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Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Two concept plans for the David Rodgers Park play area as presented during a public meeting at the end of October. Courtesy of Seattle Parks & Recreation
Monday, January 29, 2018 1:57 PM
Community members of all ages are encouraged to provide input
  • Motorists using the State Route 99 Tunnel will continue doing so for free this summer. WSDOT has pushed its timeline to begin tolling the new tunnel to sometime this fall.
  • The Seattle City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee heard arguments in favor and opposition to proposed legislation to ease restrictions for developing accessory dwelling units during a public hearing on June 11.
  • Nina Martinez has spent more than 15 years in the software and tech sector, but says the Port of Seattle should make sure new technologies it deploys doesn’t result in job losses.
  • Highline resident Dominic Barrera said he’s long been frustrated by a lack of representation from South King County on the Port of Seattle Commission. He not only wants to bring that voice to the table, but also provide experience from the labor side of port operations.
  • While a number of Magnolia residents came to city hall on Monday to protest affordable housing plans at Fort Lawton as a big problem, the Seattle City Council celebrated a small victory after nearly 15 years of planning and study.
  • The Magnolia and Queen Anne community councils will host a Seattle City Council District 7 candidate forum Thursday, June 20, in the United Church of Christ’s Pilgrim Hall.
  • SDOT is keeping all four options analyzed in a Magnolia Bridge Planning Study on the table, but residents at a Thursday night open house were adamant a 1:1 replacement is the only acceptable alternative.
  • SDOT and Seattle Center Arena developers are still drafting plans for how to avoid massive congestion and welcome in the crowds when the sports and performance venue opens in 2021. Many members of the Queen Anne Community Council pushed back on those plans, protesting a lack of inclusion in the process when the massive project was still under environmental review.
  • The Queen Anne Masonic Lodge building is now a designated Seattle landmark, but only its distinctive exterior, which means plans to build two townhomes inside it can proceed.
  • The Queen Anne Community Council is taking issue with plans to decommission a neighborhood park and restore it as greenbelt space.
  • Former Bellevue mayor Grant Degginger says the Port of Seattle is at the starting point of a number of transformational capital projects, and he believes his experience will help steer those efforts.
  • A long-awaited report assessing funding options for retrofitting unreinforced masonry buildings should the Seattle City Council decide to make such upgrades mandatory is now complete. While the number of URMs in the city is lower than previously reported, the total cost of seismically upgrading around 944 private buildings in Seattle is estimated at $1.28 billion.
  • With all legal challenges currently settled, the Seattle City Council is pushing forward with revised legislation meant to make it easier and more financially attractive to build accessory dwelling units in single-family neighborhoods.
  • Preeti Shridhar believes she has the connections and knowledge to take on the challenges facing the Port of Seattle as it expands its capacity to accommodate economic growth by land, sea and air.
  • Following years of personal struggles, former NBA athlete and small-business owner James Donaldson is making another play for the Seattle City Council.
  • The Seattle Department of Transportation has released a third-party Magnolia Bridge Planning Study that considers three alternatives to replacing the 89-year-old structure, none of which SDOT can afford without state and federal aid.
  • Former Obama Administration official and export business owner Sam Cho says he’s running to provide missing representation on the Eastside and make the Port of Seattle more inclusive of small businesses.
  • Seattle Parks and Recreation expects to have a financial modeling report completed before the end of summer to help guide future decisions about its municipal golf courses, which could either get a boost from the mayor’s office or be removed to make way for some other public good.
  • Designs for stabilization projects at the Queen Anne and Magnolia community centers are still taking shape, but with a scaled back scope and undetermined start time.
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