Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

Genna Nashem

Hey Neighbor: Meet Genna Nashem

Genna is one of our Historic Preservation champions! She has been with the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods since 2006. She currently serves as staff coordinator for the Pioneer Square, Fort Lawton and Harvard Belmont Historic Districts. In this interview you can hear about her favorite neighborhood, her deep love for historic preservation, and what dog breed she most resembles.   (Watch the Video)


Second Public Comment Period Opening for Technologies Subject to the City’s Surveillance Ordinance: The public comment period opens today, February 5, and runs through Tuesday, March 5. Your input will provide City Council with insight into community perspective and ensure City policies responsibly govern the use of these technologies.  (more)

Technology Matching Fund Grant Applications Open: Community organizations and nonprofits are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each. Funding will be awarded to projects that work to improve digital literacy, provide affordable devices, and increase access to free or low-cost broadband. (more)

Help Prioritize Community Transportation Projects: Share your feedback on transportation-related projects in your neighborhood via the Neighborhood Street Fund program. (more)

Join the Transportation Equity Workgroup: Applications are now open for members of community groups to join the new Transportation Equity Workgroup! Seattle Department of Transportation is looking to work hand-in-hand with the communities most impacted by transportation disparities. Apply by 2/22. (more)

Recruiting New Members for Seattle’s Urban Forestry Commission: The Urban Forestry Commission (UFC) advises the Mayor and City Council on policies and regulations governing Seattle’s urban forest. Apply by 2/28. (more)

Seattle Planning Commission Seeks New Commissioners: Join this commission which advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on citywide planning goals, policies, and plans and provides independent and objective advice on land use, zoning, transportation and housing issues. Apply by 2/15. (more)

Join the Move Seattle Levy Oversight Committee: Are you a Seattle resident passionate about transportation? The Levy Oversight Committee is a vital mechanism of accountability on how Move Seattle Levy revenues are spent. Apply by March 1. (more)

Waste-Free Communities Matching Grant: Seattle Public Utilities is now accepting applications for matching grants for community projects focused on waste prevention. Grant requests may range from $5,000 to $20,000. Apply by March 22. (more)


Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Turner-Koepf / Beacon Hill Garden House: The public is invited to attend the meeting on February 20 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Share Feedback on New Park at 48th Ave. SW and SW Charleston St: Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting a booth at the West Seattle Farmer’s Market where you can learn about the new park project, meet the design team from Cascade Collaborative and provide input on the design of this new neighborhood park. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the Proposed West Seattle Junction Restricted Parking Zone (RPZ): The proposed RPZ would prevent all-day parking by commuters on blocks with RPZ signs. Share your comments online or in-person. (more)

Don’t Miss the South Seattle Home Fair: Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord, renter or potential homeowner, Seattle Department of Construction & Inspections' home fair will have something for you! Ask them about permitting process, inspections, code requirements, rental housing rules, and much more. (more)


  • Southwest District Council: February 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • Roxhill Clean and Green Crew: February 9, 9am (more)
  • Georgetown Community Council: February 11, 7pm (more)
  • South Park Neighborhood Association: February 12, 7pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Street Fund Community Prioritization Event: February 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • South Park Safe Streets Projects Open House: February 19, 6:30pm (more)
  • High Point Community Center Play Area Celebration: February 24, 2pm (more)



Mayor Durkan Advances Vision to Create Affordable, Livable Community at Magnolia’s Ft. Lawton: Plan would create new affordable homes and preserve park space in a high opportunity area of our growing City. Legislation will be transmitted to City Council this Spring. (more)

Update on Urban Triangle Park in South Lake Union: Seattle Parks and Recreation announced the construction contract for this new park in South Lake Union. Construction will begin soon and completion of the park is anticipated to be early summer 2019. (more)


  • Seattle University Standing Advisory Committee: February 5, 5:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Street Fund Community Prioritization Event: February 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • Queen Anne Community Council: February 6, 7:30pm (more)
  • 2019 Chinatown-ID Kickoff: February 7, 4pm (more)
  • Seattle Police Department's Fabulous Forums: February 7, 6pm (more)
  • Lunar New Year Celebration: February 9, 11am (more)
  • MFG-Won't You Be My Neighbor: February 11, 4pm (more)
  • Fort Lawton Public Meeting: February 11, 5:30pm (more)
  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: February 13, 6pm (more)



Community Volunteers Needed to Advise on Zoning Modification to Roosevelt High School: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant a modification to a City zoning regulation affecting Roosevelt High School. Apply by 2/25. (more)

Share Your Thoughts on the SR 520 Montlake Project: Take this short survey designed to solicit community feedback on potential scenarios to preserve the Montlake Market building, along with their associated tradeoffs for the community, project schedule and project cost. (more)

Northacres Off-Leash Area Closes for Improvements: Seattle Parks and Recreation is installing new fencing and upgrading the gated entries. The construction work will close the OLA from February 4 through March 1. (more)


  • Winter Safety Neighborhood Event: February 7, 4:30pm (more)
  • Northeast District Council Meeting: February 7, 7pm (more)
  • Haller Lake Community Club: February 7, 7pm (more)
  • Hands-On Skills Fair: February 9, 10am (more)
  • Sweetheart Swim and Potluck at Evans Pool: February 9, 12pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Street Fund Community Prioritization Event: February 11, 6pm (more)
  • City University Community Advisory Committee: February 12, 6:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Street Fund Community Prioritization Event: February 13, 6pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: February 13, 7pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop: February 16, 10am (more)