Monthly Archives: August 2016

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in September

As summer comes to a close, some of the most exciting cultural and musical events of the year are on the calendar for Queen Anne events in September! Read more in this article…

September 2-4: Bumbershoot 2016
All Day | Seattle Center
Seattle’s top music and arts festival, Bumbershoot, comes to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, September 2nd through 4th. Now in its 46th year, Bumbershoot has dozens of local and nationally acclaimed music artists and performers, crafts and vendors, food trucks and beer/wine gardens, and so much more. Passes start at $180 for a 3-day pass, with Gold and VIP options available.

September 8: Carrie Underwood at Key Arena
7pm – 10pm | Key Arena
In the Seattle stop of “The Storyteller Tour”, 7-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood will be performing at the Key Arena on September 8th. Click here to buy tickets, which start at $45.50.

September 9: Scandinavian Folk Dance at Swedish Club NW
7:30pm – 10pm | Swedish Club NW
Enjoy a free, informal Scandinavian folk dancing lesson from 7:30 until 8 p.m. on September 9th at the Swedish Club NW, and then dance old-time waltzes and polkas from 8 – 10 p.m. Skandia Kapell is playing. The cost is $10 with a discount for club members.

September 11: Swedish Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, September 11th for their monthly pancake breakfast (one week late due to Labor Day)! It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing, live music from the Nordic Reflections, Harold Nygard & Juanita Holmes, and TinnFelen. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

September 11: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
The 9th annual Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural festival is coming up on September 11th, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. This free cultural event will highlight the food, music, hula, workshops, crafts and more of Hawaiian culture.

September 14: Tedeschi Trucks Band
7pm – 10pm | McCaw Hall
After forming in 2010, the Tedeschi Trucks Band – a 12-piece band – has become a vanguard of modern roots music. They will be performing live at McCaw Hall on Wednesday, September 14th.

September 17 & 18: Fiestas Patrias Festival
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Enjoy Latino dancers and live music, with art, handmade goods and food that showcases the beautiful cultures of Latin America on September 17th and 18th in the Fiestas Patrias Festival. This event is free and open to the public.

September 17: Blink-182 at Key Arena
7pm – 10pm | Key Arena
Live Nation welcomes BLINK-182 to the Key Arena on Saturday, September 17th along with special guests A Day To Remember and All American Rejects. These are the punk pop favorites of a generation, and this event marks a new step in their career with the recent release of their 7th studio album, California, in July. Click here to buy tickets, which start at $25.

September 24: The Big Kräftskiva 2016 Crayfish Party at Swedish Club NW
6pm – 9pm | Swedish Club NW
A late summer crayfish party is as classic to Swedish tradition as Lucia celebrations in December and Midsommar parties in June. Enjoy crayfish, schnapps, and songs beneath the moon with colorful lanterns. There will be a traditional dinner at 6 p.m. RSVP by September 14th, and pay by check ($60 per person).

September 24 & 25: 2016 Italian Festival
10am – 7pm | Seattle Center
The 29th annual Festa Italiana comes to the Seattle Center on September 24th and 25th! Admission is free to this all-volunteer community event, which showcases the cultural roots of Italians and Italian Americans in the Pacific Northwest with arts, crafts, live performances, food and more.

Community Group Decides Against Appeal of Old Seattle Children’s Home Development

Late last month, the community group Future Queen Anne saw the city’s hearing examiner deny it’s appeal of the development proposal for the old Seattle Children’s Home site. Instead of appealing again, the group has decided not to continue its fight due to a lack of necessary resources.

For many months now, Future Queen Anne has raised concerns and fought the proposed development of the old Seattle Children’s Home site. The project is planned for development by Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based real estate company. The Future Queen Anne group has been concerned about the project due to its size, scope, and impact on the community’s infrastructure.

The group still has grounds for appeal, it just doesn’t have the resources to fight the multi-billion dollar corporation on the other side. “When we looked at filing to the next level,” Terri Johnston, a spokesperson for the group, told the Queen Anne News, “basically our resources are just out of scale with where they are.”

Although the fight will not continue, Future Queen Anne has made some successful strides in minimizing the negative effects of the development project. For example, Toll Brothers has committed to preserving a rare row of elm trees along 9th Ave West. The number of units to be built is also lower than the amount listed in the original plans, and there will be a public stairway to connect 9th and 10th Avenues to make the area more pedestrian-friendly.

