Reminder of Myers Way Parcel Meeting and HPAC Minutes from June

Check out the King 5 news report on HPAC’s response to the City’s recommendations of Myers Way Parcel

June 30, 2016 – Community Meeting Regarding the City of Seattle Myers Way Properties

4539-4542_MapThis community meeting is to solicit community input regarding the vacant City of Seattle property located at 9401, 9501, 9600 and 9701 Myers Way, as shown on the attached map. Comments will be collected on the Preliminary Recommendations Report and the Public Involvement Plan. A summary has been attached to this letter.

When: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Program ends at 8:00 p.m.
Where: City of Seattle Joint Training Facility Meeting Room 9401 Myers Way South Seattle, WA 98108

Not able to attend, or have further questions? Please send comments or questions to: Daniel Bretzke at 206 733- 9882, Daniel.bretzke@seattle.gov Department Finance and Administrative Services’ Real Estate Services Section Special Needs or Language Requirements? This location is barrier free. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Daniel Bretzke as soon as possible.

Property Background – In 2003, the City purchased a larger property than what was needed for the development of the Joint Training Facility (JTF). A portion of the property was planned be sold to help pay for the land purchase.

In 2006, Council directed that the sale of the extra land should help stimulate economic development in the Highpoint neighborhood. An agreement was made to sell the property to Lowes for a retail center, although the transaction was not completed.

The property is a former gravel mine. It has areas of vegetated steep slopes, wetlands and level developable land. One level area contains subsurface soils with high levels of lead and arsenic contamination, which needs to be cleaned up. The property is zoned Commercial 2-65. This zoning allows uses such as warehouses, wholesale, research and development, and manufacturing.

HPAC Meeting Minutes – June 23, 2016

HPIC updates: 
Have you always wanted to be a bartender? Well, we are looking for Corner Bar Crew and more! We need people that have a MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) permit. If you don’t already have it, the permits are available online or through classes for a small fee. To get a MAST permit:  http://www.liq.wa.gov/mastrvp/mandatory_alcohol_server_training

A nice bonus would be to have a Food Worker card. To get a Food Worker card:  http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/ehs/foodsafety/FoodWorker.aspx If you are interested or have questions, please email us Email: hpic1919@gmail.com See website for other upcoming activities.

SPD Update

Lt. Ron Smith SPD updates: crimes against persons down, car prowls still up, especially in Highland Park. 2 persons suspected of car break ins have been arrested.

Lt. Smith advises that on the 4th of July or at anytime to not hesitate to report incidents of shots fired. Even if you are not sure if it is gunfire or fireworks.

SDOT

James Le from SDOT talks about progress of grant awards for Highland Park projects.

Still looking into Highland Park Way roundabout. He talked about WASDOT grant program (Innovative Grant) that possibly could be applied to the cost of the roundabout. No concrete information if this project will happen and when.

  • Members once again stressed the need for traffic flow solutions at 16th and Holden. (left turn signal etc.)
  • Members voiced concerns that we need traffic flow solutions and bike lanes that will not make traffic flow worse.
  • Gunner talked about the members desire to have a more coordinated response from SDOT about all our traffic concerns.  Members intend to put together a plan for Highland Park.
SOPCD
Patrice Carroll from the Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development talks about the Mayor’s updated 2035 Comprehensive Plan.
Patrice distributed a booklet describing the Mayor’s plan (website 2035.seattle.gov to read entire plan). A handout was distributed with questions and answers from members to Patrice.
Members noted neighborhood planning is not part of the Mayor’s plan.
Other concerns re: urban villages and language concerning the LGBT community not being included.
HPAC updates:
1) Myers Way Parcels
Vote to approve the letter composed by chair concerning Myers Way parcel.
HPAC Recommendations:
“…we are strongly urging Mayor Murray, Seattle City Council, and Department of Finance and Administrative Services to
  • 1) Hold off on any further plans to develop and/or sell any or all parts of Myers Way Parcels PMA #4539-4542 until there is final determination of annexation of North Highline into the City of Seattle and if North Highline is annexed that those community members are given the same opportunity to provide input into the final recommendations;
  • 2) Until an outside agency with experience, knowledge, and connection with the clean-up of the Duwamish River has evaluated the environmental impact of the each of the “Range of Options,” as outlined on page 6 of the Preliminary Recommendation Report On Reuse and Disposal of the Seattle Department of Finance and Administrative Services PMA 4601 JTF Expansion Property PMA 4540-Undeveloped lot at 9501 Myers Way S. PMA 4541-Undeveloped lot at 9701 Myers Way S. PMA 4542-Undeveloped lot at 9600 Myers Way S. PMA 4601 JTF Expansion property from June 15, 2016, has been fully explored and vetted that there will be no additional negative environmental impact on the Duwamish River, the cleanup efforts or in any violation of the Clean Water Act.”

