Speak Up for Highland Park Way/SW Holden Intersection Improvements!

Let’s fix Highland Park Way/SW Holden Intersection We need your support!

Highland Park Action Committee (HPAC) is gathering letters of support for an SDOT grant application to the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board for a “Compact Roundabout” at intersection of Highland Parkway and SW Holden St. in West Seattle.
In hopes of increasing the chances for funding, SDOT has asked for a showing community support for the project. We are hoping you will provide a letter of support for this project. We are collecting all the letters so SDOT may include them in the grant application.
 
You can download our Template Letter Letter for WTIB that you can also edit if you choose.
HPAC needs to have all letters by July 25th 
Please either:
We will also have postcards you can sign at all HPIC events in July and at Dutchboy Coffee
Please contact us  if you have any questions or comments. Please feel free to forward to any neighbors, groups, or businesses as well.
 
Thanks
Co-chairs

Text of the Template Letter for WTIB

 

Washington State Transportation Improvement Board
Republic Building, 505 Union Ave SE #350
Olympia, WA 98501

Date

To whom it may concern,

As a resident I am writing to support the City of Seattle’s grant application for a “Compact Roundabout” for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden St. in West Seattle.

Highland Park Way is a major arterial off the peninsula; it is one of the three ways out of West Seattle. The Highland Park neighborhood has been advocating for over 70 years for infrastructure improvements for the intersection of Highland Park Way and SW Holden, because of consistent accidents that could have been avoided and increasing traffic backups.

This project meets WSTIB criteria for a successful arterial project as it will increase safety for pedestrians, bikes, and commuters; it will address current needs and be flexible to meet the future growth, development, and density of the area; it will greatly improve the physical condition of the area as there has not been any significant infrastructure in this area for many years; and it greatly increase mobility for residents, visitors, and commercial traffic.

It is time to bring Highland Park Way into the 21st century.
Thank you,

Name
Street Address
City, State Zip
Phone

Neighborhood Happenings and News

Seattle City Council District 8 and 9 Candidate Forum
Tuesday, July 25th, from 7-9 pm
Hosted by the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council and the Highland Park Improvement Club

The format of the forum: each candidate will have 5 minutes to share their message. After after all candidates have presented, there will be a mixer where candidates can mingle with attending members of the West Seattle community to chat about specific items until 9 pm.
Who: Seattle City Council District 8 and 9 candidates
What: Candidate forum – 5 minutes presentation followed by mingling with prospective constituents
Where: Highland Park Improvement Club – 1116 SW Holden, Seattle, 98106
Why: Because voters shouldn’t look at a ballot and say “I have no idea who this is”
When: Tuesday, July 25th, from 7-9 pm
Contact: Mat McBride, Chair, Delridge Neighborhoods District Council

Please donate to Save Highland Park Elementary School’s Reading Program

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The  Reading Partners tutoring program at Highland Park Elementary School, southwest Seattle, is facing elimination due to deep budget cuts. We volunteer tutors need to raise $30,000 to keep the program. Fundraising deadline is July 15 – donations will be refunded if the goal is not met. Please contribute, to benefit students’ future success!

To donate use their Go Fund Me page.

Tutors and students work one-on-one to help students gain the skills to read at grade level. Research shows that when students can read at grade level entering 4th grade, they are 4 times more likely to graduate from high school.

Donations go to the Seattle chapter of Reading Partners, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are tax deductible: http://readingpartners.org/

Thank you for your support!  And the kids thank you, too!

Save Highland Park Reading Partners from Dina Lydia on Vimeo.

Have you give feedback on MHA Environmental Impact Statement for HALA yet?

What is MHA?

From City of Seattle’s website “Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) is a new policy to ensure that growth brings affordability. MHA will require new development to include affordable homes or contribute to a City fund for affordable housing. To put MHA into effect, Seattle needs to make zoning changes that add development capacity and expand housing choices.”

What is an EIS?

“An environmental impact statement (EIS) is prepared when the lead agency has determined a proposal is likely to result in significant adverse environmental impacts (see section on how to Assess Significance). The EIS process is a tool for identifying and analyzing probable adverse environmental impacts, reasonable alternatives, and possible mitigation.”

HPAC Request:

Did you know?

HPAC maintains a Facebook page and Twitter account where we post neighborhood news, grant opportunities, and updates. Please join us on social media.

