Squire Park Community Council
Our Central Area Neighborhood
SPCC c/o Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S. Jackson St., Ste. 208, Seattle, WA 98144 Jan 2011
SPCC Quarterly YOUR COMMUNITY COUNCIL:
General Meeting USE IT
Join Busybody Neighbors
Saturday, Attend. Bring us your ideas. Bring your projects. Bring us your friends and
Jan 8th neighbors. Consider becoming a Board member. On Saturday, January 8, we will
be presenting a program featuring Seattle’s Deputy Chief of Police Clark Kimerer
10:00 a.m. to Noon and City Councilmember Tim Burgess, Chair of the Public Safety and Education
Committee, along with representatives from the East Precinct Crime Prevention
At CAMP Coalition. The Squire Park Community Council will also be electing new Board
722 18th Ave. members.
Agenda: Issues of public safety are multi-pronged. Beyond catching the bad guys, public
safety encompasses issues of economic development, social justice, and neighbor-
Welcome & Refreshments hood cohesiveness and caring for each other. Engaging with our public servants
Neighbors’ Concerns and is one important step. But, this must be combined with building a sense of con-
ideas nection, continuation, and identity if these efforts are to have any lasting affect.
“How safe is Seattle? How
safe is our neighborhood” Recently, a long-existing community council for a neighborhood near Squire Park
presentation from Clark faced what its President termed a “crisis”. Only five people showed up at the meet-
Kimerer and Tim Burgess ing where that community council was scheduled to select board members for the
Board M ember Elections next year. In a call to service on the CentralDistrictNews.com the community
council president called the situation “disheartening”. Discussion followed. One
writer trolled “(t)here is nothing more irritating than busybody neighbors who
want to have a say in their neighbors’ business. For anyone who wants to get in-
volved in their community, I have only one thing to say: GET A LIFE and leave
your neighbors alone. “
If, on the other hand, you’re more open to taking part in an effort with your
neighbors to build community through the community council join us at CAMP on
Inside this issue: Saturday morning, January 8th. Online communication among community mem-
bers can be very important. However, it does not replace getting together face to
Save the Date 3 face. In response to the troll, another com-
menter wrote “I believe a sense of neighbor-
Projects for you to get involved in hood and neighbors directly impacts my qual-
Highlights include: ity of life -- and my kids' quality of life.”
CD Public Art Project 4 One of the most important foundations for any
neighborhood to develop is a sense of identity
Lights on 23rd and Union 4 and working together to enhance the livability
Swedish/Sabey and DPD decision 5 of the area. During the last decade vacant
buildings became homes, and places where
residents can congregate and socialize have
Neighborhood Parks Project 7
been developed. Nonetheless, there is more to be accomplished in order to fully
realize vitality of the neighborhood and its rich diversity.
New Preschool Fair 8
Exactly what the community council works on, and the measure of success it can
achieve depends on the participation of neighbors. That could be you. The SPCC
Newsletter goes to more than three thousand households. We hope the Newsletter
gives you some information that’s news to you. But, a primary goal of the Newslet-
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The Squire Park Community Council
newsletter is published four times a year:
January, April, July, and October. Articles for
the newsletter are always welcome. We
reserve the right to edit for length and S.U.
syntax; please submit articles electronically to Alumni
January 2011 issue submittal deadline is sions
December 20th, 2010 Building
At least two board members review the 824 12th
contents of every issue before publication.
Opinions of contributors to the newsletter Ave
do not necessarily reflect those of the
Board of Directors or the council as a Where all
Publisher: SPCC Board of Directors board
Editorial Overview: SPCC Board of meetings
Editing: Bill Zosel
Layout: Robin Boland
Printing: Seattle University CAMP
Distribution: SPCC Board and Squire Park 722 18th
Advertise in the SPCC newsletter!
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neighborhood! We hand-deliver the SPCC Where all
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3000 residences within Squire Park. SPCC
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SPCC is a part of your community voice in city and county government. Anyone who resides or who has a business between S. Jackson and E.
Union St., and between 12th and 23rd Avenues is welcome to participate in the council. SPCC provides this newsletter to keep you informed.
Your contribution is crucial to sustaining the Squire Park Community Council— and greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Please send this form and your donation to
SPCC, c/o Central Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S. Jackson St., Ste. 208, Seattle, WA 98144.
Your involvement and support is how our community success will continue to grow.
