena at Seattle Center as a world-class civic arena presenting music, entertainment, and sports events, including the potential for NBA and NHL events. Responses are due to the Office of Economic Development by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2017.”

A full FAQ on the process is available online. It covers the whys, the hows, the expected impacts, and timeframe. It also answers questions about potential NHL and NBA teams and the proposed SODO arena.

As for funding, the RFP ask proposers be responsible for 100% of the funding to complete the redevelopment, construction, and operation of Key Arena.

Uptown Alliance meets Tuesday: Uptown schools and Key Arena RFP on agenda

The Uptown Alliance kicks off this year’s regular meetings tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10th. In 2017, the UA’s general meetings will be moving from the 2nd Thursday to the 2nd Tuesday of every other month: January, March, May, July, September, and November.

Tomorrow’s meeting will be held at 7pm at the EXPO Building Community Room at 118 Republican St (Corner of Republican-Warren).

7:00-7:10: Welcome and Introductions

7:10-8:00: New Schools (in or near Uptown) – New Seattle Center High School + new Elementary school. Speaker Flip Herndon, Assoc. Superintendent of Facilities and Operations, Seattle Public Schools, will lead a discussion of needs, opportunities, and possible role for UA to help plan and support major new capital bond issue in 2018.

8:00-8:30: Committee / Issue Updates:
– Uptown Urban Center EIS/rezone process and timeline
– Key Arena upcoming RFP; community role/concerns
– Transportation Committee
– Roy Street, QA-Magnolia News event
– District Council next steps

8:30-8:45: Topics of Concern

8:45 – 8:55 January UA 2017 elections

8:55 – 9:00 Approve minutes from November