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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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200+ new Maple Leaf apartments near Northgate Mall?

January 6th, 2015 by Mike

Update: Seattle has design drawings.

Daniel emails to say the city is reviewing proposals for more than 200 new apartments across the street from Northgate Mall:

The Seattle Department of Planning and Development posted Notices of Design Reviews on two pending construction projects in the Northgate area.

At 10720 Fifth Ave. N.E, the current location for The Tux Shop, the vacant MKG, Kennelly Keys Music, and Toshi’s Teriyaki, plans have been submitted for a 7-story, 132-unit residential building with 3,000 sq. ft. of retail at street level and parking for 104 vehicles located below grade.

At 10715 Eighty Ave. N.E. the vacant former location of Gene Juarez Hair Salon, plans have been submitted for a 4-story, 83-unit residential building with 3 live/work units, 28 surface parking spaces to remain. As is the current trend in Seattle, the developer is not required to match or add any new parking space for tenants.

Public hearings on these two projects will be held on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm at the University Heights Community Center, 5031 University Way N.E., Room 209.

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What if Northgate Mall was really Downtown North?

November 13th, 2014 by Mike

Earlier this month The Urbanist, noting the Northgate light rail station will likely transform the Northgate neighborhood, suggested this:

Northgate Mall (owned by Simons Property Group) has a particular opportunity to redevelop as a regional employment center and neighborhood core for the greater Northgate community.

The blog posted 10 Ways Northgate Mall Could Become ‘Downtown Northgate.’
Here are two we particularly like:

5. Build a public square.

Creating a civic space space like a large neighborhood park or square goes a long way to anchoring Northgate Mall as the neighborhood’s center.

7. Don’t forget the groceries.

Unlike some of the hotter real-estate markets in Seattle, the greater Northgate area has very few grocery shopping options within walking distance.

Read the whole thing here.

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Tablet stolen from woman in wheelchair at Northgate

August 30th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle Police robbery detectives need help identifying a pair of men who snatched a tablet computer from a woman at Northgate Mall last week.

In a press release, police say the incident occurred inside the mall on Aug. 22nd.

The woman and her husband, who both use wheelchairs, were waiting for a Metro Access van when two men approached.

“”Cameras inside Northgate captured the two suspects as they crept closer and closer to the victim. After lurking near the woman for several minutes, one suspect got close enough to grab the tablet out of the her hands. Both men then fled the mall.

“If you can help police identify these suspects, please contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.”

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Fight leads to truck fire overnight near Northgate

April 20th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle Police report a fight just north of Northgate Mall ended with a truck set on fire and at least one arrest.

In addition to the police press release, our news partner The Seattle Times has a story with map here.

Police said that the suspect, a man in his 20s, was arguing with the vehicle’s owner, a 28-year old man, over a woman who was part of their group. The suspect pulled a gun, poured a flammable substance into the truck, and set it on fire. The incident occurred in the 11300 block of Corliss Avenue North.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m.

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Arrests made in threatening robbery near Northgate Mall

January 7th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle Police this morning announced the arrests of two men in connection with a robbery near Northgate Mall that occurred on Boxing Day – Dec. 26th.

At about 2:30 p.m., the victim was walking near the mall when he was confronted by three acquaintances. They engaged in a conversation when one of the men asked the victim if he could try on his Ralph Lauren down vest.

The victim told him no, and the suspect pushed him against a wall and held him there. He ordered him to take off the vest and then motioned toward his waistband, as if he was reaching for a gun. The suspects removed the victim’s vest and distinctive Gucci belt and then fled in a car.

Robbery detectives were assigned the case and distributed a wanted bulletin for the suspects. Yesterday, just before noon, a Shoreline Police Department officer located and arrested one of the suspects near Northeast 174th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast, just north of the city limits.

During his arrest, the officer located a loaded .380 caliber semi-auto handgun in the suspect’s waistband.  The handgun had been stolen in a 2012 residential robbery that happened in King County. The suspect was wearing the victim’s Gucci belt taken in the robbery.

Officers arrested the man and his brother, ages 19 and 20. The third suspect is still at large.

The original police report states the robbery occurred in the 400 block of Northeast Northgate Way, along the north side of the mall. It says the robbers got away in an old Toyota, driven by a fourth suspect.