JAN 20 11 S Q U IRE P ARK COM M U N I TY C OU N C I L PAGE 3
SAVE THE DATES
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Many Voices United to Build the Beloved Community
Monday,January 17,2011 www.mlkseattle.org for more details. Make plans to join us as
we plan another successful event honoring Dr. King's life and
Garfield High School legacy! All are welcome.
The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee announces Seattle has one of the largest annual Martin Luther King Day
the 29th Annual region-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebra- Celebrations in the U.S. We honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther
tion on Monday January 17 , 2011. Workshops at 9:30am- King, Jr., for his work toward racial equality and economic
11am, Rally at 11am, and March at 12pm. justice for all people, for his commitment to nonviolence, and
The Planning Committee is meeting every other Tuesday eve- for his stand against war and militarism.
ning (next January 4, 7 P.M. at C.A.M.P. see
basketball games go to SU EVENTS
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE
http://www.garfieldbulldogbasketball.com/ Jan 7th 6:30-7:30pm Chardin Hall (Room 142)
— The Connection Between Design and God: An Evening with Farouk Seif.
This one-hour program will feature a short lecture by Seif and an extended period of discussion afterward.
Jan 19th, 5:30-6:30pm in the Wyckoff Auditorium
— Claudia Bohn-Spector, "Speaking in Tongues: The Art of Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken"
Jan 27th, 5-8pm in Admissions & Alumni Building
— Artist's Reception: Imagining the World Study Abroad and International Student Photography
Feb 22nd, 6-8pm in Engineering Building Wyckoff Auditorium
Richard Campbell: "State of the Arts Seattle 1960 - 2010: Observations of an Art Critic and Journalist"
All these events are free and open to the public. For information on these and other events at Seattle University go to
www.seattleu.edu (click on Calendar at the top of the page.)
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Lights on 23rd & Union:
A Hopeful Anticipation of Brighter Days Ahead for the Intersection
December 09, 2010—In recent weeks, a little bit of activity has kicked up again among business
and landowners near 23rd & Union. Anyone passing by the intersection will notice the intersec-
tion is a tad brighter than it has been since Daylight Savings Time ended in early November; the
much-needed illumination is from the hundreds of LED Christmas lights on each of the four cor-
ners of 23rd & Union. Sponsored by the Union Street Business Group, (and specifically the four
owners—Richlen, Mueller, Eisenberg, and Bangasser), the holiday gesture is as much festive as it
is about community pride. “As business owners it shows we care. During the holiday season noth-
ing is more important than hope and change”, comments Ian Eisenberg, owner of the old Philly’s
Undoubtedly, many way-farers along the intersection would have ample reason for doubt that
there is much hope for the intersection that presently has only one active corner of business. How-
ever, this small action on the part of the Union Street Business Group, (USBG) is meant to be a
beacon signaling a brighter future for the intersection. “The landowners and tenants along Union have been planning and are
presently working together—not just for the holidays—but for the long-term welfare of the area”, remarks Jason Davison of
Cortona Café. “I have no doubt that the developments will bring about renewed commerce and celebration of the rich, diverse
make-up of residents and institutions along Union.” Currently, the USBG is planning a small community celebration on 23rd
& Union on Saturday, December 18th, 6pm. Additionally, business owners along Union are convening with the City of Seat-
tle to apply for grant funding to provide organization, more activities and community building along a corridor just waiting
for rebirth. In the rebirth department, the USBG is working with the City’s Office of Economic Development to implement
and support changes necessary to create a vibrant, active Union Street Urban Village at the intersection. Community sup-
port will be essential, so stay tuned for further developments and calls for participation, according to the USBG.
Central District Public Art Project
The CD Public Art Project is moving forward with a Department of Neighborhoods grant for
the planning/outreach stage. Our goal is to create public art that reflects the diversity, history, and
pride of our area. The first step toward the creation of public art through the CD Public Art Project
Plan is hiring a knowledgeable consultant to lead public meetings and check with the city regarding
requirements and restrictions. Currently the Steering Committee is formally seeking this public artist
and/or landscape architect who will assist in gathering ideas for public art in open community meet-
ings. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please contact us, see information on
pg 6. The consultant will also be responsible for understanding the city’s guidelines for placement of
public art. It is important for everyone to know that no ideas for public art have been preselected. It
will be up to the community to decide what art it would like created. Creating the art chosen by the
Central District residents will be the next stage of the project.
