Neighborhood Groups

Seattle School Board members have asked district staff to come up with alternatives to a proposal that would alter the districts' youth and family policy for tenants in surplus buildings.


Community groups and other organizations that rent surplus Seattle School buildings, including three in the Ballard area, could get a chance to purchase the sites if they can come up with millions of dollars.

The district is currently evaluating its lease agreements with tenants in 19 surplus buildings across the city to determine whether or not to sell or increase rents to make more money. Seven are school buildings slated for closure this fall.

The Daniel Webster School in the Sunset Hill neighborhood has been home to the Nordic Heritage Museum for the past 25 years.


The Seattle School District is starting to shift its focus away from school closures to it's inventory of surplus buildings, including three in the Ballard area that the district could decide to sell or increase rents to make more money.

The district's real-estate portfolio includes buildings that serve as interim school sites and long- and short-term leases with third parties.


The Phinney Neighborhood Center has turned this old school into a vital community center that hosts a variety of activities. The center would like to purchase the building from the Seattle School District but would have to raise a substantial amount of money. Dean Wong photo.

When community groups across the city said Seattle isn't as safe as it could be, city hall listened, adding money for 31 additional police officers in the city's biennial budget.

Community groups here say that's only a starting point.

"We don't intend to stop - we'll keep nagging them until we get more officers on the streets," said Jack Heavner, vice-president of the North Precinct Advisory Council, one of the groups that lobbied the city for more police officers.


The city of Seattle is looking for qualified candidates to fill upcoming openings on the city's Design Review Board.

The positions will be available next April when retiring board members' terms expire.

The city is seeking professionals in the design and development fields, who have proven skills and established careers.


Some West Seattle bar and restaurant owners say they are opposed to a draft proposal from Mayor Greg Nickels that would force establishments to get a special nightclub license and meet stricter noise and safety requirements.

Some also say the proposal and would give the city too much regulatory authority.

Gerry Kingen, owner of Salty's on Alki, said he's ready to battle Nickels' proposal "tooth and nail."

"If Nickels wants a fight we'll take it out on the street," said Kingen. "I don't like government meddling.


LATE SATURDAY AT ALKI. There was no rowdiness or loud music when this photo was taken at 11:30 Saturday night on Alki Avenue, across from the beach and near restaurants under fire by some neighbors for disruptions and noise, and subject to a potential city ordinance that would classify restaurants with entertainment after 10 p.m. as nightclubs. Photo by Amber Trillo.

It's almost Earth Day and some neighborhood groups will use that day to launch community clean-ups to celebrate their neighborhoods and drum up enthusiasm for community projects.

The 14th Avenue Northwest Vision Project will host an Adopt-A-Street Clean Up Party

Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., starting at 5912 14th Ave. N.W.


Improvement project guru Sam Star is at it again, and this time he's taking the lead on the Salmon Bay Elementary and Middle School playground renovation.

After getting input from Salmon Bay students and staff, a preliminary sketch of an estimated $225,600 playground was presented at the first public meeting last week.


Several Ballard neighborhood groups are seeking to get the Washington Legislature to compel the Seattle Monorail Project to consider selling property on the basis of factors besides the highest bid.

The monorail agency has stated that its legal obligation to city taxpayers is to sell properties for the highest price, in order to retire debt as quickly as possible.

Some people worry that buyers willing to pay the most money for the property might develop businesses that would clash with the neighborhood aesthetics like gas stations and strip malls.

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The Seattle Monorail Project is selling its property to pay off debt and end the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax but several neighborhood groups in Ballard are asking state legislators to change that process.

The Ballard District Council, Loyal Heights Community Council and Crown Hill Business Association have all either drafted a formal letter or are asking their members to lobby state and city legislators to compel the Seattle Monorail Project to consider selling property on the basis of factors besides highest bid.

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