Zoning

Mayor Greg Nickels has sent legislation to the City Council that he says will improve the character and design of townhouses in Ballard and require environmentally sensitive building and landscaping.

"Most of us would agree that multifamily development must fit better into our neighborhoods," said Nickels in a statement. "These regulations will help ensure that this housing is attractive, sensible, and welcoming, while also supporting our affordable housing goals."

Multifamily development is often a first option for housing and can provide an entry into home ownership.

01/22/2009

Mayor Greg Nickels has sent legislation to the City Council that he says will improve the character and design of townhouses in West Seattle and require environmentally sensitive building and landscaping.

"Most of us would agree that multifamily development must fit better into our neighborhoods," said Nickels in a statement.

The Seattle City Council laid out its goals for 2009 under three overarching themes - fostering safe communities, fairly investing public resources and building a livable city.

A number of the 15 priorities set forward by the council at their Jan. 12 meeting could directly affect the West Seattle neighborhood in the coming year.

Councilmember Jan Drago made moving forward on replacing the Viaduct a goal for 2009.

01/20/2009

The Seattle City Council laid out its goals for 2009 under three overarching themes - fostering safe communities, fairly investing public resources and building a livable city.

A number of the 15 priorities set forward by the council at their Jan. 12 meeting could directly affect the Ballard neighborhood in the coming year.

Councilmember Jan Drago made moving forward on replacing the Viaduct a goal for 2009.

01/19/2009

On Jan. 12, the Seattle City Council laid out its goals for 2009 under three overarching themes; fostering safe communities, fairly investing public resources and building a livable city.

A number of the 15 priorities set forward by the council could directly affect the Ballard neighborhood in the coming year.

Council member Jan Drago made moving forward on replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct a goal for 2009.

01/16/2009

Eugene Guszkowski of Milwaukee-based AG Architecture, a firm specializing in assisted care facilities, presented five plans for the new $150 million redevelopment of the Kenney Presbyterian Retirement Community to the Southwest Design Review Board and area residents at a recent public meeting.

It was held at the West Seattle Christian Church. Two schemes were modified from suggestions collected by the board and public at the first meeting, on Oct. 23.

01/12/2009
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Photo by Steve Shay

Eugene Guszkowski of AG Architecture presents a model of one of his five designs of the Kenney redevelopment project during a recent "early design guidence meeting," the second such meeting, open to the public.

Each year, our community evolves. From smaller issues about community parks to major transportation impacts to this small region of Seattle, the West Seattle Herald has been there to cover it in-depth in order to serve our readers. The new year is bound to bring more news that will continue to shape our community and we will be there to cover it for you.

Here are some highlights of 2008.

January

Area's only motel has name change

By Tim St. Clair

The owner of West Seattle's only existing motel plans to renovate its 50 guest rooms and then seek a neighborhood zoning change from the city to allow taller buildings so that 50 additional rooms could be built on the upper floors.

01/02/2009

After years of wrangling, the third runway at Sea-Tac International Airport was officially opened in 2008. However, the controversy continued.

12/28/2008
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Photo by Menad Yashruti

A dramatic nighttime arson fire at the Tara and Jenny Marie apartments in Burien killed three people and left many others homeless in June.

Developers who want to build above existing height allowances in Seattle neighborhoods will now have to offer some of the increased space at an affordable rent.

The change occurs after the Seattle City Council approved both a resolution and an ordinance to apply incentive zoning to neighborhoods at a Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meeting on Dec. 10.

The Workforce Housing Incentive Program is designed to encourage a wide range of affordable housing in the city.

12/22/2008

Developers who want to build above existing height allowances in Seattle neighborhoods will now have to offer some of the increased space at an affordable rent.

The change occurs after the Seattle City Council approved both a resolution and an ordinance to apply incentive zoning to neighborhoods at a Planning, Land Use and Neighborhoods Committee meeting on Dec. 10.

The Workforce Housing Incentive Program is designed to encourage a wide range of affordable housing in the city.