Once we hire our consultant, the public will be invited to attend three open meetings called charettes. Since the grant
is funded by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, it is essential that the art placed around the CD is what the community
chooses, which matches the Steering Committee’s vision perfectly. These charettes are essential to learn what the community
wants and are required by the Department of Neighborhoods as a part of our planning process. There will be three charettes
where the community can share ideas about possible art projects in the CD. The charettes will likely be held in February,
March, and April. Watch for information about when and where these charettes will be held, and plan to attend one or all to
present your ideas.
Now it is important to get the word out to the community about this project and the upcoming charettes. We have be-
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HEARING EXAMINER FINDS DPD DIRECTOR SABEY DECISION IN ERROR
SPCC AND OTHER NEIGHBORS PREVAIL IN APPEAL
After considering three days of testimony and thou-
sands of pages of documents and arguments, the City of Seat-
tle Hearing Examiner, on October 25, ruled that the Director
of the Department of Planning and Development had clearly
erred in approving the proposed development by the Sabey
Corporation on 18th Avenue. The DPD Director had decided
that the Sabey development proposal was merely a “minor
amendment” of the Swedish Medical Center Master Plan.
An appeal of that decision was filed by three separate par-
ties: (1)the Squire Park Community Council; (2) a group led
by Vicky Schiantarelli calling itself 19th Avenue Block
Watch/Squire Park Neighbors; and (3)Robert Goodwin on his
Appeals of DPD land use decisions are not often suc-
cessful, but in this case the evidence that the DPD Director
had erred was particularly strong. Attorneys for the Sabey
2 of the houses on 19th Ave, east of the Swedish/Sabey expansion proposed for
Corporation, however, have filed an appeal of the Hearing the west half of the block
Examiner’s decision. One effect of the Hearing Examiner’s
decision denying Sabey’s development request is that it is
now the “official” decision of the City, and the City Attorney Plan arrived at with neighborhood participation and approval
will defend it against Sabey in Superior Court. A Court de- by the City Council.
cision is expected before the end of 2011. Swedish has not What is the history of the Providence (now Swedish)
announced the beginning of a new MIMP process. MIMP? Providence and community stakeholders worked
Why is SPCC opposed to Swedish Hospital Develop- through a process resulting in City Council approval of a
ment? SPCC is not opposed. SPCC asked for a decision by MIMP for the campus in 1994. The City Council set the
the Hearing Examiner that would lead to Swedish Hospital’s length of the MIMP as fifteen years. The MIMP called for a
participating in a Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) number of new building projects that Providence did not
process to guide future development. The SPCC position was build. Swedish bought Providence in 2000. In 2002 Swedish
similar to the position of the City-appointed Swedish MIMP sold about half of the former Providence campus to the Sabey
Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), a broad based group in- Corporation which announced plans to develop a large biotech
cluding residents, property owners, and other institutional research center at the location. Sabey proceeded to build sev-
representatives. The Director of DPD, in a highly unusual eral buildings for its purposes, although the plan for a biotech
move, ignored the recommendation of the CAC. center didn’t pan out. Sabey (through Swedish) requested
Why is a MIMP important? Zoning laws usually that DPD extend the 1994 MIMP for five years, stating in its
don’t permit commercial development in residential zones, request “(t)here are projects approved in the MIMP that have
but there’s an exception. So-called “major institu- not been developed and require more time for planning and
tions” (universities and hospitals) are allowed to develop in initiation.” Even though neither Swedish nor Sabey intended
residential zones in Seattle through a process known as a to complete the previously approved projects, incredibly the
Major Institution Master Plan. The hospital campus in Director of DPD accepted this statement and postponed the
Squire Park, now known as Swedish Medical Center, has expiration of the MIMP “in order to allow the hospital to com-
been allowed to develop between 15th and 18th Avenue and plete projects already approved in the MIMP”.
between Cherry and Jefferson in an area zoned for resi- Are the current projects proposed by the Sabey Cor-
dences. The hospital is permitted to develop with much lar- poration the same as the ones approved in the 1994 MIMP?
ger buildings than residences, but only through a Master (Continued on page 6)
SEATTLE UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE
12th & Marion – on campus
Gifts , Art Supplies, School & Office Supplies
S.U. Apparel, Back Packs & Bags, Computer Supp. & Software
Food & Beverages, General Books
And of course Textbooks
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(Continued from page 5) other areas of the campus in order to lessen the impact on the
smaller scale residences east of 18th Avenue.
