Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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New Programs Coming to You in 2020

Last month, Mayor Durkan signed the 2020 City Budget adopted earlier by Seattle City Council. This budget includes exciting new programs for Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and continues to lay the groundwork to further improve our efforts to support and coordinate city outreach and engagement.

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10 Weeks of Reduced Link Service Beginning January 4: Ten weeks of construction will reduce Link light rail service beginning Jan. 4. The Connect 2020 project builds new light rail tracks connecting Seattle to the Eastside. Here are the basics: trains will run every 12 minutes, seven days per week; all trains will have four cars; riders traveling through Pioneer Square Station will change trains on a new center platform. (more)

Nominate a Business for the First Annual Seattle Legacy Business Program: If you know a small business in your neighborhood that goes beyond goods and services and is an essential part of your community, nominate them for the Legacy Business Program. (more)

Share Feedback on Neighborhood Street Fund Projects: The 15 projects selected for the 2019-2021 cycle of the Neighborhood Street Fund Program are in the early stages of design and Seattle Department of Transportation is seeking feedback on the project concepts before moving forward. (more)

Seattle Public Utilities Encourages Waste Prevention Projects with Matching Grants: Projects must increase waste prevention in Seattle through starting a new project or expanding an existing activity. Grant requests may range from $3,000 to $20,000 and there is a 50% matching requirement for recipients. (more)

When It Snows, Shovel It: We’re counting on everyone to help clear their sidewalks of snow & ice next to their homes, businesses, and job sites to help keep everyone in our communities safe and moving this winter. (more)

City Seeks Designs for Backyard Cottages to be Pre-approved for Permits: To help more residents own and rent detached accessory dwelling units (DADUs), the City is seeking submissions from architects, designers, and builders for plans that will be pre-approved for construction permits. (more)

Join the Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board (SPAB): The SPAB plays an influential role in making walking and using a wheelchair or other mobility device safer and easier. If you're interested, submit a letter of interest and resume (optional) via email by January 24. (more)

Deadline Extended to Apply to be a Design Review Board Member: Board members evaluate the design of new buildings based on citywide and neighborhood-specific design guidelines. The boards review large mixed-use developments, multifamily housing, and commercial projects. Apply by December 31. (more)

Don’t Miss the Seattle Home Fairs: The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections will be hosting their popular Seattle Home Fairs in early 2020. Jam-packed with useful information about your planned remodel, the permitting process, renting in Seattle, and so much more, this is an event not to be missed! (more)



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"Can Rainier Beach’s Kubota Garden Remain a Refuge for All?"

"The South Seattle sanctuary is a testament to the power of public space and the promise of racial integration."

(See the full article in South Seattle Emerald)



Seattle’s Fresh Bucks Program Finds Sweet South Park Partnership: Frutería Sandoval, a family-owned business in central South Park, is now accepting Fresh Bucks Vouchers, which can be used like cash to purchase fruits and vegetables at participating retailers around the Seattle area. (more)

Participate in the Design of the Basketball Court at Beacon Hill Playfield: As part of the City’s Your Voice, Your Choice program, community members chose to improve the surfacing of the Beacon Hill Playfield court for better play. Share your feedback on the renovation plans by January 6. (more)

Electrical Upgrades Planned in the Delridge Neighborhood: Seattle City Light crews plan to upgrade the electrical reliability of the Delridge neighborhood by replacing aging utility poles, overhead wires and equipment along SW Brandon St, 21st Ave SW, SW Andover St, and 23rd Ave SW. This project is scheduled to begin in January 2020 and will have impacts to the surrounding areas. (more)



New Mobility Action Plan for Getting Around North Downtown: The North Downtown Mobility Action Plan outlines the first ten years of transportation projects for Belltown, Uptown, and South Lake Union that will be funded in part by the development agreement of Seattle Center’s new arena. (more)


  • Swedish Cherry Hill Standing Advisory Committee: January 8, 6pm (more)



Participants Needed to Advise on Zoning Modifications to Northgate Elementary School: Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications desired for Northgate Elementary School. (more)

Discuss Zoning Modifications at West Woodland Elementary School: You are invited to discuss the development plans for West Woodland Elementary School at a meeting to be held on Monday, January 6. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to consider nomination of the Nickels Apartments / Villa Camini in University District: You are invited to attend the meeting on February 5 and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

Take the 24th Avenue NW Street End Survey: This is a quick, 5-minute survey to learn more about what folks in Ballard want on this street and street end after the Ship Canal Water Quality Project is completed in 2025. (more)


  • Northeast District Council Meeting: January 2, 7pm (more)
  • West Woodland Elementary School Departure Advisory Committee Meeting: January 6, 6pm (more)
  • Phinney Ridge Community Council: January 7, 7pm (more)
  • Ballard District Council: January 8, 7pm (more)
  • Green Lake Community Council: January 8, 7pm (more)