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April 22nd Public Workshop to Discuss Streetscape Design and Zoning for 35th Ave NE

Public Workshop 1: Tuesday, April 22nd, 7-9 PM
Messiah Lutheran, Fellowship Hall

The 35th Ave Committee, a citizen group comprised of residents from Wedgwood, Ravenna-Bryant, and View Ridge have received a grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to develop streetscape guidelines (designs that influence the pedestrian environment) and prepare zoning recommendations.  This proactive planning effort, which the Wedgwood Community Council is pleased to endorse, grew out of the Wedgwood Vision Plan that the WCC managed back in 2010.  Since that time, the 35th Ave Committee has gathered significantly more data from the users of the 35th Ave NE Business District through a survey they held in 2013.  Over the coming months, however, they will host 3 public workshops to gather more information from users, residents, landowners, and business owners on the type of pedestrian environment the community wants to see and to prepare recommendations on ways to improve the zoning along 35th Ave NE to support the conditions that the community wants to see from its business district.

ALL PUBLIC WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL AT MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7050 35TH AVE NE.

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Food Bank Fundraiser at the Ale House

The Wedgwood Ale House will hold its annual Food Bank Fundraiser on Thursday, April 17.  Every year The Wedgwood Ale House and Cafe donates 30% of the whole days’ proceeds to The North Helpline Food Bank in Lake City.  Take this opportunity to enjoy great food and drinks at the Ale House and you automatically donate.  Hope to see you there!

The Confluence in 2014

The vegetation-choked South Fork of Thornton Creek flows eastward under 35th Ave NE toward Meadowbrook Pond. In the summer of 2014 the creek bed will be widened and meanders created. New, larger culverts will go under 35th Ave NE.

The Confluence is the flat area in Meadowbrook along 35th Ave NE between NE 107th to 115th Streets.  It is the site of convergence of the North and South Forks of Thornton Creek, and many smaller tributaries join in this area, as well.  The creek system flows into Meadowbrook Pond at about NE 107th Street on the east side of 35th Ave NE.  The Pond collects and filters the water before it flows down to Matthews Beach and out into Lake Washington.

The year 2014 is the final stage of a three-year effort to improve the creek and pond environments, increase capacity for water and thereby help prevent flooding in the surrounding areas.  This year, beginning in May, the creekbed at about NE 107th Street on both sides of 35th Ave NE will be widened, deepened and improved for more capacity, thereby preventing flooding.  Under 35th Ave NE, going across at about NE 107th Street, new, much larger culverts will be put in and this work will necessitate the closure of 35th Ave NE for some months.  Buses will have to be rerouted over to Lake City Way NE and then back toward Wedgwood along NE 95th Street.

At a recent Lake City Neighborhood Alliance meeting, Confluence Project Engineer Jason Sharpley explained the work to be done.

At a recent meeting of the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance, Confluence Project Engineer Jason Sharpley explained the work to be done.  A very large number of trees will have to be removed because they have become too big and are choking and narrowing the creek channel.  This includes the poplar trees along the creek on the west side of 35th Ave NE, going toward Nathan Hale High School; the willow tree in the empty lot on the east side at about NE 107th Street; and a few of the flame ash street trees at that point where new culverts will be put in underneath 35th Ave NE.

For years, the Confluence of the North and South branches of Thornton Creek has been prone to flooding. High waters have frequently inundated nearby homes on both sides of 35th Ave NE, as well as Nathan Hale High School and Meadowbrook Community Center.  Water has sometimes flowed over 35th Ave NE.

To fix the problem, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will remove an undersized culvert under 35th Ave NE and realign the existing creek channel through a new two-acre flood plain. The wider channel and flood plain connection will help native fish habitat by spreading out and slowing the peak flows of Thornton Creek.

Annie's Playground will remain open during the Confluence work and can be accessed from the Nathan Hale High School parking lot (in background.)

To perform the work, it will be necessary to close a section of 35th Ave NE, between Northeast 110th Street and Northeast 105th Street, for about six months.  There will be only local access traffic, including access to the Meadowbrook Community Center and Swimming Pool just north of NE 105th Street.

Traffic will be detoured from 35th Ave NE to Lake City Way NE via NE 110th Street and NE 95th Street.  Detour signs will be in place prior to the closure.

Southbound Metro buses (Route 64 and 65) will be detoured to Lake City Way NE via NE 110th Street and NE 95th Street. Northbound Metro buses will be diverted to Sandpoint Way NE via NE 95th Street and NE 110th Street. As the closure date approaches, more information will be found at http://metro.kingcounty.gov/alerts/.

In recent years flooding has occurred along Thornton Creek at several points, including the Nathan Hale High School parking lot.

Seattle Public Utilities is working with federal scientists (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries Science Center) to measure project performance by comparing existing conditions with post-construction changes in flood plain storage, habitat conditions and biological response (abundance and diversity).

Along with the ecological benefits of restoring stream and flood plain processes to the Thornton Creek Confluence Reach, the project will reduce the City’s operating costs at nearby Meadowbrook Pond by reducing the frequency of dredging needed at the Pond (currently averaging every three to five years).

During the construction project, Annie’s Playground at Meadowbrook will be usable.  The playground will be fenced off but can be entered from the side nearest to the Nathan Hale High School parking lot.

Learn more about Seattle Public Utilities’ Thornton Creek Confluence Project: www.seattle.gov/util/meadowbrookthorntoncreek.

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Fill of Joy

Free program on Thursday evening, April 17, about the birds of the Union Bay Natural Area. . . . → Read More: Fill of Joy

Easy Speak on Monday

Music and open mike on Monday, April 14 at the Wedgwood Ale House. . . . → Read More: Easy Speak on Monday

Donate Blood on Sunday

Blood drive in a bus parked at the Northeast Branch Library. . . . → Read More: Donate Blood on Sunday

Save the Date: SalmonFest Seattle

August 1 through 3 in Lake City: a summer festival for everyone. . . . → Read More: Save the Date: SalmonFest Seattle

April Events at The Fiddler’s

Acoustic music on Tuesday evening and fun events at Wedgwood’s neighborhood pub. . . . → Read More: April Events at The Fiddler’s

Seattle Urban Trek: May 3

Get a team and join the race to support Seattle Children’s Research Institute. . . . → Read More: Seattle Urban Trek: May 3