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Construction on Monday near 15th Ave. at N.E. 85th

November 20th, 2016 by Mike

The old Waldo Hospital is no more, and construction is well along on its replacement: Aegis Ravenna, an 8o-unit assisted living home.

Ania Pastuszewska, project engineer, emails:

Monday will be very busy hear near Northeast  85th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

We scheduled the second of four major concrete pours, so please expect about eight concrete trucks per hour cycling through the site. The next two pours will follow in the early December. We will be all cleaned up and quiet for the Thanksgiving holiday. We appreciate your patience and cooperation to keep the west side of 14th Avenue Northeast clear for truck access on the pour day. THANK YOU!!

We (Compass Team & our Subcontractors) wish you a peaceful and warm Thanksgiving.

Courtesy Aegis at Ravenna.

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Goodbye Waldo (also, working to get comments here back)

May 10th, 2016 by Mike

Demolition is well underway this morning at the old Waldo Hospital, soon to be an 80-unit assisted living home.

Our last post on the hospital project, at 8511 15th Ave. N.E., is here. Additional background is here and here.

Also, comments on this blog ceased working in April, while we were in Utah’s canyonlands. Our apologies.

The mother ship says it’s working on the problem, which is that all comments posted go directly into our spam folder. And looking into our 226-page spam folder (we’ve received 121 spam comments like “how to buy valtrex in korea” so far this morning, and it’s only 10:30 a.m.) depresses the human condition.

In the meantime, please to leave comments on our Facebook page. And, thanks.

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Eighty assisted living units planned for Waldo Hospital

April 4th, 2016 by Mike

The city today filed paperwork allowing 80 assisted living units to be built by Aegis Living in a three-story building on the site of the old Waldo Hospital, 8511 15th Ave. N.E.

The property has been abandoned for over a year.

The plan includes underground parking for 32 vehicles.

The trees on site would be preserved.

(Thanks, Valarie, for the tip.)

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Four photos from Maple Leaf this week

April 30th, 2015 by Mike

Familiar scene. Anything different?

Glad it’s not me!

After Wednesday night’s meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council executive board, the council posted this on its Facebook page. “Some of the initial architectural designs for the new building on the Waldo Hospital site.” This view looks east from Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

It’s still there.


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Remember: Community Council meets Wednesday night

April 28th, 2015 by Mike

The April general meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council’s executive board is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday night.

It’s an important one.

From our previous post:

Two of Maple Leaf’s most visible residents are stepping down after years on the Maple Leaf Community Council – an organization that played a major role in shaping our neighborhood.

The ubiquitous Donna Hartmann-Miller (seen rousing the 12th Man) is stepping down from her council position when her term expires next month. (She’s also ubiquitous here.)

Her husband, David Miller – who has served as council president for nearly six years – will step down from the president’s position in May, but remain on the council until his term expires in 2016.

The nine-member executive committee actually needs to fill four of those slots, hopefully Wednesday night.

There will also be a briefing from Aegis Living, the company redeveloping the Waldo Hospital site.

The meeting is at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. St.

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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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Waldo property to become assisted living facility?

January 17th, 2015 by Mike

The old Waldo Hospital property could become a 70+ bed assisted living facility, according to the Maple Leaf Community Council.

In this month’s community newsletter, David Miller, council president, says the Jewish day school that occupied the site defaulted on its loan.

The property returned to the financier, who has negotiated an agreement with Aegis Living to build a three-to-four story assisted living facility, Miller said, adding the existing building will be demolished.

The trees on the property, at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, are protected under an earlier agreement negotiated by the council.

Details of the new proposal will be presented at the council’s January general meeting, January 28th from 7-9 p.m at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

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Multiple family yard sale; Waldo property, too

July 16th, 2014 by Mike

Sharon emails:

I would like to spread the news of a block yard sale this Saturday, July 19. It will be on Northeast 89th Street between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Latona Avenue Northeast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please stop by!!

Also, several people have asked if we have news of the old Waldo Hospital property on 15th Avenue Northeast.

“Have you heard anything about the MMSC Day School property? There is a for sale sign on the property at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.”

No, we are annoyed to say we haven’t heard anything useful about the Menachem Mendal Seattle Cheder Day School, now apparently closed.

And we’ve looked around, too.

“Waldo Woods property for sale? I noticed a big for sale sign in front of the school/property on my way home today.”

And, “haven’t yet seen this in the Blog: the old Campfire building is for sale now. The Jewish school couldn’t make a go of it and is totally gone. There is a big for sale sign on 15th.

“Now that whole big discussion opens up again? Bummer.”

The big discussion concerns the fate of the property and the 80 mature Douglas fir trees there, dubbed “Waldo Woods” by the Maple Leaf Community Council, which spent four years trying to save them. The council and the Jewish school were honored by Seattle Audubon in 2010.

Originally Waldo Hospital, the property was long occupied by Camp Fire Puget Sound. There’s a raft of background here.

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