Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

LaKecia Farmer at Seattle City Hall

Get to Know LaKecia Farmer

LaKecia Farmer is a recent addition to our Strategic Initiatives team where she focuses on outreach and engagement around various policies including transportation, land use, zoning, and public safety.

Get to know more about her on our blog.


Mayor Durkan Announces $600,000 in Neighborhood Matching Fund Awards for Community-initiated Projects: Twenty-eight community groups received awards ranging from $9,295 to $25,000 and have pledged $1,445,428 to match their award through local cash donations, volunteer hours, donated materials, and in-kind professional services. (more)

Community Member Sought for the Landmarks Preservation Board’s Real Estate Position: This 12-member board makes recommendations to Seattle City Council for landmark designation and reviews all proposed physical alterations to designated features of landmark properties. (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces City of Seattle’s New “Renting in Seattle” Program: This program provides a centralized resource for renters and landlords to find information, services, and help with navigating the rules and regulations of renting in the City of Seattle. (more)

Seattle Office of Economic Development Announces New Program to Prepare Local Youth for Jobs of the Future: The first ever Career Connected Learning Grants will fund nine local organizations to increase job readiness competencies for youth ages 14-24. (more)

Learn How to Plan an Accessible Event: The Northwest Universal Design Council and community partners invite you to a forum on May 30 focused on planning events that are welcoming and inclusive to all ages and all abilities. (more)

Nominations are Open for the 2019 Mayor’s Arts Awards: Nominate a person or an organization who you think should be recognized and celebrated! Submission deadline is June 3 and nominees will be evaluated by a panel of Seattle Arts Commissioners and previous award recipients. (more)



conceptual draft of property development by Makers Architecture and Urban Design

Seattle may get a new neighborhood

A 25-acre property north of the Magnolia bridge is about to become vacant. Have a say in its future development. The next opportunity to weigh-in on the project is at an open house on Wednesday, May 15 at the Ballard VFW Hall (2812 NW Market St.) at 6pm.

Read the full article at KUOW.



Take the Mt. Baker Community Priority Survey: The Mount Baker Station Area has been the focus of several planning processes in the past 10 years in which the Mt. Baker community articulated a vision for a thriving, diverse, sustainable, and affordable town center. Share your thoughts on community priorities by May 20. (more)

Give Input on Concept Designs for New Park at 48th Ave. Sw and SW Charlestown St: The design team is still gathering formative input from the community on three design concepts. Share your feedback by May 24. (more)

Mayor Durkan Announces $4.92 Million to Permanently Fund Affordable Housing Cooperative at Othello Square: The City of Seattle is awarding $4.92 million to support the development of the first City-funded housing cooperative at Othello Square, which will include 68 permanently affordable one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. (more)


  • South Park Neighborhood Association: May 14, 7pm (more)
  • Affordable Housing/ Anti-Displacement Discussion: May 15, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 16, 5:30pm (more)
  • Georgetown Community Council: May 20, 7pm (more)
  • Duwamish River Roundtable Info Meeting: May 23, 6pm (more)
  • Taste of West Seattle: May 23, 6pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 28, 5:30pm (more)
  • Duwamish Roundtable Meeting: May 29, 6pm (more)



Chinatown International District (CID) Public Safety Survey: Sonny Nguyen, the CID Public Safety Coordinator, is conducting a public safety survey to understand how things have changed since last year. The survey results will guide the efforts to improve neighborhood safety in the CID. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider the Nomination of The Showbox: The public is invited to attend the meeting on June 5 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

E Union St Protected Bike Lane: Seattle Department of Transportation is building a protected bike lane on E Union St, to help grow the city's bicycle network and provide connections between Capitol Hill and the Central District. Learn more about this project and provide your input by May 31. (more)

9th and University Community Crosswalk: The intersection at 9th and University is getting a Community Crosswalk. The Freeway Park Association is in the final phases of the project and needs community feedback to help choose a crosswalk design. (more)


  • Interbay Giving Garden Work Party: May 14, 5:30pm (more)
  • Seattle Police Department Fabulous Forum: May 15, 6pm (more)
  • Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hour w/ Andrés Mantilla; May 16, 10am (more)
  • All About Accessory Dwelling Units: May 16, 6pm (more)
  • Community CleanUP: May 19, 10:30am (more)
  • Presentation of the Bryant Manor Redevelopment: May 20, 6:30pm (more)
  • Interbay Giving Garden Work Party: May 21, 5:30pm (more)
  • Magnolia Community Council: May 21, 7pm (more)
  • Urban Innovations Speaker Series: May 22, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 22, 6pm (more)
  • Lid I-5 Study Area Walking Tour: May 23, 5:30pm (more)
  • Lid I-5 Study Area Walking Tour: May 25, 10am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 30, 5:30pm (more)



Seattle Parks and Recreation Repairs Arson-Damaged Comfort Station at Maple Leaf Park: Construction work began last week and the comfort station should be open by late summer. (more)

130th / 145th Station Area Planning Survey: New light rail stations at 130th and 145th Streets will serve the neighborhoods of Haller Lake, Pinehurst, Olympic Hills, Victory Heights, as well as the urban villages of Lake City and Bitter Lake. This survey will help the planning team learn more about the needs and desires of the community. (more)


  • City University Community Advisory Committee: May 14, 6:30pm (more)
  • Meadowbrook Community Meeting: May 14, 7pm (more)
  • Thursday for Good - Supporting Ballard P-Patch: May 16, 3-9pm (more)
  • Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale: May 18, 10am (more)
  • U District StreetFair: May 18, 10am (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 20, 5:30pm (more)
  • Your Voice, Your Choice Project Development Meeting: May 30, 5:30pm (more)