New Fire Station 20 opens its doors to the public this Saturday

The newest and greenest Fire Station in Seattle is hosting an open house this Saturday, January 31st. The construction of Fire Station 20 at 2800 15th Ave W is now complete, and the Seattle Fire Department and Seattle Fire Fighters Union, Local 27, welcome Queen Anne and Interbay neighbors to check it out.

Whether you have future fire fighters in your household or you are interested in the latest sustainable building practices, the event is sure to be a hit. Just swing by on Saturday between 11am and 1pm to check out the new facilities and meet local Queen Anne fire fighters.

Fire Station 20 is the most sustainable fire station in the state of Washington, and on its way to becoming the first in the state to attain LEED Platinum certification – the U.S. Green Building Council’s certification program recognizing best-in-class green building strategies. The station meets 2015 energy reduction guidelines of the Architecture 2030 challenge, and the materials and features not only earn enough points for LEED Platinum certification, those points outnumber all other stations with Platinum status.

Sustainable features of Fire Station 20 include: ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures, drought-tolerant landscaping, efficient irrigation systems, infiltration garden filters, LED light fixtures, ground source heat pump, and a rooftop solar panel array. It also has a recovery system for heat exhausted from the building and an energy management and control system to maximize efficiency.

Fire Station 20 will house Engine 20 and a crew of four firefighters. The new facility features an extra bay to accommodate an EMS unit if needed in the future.

Learn more about the newest, greenest Seattle Fire Department station on Saturday, the event is free and open to all.

McClure holding Open House and Tour for prospective students and their families

If you’re the parent of a soon-to-be middle-schooler, mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 29th. McClure Middle School is hosting an Open House and Tour to help families learn more about Queen Anne’s neighborhood middle school. Incoming students can learn more about their new school and parents can learn more about what McClure offers its students.

Check out the flyer below for all the information you need to know:

Meet firefighters and check out the upgraded Fire Station 8 at Saturday’s Open House

As part of the 20th Annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, the Seattle Fire Department’s Fire Station 8 on Upper Queen Anne is one of 18 fire stations opening their doors to the public. The open house is this Saturday, February 8th, from 11am to 1pm, and all are welcome to attend the celebration.

Fire Station 8 has undergone a seismic and safety upgrade and renovation – just completed in October 2013 – and the Fire Chief is ready to show off the new features of the station located at 110 Lee St, and meet the neighbors.

According to Fire Chief Gregory Dean: “We want to open the doors to our new fire station which has been upgraded to better serve the neighborhood. This is also an opportunity for the public to meet their local firefighters and learn about their life saving techniques.”

Key upgrades and improvements include:

  • structural upgrades to meet current seismic safety standards
  • an addition that relocated the station watch office and allows for future a tillered aerial ladder apparatus
  • a new roof, window replacements and building mechanical system improvements
  • a contamination area, bunker gear storage, major disaster and EMS storage, and a battery charging area

Fire Station 8 was upgraded through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Program, approved by Seattle voters in 2003. The Open House is a chance for neighbors to meet local Queen Anne firefighters and tour the station – and it’s family friendly, so bring your future firefighters!

Holiday Open House Hosted by Crockett Street Merchants this Saturday

The Queen Anne merchants at Crockett Street & 6th Ave West are hosting a Holiday Open House this Saturday, December 1st from 4-7pm. It’s a great opportunity to visit these merchants, say hello, and enjoy some holiday treats!

Here’s the rundown on participating merchants:

Pink Ginger is offering 15% off purchases during the Open House, and will be serving holiday treats as well. Pink Ginger opened in 2008 as a specialty boutique with a Soho-London feel. The shop has locally made jewelry and clothing from both local and global designers in sizes small to size 24. The shop provides not only a range of sizes, but also varying styles that address the needs of different body types.

