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Entries from January 2012

Donated propeller for U District park stolen

January 31st, 2012 by master

A 70 inch propeller that was intended to be used at an installation for a neighborhood park has been stolen. Neighborhood activist, UW professor and naval architect Philip Thiel  was working with the University District Community Council to donate the propeller to the Seattle Parks Department for a park north of Lake Union.

The thieves apparently were able to take off with the 1,260 pound propeller while bypassing a retaining wall and a fence.  Neighbors heard the commotion but the thieves were gone before police arrived.

If anyone has seen the propeller or knows where it is, please call Seattle Parks and Recreation at 206-684-7241 and Seattle Police at 206-684-5011, or report to police online at
Philip Thiel and his propeller

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U Village adding new parking garage

January 26th, 2012 by master

Parking on the south side of University Village has become a bit tight but the end result will be even more parking. Temporary construction fencing has gone up while trees and shrubs have come down next to the 45th Street Viaduct. The shopping center hopes to have a new 700 space parking garage put up by late 2012.

Find out more:

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Cowen Park bridge work continues

January 26th, 2012 by master

The Seattle Department of Transportation is still working to repair the 15th Avenue NE Bridge over Cowen Park. The southbound right lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Feb. 3, except on Monday, Jan. 30.

Crews are using an under bridge inspection truck to repair areas where concrete has broken away.

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Free salvaged plants from light rail construction projects

January 23rd, 2012 by master

You can score some free shrubs this coming weekend, but you’ll have to do the grunt work. Sound Transit is giving away plants and other landscaping materials where they’re going to be tearing down buildings at the sites of the future light rail stations at Brooklyn Avenue NE and in the Roosevelt neighborhoods.

Most of the plants at the Brooklyn Avenue site are small shrubs like Barberry, Nandia and Boxwood. They will be available on a first-come first-served basis from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 28. You will need to bring your own tools such as shovels, pots and gloves and will have to remove the plants and haul them away yourself.

Meet Sound Transit staff in the parking lot of the Chase Bank building at 4300 Brooklyn Avenue NE for the U District site or at 1033 NE 66th Street for the Roosevelt site.

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Room and Board coming to U Village

January 12th, 2012 by master

The Seattle Times is reporting that the home furnishings chain Room and Board will be taking over most of the space vacated by Barnes and Noble at University Village.

From the Times:

Room & Board, of Golden Valley, Minn., will take 27,000 square feet on the second floor — or a little more than half of the space formerly occupied by Barnes & Noble. U-Village has not said what will become of the rest of the space.

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Lighting a fire could cost you $1,000

January 11th, 2012 by master

Update: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency lifted the burn ban at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.


It’s time to douse your plans for a warm winter fire. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a burn ban for King County from now until further notice.

A burn ban means that you can’t light a fire in fireplaces or uncertified wood stoves (unless they’re the only heat source in your home). Outdoor fires are also part of the ban.

The clean air agency says the ban is needed because a high pressure weather system over Puget Sound comes with cold air and very little wind. The agency expects air quality to deteriorate at least through Friday.

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Experimental College winter quarter about to start

January 5th, 2012 by master

Classes at the Experimental College’s winter quarter start up on Tuesday, January 17. This quarter offers 88 classes in the U-District with about half of those on the UW campus.

Classes are open to the general public and cover a wide range of topics including languages, dance and martial arts.

You can find more information and register on the college website at

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Bridge repairs on 15th Avenue NE will continue later this month

January 5th, 2012 by master

SDOT crews plan to continue work on the historic 15th Avenue NE bridge over Cowen Park a week after next. Starting this week, crews began closing the southbound right lane over the bridge so they could use an crane-like truck called an under bridge inspection truck.

The crews are repairing spots of broken away concrete beneath the bridge. They will skip a week before getting back to the project Jan. 17 – 20 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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Bridge repairs starting up at Cowen Park

January 3rd, 2012 by master

SDOT will close one southbound lane of the 15th Avenue NE bridge over Cowen Park from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 3 through January 6 for repairs. The bridge is located between Cowen Place NE and NE 62nd Street.

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