News Blog for Seattle's Maple Leaf Neighborhood

 

Why didn’t police respond to 911 calls?

February 28th, 2016 by Mike

KING 5 TV tweeted this weekend that Seattle Police will investigate why police entirely failed to investigate multiple 911 calls about a crash at Lake City Way Northeast and Northeast 20th Street.

A car crash during an evening rush hour last month left two drivers angry and frustrated after Seattle Police failed to respond to their repeated calls to 911. Both drivers told dispatchers they thought the man who caused the accident was drunk and they feared he could hurt or even kill someone if he left the scene.

It’s certainly not the first time here.

The King 5 story is here. The incident occurred Jan. 14th.

Frustrated by the lack of response from the 911 center, Aspelund tracked down a phone number of the Seattle Police Department North Precinct, located about 2.5 miles from the crash site. She said the officer who answered was no help at all, telling her that unless there was a horrible accident police were unlikely to respond and recommending she take up her complaint with city leaders.

The reaction so far has not been supportive:

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Tonight's community meeting is live

January 28th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle Police Officers M. Rios and Nic Plemel address the meeting.

More than 70 neighbors are at this evening’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The agenda includes briefings on the old Waldo Hospital site, traffic on Lake City Way, crime in the neighborhood, and new apartments near Northgate Mall.

Questions were raised over homeless camps in Thornton Creek, drug use and squatters in  vacant buildings.

“A common problem with vacant buildings is determining who has the actual (legal) authority over the building,” said Officer M. Rios. Otherwise, “our legal authority to move somebody out is very limited,” she said.

Also, who responds to off-leash dog complaints at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park?

“We would try to de-escalate the situation first,” said Officer Nic Plemel, adding: “I have not personally responded once to an off-leash dog call.” (Which would normally be handled by the city’s animal control department.)

The officers and audience members seemed to agree that communication between neighbors is key. “Your neighbors are the best defense you have” against property crimes such as car prowls and burglaries, said Rios.

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Tonight’s community meeting is live

January 28th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle Police Officers M. Rios and Nic Plemel address the meeting.

More than 70 neighbors are at this evening’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council.

The agenda includes briefings on the old Waldo Hospital site, traffic on Lake City Way, crime in the neighborhood, and new apartments near Northgate Mall.

Questions were raised over homeless camps in Thornton Creek, drug use and squatters in  vacant buildings.

“A common problem with vacant buildings is determining who has the actual (legal) authority over the building,” said Officer M. Rios. Otherwise, “our legal authority to move somebody out is very limited,” she said.

Also, who responds to off-leash dog complaints at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park?

“We would try to de-escalate the situation first,” said Officer Nic Plemel, adding: “I have not personally responded once to an off-leash dog call.” (Which would normally be handled by the city’s animal control department.)

The officers and audience members seemed to agree that communication between neighbors is key. “Your neighbors are the best defense you have” against property crimes such as car prowls and burglaries, said Rios.

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Wednesday: Community meeting on traffic, police, more. Sunday: 12th Man rally at noon in the park

January 27th, 2015 by Mike

A meeting from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday will focus on plans for the now-defunct Waldo Hospital, traffic on Lake City Way, new apartments near Northgate Mall – and police and public safety.

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council is held at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free, licensed child care will be provided.

According to the council’s newsletter, the main item on the agenda will be a 45-minute presentation by Aegis Living on plans to build an assisted living facility on the grounds of the old hospital at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

There will also be a briefing from the Seattle Department of Transportation on Lake City Way, and information on the apartments near the mall.

Finally, the newsletter notes: “The Seattle Police Department will be on hand to talk about public safety. It’s no secret property crimes are a problem in Maple Leaf. It’s also no secret the priority SPD puts on property crimes needs adjustment.”

Police-related items being discussed in the neighborhood this week include squatters in a vacant house in the 9800 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast and a number of tents in the Thornton Creek woods behind the bus stop at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street (across from Northgate Mall).

In non-police news: Maple Leaf’s 12th Man returns to the park at noon Superbowl Sunday!

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Endangered: The Northgate pedestrian bridge at I-5

January 25th, 2015 by Mike

Last week The Urbanist had this post: “Call To Action: Save the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge.”

It talks about the planned bridge over Interstate 5 to link North Seattle College and Licton Springs to the Northgate transit center and light rail hub.

When we last wrote about it, the projected cost was $20 million, paid by a variety of agencies, including Sound Transit.

Now The Urbanist reports:

The Northgate Pedestrian Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle oriented crossing of I-5 for the Northgate Link Station, is at risk of losing its funding in the summer. The Sound Transit Board placed an artificial time limit for the City of Seattle and Sound Transit to come up with a funding solution.

