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City Announces Next Steps on Backyard Cottage Proposal

By Joe Veyera

Months after the hearing examiner ruled in favor of the Queen Anne Community Council in their appeal of a proposal to ease regulations on building backyard cottages and mother-in-law units, the city has announced its next steps on the issue.

In a blog post late last month, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien wrote that after a “thorough examination” of the decision, the city will pursue a full environmental impact statement to look deeply into the potential impacts of code changes.

In the post, O’Brien said the EIS process will likely take a year to complete, and that there will be multiple opportunities for residents to voice their opinions during that period.

O’Brien originally introduced a proposal last year that would have allowed properties to have both an attached accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) on the same lot, removed the off-street parking requirement, removed the owner-occupancy requirement after one year, reduced the minimum lot size for a DADU to 3,200 sq. ft., and increased the allowable floor area for a DADU from 800 to 1,000 sq. ft. Opponents of the proposal raised concerns that the potential environmental impacts weren’t adequately studied, and the hearing examiner ruled that the city’s determination of non-significance in relation to the State Environmental Policy Act was not based on sufficient information to evaluate potential impacts. Meanwhile, proponents of the original effort labeled the Community Council’s efforts as obstructionist, something they firmly denied.

The hope, O’Brien wrote, is to bring legislation to the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee by the middle of the next year.

“I believe lowering the barriers to creating backyard cottages and in-law apartments is an important part of addressing affordability across the city, and am looking forward to continuing to pursue this legislation,” O’Brien wrote in the post.

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Expect Additional Traffic at the Seattle Center Today for Starbucks Shareholders Meeting

There will be lots of traffic around Seattle Center and McCaw Hall Wednesday morning when people start showing up for the Starbucks shareholders meeting.

The Seattle Department of Transportation said drivers should expect heavy traffic because of the meeting and on-going construction projects in the area.

Expect traffic volumes to be higher than usual heading into and around Lower Queen Anne.

The meeting starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday, but doors open at 8 a.m. About 2,700 people are expected to attend.

There will be extra traffic heading out of the neighborhood from noon to 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, Howard Schultz will attend his last shareholders meeting as the company’s CEO.

Schultz announced he was stepping down in December.

Starbucks chief operating officer Kevin Johnson will become the new CEO on April 3.

Schultz will move to the role of executive chairman.

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Queen Anne’s Bite Box Hosts Wine Bar Pop-Up Every Tuesday

Grub used to host pop-up restaurants that brought different flavors to Queen Anne each month. Now, Grub owner Sharon Fillingim has shifted gears with her new restaurant Bite Box, but that doesn’t mean pop-ups are over. Starting last week, on Tuesday, March 7th, a pop-up wine bar will be at Bite Box every Tuesday from 4:30pm to 9:30pm.

Zach Geballe, a Seattle sommelier and local wine writer, will run Disgorged out of Bite Box with a mission to “explore the world of wine with a little less pretension and a bit more expression”. What can you expect? Delicious wines from both the Pacific Northwest and the world, along with rotating mystery wines – guess what you taste and win prizes!

Zach will call upon his expertise as the Dahlia Lounge wine lead and wine writer for Seattle Weekly, SIP Northwest, and The Fresh Toast, to find fun and interesting wines for patrons to try. Plus, the prices are really reasonable at $10 or less a glass. And, small bites (cheeses, meats, olives) will be available too.

Stop by Bite Box at 307 W McGraw St on Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 9:30pm to experience Disgorged!

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Survey Shows Lower Queen Anne Residents are Lukewarm on Key Arena Remodel

A new survey of Seattle residents who live or work near Lower Queen Anne, shows a majority are not excited about a remodel or expansion of KeyArena.

The results were released Monday night by the Uptown Alliance, the neighborhood group encompassing Lower Queen Anne. It says 800 nearby residents and workers were polled about their feelings on the potential project.

The City of Seattle recently put out a request for proposals, or RFP, for potential renovation of the iconic venue at Seattle Center.

The Uptown Alliance presented the findings, during a public meeting with representatives from AEG and the Oak View Group, who have both publicly expressed interest in a major renovation.

The poll asked specifically if people agreed that “remodel and expansion (was) OK – but preserve the iconic roofline.”  Only 41 percent agreed, 33 percent were neutral, and 27 percent disagreed. The same respondents were asked if they like the KeyArena exterior as is, and 37 percent agreed, 35 percent were neutral, and 28 percent disagreed.  Only 36 percent agreed with the idea of a total demolition.

Uptown Alliance leaders concluded the poll found that a vast majority of residents are interested in keeping the KeyArena roof and have concerns about parking and transportation in the area.

The city’s RFP deadline is April 12, and the city’s Economic Development Director Brian Surratt said again on Monday that his office hopes to have a recommendation by the end of June.

Meanwhile, just last week, Chris Hansen’s investment group refiled it’s street vacation petition with the city to eliminate a one block stretch of Occidental Avenue South so it can build a complex in SODO.  That review is expected to last several months.

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