The group is still frustrated with the city’s apparent lack of proper assessment of neighborhoods when it comes to new developments. “Instead of seeing that the city is really guiding development and including public interests in one of the hottest real estate markets in the U.S.,” Johnston said, “it seems that we’re acting like a frontier town without limits.”


Future Queen Anne’s Appeal for Former Seattle Children’s Home Site is Denied

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A group of Queen Anne community members are evaluating potential next steps after the city’s hearing examiner denied their appeal regarding a proposed development in the neighborhood.

[In late July], Future Queen Anne’s appeal of the State Environmental Policy Act/Master Use Permit (SEPA/MUP) approval of a near 60-unit townhouse plan on the former campus of the Seattle Children’s Home (901 W. McGraw St.) by Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based real estate company, was rejected.

Ross Maddalena, a member of Future Queen Anne, said the appeal covered several aspects of the assessment, from traffic impacts, to the affect the new buildings would have on infrastructure and utilities, and issues of height, bulk, and scale. Due to the unusual size of the property — spanning almost two full city blocks and 2.5 acres — the group argued that codes and regulations alone were not enough to assess the potential impacts, and that in some instances the city had accepted incorrect information and omitted key information in its review.

One particular concern was the assumption that just one student would be added for each grade level at Coe Elementary, an estimate that Future Queen Anne argued was flawed because most the units proposed are multi-bedroom and marketed toward families.

“Our point was Coe is at capacity, and the city made a clear error that didn’t even reach out to the school to ask what the impacts would be, or how they could mitigate them, or put a condition on them that could help.”

Another issue was procedural, regarding the change from full design review to streamlined design review more than two years into the process.

“In doing so, they didn’t change the posted noticeboards at the property,” he said. “The ones that are up there right now, even still today, have both improper depiction of where the buildings will be, an improper depiction of the number of spaces on 9th Avenue West and how the buildings will be oriented, and the project description, the actual text on that board, doesn’t match. It states the wrong number of buildings, the wrong number of units, it’s not correct.”

Future Queen Anne also argued that significant traffic impacts were not taken into account.

“That section of McGraw and 10th Avenue West and Crockett is going to be an issue,” he said. “It’s going to be a safety concern when this project goes in, it’s not a question of if, so the real issue that has been heightened is that moving forward, engaging with SDOT, and engaging with neighborhood groups to demand that those intersections and the pedestrian corridors be assessed and improved is going to be paramount.”

Now that the appeal was denied by the hearing examiner, Maddalena said the next step would be to take the appeal to King County Superior Court. In the coming days, the group will determine whether to take that step.

“The plan is that we are going to make sure that we understand what the scope of our appeal would be, and make a strategic determination on what aspects of it should be appealed if any,” he said. “There hasn’t been a final determination on that, but we’re moving forward with the idea that we have to do that within the next week or so, and so that will be the next step if we move this forward.”

SUV Gets Stuck Halfway Down Queen Anne Staircase

The historic Queen Anne staircases are sometimes traveled by more than just pedestrians and their canine pets, it would seem. Just after midnight on Thursday, August 4th, residents near the intersection of 10th Avenue and West Dravus Street heard tires spinning and engines revving, to find that an SUV had driven down the pedestrian staircase and gotten stuck.

SPD received several 911 calls about the incident, and police arrived on the scene to find the white Chevrolet SUV wedged into the narrow staircase. They arrested the female driver, since she was suspected to have been driving under the influence. A female passenger was also inside the vehicle, and neither of the two women were injured in the incident.

“I heard this squealing noise, and it sounded like two cars getting ready to drag race — where their tires were spinning on pavement,” said nearby resident Shannan Frisbie. “Both my husband and I jumped out of bed, immediately knowing someone had gone down the path because it’s happened so many times.”

According to Frisbie and other neighbors, this is a recurring problem at this particular staircase. They hope that this recent incident will cause the city to consider this and other traffic issues in the area. “People miss the signage, particularly at sunset,” Frisbie said. “They come flying down here and skidding to a halt. Somebody’s going to get hit.”

The city sustains that there aren’t enough collisions in the area for a traffic-calming circle, however, the community can still apply for a grant to implement traffic improvements. At least something in the form of action will happen as a result of the August 4th occurrence: Norm Mah, a spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation told Komo 4 News that a yellow “dead end” sign will be placed at 10th Avenue and West Dravus street, on the north side and facing east. The new sign will be up by the end of this week.

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