No. The 1994 MIMP called for taller and larger buildings to Why are the new medical clinics proposed for 18th Avenue
be located in the center of the Providence campus or on the rather than other sites on campus? Sabey developed build-
west side of the campus away from the single-family homes ings to rent to non-hospital tenants including the large addi-
on the eastern boundary. On 18th Avenue, the plan was for tion to the original 1910 Building and a site which is now the
smaller scale projects --- a day care center, a gym/fitness cen- home of the Northwest Kidney Center. In other words, much
ter, and a small inn for families of hospital patients, all with of the space on campus that could have been used for Swedish
parking for fewer than 80 vehicles. Several existing houses Hospital-related development instead was sold to a private
were to remain. Instead of that project, or one resembling it, developer.
Sabey proposed to develop on 18th Avenue two much larger 3 What would SPCC like to see happen? We think it’s
-story buildings with over 130,000 square feet of space and important that there be a new MIMP process which involves
parking for 359 vehicles. review and input from neighbors and final approval by the
Change happens. Why should Sabey be required to City Council. We understand that hospitals are beneficial
build a day care center, gym, and inn if, after fifteen years, and important for all and it’s not unreasonable for them to be
the needs are different? SPCC does not argue that future in residential neighborhoods. We do believe, however, that
development must be a day care center, gym, and inn. How- City rules for balancing institutional growth with neighbor-
ever, we do believe it was an important part of the MIMP that hood vitality should be observed. Just as, in 1994, Providence
larger buildings and more intense uses be concentrated on participated in a MIMP process that balanced different needs,
Swedish should do the same for its future growth.
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gun to contact community councils, various groups, churches, e-groups, and folks in meetings. If you haven’t yet heard about
this project, it probably means your group probably hasn’t heard about it yet either. We need volunteers to inform the com-
munity. Please contact Mary Pat DiLeva (206-324-5161) if you would like to help us spread the word to your group or are in-
terested in getting involved at any level. We would like representatives from as many different groups as possible to share
their ideas about public art in the CD at the charettes. The next regularly scheduled Steering Committee meeting (the
fourth Monday of each month) is on January 24, 2011, at 7:00pm at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd on 22nd and
E Union. You are welcome to join us to learn more and we look forward to seeing you there or at one or more charettes.
Part of our funding for this project planning comes from matching funds created by the next CD Garden Tour, which is sched-
uled for June 4, 2011. We will announce the plan selected by the community as a result of our public meetings at the garden
tour headquarters at Midtown Plaza on 23rd and Union on June 4. We need lots of volunteers, gardeners, plants to sell, and
help setting up and taking down the garden tour headquarters. If you would like to be involved in some way in GT 11, con-
tact Jean Tinnea at email@example.com or 206-328-7872.
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NEIGHBORHOOD PARK PROJECTS MOVING FORWARD
The Parks and Green Space Levy Op- is moving ahead with a compelling
portunity Fund Citizens Oversight design.
Committee has included our neighbor-
hood’s James Ct. woonerf on the list of The 12th Avenue and Squire Park
projects recommended for funding. The community is grateful to the Parks
list will be considered by the City Department and the Levy Over-
Council which will make the final fund- sight Committee for their faith in
ing decision in March. our project. The number of projects
for funding greatly exceeded the
The project will turn the street and sidewalk of one-block amount of money available.
long E. James Court between 12th and 13th into landscaped
area that is more friendly to pedestrians and other users not The criteria of the levy recognize that our neighborhood is
in vehicles. Vehicle traffic will still be allowed, but there rapidly growing and has a shortage of park space.
will be sharing with non-motorized uses and asphalt and To see a conceptual sketch of the woonerf idea see
concrete will be replaced with pervious surfaces. http://12thaveseattle.com/blog/?p=1606 For a sketch of the
Much of the woonerf will be adjacent to the soon-to-be devel- park see CD News and search for James Ct. Park.
oped E. James Ct. park on the City-owned site just north of To take part in planning for the future, including discussion
the former Watertown Coffee and Bar. The woonerf will ex- about possible locations for another park, come to the next
pand and enhance the usefulness of the adjacent park which 12 Ave. Stewardship Committee meeting, January 11 at
6:00 P.M. at 824 12th Ave.
SOLUTIONS FOR OVERCROWDING AT GARFIELD
Garfield’s current enrollment is about 1780 and the capacity of the school is about 1680. Due to the fact that more stu-
dents than had been anticipated could show up again next year, the District has proposed a number of possible ideas or
various combinations of ideas to offer a solution.