And it notes some of the benefits:

In recent years, new growth has been occurring at a rapid pace and transforming this area. Licton Springs also hosts North Seattle Community College, a number of office buildings, a hotel and some small retail. On the east side of this bridge lies the neighborhood of Maple Leaf, which also hosts mixed density, major retail outlets, library, and a community center. There is a significant draw between these two communities, and there ought to be a strong natural path for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between them.

For more details, and to take action, follow the link.

The Urbanist also has a post on pedestrian improvements along Lake City Way Northeast, noting: “Lake City Way is an arterial street in northeast Seattle that has been chronically unsafe for all users. It’s also a State highway, so features beyond sidewalks and beg buttons for people walking are mostly an afterthought.”

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Zaina opens in Maple Leaf Village

July 15th, 2013 by master

If you drove in the vicinity of Lake City Way and Northeast 80th Street over the weekend, you likely noticed that the new restaurant Zaina, home of the “Greatest Falafel on Earth,” has opened and that it was immediately quite popular in the community.

Neighbor Eric sent us the above photo from Saturday night, telling us:

The place was slammed tonight with a line out the door.

We’ll try to stop by soon to get more information about the falafel and gyro shop, which previously was located in Pioneer Square.

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Coming soon: "Greatest Falafal on Earth"

April 19th, 2013 by master

The space recently vacated by iBurger & Shake won’t stay empty for long.

Signs posted at 8000 Lake City Way state that “Zaina” is coming soon, boasting “Greatest Falafal on Earth” and “Best Gyro Ever.”

Anybody heard anything else about Zaina?

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iBurger & Shake on Lake City closes

March 11th, 2013 by master

Despite the recent spate of new businesses opening in Maple Leaf, including LeBlanc Floors and Espresso Repair Experts, there also are some area closures to report in addition to the drastic changes under way on Northgate Way.

On the far southeast end of Maple Leaf, there is now a for lease sign posted at iBurger and Shake, which had a good run in the parking lot of Maple Leaf Village after opening in June 2010 at 8000 Lake City Way.

And a “Roosevelt Dad” tipped us off to an article in seattlepi.com about the closure of the Baskin & Robbins at Green Lake, which had been a fixture at the popular park since the 1970s. Although the Northgate location still is open, at 826 N.E. Northgate Way, its view of a parking lot on Northgate Way lacks a bit of the ambiance compared to the former store directly across the street from Green Lake.

Roosevelt Dad adds: “I think the new Green Lake frozen yogurt store and the trend toward healthier treats (or at least ones perceived as healthier) must have put the final nails in BR’s coffin.”

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Liquor store in place of Italian Spaghetti House?

September 19th, 2012 by master

For a year we’ve been trying to figure out what’s happening with the Italian Spaghetti House, just across from Maple Leaf at 9824 Lake City Way N.E.

David Miller, president of the Maple Leaf Community Council Executive Board, shares this tidbit in an email to the Maple Leaf Business Subcommittee (which you can sign up for here):

Some of you may have noticed the remodeling going on at the site of the former Italian Spaghetti House restaurant. According to Seattle Department of Planning and Development, indications are a liquor store will be going in at this location. We’ve notified Wedgwood (the site is in their neighborhood boundaries). We’d appreciate your thoughts on this. We’re looking into the code, but we doubt there is anything we could do about this even if the neighborhood reached consensus something needed to be done…

What are your thoughts on a liquor store replacing the Italian Spaghetti House?

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Sidewalk construction on Lake City Way

December 19th, 2011 by Mike

By Mwiza Kalisa

In most of Maple Leaf sidewalks end around Northeast 85th Street, but a new stretch of sidewalk going in on Lake City Way this spring proves there is still hope that the North End will someday become more pedestrian-friendly.

The new sidewalk, bridging a span of Lake City Way from the staircase at Northeast 95th Street, is connected to a six-unit housing development being built at Northeast 95h between Lake City Way and 20th Avenue Northeast.

The Maple Leaf Community Council and neighbors have been actively supporting the sidewalk addition, which will provide safer access to nearby Sacajawea Elementary School, among other schools and bus stops.

Initially the developer had no plans to construct a sidewalk, arguing that since the houses wouldn’t have access to Lake City Way, a sidewalk didn’t have to be built. But with plans to convert the staircase just west of Northeast 95th into a driveway for a development, the Maple Leaf Community Council ensured that the city require the sidewalk.

“Because sidewalk funds are so limited in the city, as neighborhood advocates you resign  yourselves to the fact that you take what you can get,” said David Miller, a member of the council’s executive board. “We didn’t get everything that we wanted, but you never do. We get a sidewalk on Lake City Way, which never would have happened any other way.”

Many community members, especially parents, are concerned about the impacts of the construction site. Parents are worried about the safety of their children at Sacajawea, located on 20th Avenue Northeast.

Scott Kemp, a city senior land use planner at the Department of Planning and Development, said that the school district has expressed similar concerns. To protect schoolchildren during construction, the developer has proposed to improve the intersection of 20th Avenue and 95th street. [Read more →]

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