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Entries from November 2011

UW Farm looking for bike donations

November 8th, 2011 by master

A recent expansion of the UW farm has created a bit of transportation problem for student volunteers. The two farm sites, one on the campus and the other at the Center for Urban Horticulture, are a half an hour apart. To help student farmers get back and forth quickly, the farm is creating a community bicycle system. To help build the system, the farm is looking for rideable and working bike donations.

If you have a bike that you can donate, please email Ross at rover.ross@gmail.com.

For more information about the farm check out their blog at http://students.washington.edu/uwfarm/blog/.

A student farmer rides a donated bike between UW Farm sites

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Two proposed developments could add dozens of new apartments to U District

November 8th, 2011 by master

The neighborhood’s design review board for building projects in the U-District is mulling over a couple of proposed apartment buildings that could bring dozens of new units to the western boundary of the neighborhood.

Tonight, Design Review Board members heard from the designers of a project at 4558 Seventh Avenue NE that would add approximately 24 apartments on six floors. Neighbors who chose to spoke were mostly positive about the building’s conceptual designs which would have a heavy concrete and steel look. The plans also call for an unusual construction method that uses a lot of pre-fabrication then hauling the pieces into the site for quick assembly. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get some good pictures of that construction if it gets built.

A couple of weeks ago, the board also heard from the designers of another proposed building further south on Seventh Avenue NE at 4029. That one would pile 70 to 78 apartments into five stories. This project was met with a lot more skepticism from the nearest neighbors. Most nearby homes are townhouses and homeowners worry the building would block light and views. The design review board made a point of asking the designers to come up with creative ways of minimizing those impacts. We’ll see how that goes.

If they get through the city’s permitting process, both projects should go to construction in the spring.

You can learn more about the project and get the design review pack on the city’s website at:
www.seattle.gov/dpd/planning/design_review_Program/overview/default.asp.

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Assault on The Ave featured on Washington’s Most Wanted

November 4th, 2011 by master

A recent and violent beating on University Way NE is getting attention from local television show Washington’s Most Wanted. This week, show host David Rose walked The Ave putting up Crime Stoppers posters in the windows of neighborhood businesses. In a series of show segemnets Rose interviews the victims of the beating.
The victims describe how the altercation began in the 5200 block just as the bars were closing on Thursday, October 6. The suspects, described as large Pacific Islanders, have not been identified. The show that airs this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. also includes new information. According to Rose, police say the same group of assailants may have attacked someone just before midnight on Friday, October 7 just a few blocks over on 15th Avenue NE.
The posters highlight the crime and the police offer of a $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS if you know anything.

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Assault on The Ave featured on Washington's Most Wanted

November 4th, 2011 by master

A recent and violent beating on University Way NE is getting attention from local television show Washington’s Most Wanted. This week, show host David Rose walked The Ave putting up Crime Stoppers posters in the windows of neighborhood businesses. In a series of show segemnets Rose interviews the victims of the beating.
The victims describe how the altercation began in the 5200 block just as the bars were closing on Thursday, October 6. The suspects, described as large Pacific Islanders, have not been identified. The show that airs this Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. also includes new information. According to Rose, police say the same group of assailants may have attacked someone just before midnight on Friday, October 7 just a few blocks over on 15th Avenue NE.
The posters highlight the crime and the police offer of a $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-222-TIPS if you know anything.

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