The School Board will be making a final decision on January 19th as a part of the Transition Plan 2011-12 which will de-
termine the rules for phasing-in the New Student Assignment Plan. Comments should be addressed the School Board
members and public comment will be allowed at the beginning of the meetings below. Contact and public testimony infor-
mation can be found: http://www.seattleschools.org/area/board/index.dxml
For a more complete story and explanation of the details please see:http://centraldistrictnews.com/2010/11/07/what-are-
School Board Meetings: Jan. 5, 6 p.m., School Board meeting –Transition Plan introduction, JSCEE Auditorium
Jan. 19, 6 p.m., School Board meeting –Transition Plan vote, JSCEE Auditorium
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New Preschool Fair
SPCC Calendar Coming to Central Seattle
Board Meetings Seattle, WA, December 9, 2010 – In the market for a preschool? The task can be
daunting, as parents sift through options to find a program that is a good fit for
7–9 p.m. their family, their budget and their schedules. Central Seattle Parent Resource
Feb 1, Mar 1 and Apr 5 2011 (CSPR) is teaming up with Garfield Community Center to host a Central Seattle
at Preschool Fair on January 15, 2011, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
S.U. Admissions and Alumni
Building Thanks to the generosity of Garfield Community Center, this fair will be free for
participating schools and there will be no admission charge for families.
824 12th Ave
Child Care Resources will be present to spread the word about their referral pro-
gram, and The Car Seat Lady will be on hand to answer questions about safety.
2010 Quarterly Meeting All schools in the Central Seattle Area are welcome to attend, and can contact
10 a.m.–noon Karen McHegg at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table at the fair. Participating
Jan 8, April 9, July 9 2011 schools include: Baker Learning Center, Beginnings Childcare Centers, BRIGHT!,
Bright Horizons, Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool, Community Day School Asso-
At CAMP ciation, El Cuento Spanish Immersion Preschool, Epiphany Early Learning Pre-
722 18th Ave school, Seattle Children’s Playgarden, Seattle's Progressive School, Sprout Pre-
school, The Secret Garden Preschool and Y.S. Learning Center.
SPCC meetings are open Central Seattle Parent Resource promotes community among parents of children
from birth to age five by encouraging social connections which build foundations for
to all. long term civic involvement. For more information, visit centralseattleparentre-
and interested parties.
Bring a neighbor.
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Kiku Hayashi, president
ter is to encourage you to join us for the quarterly meetings. Please join the Squire
Andre Helmstetter, vice president Park Community Council in January for coffee, refreshments and conversation, and
Bill Zosel, secretary please consider becoming a new Board member.
Donya Williamson, treasurer
Deana Berg The boundaries for the Squire Park Community Council, established in the 1980’s, are
23rd Avenue, E. Union Street, 12th Avenue, and S. Jackson Street. SPCC is the City-
recognized organization that advocates for efforts to protect and enhance neighborhood
Bryan Burpee livability and vitality.
Amanda House Before being elected in 2007, City Councilman Tim Burgess was a Seattle police officer
Joy Jacobson and detective from 1971 to 1978, and served from 1989 to 2001 on the Seattle Ethics
and Elections Commission. http://www.cityofseattle.net/council/burgess/bio.htm
Elliot Smith Deputy Chief Clark Kimerer is the Chief of Staff overseeing the Field Support Bureau,
Bonnie Wilson Administrative Section and the Legal Unit.
Clark Kimerer was hired in 1983 as a Police Officer in the East and West Precincts and
eventually served as the Training Officer for the SWAT Team. As a Sergeant and then
Lieutenant he was a member of the DWI Unit, Goodwill and Games Planning Group
and acted as chief Negotiator for the SPD Hostage Negotiation Team. As a Captain,
SPEAK to SPCC! Clark commanded the Internal Investigations Section and the Vice & Narcotics Section.
Let us know how we can He was promoted to Assistant Chief in January, 1999, and served as Chief of Staff until
support you in our his promotion in October 2001 to Deputy Chief.
community. Write us at:
Squire Park Community Education and Public Service:
St. John's College, B.A. in Classics and Philosophy.
Harvard University Law School, graduate of Harvard Negotiation Program.
2301 S. Jackson St.
Graduate of the National Executive Institute Leadership Class XXVI.
Currently serves as chair of the Downtown Emergency Services Center Board of Direc-
Seattle, WA 98144 tors.