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Entries from April 2015

Large poodle on the loose at N.E. 103rd

April 19th, 2015 by Mike

A reader emails this morning:

“Large male poodle on an adventure at Northeast 103rd Street and going south on Roosevelt Way Northeast. No owner in sight.

“About 9:10 a.m. Low growling and barking as he passed by.

“A sunday stroll .”

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Could neighborhood block watches be part of the solution?

April 17th, 2015 by Mike

Shortly before our last post (crime, drugs, parks) Cathy emailed to say she’s been a block watch captain in west Maple Leaf for the past two decades.

I am on the SPD’s block watch distribution. Neighbors within the loose boundaries (Northeast 88th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast) are on my neighborhood email distribution.

I provide a map of the neighborhood, updated when there are changes, to all on my distribution. Car prowls, stolen cars, break-ins, etc. are reported to me by email from the affected party. (Neighbors contact police if incidents require.)

I send emails so that everyone is aware of any new incidents. Neighbors are proactive and very friendly with one another which facilitates our communications.

The Seattle Block Watch program is explained here, including how to start or revive one. Looks like neighbors have to buy their own signs, though.

We don’t know how many block watch groups are currently in Maple Leaf. But it seems more might make a dent in property crime incidents here.

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Crime and drugs and Maple Leaf parks

April 14th, 2015 by Mike

Several neighbors have written to report drug-related issues in parks here or nearby.

Chris writes:

This Spring has seen a real uptick in intravenous drug use in one of our parks. I have come across more syringes than usual since the beginning of the year in the park parcel bounded by Roosevelt Way Northeast at the northeast corner of the Beaver Pond Natural Area.

Last week (see my post to your Facebook page) my six-year-old put her hand on a capped syringe while trying to clamber over a log. This morning, I found three uncapped syringes in the English ivy under a tree she frequently climbs.

I would love to see some community involvement in finding a fix (no pun intended) (I have filed police reports, by the way).

Similarly, on the listserve Nextdoor Northgate/Maple Leaf people are discussing teens at Victory Creek Park.

I just called the cops on some kids drinking on the playground equipment at Victory Creek park next to the QFC on Northeast Northgate Way.

Heather was walking with our three-month-old through the park and asked me to look up and call the police. It’s really frustratingto me that the closest park with playground equipment to us is this park, which is constantly filled with beer cans, drug paraphernalia (such as needles) and other non-kid friendly items.

What can we do to clean up this area so it’s clean and safe for our and other families?

In a follow-up email, Chris adds: “I, for one, have an inkling that a lot of property crime (burglaries, car thefts, graffiti) in Maple Leaf is driven by drug problems.

I was contacted by SPD today (Tuesday) regarding our ongoing crisis. The officer suggested putting pressure on the Seattle Parks Department to install sharps containers in the park. His reasoning was sound. It’s clear that our natural areas are extremely difficult to patrol. Safe disposal of needles will at least go a long way toward minimizing blood-borne pathogen exposure for the rest of us.

Was hoping to garner some community interest/involvement/input.

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More tagging at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park

April 12th, 2015 by Mike

This morning at the park. Thanks to John Wolff for cleaning up the last graffiti – and giving directions for how he did it.

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Absentee ballots arrive -but the council election is next fall

April 10th, 2015 by Mike

Absentee ballots for the April 28th special King County election — what? You didn’t know there was one? — started arriving this week.

But that election has only one issue for Seattle residents: Replacing police and fire radios that date back to the 1990s.

(The total is $246 million. Estimated cost is $2 monthly for the median homeowner. The levy lasts nine years. Today’s Seattle Times editorial in support is here. The only opponents appear to be rural folks worried about levy lids. Why it takes a special property tax levy to buy emergency radios is … complicated. But it’s worth noting the radio system spans 39 cities plus the county and lets their first responders talk to one another.)

The election of major interest comes this fall, when Seattle City Council members will be elected by districts. The filing deadline for that contest is May 15.

Since we last wrote about the Fifth Council District, which includes almost all of Maple Leaf, one additional candidate has filed – Debadutta Dash. The latest filings are here.

That election is generating mounting interest. Mian Rice (son of former mayor Norm Rice) stopped by Maple Leaf Life South recently while out doorbelling. A supporter of Sandy Brown (“transit investment and sidewalks”) showed up with fliers last week. And David Toledo commented on our previous post, introducing himself (sidewalks!).

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What’s big and being built in Maple Leaf?

April 8th, 2015 by Mike

From time to time people wonder what’s being built on Maple Leaf’s major streets.

This is often time-consuming to find out, but now there’s a better way.

It was featured earlier this month by Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat: Growth gone wild? Website map pins it down.

The column was about a new tool that posts and updates works in progress:

Ethan Phelps-Goodman, formerly of Facebook, built a website and app that displays every big development project as a pin on a map of the city. Seattleinprogress.com is updated daily from city records, charting all the developments from day one of application through permitting and construction.