Beverly Hunnicutt will be serving hot cider all day Saturday with additional refreshments from 4-7pm. In addition to providing a wide range of tailoring needs, the shop also sells “twice-loved” cashmere and wool sweaters and handmade jewelry by local jewelers Cheryl Baker and Ellen Lyons. Beverly also makes and sells scarves, pillows, and small gifts from antique kimonos, and has an in-house line of recycled cashmere fingerless gloves, caps, and neckwarmers. It’s Beverly Hunnicutt’s 30th year on Crockett Street.

Rhinestone Rosie will be serving light refreshments during the Open House in their totally redecorated shop. Rhinestone Rosie has also been on Crockett Street for 30 years, buying and selling both fine and costume jewelry, as well as providing repair services. Antique jewelry is a shop specialty, and owner Rosie has been a regular on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.

Meadow Boutique will also be participating in the Open House, and all of the unique holiday merchandise is out and on display, including ornaments and holiday gift items. The boutique also offers hand-selected clothing, jewelery, gifts, and home accessories. Meadow opened in December 2009, so it’s also celebrating a 3-year anniversary next month.

So, stop by the merchants at Crockett St & 6th Ave West on Saturday for a festive late afternoon Open House!

Public meeting on Lower Kinnear Park Thursday

Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark), and HBB Landscape Architects are hosting a community meeting on the Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project this Thursday, June 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bayview Retirement Community, located at 11 W Aloha Street.

From FOLKpark:

Join FOLKpark, HBB Landscape Architects and Seattle Parks to learn more about the proposed restoration of the forest, the link to the waterfront, tennis court renovation, trail improvements, off-leash area and more!  We will present findings from our arborist and geotechnical consultants and talk about funding priorities. Bring a neighbor!

The Lower Kinnear Park enhancement project is one of fifteen projects to receive funding from the parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. You can read more about the redevelopment at the project website, or in our past coverage.

If you can’t make it to this meeting, there will be a second meeting also at Bayview on Thursday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Want to pass along information about this meeting to friends and neighbors? Download the printable flier here (.pdf).

Mercer West Project Open House Wednesday

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting an open house on the Mercer West Project from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 at Seattle Center’s Rainier Room, located within the Northwest Rooms Plaza.

At the meeting representatives from SDOT will discuss the preliminary designs for the project, including information on the underpass at Aurora Ave and the two-way conversion of Roy and Mercer streets between 5th Ave N and Queen Anne Ave N. SDOT will also present recommendations for West Mercer Place and West Mercer Street, based on evaluation of the alternatives and input from stakeholders.

The SDOT project team will be available to solicit ideas from the public and answer questions attendees may have about current preliminary design concepts for the following:

  • A wider Mercer Underpass at Aurora Avenue North;
  • Converting Mercer and Roy Streets from one‐way to two‐way operation;
  • And improving intersections, street connections and bike access.

From SDOT:

The Mercer West Project would complete the City’s vision for a direct, two‐way connection between I‐5 and Elliott Avenue West, continuing where the Mercer East Project leaves off. The proposed improvements include:

  • Widening Mercer between Dexter Avenue N and Fifth Avenue N, including the underpass at Aurora to provide three lanes in each direction, left‐turn lanes, wider sidewalks, and a bicycle path;
  • Converting Mercer Street to two‐way operation with two lanes in each direction and turn pockets between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
  • Converting Roy Street to a two‐way street with one lane in each direction and bicycle lanes between Fifth Avenue N and Queen Anne Avenue N;
  • Creating a new Sixth Avenue N connection between Mercer and Harrison Streets; and;
  • Closing Broad Street to re‐connect the street grid between Ninth Ave N and Fifth Ave N.

Read more about the Mercer West Project on the project website, and in our ongoing coverage.

Open house on W Thomas Street overpass tonight

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is scheduled to begin construction on the West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass, a project designed to improve safety and provide direct access to Myrtle Edwards Park from the Lower Queen Anne area for pedestrians and bicyclists, next month. The project was originally slated to begin in August, but was pushed up after a lawsuit over the project’s schedule, which conflicted with Seattle’s annual Hempfest festival and rally.

