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Entries from January 2011

PAWS Cat City opens Thursday in U-District

January 11th, 2011 by master

The new cat pad in the neighborhood is almost ready for visitors.  On Thursday (1/13) PAWS Cat City is opening its new digs at 5200 Roosevelt Way.  The new location is a “colony” cat adoption center.  That means instead of cages, cats and kittens live in open rooms where they’re free to lounge or roam.  This gives you the opportunity to play with the cats before adopting.

Cat City originally made its home in the Greenwood neighborhood.   The new U-District location offers more parking and a larger space.

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One week down in 15th Ave NE project

January 10th, 2011 by master

The major reconstruction of 15th Ave NE is now one week old.  In addition to repaving and adding a new surface, the project also includes upgrades to street lighting and sidewalks.  While the roadway will remain open with one lane of traffic in each direction on weekdays, you could run into some problems on weekends.  That’s when traffic will be reduced to one lane northbound only. Southbound lanes will be closed at NE 45th Street and detoured via Brooklyn Avenue NE.  SDOT is also warning about noise during the day from concrete breakers and parking issues. 

Construction begins on 15th Ave NE. Photo by Qixiu Hu, The Daily

“Parking demand has always been high in this neighborhood, but the disruption of parking for five months in exchange for a new roadway that will last the next 40 to 60 years seems to be a good trade-off,” project manager Jessica Murphy told our news partners at The Daily.

The project is being done in phases from NE Pacific up to NE 55th.  It’s scheduled to totally wrap up in October.  You can track the weekly construction alerts here.

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The Monkey gets go ahead for microbrew

January 7th, 2011 by master

The Monkey Pub on Roosevelt Way just got a late Christmas present.  The owners now have the green light to make their own microbrew, or “Monkey Brew” as the case may be.  Owner Anita Glasford recently told UDistrictDaily that The Monkey will offer different craft brews, making them 15 to 25 gallons at a time. She says they’ll be playing around with recipes to see what works best.

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Pothole Rangers in U-District

January 6th, 2011 by master

In the spring, Seattle’s rain encourages blooms and beauty.  But in the winter that wetness brings on the season of potholes. Is it our imagination, or are the hazardous holes particularly prolific this year?  If you see a pothole, be sure to report it to the city, either online or by phone (684-ROAD). The “Pothole Rangers” should be out to fix it soon, but keep in mind they’re very busy.  Below is a picture we took yesterday of the rangers in action near NE 45th.

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Free Tyee parking comes to an end

January 6th, 2011 by master

Tyee Club members at the UW can say goodbye to free parking at football games.  Starting with the 2011 season, they’ll have to fork over $120 for a single vehicle and $450 for an RV for season-long parking.  Our news partners at The Daily say the move comes as the athletic department needs to raise funds for game day costs.

“Having a fee associated with the pass will help provide a more realistic number for who really is using/needing parking on game days,” an associate athletic director for the UW told The Daily. “As we grow Tyee over time (with stadium renovation) we have a strong need to make sure we are maximizing our lots, running them efficiently and providing premium parking-lot access to all of our donors.”

As you can imagine, not all Tyee members are pleased with the change.  Reporter Jacob Thorpe has more in The Daily.

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UW light rail bridge design

January 5th, 2011 by master

Want to check out the latest design of the pedestrian bridge that will connect the future UW light rail station to campus? Sound Transit, the UW and WSDOT are hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, January 12 to show off the updated images. The meeting runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Museum of History & Industry at 2700 24th Avenue E.

Computer generated image of project from 2008

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Miller-Pollard prepares to close up shop

January 4th, 2011 by master

Furniture store Miller-Pollard is going out of business at the end of this month in U Village.  Our partners at the Seattle Times report the store’s liquidation sale has already started with little merchandise left on the floor.  Miller-Pollard has been in business for 60 years, starting on University Way before moving to U Village 13 years ago.  The Times reports the space at U Village could be turned into a Microsoft retail store.

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Ice skating at the Arboretum

January 3rd, 2011 by master

It’s not often that temperatures are cold enough to freeze the water at the Arboretum.  Several groups of people hit the ice over New Year’s weekend.  Thanks to Linda for the photo.

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Don Eduardo’s becomes Wing Central on The Ave

January 1st, 2011 by master

Some of you may have noticed that Don Eduardo Family Mexican Restaurant closed its doors at 4524 University Way a few weeks ago.  Now, that space has turned into Wing Central on the Ave.  The new joint is the second Wing Central location (the original one is in Ellensburg).  They plan to open the U-District restaurant on Wednesday, January 5.  Here’s a sampling of the menu offered over in Ellensburg and a picture below of one of the new items at the Seattle location.

“The Big Dawg”  22 Inches in 22 minutes and you get a Big Dawg T-Shirt (photo from Yelp)

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Don Eduardo's becomes Wing Central on The Ave

January 1st, 2011 by master

Some of you may have noticed that Don Eduardo Family Mexican Restaurant closed its doors at 4524 University Way a few weeks ago.  Now, that space has turned into Wing Central on the Ave.  The new joint is the second Wing Central location (the original one is in Ellensburg).  They plan to open the U-District restaurant on Wednesday, January 5.  Here’s a sampling of the menu offered over in Ellensburg and a picture below of one of the new items at the Seattle location.

“The Big Dawg”  22 Inches in 22 minutes and you get a Big Dawg T-Shirt (photo from Yelp)

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