Minutes of the GLCC Meeting Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Call to Order 7:04pm – Paul Kostek

Aurora Licton Springs Urban Village – Susan Larrance

“ALUV”. Started in 2015 as a result of protesting of micro-housing. Many people didn’t know they lived in an “Urban Village”. Didn’t receive many of the amenities of other urban villages. Have been working with the city to make it more of an urban village.

A lot of “dead zone” businesses were coming in. Filed for a moratorium and received that for one year, and it’s now up for renewal. As part of HALA, those businesses wouldn’t be allowed anyway.

Is now working on working on neighborhood design guidelines. Long term goal is advocacy for a community center. Closest are Green Lake and Northgate, but neither are within walking distance.

The groups has developed a sense of community where there wasn’t one.

Q: How are you involved with the tiny village?

A: Haven’t been personally involved. There is a person from ALUV on the advisory committee. There has been conflicting information about it, including crime statistics. Some neighbors have experienced problems. SPD has said some of it is seasonal – more problems overall. But there has been an increase in issues.

Comment from attendee: The crime and the needles have gone up exponentially since it went in.

Small Craft Center Project – David Graves – Seattle Parks & Recreation & Evan Bourquard Aslani Architects

Starting the process of building a new Small Craft Center. A mix of private and funding, state & local grants. Next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 3, 5:30-6:30pm at the current Small Craft Center.

Three active programs at the Small Craft Center: Rowing Club (primary user), Canoe & Kayak Club and a sailing program that operates during the summer. The site operates the busiest public restrooms in the State of Washington

The rowing club has “seriously inadequate” changing facilities. The old aquatheater remnant is mainly used for storage. It’s reaching the end of its expected lifespan. It would not be modified as part of this project, nor would the building on the north end that was updated in 2001.

As part of the feasibility study, three alternatives have been reviewed. They range from small to large. Have asked the groups that meet there what they need to operate their programs. Right now they have about 12,000 square feet. They really need to be more around 17,000 square feet. Can’t hit every item on their wishlist. The small option is about the same square footage as today. The medium alternative would tear down current building, and replace it with a two story building. It would have a multipurpose room. Still would only be about 12,000 square feet.

The third alternative, which was preferred at the public meeting, replacing existing building with a two story building with a larger footstrip. Adds a new pier. Repurposes existing shell house for kayaks and into a multipurpose space. “Option C” is moving forward into schematic design and will be talked about at the public meeting on October 3rd.

Q: Could you give us the fraction of the budget breakdown?

A: $6 million total. $3 million from parks, about $1.5 million in private and closer to $1 million in state grants.

Q: Timeline?

A: Design process done by next spring. Then put out to bid, possibly next summer. Construction would take about 10-12 months. Ideally would start in the dry season. Ideally would open in the 2020 timeline. There is a significant fundrasing effort need for this.

Q: Who is money donated to?

A: The Rowing Advisory Council

Friends of Green Lake – Rob Zisette

Meet every odd month – next meeting in two weeks. The fourth Tuesday of every odd month. Everyone is welcome. We meet in the Hearthstone in the “Board Room” – the round table in the back room. Is going to start a GoFundMe page for the gentleman who died in the lake on July 4th. His mother started the page and FOGL will look at ways to honor him.

Also working on the emergency path markers. The conceptual design is to put one about every 150 feet. This would allow you to call in a location and give emergency personnel so they know where you’re at.

University Regulator Green Stormwater project. Looking at getting a speaker to come out and talk about that. Milfoil is getting pretty bad. Asking for volunteers to help cleanup.

SAVE N40th Group – Philip Reichel

Have lived in Wallingford on N40th since the 70’s. Once called the “Green Lake Paving Project”, coming from a levy called “Move Seattle.” SDOT sent out a survey and received 800 responses. SDOT then “went silent.” Late last year and early this year they started publishing plans. The city wants to say it’s parking, and Philip is fine with parking elsewhere, but access for other things are being removed – including delivery of heating oil. The URL sent out for comments was misspelled so those who tried to give feedback could not. The response was to have four community meetings “where we’re going to tell you what we’re going to do.” 12,000 cars per day go down the road, and 33 bicycles per day. Philip was once a bike commuter, and this not an anti-bike group. Other options the group has put forth have included bike lanes.

Has a petition to sign. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction. All traffic will have to stop when a bus stops, or when garbage trucks stop.

University Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project – Dana West

The storm water runoff basin overflows at a CSO Outfall that is in Portage Bay. An approach to resolve this (and resolving it is required by law), is to absorb more rain water into the ground, rather than going into drains. On average, six time a year the overflow occurs, which includes about 10% sewage.

Pilot project currently on 1st Ave between 59th and 60th. Have spent over an hour talking to each resident. Multiple events and surveys scheduled to talk with community. Sending a flyer to every resident, business owner and property owner in the study area.

The plan is for engineered rain gardens. Will allow the water to run down deep into the ground.