The map above shows such projects in Maple Leaf. Clockwise from Maple Leaf Park they are:

* 8521 ROOSEVELT WAY NE

Jan. 12, 2015: Land Use Application to allow a 20-unit residential building above 2nd floor office and 1,067 sq. ft. 1st floor retail. Parking for 25 vehicles will be located within the structure .Existing 5,000 sq. ft. structure to be demolished.

* 9550 1ST AVE NE

July 24, 2014: Land Use Application to allow a 6-story hotel with 167 rooms (Hampton Inn & Suites). Parking for 135 vehicles to be provided in a parking garage on site and 15 spaces in an adjacent off-site surface parking lot. Project includes 4,600 cu. yds. of grading. Existing structure to be demolished.

* 301 NE NORTHGATE WAY

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a 2-story parking garage and surface parking for a total of 700 vehicles located below and at grade.

* 10720 5TH AVE NE
Land use application to allow a 7-story, 144 unit apartment building with 2,700 sq.ft. of retail at street-level and parking for 122 vehicles located below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Pending Lot Boundary Adjustment. Early Design Guidance includes project 3019072.

* 10715 8TH AVE NE

Design Review Early Design Guidance to allow a 4-story, 83 unit residential building with 3 live/work units, 28 surface parking spaces to remain. Existing structure to be demolished. Pending Lot Boundary Adjustment.

* 8512 20TH AVE NE

Sept. 28, 2007: Land Use Application to allow a six-story building containing 4,000 sq. ft. of retail at ground level and 145 residential units above in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 167 vehicles to be provided in a below-grade garage. Project includes 21,900 cu. yds. of grading. Existing 14,500 sq. ft. commercial structure to remain.

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What's big and being built in Maple Leaf?

April 8th, 2015 by Mike

From time to time people wonder what’s being built on Maple Leaf’s major streets.

This is often time-consuming to find out, but now there’s a better way.

It was featured earlier this month by Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat: Growth gone wild? Website map pins it down.

The column was about a new tool that posts and updates works in progress:

Ethan Phelps-Goodman, formerly of Facebook, built a website and app that displays every big development project as a pin on a map of the city. Seattleinprogress.com is updated daily from city records, charting all the developments from day one of application through permitting and construction.

The map above shows such projects in Maple Leaf. Clockwise from Maple Leaf Park they are:

* 8521 ROOSEVELT WAY NE

Jan. 12, 2015: Land Use Application to allow a 20-unit residential building above 2nd floor office and 1,067 sq. ft. 1st floor retail. Parking for 25 vehicles will be located within the structure .Existing 5,000 sq. ft. structure to be demolished.

* 9550 1ST AVE NE

July 24, 2014: Land Use Application to allow a 6-story hotel with 167 rooms (Hampton Inn & Suites). Parking for 135 vehicles to be provided in a parking garage on site and 15 spaces in an adjacent off-site surface parking lot. Project includes 4,600 cu. yds. of grading. Existing structure to be demolished.

* 301 NE NORTHGATE WAY

Design Review Early Design Guidance application proposing a 2-story parking garage and surface parking for a total of 700 vehicles located below and at grade.

* 10720 5TH AVE NE
Land use application to allow a 7-story, 144 unit apartment building with 2,700 sq.ft. of retail at street-level and parking for 122 vehicles located below grade. Existing structure to be demolished. Pending Lot Boundary Adjustment. Early Design Guidance includes project 3019072.

* 10715 8TH AVE NE

Design Review Early Design Guidance to allow a 4-story, 83 unit residential building with 3 live/work units, 28 surface parking spaces to remain. Existing structure to be demolished. Pending Lot Boundary Adjustment.

* 8512 20TH AVE NE

Sept. 28, 2007: Land Use Application to allow a six-story building containing 4,000 sq. ft. of retail at ground level and 145 residential units above in an environmentally critical area. Parking for 167 vehicles to be provided in a below-grade garage. Project includes 21,900 cu. yds. of grading. Existing 14,500 sq. ft. commercial structure to remain.

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Free, fresh raspberry starts on 8th Ave. N.E.

April 7th, 2015 by Mike

Karri emails:

Free Raspberry Starts!

From successful plants. Starts are in a bin with water at 9212 8th Ave. N.E., next to the straw bales.

Take what you’d like, but please leave the bin. Enjoy!

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The Easter Mallard

April 5th, 2015 by Mike

This Easter morning two Mallards were visiting our park – adding a 38th species to the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park bird list.

These male and female Mallards are the first waterfowl we’ve seen swimming in the park. (The bird list includes Trumpeter Swan and Great Blue Heron, but they were seen flying overhead.)

Happy Easter!

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Photos from today’s egg hunt at the Reservoir Park

April 4th, 2015 by Mike

Photos from the Lux Communities egg hunt at Maple Lear Reservoir Park. (It’s still on ’till 12:30 p.m.)

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