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Victory Heights Blog Moves To

Changes are afoot here at the Victory Heights Blog. We’ve joining forces with the North District Council and their proposed blog for Victory Heights that had been in the works for several months. To begin with, we are moving to the domain they purchased, the much shorter and easier to remember, Please update your bookmarks now. The blog here will no longer be updated.

Joining Victory Heights Blog founder Ryan K. Johnson will be Shammara Estrada, Victory Height’s Community Council Representative on the North District Council, and long time resident Susan Causin.

We hope you like all the exciting changes we’ll be bringing to the blog at its new location. Visit now!


Reminder: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting Tonight

The Thornton Creek Alliance will be having a general meeting and annual elections tonight, Thursday, April 26th from 7pm – 9pm at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE.  The main topic will be about what it takes to create & certify a Community Wildlife Habitat from the National Wildlife Federation. Other topics include Meadowbrook Pond & Confluence projects, Beaver Pond NA project, Northgate & Shoreline Sound Transit light rail stations, and Hubbard Homestead Park, etc. Meetings are free & everyone is welcome!

If you can’t make it, we’ll have a complete report here tomorrow.

Visit the Thornton Creek Alliance Facebook page

City To Clean Up Park Graffiti Within 10 Days

Left: the back of the backstop. Right: the front of the backstop and the tagged building

After vandals spray painted graffiti in Victory Heights Park last week, the city promised that Seattle Public Utilities would have it cleaned within 10 business days. Tagged were both sides of the basketball backstop as well as the side of the community building which currently is used as a daycare center.

Metal Grate Replaces Wooden Storm Drain

A Seattle Public Utility employee installing a new metal grate

On Monday the wooden beams that have covered a storm drain “sand box” (the City’s technical term) at the corner of 20th Ave NE and NE 103rd Street were replaced with a custom-made metal grate by Seattle Public Utilities. The wood beams, which have been used since the original development of Victory Heights to cover the junction of two storm drains, kept needing to be replaced due to damage from heavily-laden garbage trucks. A bicyclist also had an accident when their wheels got stuck between the wooden slats, which prompted the change to a more permanent metal grate.

Eight SPU employees are responsible for all the drains in Seattle covering an area north of Denny Way to the city limits at NE 145th Street.  If you see a dangerous or worn sewer covering or water leaks, call the city at (206) 386-1800.

Fire Destroys Shed on 17th Ave NE

Friday night, a fire broke out in a shed behind a house at 10755 17th Ave NE just before 10 PM. Fifteen different fire units were called out to the scene which blocked NE Northgate Way as the blaze was put out. The flames spread to the back of the house (see above on left) but were quickly extinguished.


Next Bill Pierre Development Meeting May 19th

Shammara Estrada, Victory Heights’ Community Council Representative, reports,

Not sure if you are aware of this – but Bill Pierre has begun plans for redevelopment of his vast property along Lake City Way. The family has contracted with the UW Urban Design and Planning Department to facilitate planning efforts and engage the community in the conversation for the future of this property. They are primarily looking at issues such as connectivity, uses, etc and not specifically what will be built there. There will be a blog up soon with updates and more information.  If you are interested in being a part of the process, they will be having some visioning sessions.

When: Saturday, May 19, 9am-4
Where: Nathan Hale High School
What: Broken into two segments, the morning half will focus on the general framework for the property and the second half will be more small group break out sessions. For those of you that want to be included but cannot commit to a full or half day, there will be an area set aside for those just wanting to leave their ideas and comments.
Though technically in Lake City (though the city seems to think Victory Heights extends to NE 125th), the Bill Pierre properties represent a large amount of land ripe for change. What would want/not want to see there: Big box stores? Supermarkets? More “adult entertainment” venues? Parks? Here’s your chance to have your say.

Thornton Creek Knickerbocker Site Construction Begins May 2013

The long-proposed and studied plan to increase floodplain storage and habitat quality to the Thornton Creek greenbelt at the “Knickerbocker” site (NE 100th Street, at the base of 20th Ave NE) looks to finally begin construction in May 2013.

Seattle Public Utilities and the Park Department acquired the land between 2001 and 2006, permanently removing several houses that had been located on the south side of 100th.

Residents in the project area, members of the Thornton Creek Watershed Oversight Council, and advocates for Thornton Creek began to work with SPU and Parks on ways to get a floodplain reconnection project designed and built in 2009, as this type of project was identified in the Thornton Creek Watershed Action Plan. Project design was initiated in 2010 using a $100,000 King Conservation District grant to design the floodplain project. SPU led the design work using a consultant and has held about five community meetings to discuss the project and get input.

Sample drilling was performed last month at the site, and funding secured from King Conservation District, an EPA Ecology Grant, and Seattle Public Utilities to finally implement the work starting next year. The plan includes relocating several hundred feet of Thornton Creek, create up to an acre of vegetated floodplain (currently a picnic and dog-walking area), and build a new pedestrian bridge over the widened creek.

It’s also hoped that the wider, slower creek will enable fish to reach and spawn further upstream eventually.

See also: Thornton Creek Alliance Meeting April 26th