            

There is also a Highland Park Facebook group as well where group members can post events, info, and updates, it is run by and for the neighbors of Highland Park, West Seattle.

Volunteer to be a Reading Tutor at Sanislo Elementary!

Reading Partners is a literacy non-profit that mobilizes community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring to struggling elementary student readers.

No experience is required to volunteer! We seek volunteers who can commit 1 hour/week for a semester. Tutors are paired to work with the same student and are provided with an easy-to-follow curriculum that includes all of the books, worksheets, and step-by-step lesson plans to teach an effective lesson. Reading Partners also has a staff Site Coordinator who is available to support tutors at all times. Volunteers make an enormous impact: on average, students double their rate of learning while enrolled in the program.

Watch this video to learn more about Reading Partners’ work in the community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2GKDCm88ik

Reading Partners runs programming Monday-Thursday at Sanislo Elementary, with available session times running from 9:25AM – 3:40PM.

DEPAVE Highland Park Improvement Club!

Mark your calendars now for March 22 so you don’t miss out on this really fun event kicking off the beginning of the dramatic change to the HPIC parking lot into a courtyard! You thought the raingardens and cisterns were changing things, wait until you see what’s coming. Depave Day (more info on their website)  will be an event we will be talking about for years- let’s kick that parking lot’s asphalt! (oh no, I did say that.) Come learn how to remove asphalt- more details to come, pretty sure beer will be involved, but get it on your calendar. An all ages, family fun HPIC event sponsored by Sustainable Seattle and Stewardship Partners.

Volunteer Opportunity at Kenyon trail between 14th and 15th

On Feb. 23 and March 2 from 1 to 4 pm, some Highland Park Neighbors are having their final two work parties associated with a Small Sparks grant on Feb 23rd and March 2nd  if anyone wants to join the fun at 14th and Kenyon. The “Kenyon Street Right-Of-Way Beautification Project” received a $1000 grant from the City of Seattle/Department of Neighborhoods, which will be used to purchase plants for the space which has been an on-going restoration project for just under two years.  The sloped area which is used locally by students and bus riders willing to climb/descend the steep “social trail” is partially planted and mostly mulched. Come help finish up the project- it’s looking awesome.

West Seattle Transportation Coalition

The West Seattle Transportation Coalition is a Peninsula-wide organization working to address transportation and mobility issues for Seattle’s largest constituency. Representing more than 100,000 people living and working in the 10 square mile area between the Duwamish River and Puget Sound, these community leaders, advocates, business owners, and residents are working to address transportation and commuting challenges caused by:

  • The reduction of mass transit services: The current insufficient level of service will be compounded by the proposed cuts in our already under served area.
  • Loss of infrastructure: The scheduled removal of the SR-99 Viaduct without sufficient replacement capacity on other routes to and from our Peninsula.
  • Density without transportation capacity: The region’s commitment to increased density is not matched with equivalent increases in transportation capacity to serve the Peninsula’s steadily growing population.
  • Natural barriers: West Seattle has only limited routes connecting it to downtown and beyond for the vast majority of its commuters. Mass transit is the only option that can move us across these choke points to keep our transportation systems functioning.

HPAC would like our members’ support so we can formally endorse this as a community group, adding to the strong voice they are working hard to create. We’ll be discussing this endorsement at our next HPAC meeting on October 23rd, but here’s how you can help in the meantime:

Join the Coalition 

Speak Up so they know what matters to those of us living in Highland Park and Riverview.  You can also bring your concerns to HPAC and we can communicate them for you if that’s easier or more comfortable.

