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.

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

Uptown Alliance meets Thursday: Updated agenda with Sound Transit, Uptown Urban Framework, and more

The Uptown Alliance is kicking off the year with its first meeting of 2016. In addition to officer elections, the agenda includes presentations on the Uptown Urban Design Framework and parking study, the Roy St shelter, and an update on Uptown parks. All are welcome to attend the meeting at 7pm, Thursday, January 14, 2015 in the Community Room at the EXPO Apartments (100 Republican St).

Here’s the full agenda:

7:00 – 7:10   Welcome and introductions

7:05 – 7:50   Sound Transit 3 presentation

7:10 – 7:20   Uptown Urban Design Framework & parking study

7:20 – 7:30   157 Roy shelter update

7:30 – 7:40   Queen Anne Land Use Review Committee (LURC) update

7:40 – 7:50   Uptown Parks Activation update

7:50 – 8:00   Transportation committee update

8:00 – 8:30   Election of Uptown Alliance officers for 2016

8:30 – 9:00  Topics of concern, approve November meeting minutes

Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, last meeting until 2016

The Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, November 12th at the Community Room in the EXPO Apartments building.

Thursday’s meeting kicks off at 7pm and includes the Lake2Bay project, Uptown Urban Design Framework, and the Overnight Emergency Homeless Shelter at 157 Roy.

– 7:00 – 7:10:  Welcome and introductions

– 7:10 – 7:50:  Lake2Bay project update

– 7:50 – 8:00:  Uptown Urban Design Framework update

– 8:00 – 8:10:  Queen Anne Land Use Review Committee (LURC) update

– 8:10 – 8:20:  Uptown Parks Activation update

– 8:20 – 8:30:  Transportation committee update

– 8:30 – 8:40:  Housing committee update/157 Roy

– 8:40 – 9:00:  Topics of concern, approve May meeting minutes

This meeting will be the last one for 2015. The Uptown Alliance reconvenes in 2016 with a meeting on Thursday, January 14th.

Uptown Alliance meets today, Expedia campus and Roy St shelter on the agenda

Uptown Alliance new logoThe Uptown Alliance meets today, Thursday, September 10th at 7pm in the EXPO Apartments Community Room (100 Republican St). After a couple months off for summer, the Uptown Alliance is back and has a full agenda this Thursday, including presentations on the Expedia campus, Uptown Urban Design Framework, and the homeless shelter at 157 Roy St.
Here’s the agenda:
  • 7:00 – 7:10  Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)
  • 7:10 – 7:30  Expedia Uptown campus plans (Lynn Claudon, Natalie Quick)
  • 7:30 – 8:15  Uptown Urban Design Framework update (Jim Holmes, Lyle Bicknell, Debi Frausto)
  • 8:15 – 8:25  Counterbalance Park activation update (Matt Adkins)
  • 8:25 – 8:30  Transportation Committee update (Michael Davis, Nick Kullman)
  • 8:30 – 8:40  157 Roy shelter update (Rick Hooper)
  • 8:40 – 9:00  Topics of concern, approve July meeting minutes
The meeting is open to all. If you have comments, feedback, or topics of concern for upcoming meetings, mark your calendar for this Thursday.

Uptown Alliance hosts General Meeting on Thursday, May 14th

Uptown Alliance new logoUPDATE: The Uptown Alliance meeting is next Thursday – had the date right, but original post said this Thursday.

The Uptown Alliance meets Thursday, May 14th at the EXPO community room at 100 Republican Street. The meeting starts at 7pm and will cover the following agenda items:

7:00 – 7:10  –  Welcome and introductions (Rick Hooper)

7:10 – 7:25  –  Uptown Transportation priorities (John Coney & Michael Davis)

7:25 – 7:50  –  Teatro Zinzanni property future development

7:50 – 8:15  –  Committee updates – Urban Design Framework, Housing, Uptown Arts & Culture District, Counterbalance Park vending

8:15 – 8:45  –   Topics of concern

All are welcome to attend this monthly meeting that focuses on key concerns and topics for the Uptown neighborhood.