See the full Myers Way letter that was sent to Mayor, City Council, and FAS along with a number of stakeholders.

2) Posters handed out for distribution for Waste Management Think Green Challenge.

We could win 15,000 dollars for neighborhood projects and improvements!
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Waste Management is partnering with neighborhood organizations to challenge 3 Seattle regions to reduce waste and recycle more.
How you can help HPAC and Highland Park!
  1. Send us photos, videos, or blog posts about what you do to reduce/reuse/recycle. Email hpacchair@gmail.com with your projects.Here are two entries from Michele!
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    Re-use a jar as a vase

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    Tin Can Lanterns!

  2. Tweet at us @HPACWS  or on our Facebook page your techniques for reducing waste add the hashtag #HPACRecycle
  • The region that reduces their garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 to give to the community non-profit(s) – HPAC is one of them!
  • Neighborhood regions that encourage their neighbors to reduce their garbage while recycling and composting more could win up to $15,000 to give to the community non-profit(s) of their choice.

What does it take to win?
It’s simple: Shop smart. Waste less. Recycle more.

3) Delridge District Council updates: discussion about how to voice our position on the reduction of the Neighborhood District Councils. (such as draft a letter and/or meeting with Lisa Herbold).

4) March with HPAC for the West Seattle Grand Parade on July 23rd.Email hpacchair@gmail.com if you will be joining us

JULY HPAC Meeting – We are meeting on July 27th

Draft Agenda

1) Micro-Community Policing Plan Focus Group with Jennifer Burbridge, Seattle University Graduate Research Analyst for Seattle Police Department- SW Precinct (see Highland Park FG Flyer )
What is a Micro-Community Policing Plan Focus Group?
For neighborhoods in Southwest Precinct area about 1) knowledge of the micro-community policing plan project, 2) interactions with the Seattle Police Department, 3) crime and safety concerns and 4) suggested improvements for each of your unique neighborhoods!
Seattle University is partnering with the Seattle Police Department, conducting qualitative research on community crime concerns so that SU researchers can collaborate with SPD leadership in improving the city’s community policing initiative. Outreach to diverse communities in Seattle is a key part of this initiative and is essential for understanding how to address unique crime concerns throughout the city.
2) Developing our own Neighborhood Design Guidelines for Highland Park!

The Seattle Design Guidelines are the cornerstone of the City’s Design Review Program and the primary tool used by the Design Review Boards for evaluating proposed new development.

What are Neighborhood Specific Design Guidelines?
Design Review uses both the Citywide Guidelines and guidelines that are specific to individual neighborhoods. Once adopted by the City Council, neighborhood-specific design guidelines augment the Citywide Guidelines. Together they are the basis for project review within the neighborhood. Currently, neighborhoods such as Morgan Junction, Greenwood, Ballard, Uptown, Downtown, and Wallingford have neighborhood specific design guidelines.

If you are interested in joining this subcommittee, attend the July meeting and/or email hpacchair@gmail.com to join this newly forming subcommittee.
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