Stay Informed

Surplus City Light Properties Discussion at HPAC

Seattle City Light has some surplus properties in our neighborhood that they are considering selling and are seeking public comment on the idea. More information can be found on Seattle City Light’s surplus properties website.  We asked them to come discuss these properties with us at last night’s HPAC meeting. We also asked Seattle Parks to comment on them: they are not interested in these properties as they are not located in any gaps in park locations according to their gap analysis studies.
One site is the old Trolley property at 8820 9th ave SW- near 9th and Henderson:
This is the site of the old Highland Park Lake Burien Trolley Barn and was the Sub station that provided power to the Trolley. A bit of history about this property sent to me by a Highland Park resident: This land was originally donated to the community of Highland Park by Clyde and Grace Sherman to build the car barn and substation so the community could have transportation and power.  The Sherman’s lived next door to the south in the tall house that still exists.  The Trolley line was independently owned by local community shareholders but when there was a land slide near the Abrahamson brick yard on West Marginal Way the local shareholders could not finance the replacement of the tracks and the land became the property of the City after a deal was made to repair the tracks and and run the line for a certain  number of years.  This became the first City owned street car line.
King County may be interested in this property near 9th and Henderson for Green Stormwater Infrastructure / Roadside Raingardens. If this were to happen, there would be community input and involvement through design. We heard support from community members that this would be a good use of the property- it is a very preliminary idea and no studies or decisions have been made. We also heard support of an idea to install a solar powered phone charging station available to the community in case of emergencies at this site.
The point was also made that this  property was donated to the city by a member of the community, and proceeds from the sale of the property should come back to the community in the form of funds for our underfunded parks projects. City Light, however, has some very strict orders/laws that dictate where the proceeds from the sale go.
The other property is located  across from the Seven Eleven at 1605 SW Holden:
We heard from the majority of the community members present that they do not want this property to become a park.
There was a lot of discussion about this property on 16th and Holden. Most of those present at the meeting would like to see this property’s zoning change from residential to commercial in an effort to create more of a walkable community for our neighborhood. The opinion is that maintaining residential zoning on one corner of a busy arterial intersection does not make sense and would not be the best use of the space for the community. The point was made that City Light could get more money for their property if they rezoned it prior to selling it, and the neighborhood would be happy to see that change happen prior to the property changing hands.
There was also a request for the City to re-look at zoning along the entire stretch of Holden from 16th to 9th, as it seems haphazard in its delineation.
If you are interested in commenting on these properties, there is a public hearing coming up on October 2nd from 7pm to 9pm at High Point Community Center. I know it’s so hard to attend all these meetings- so you can make an official public comment online too. Please note that last night’s meeting was just a discussion and not considered a public hearing, so our comments need to be submitted formally. Please go to this website to submit your comments, you’ll see a link on the right side of the page that says “submit comments here.” You can also write to Sally Clark, our City Council president, while you’re at it!  They are the ones that will ultimately be signing off on this, so it is imperative that they know we have an opinion on the properties.
West Seattle has 6 properties total, and a coalition has formed peninsula wide that is trying to slow down these sales until it is known what is the best use of each property for the community. The “West Seattle Green Space Coalition” was present at our meeting asking for signatures on their petition to slow the process down.  While it doesn’t seem like “green space” is what is best for our community in regard to the 16th and Holden site especially, HPAC is supportive of the idea of slowing the process down to determine the best use of these properties for each community in question.

Announcements and Notes from September HPAC meeting

Our Parks:

West Crest / West Seattle Reservoir Park will begin construction in late winter, scheduled to be finished by summer of 2014. There are still some decisions being made about re-using and moving the existing play equipment, and we will be informed when those decisions have been made.

We received a NPSF grant to address pedestrian safety along Cloverdale via a crushed rock stair and trail from 6th to the dog park parking lot at 5th. SDOT’s “Safe Routes to Schools” are considering the spot for a possible sidewalk from 7th to 5th. (The improvements at West Crest will include a sidewalk connection from 7th to 8th)

We also received an Opportunity Fund grant from Seattle Parks to address missing connections into Highland Park Playground/Spray Park east to Cloverdale/10th and north to Thistle. The schedule is still being determined for that project.

Green Seattle Day, a day to celebrate and restore Seattle’s urban forest, is on November 2nd, and West Crest Park is one of the sites for tree planting! October 5th is the day to help clean up the urban forest to get ready for the big day, from 9am – 1pm. More information is available on their website.

Highland Park Improvement Club:  The Club was recently awarded a King County grant (thanks to the efforts of Sustainable Seattle), to help de-pave part of the parking lot, install another raingarden, more planting, and a courtyard. If you are interested in participating, join us for a Greening Committee meeting on  October 2 at 7pm to discuss next steps.

Rainwise: if you have questions about RainWise and how to get a rebate for a rain garden and/or cistern for your property, attend a RainWise Workshop in South Park coming up on Thursday, October 17th, from 6:30-8pm at the South Park Community Center. More info available here.

Roadside Raingardens: Green Stormwater Infrastructure is coming to Highland Park! Areas for roadside gardens (not on your property like RainWise ones, but within the Right of Way along the street) are being studied in Highland Park. King County presented a plan with potential locations that will be online soon, so we’ll update our website when that happens.

Surplus City Light Properties: Info added  in this post.