In advance of construction time SDOT is inviting the public to learn more about the project, including information on traffic detours and area impacts throughout the construction period, from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, May 26 in the Elliott Bay Room of Homewood Suites, located at 206 Western Ave W, near the overpass site. From SDOT:

SDOT project staff will be available to explain design and construction details, and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation, so participants may show up any time between 5 and 7 p.m. Complimentary parking underneath the Homewood Suites building is available by checking in at the front desk and obtaining a key card to enter the secure parking garage.

When the overpass is completed it will provide access over the very busy Elliott Ave W and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) railroad tracks to Myrtle Edwards Park. It will also serve as a connection for bicyclists, part of a future Lake Bay Loop – a planned bicycle route that will run between South Lake Union, Seattle Center and the existing bicycle trail in Myrtle Edwards Park.

The project, part of the Walk, Bike, Ride initiative and funded by the Park Levy I and II, grant funds from the Puget Sound Regional Council and King County, and private donations, is estimated to cost a total of $10 million.

For more information visit the project website, or review our past coverage here.

Overview of West Mercer Project meeting Thursday

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce is hosting an overview of the Seattle Department of Transportation’s West Mercer Project tomorrow, Thursday, May 19 from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Executive Inn Best Western, located at 200 Taylor Avenue North. The meeting will include a presentation by SDOT’s Sonia Palma on the latest developments on the project. The event is $20 for chamber members and $25 for non members. To RSVP email

If you can’t make the Chamber meeting Thursday, but would still like to catch up on the issue, SDOT will be hosting an open house on the West Mercer Project from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8 in the Rainier Room at Seattle Center. Items to be covered at that meeting include:

  • Viewing the preliminary plans and giving SDOT your feedback on:
    • A wider Mercer Underpass at Aurora Ave N
    • Converting Mercer St and Roy St from one-way to two-way
    • Improved intersections, new street connections, and new bike lanes
  • Viewing and commenting on project art concepts
  • Learning about the recommendation for West Mercer Place improvements

For more information on the West Mercer Project, check out SDOT’s project website, and our past coverage here.

Successful Schools In Action open house Tuesday

Local education non-profit Successful Schools In Action is hosting an open house fro 3 to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, March 29 at McClure Middle School, at 1915 1st Ave. W. in Portable 1. SSIA invites commuting members to stop by and learn about the programs and plans the organization has in the works for the 2011-2012 school year.

Also coming up on the SSIA calendar:

Readers Workshop for Parents – Make reading fun – for you and your student! Every Wed. for five weeks beginning April 27th. Register Here

Spring Break Art Camp – Choose from Painting, Cartooning, Improv, and Plushie Monsters! Tues. – Thurs., April 19, 20, & 21, For 3rd – 6th graders. Register Here

Find more information on SSIA, its work, and programs in the community on the SSIA website.

West Mercer Place Open House with SDOT March 15

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is holding an open house concerning changes along West Mercer Place, part of Phase II of the Mercer Corridor Project, on Tuesday, March 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Seattle Center Rainier Room.

For those just joining the discussion, many Uptown residents are concerned about the impact proposed plans to widen West Mercer Place and West Mercer by one lane could have on the surrounding neighborhood. These concerns include cutting into the western edge of Lower Kinnear Park (removing land and trees), and increasing Mercer’s role as a major corridor to and from I-5 for for trucks and freight vehicles.

A group of residents opposing the plan have created the West Mercer Mercer Place Facebook group, where they call neighbors to action to prevent this phase of the project. With the motto “don’t truck up our neighborhood!” the West Mercer Mercer Place group has held a letter writing rally opposing the traffic expansion, and put the issue to Mayor Mike McGinn at a town hall in Magnolia last week. Miss that meeting? Watch the video, courtesy of the Seattle Channel, below:

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Read more on this ongoing debate here, here and here.