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Science, Santa and heart health this weekend

November 15th, 2013 by master

The community is doing its best to make sure the winter rain doesn’t get you down with events for all ages tomorrow:

Santa Arrival Event at Northgate Mall
8:30-10 a.m. Nov. 16
Bring the kids for free treats and activities as Santa arrives at Northgate Mall!

Caspar Babypants Fall Concert
Northgate Community Center, 10510 Fifth Ave. N.E.
10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 16
Caspar Babypants returns to Northgate Community Center for a fall concert for ages 1 and older. Cost is $5/person.

Healthy Heart Fair
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, 1550 N. 115th St.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16
You’re invited for a day of fun and learning as Northwest Hospital celebrates the opening of UW Medicine’s Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital. Participate in free hands-on activities:

  • Health screenings – know your numbers
  • Heart healthy exercises
  • Try CPR and learn how to use a portable defibrillator
  • See your own heart rhythm and amazing images of the human heart
  • Explore the new heart center
  • Meet our physicians and providers

Learn about:

  • Nutrition, healthy eating and heart-healthy recipes
  • Heart disease and women
  • Cardiac risk in children and teens
  • Lowering cardiac risk by reducing stress

Keeping your heart healthy is one of the most important things you can do to ensure overall long-term health, whether you’re a child, teen, adult or senior. The good news is, there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of heart disease, and trying even one will make a lasting difference.

Jane Addams’ Environmental Science Carnival
Jane Addams K-8, 11051 34th Ave. N.E.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 16
Jane Addams’ second annual Environmental Science Carnival is all the fun of a regular school carnival with a science twist! Come explore stream life, make a paper owl, throw a penguin, race a snail and pet a chicken. Concessions will include baked treats and healthy lunch options served on compostable products. The event will be in the school gyms (enter at the SW corner of the building). Tickets, good for all booths and concessions, will be sold at the door. Proceeds to benefit the Jane Addams’ PTSA. Get free tickets by bringing non-perishable food items which will go to the school’s winter break food drive. One can is good for 1 ticket (up to 5 tickets per family).

On top of all this fun, the Lake City Way branch of All the Best Pet Care (8050 Lake City Way N.E.) is celebrating its grand re-opening by offering 10 percent off everything this weekend.

Anybody know of any other area events we should add to this roundup?

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Northgate Old Navy grand opening this weekend

September 16th, 2013 by master

The north end of Northgate Mall is continuing the growth spurt that started when Maple Leaf’s Wild Root Salon & Spa opened a location there a few years ago, followed by the addition of the Northgate Play Area in December 2011.

Now the area is getting what could be an even bigger boost with the addition of a new Old Navy location, which is touting its arrival with myriad grand opening events this weekend.

The festivities begin with a VIP party from 5-8 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 20, featuring :

  • 25% Off your entire purchase (excludes gift cards)
  • “12 Months of Deals” coupon books while supplies last

  • In-store activities

The fun continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, with:

  • Prizes all day long
  • A special grand reveal
  • Free reusable tote for the first 300 shoppers
  • 20% Off entire purchase (excludes gift cards)

Discounts continue Sunday, Sept. 22, with 20 percent off shoppers’ entire purchase (excludes gift cards).

From a news release: [

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Two nearby police incidents this weekend at Green Lake and Northgate

August 12th, 2013 by Mike

A man with a handgun threatened people at the Green Lake Community Center basketball courts this weekend, police report.

And, somebody torched a photo booth at Northgate Mall, police add.

Both events occurred on Sunday, Aug. 11.

At approximately 9:15 a.m. police were dispatched to the community center, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N.

Twelve minutes later the suspect was in custody. No one was shot, police said.

“There are no additional details at this time. This remains an active and on-going investigation.”

About a quarter-hour later officers responding to a reported arson at Northgate Mall found somebody set fire to a curtain on a photo booth at the mall’s south end near the food court.

From police:

A witness saw the fire and notified a nearby store employee. They then flagged down a security officer who extinguished the fire.

Security camera footage was checked and showed the suspect exiting the mall and heading south on foot. Officers conducted an area search however, the suspect remains at large.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.

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