Subject: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Newsletter

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Message from the Director

I am incredibly honored and excited to join the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) as Interim Director. I joined a staff that is incredibly committed to inclusive engagement, outreach, and community empowerment. Together we will continue to build DON as a space of community innovation and connection where we can center our work on race and social justice and implement programs that bring communities closer together. As we continue our work I look forward to being out in the community - talking, learning, and hearing from you.

Andrés Mantilla, Interim Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

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Mayor Durkan Launches National Search and Public Input Process for Permanent Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT): The public can now submit their input on their transportation priorities and what they would like to see in the next SDOT Director. (more)

Immigrant and Refugee Commission Seeks New Members: Reflecting the diversity of Seattle's immigrant and refugee communities, the commission has 15 members who are appointed to one- or two-year terms, with the option of reappointment. (more)

Urban Innovations Speakers Series: The Seattle Office of Planning & Community Development is hosting an event on May 23 focused on how equitable development can shape more inclusive communities. (more)

Comment on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): The Draft EIS identifies environmental impacts and mitigation measures for three alternatives. The City is now seeking public comment on the adequacy of this environmental review. There will be a Public Hearing & Open House on Thursday, May 31. (more)

Free Summer Meals and Recreation Activities: This summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Human Services Department, and United Way of King County are partnering to host a drop-in summer program offering free meals and recreation activities to kids and teens ages 1 to 18. (more)

Nominations Now Open for Mayor’s Arts Awards: The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture opened nominations for the 16th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards which celebrates people and organizations for their artistic work in community, education, the arts landscape, and in creating a more just and racially equitable society. (more)

Grants Support Available through 2018 Opportunity Fund: Small grants up to $20,000 will support agencies that work with youth and young adults of color from the ages of 12 - 24. Eligible organizations must have an operating budget of $750,000 or less or have not been funded by Human Services Department in the past. Deadline is June 1. (more)

Seattle Youth Commission Now Accepting Applications: Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission work with elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events. (more)

Join the Community Police Academy: This free, eleven-week program is designed to educate the public in the operations of the Seattle Police Department, while also giving the Department an opportunity to obtain valuable feedback from the community. Evening sessions take place once-a-week September 6 - November 15. (more)


The City of Seattle wants your feedback. The projects listed below are currently open for public comment. Let us know your thoughts.

  • Seattle Department of Transportation Director Search (Learn More)
  • Accessory Dwelling Units Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Learn More)
  • Seattle Center Arena Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Learn More)
  • Seattle Public Library Programs and Service Assessment (Learn More)

For a full list of projects open for public comment, visit our website.

SOUTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods south of I-90)
23rd Avenue Business Stabilization Fund: This fund was established to support micro-businesses impacted by the 23rd Avenue Phase 2 construction project. Businesses must apply and provide documentation demonstrating they meet criteria. (more)

Extended Operating and Programming Hours at South Park Community Center: Based on community input and in an effort to reduce barriers to utilizing facilities and services, Seattle Parks and Recreation is extending operating hours at South Park Community Center and extending Teen Late Night Programming. (more)

Beacon Hill Station Access and Mobility Study: Share your ideas on how to make it easier and more enjoyable to get to the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station and get around the neighborhood. (more)

Public Meeting Scheduled for May 30 to Discuss Zoning Modification for Development at Madison Middle School: The Seattle School District is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from a City zoning regulation for reduced on-site parking in order to provide portables. (more)


  • Highland Park Action Committee Meeting: May 23, 7pm (more)
  • Beacon Hill Safe Streets Meeting: May 24, 6pm (more)
  • Select Committee on Families, Education, Pre-School and Promise Levy – Public Hearing: May 30, 6pm (more)
  • Madison Middle School Departure Advisory Committee Meeting : May 30, 6pm (more)
  • Friends of Lewis Park Public Input Meeting: May 31, 5pm (more)
  • Genesee Tree Walk: June 2, 9:30am (more)
  • Civic Saturday at El Centro de la Raza: June 2, 10:30am (more)
  • Be'er Sheva Park Improvement Schematic Plan Presentation: June 2, 12pm (more)
  • Citywide Mandatory Housing Affordability - Public Hearing: June 5, 6pm (more)
  • Southwest District Council: June 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • Beacon Hill Tenant Rights Bootcamp: June 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • Tree Walk Training: June 9, 9:30am (more)
  • South Delridge Neighborhood Clean-up: June 9, 10am (more)
  • Upper Rainier Beach Garden Tour & Neighbor Meet and Greet: June 9, 11am (more)

CENTRAL SEATTLE (neighborhoods between the Ship Canal & I-90)
Uptown Neighborhood Design Guidelines: Seattle Office of Planning and Community Development want your feedback on their draft neighborhood design guidelines. They will use your input to create a final draft for City Council to review and adopt. (more)

23rd Avenue Business Stabilization Fund: This fund was established to support micro-businesses impacted by the 23rd Avenue Phase 2 construction project. Businesses must apply and provide documentation demonstrating they meet criteria. (more)

Changes at Belltown Community Center: Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is preparing to close the Belltown Community Center at the end of 2018. (more)

Landmarks Preservation Board to Consider Nomination of the Highland Apartments for Landmark Status: The public is invited to attend the June 20th meeting and make comments regarding the nomination. (more)

  • Uptown Tenant Rights Bootcamp: May 23, 6:30pm (more)
  • Capitol Hill Design Guidelines Open House: May 30, 5:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Matching Fund Workshop (Douglass-Truth Branch Library): May 30, 6pm (more)
  • Histories of the Central District and What We’ll Build Next: May 30, 7:30pm (more)
  • Neighborhood Exchange - Community Gardens with Alleycat Acres: June 2, 10am (more)
  • Clean Sweep 2018: June 3, 10am (more)
  • Madison Park Community Council Meeting: June 4, 7pm (more)
  • Lid I-5 Collaborative // Collab #2: June 5, 6pm (more)
  • Judkins Park Community Meeting: June 6, 6:30pm (more)
  • Community Care Day 2018: June 8, 11am (more)

NORTH SEATTLE (neighborhoods north of the Ship Canal)
U District Station Area Mobility Study Survey: The U District Mobility Group wants to hear your thoughts on priorities for the U District Station area and street design options. (more)

Review Design for Christie Park Expansion: Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to a meeting on Thursday, May 24 to review and provide feedback on the design for the Christie Park expansion project. (more)

U District, Let’s Go Transit Talk on May 24: U District, Let’s Go is a year-long pilot program that kicked off in January 2018 funded by Seattle Department of Transportation and WSDOT and delivered by Transportation Choices Coalition. (more)

  • Roosevelt High School Departure Advisory Committee Public Meeting: May 22, 6pm (more)
  • Transit Talks - How could Link light rail impact the U District?: May 24, 8:30am (more)
  • Open House at Bitter Lake Food Bank: May 24, 5pm (more)
  • Christie Park Addition Public Meeting: May 24, 6pm (more)
  • U District Mobility Workshop #3: May 30, 5pm (more)
  • Homelessness - A Community Conversation: May 31, 6:30pm (more)
  • Disaster Preparedness - The Basics: May 31, 7pm (more)
  • D5 Community Network Panel Discussion with Councilmembers González and Mosqueda: May 31, 7pm (more)

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