Help Uptown become a Cultural Arts District

uptownThe Uptown Alliance has put out the rallying cry to help document art in Uptown. As part of its effort to have Uptown considered a Cultural Arts District, the organization is documenting art and creative endeavors in Uptown. This inventory of creative work is part of the application process to be named a Cultural Arts District.

What does the Uptown Alliance need? Organizations and businesses in Uptown that support the arts need to help document their efforts. If you represent an organization or business, or know someone who does, check out the survey information below:

The Uptown Alliance is working with the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and other Uptown organizations (Seattle Opera, Teatro Zinzanni, SIFF, KEXP and others) to complete an inventory of all of the creative work going on in the Uptown neighborhood as part of applying for a Cultural Arts District designation for our neighborhood.

We need your help!  Are you affiliated with an organization that supports arts and culture in Uptown?  Do you know someone who is?  Fill out the Cultural Space Inventory form about your organization and submit it by Wednesday, April 15th.

More details on Uptown’s application and information on Cultural Arts Districts will be provided at a June 25th commuity meeting. In the meantime, take the survey and help the Uptown Alliance with its inventory of art!

Uptown Alliance meets Thursday with guest speaker Councilmember Sally Bagshaw

uptownThe Uptown Alliance meets this Thursday, March 12th at 7pm at the EXPO Community Room (100 Republican St). This month, the Uptown Alliance welcomes guest speaker Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Plus, updates on Lake2Bay and a call for 2015 volunteers.

7:00-7:10 – Welcome and introductions

7:10-7:35 – Lake2Bay Broad Street study

7:35-8:00 – CouncilmemberSally Bagshaw

8:00-8:30 – Seattle in Progress web tool and app

8:30-8:45 – Identify volunteers for 2015 priority Uptown Alliance work (Transportation, Historic preservation, Land Use/Housing, Parks & open space, Uptown Arts and Culture District, Senior Community liaison, Communications)

8:45-9:00 – Topics of concern: Parklet update, UDF update, other topics

All are welcome to attend.

The Uptown Parklet opens Saturday with a grand celebration

Uptown ParkletJust shy of a year ago, the city of Seattle announced that its Pilot Parklet Program selected Uptown as one of 10 new parklets. The Uptown Alliance applied for the Uptown Parklet last February, and it’s now a reality with a grand opening planned for this Saturday, February 21st.

Located in front of SIFF Cinema Uptown near the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Republican St, the Uptown Parklet will provide a meeting spot for the community, complete with a new Little Free Library.

The Grand Opening runs from 1pm-3pm on Saturday, February 21st. The Mayor and SDOT representatives will speak at 1:30pm, formally announcing the transition of the Parklet Program from a pilot to a permanent program.

Snacks and coffee will be available, stop by to help the Uptown Alliance celebrate this key milestone that was made possible by the support of Uptown Alliance members, the Uptown community, SIFF, SDOT, and the volunteer time provided by Slater Construction and VIA Architecture’s Community Design Studio.

Uptown Alliance meeting kicks off 2015 with preview of upcoming issues and officer elections

uptownThe first 2015 meeting of the Uptown Alliance is this Thursday, January 8th at 7pm. As usual, the meeting will be held at the EXPO Apartments Community Room at 100 Republican St.

Here’s the agenda:

1.  Introductions and welcome – agenda overview for the meeting

2.  Upcoming UA discussions during the year ahead – 2015 (quick overview)

– UDF process (recent charettes and upcoming January 10 charrette) and opportunities; follow-up on key issues
– Lake2Bay design RFP update
– Circulation issues (Mercer, bicycles, Sound Transit, etc.)
– EXPO tenant concerns – Seattle Center meeting follow-up
– Affordable housing Linkage Fee follow-up
– Pier 86 follow-up

3.  Parklet action status

4.  Election of UA officers for 2015

5.  Round Robin:  key issues for discussion