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Entries from September 2013

Light rail construction to begin at Maple Leaf Portal

September 30th, 2013 by Mike

Sound Transit announced today that work building a light trail tunnel from Roosevelt to Maple Leaf will begin as soon as this week.

Once construction begins, residents, local employees and drivers through the area will notice a series of short-term and long-term changes along First Avenue Northeast between Northeast 90th  and 100th streets.

The immediate work will continue until January, and will include bicycle detours and making First Avenue a one-way street. Details are here.

Trees and shrubs will be removed, and jackhammers will cut through concrete.

Long-term construction includes launching a tunnel boring machine from the Maple Leaf portal to drill two light rail tunnels to Sound Transit’s Roosevelt station, on 12th Avenue Northeast near Northeast 65th Street.

Other machines will tunnel between the underground Roosevelt station and the University District and Husky Stadium stations. North from the Maple Leaf Portal, the trains will run above ground along Interstate 5 to the Northgate station.

All this is predicted to take about four years and is the biggest chunk of the $2.1 billion Northgate Link Extension, set to fully open in 2021.

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Prepare for wind, downed trees, power outages

September 29th, 2013 by Mike

The National Weather Service in Seattle has issued a warning for “the strongest storm system in memory for September.”

It should start arriving around now (5 p.m.) and is predicted to last through much of the night.

People should prepare now for this storm! Expect damage to trees and structures, power outages, and for unsecured items (like lawn furniture and garbage cans) to be blown around.

In a wind warning earlier, the Seattle office  noted “explosive development” in a low-pressure center. Cliff Mass now thinks the worst will hit Vancouver Island, but he, too, spent part of yesterday “getting my home ready for the onslaught.”

If our power stays on, the Seattle City Light map of those less fortunate is here.

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Deadline tomorrow for Northgate design feedback

September 29th, 2013 by master

The arrival of light rail isn’t the only thing that’s coming to Northgate in the next eight years.

The city is also in the process of developing the appropriate urban framework to support a new and improved transit center in the area, which means the chances it will affect Maple Leaf are about 100 percent.

Luckily, your opinion is sought on the draft of the so-called Northgate Urban Design Framework, but you only have until tomorrow, Sept. 30, to submit feedback. The draft plan:

  • Identifies key design concepts for Northgate’s Urban Center to create a healthier, more livable, and denser mixed-use community with more houses and shopping opportunities
  • Illustrates recommended street improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit users
  • Identifies design advice for the area closest to the light rail station, where future development will add to the growing area

Goals of the plan are to: [

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Finding public art in Maple Leaf

September 27th, 2013 by Mike

There’s some unlikely public art in our neighborhood, though it takes a little looking to find it.

Our news partner The Seattle Times has a story today, with an interactive map citywide.

Art in Maple Leaf includes:

* The gazebo in the Maple Leaf park playground.

* Buoys in the swale at Thornton Place.

* Glass art at the Northgate Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

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Lost a bike or Ford key this week?

September 21st, 2013 by master

We received a couple of emails from readers about items lost in the past week.

Emily Irwin with North Seattle Orthopedic & Community Acupuncture, 11329 Pinehurst Way N.E., told us:

On Monday someone locked a bike up to our bike rack but has not come back to get it since. It isn’t it great shape but we were wondering if you could post something on your blog asking the owner to come pick it up? It almost seems as if it is stolen because it does not look rideable but the odd thing is that it is locked up. We have a very small bike rack and we need to be able to accommodate our patients who are cyclists. If we do not find the owner soon we will need to move the bike.

If you think the bike might be yours, call the clinic at (206) 524-6428.

Reader Tamara Oki also emailed us about a Ford key and remote lock control, shown at left, that she found Wednesday on 15th Avenue Northeast between 82nd Street and 85th Street. Email her at for more information.

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Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center at new location

September 18th, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf Veterinary Care Center has moved from just outside the official borders of Maple Leaf into the heart of the business district at 8626 Roosevelt Way N.E., kitty corner from Cloud City Coffee.

Previously located at 1421 N.E. 80th St., workers spent the weekend moving into the new location just .6 miles away.

We’re giving them a little more time to settle in, then we should have more information about the new location. In the meantime, they pointed out that their phone number is still the same: (206) 524-2020.

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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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And speaking of chickens, Chick-fil-A seems heading for Northgate

September 11th, 2013 by Mike

Mike emails this afternoon: “Another chicken: Seattle PI reports Chick-fil-A coming to Northgate.”

Here’s the link to the story.

The sometimes-loathed fast food purveyor Chick-fil-A is coming to Seattle….

The company has now filed a permit application to build a Chick-fil-A on a vacant lot in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood. According to the permit, Chick-fil-A plans to build a 3,600 square foot “quick service” restaurant at 11001 Roosevelt Way Northeast.

The only vacant lot at that address (Roosevelt and Northeast Northgate Way) is the one across Northgate from Walgreen’s.

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And now we have a found chicken

September 10th, 2013 by Mike

Ester emails:”I found a stray chicken and have it in my spare coop at the south side of my house: 9609 8th Ave. N.E.

Please come by and take it if it is yours. Please do not take any chickens from my front yard. They are a flock of seven and I’d like to keep them.

I’d try to integrate the stray to my flock if nobody picks up the stray, but my chickens may peck it too much as it is an outsider. Thanks!

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Neighbor reports a(nother) burglary at this home

September 10th, 2013 by Mike

Justin emailed on Friday: “Just a heads up, friends. There was an attempted break-in to our home today sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.”

He lives near 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way.

Came home to our front door almost off its hinges and one of the front window screens cut (VERY similar to last time).

This is the second break-in in three months! At least this time they weren’t successful. I am going out tomorrow to get a security system with alarm and camera.

Please keep your eyes open and homes safe!

Aside from yours, the police crime map for September so far shows only two other residential burglaries in Maple Leaf. (The icon on the far left is an office building that lost cash and a safe.)

The other two were in the 10700 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast and the 800 block of Northeast 95th Street.

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