Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Invasive Plant Management For The Home Gardener" And "Cob Oven Workshop" At Center For Urban Horticulture

UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is holding some interesting classes this week:

The first is the Cob Oven Workshop tomorrow night from 7-8:30pm.

The information says: 
Experience the art of natural building in a wood-fired cob oven workshop. 
Cob is a natural material made up of clay, sand, and straw. This workshop offers hands-on instruction in earthen cob construction building techniques, as well as an opportunity to contribute to the construction of a new cob oven for the UW Farm. 
Join Eli Adadaow, an experienced instructor in building with natural materials, for discussions and hands-on work centering on key principles of natural building including design, foundations, roof systems and the use of local, abundant materials.  
Participants will learn some of  the tricks used in building fast, yet sturdy structures with sustainable methods. 
The workshop starts Friday evening with tea, nibbles, and a meet-and-greet. Work on the oven begins Saturday morning and ends Sunday afternoon. Lunch is included both days.

This is a 3 part workshop: Friday August 28, 7-8:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, August 29 and 30, 9-4pm.  The cost is $200.  Register online or by phone (206-685-8033)


The second class is Saturday from 9-12 called "Invasive Plant Management for the Home Gardener" tomorrow from 9-12. 

The information says: 
Learn to identify and manage invasive plants of the Pacific Northwest. We will discuss horticultural and other exotic plants that have become invaders, their effects on natural areas, and methods to responsible manage populations on your property. This class will introduce you to integrated pest management solutions and restoration techniques that will help prevent these invaders from coming back.
The cost is $30.  Register Online or by phone at (206-685-8033).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Fun Events At NE Branch Library This Week

The Northeast Branch (6801 35th Avenue NE) of the Seattle Public Library is having some interesting events this week:

Minecraft Build Challenge Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, 2 – 4 p.m.
Minecraft Build Challenge
Jump into a virtual world and rapidly build Minecraft challenges as a team! For ages 7-12.

Chess Club Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Chess Club
Come play a game of chess! Children, teens and adults - people of all ages are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction also available.  All skill levels are welcome. Chess sets and guidance by an adult chess coach will be available.

Scavenger Hunt Bingo! Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, 2 – 4 p.m.
Scavenger Hunt Bingo!
Learn more about our community through a scavenger hunt for children, teens and adults.  Each person will be given a bingo card and let loose on the Wedgwood neighborhood. Figure out all the clues and be the first one back for a chance at fun prizes.

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and each player must have a digital camera of some type to participate (could be a cell phone or a camera with a digital display).

For more information on the events go here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Steel Drums Show Tomorrow At Park


The Summer Series at the Laurelhurst Community Center Park continues Wednesday at 11am with Ian Dobson’s "Pan Leggo Luau!" with Steel Drums.
The information says:
Sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Caribbean!  Ian Dobson is a high energy, interactive steel drum artist who will have you and the kids dancing to the beats!

The show is $5 per family for up to 4 people, and $2 for each additional person. The show will be outdoors weather permitting, so something to sit on is encouraged.

(photo courtesy of Community Center)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lost Husky Dog


The Laurelhurst Blog received this information:
We lost our white with silver and black Husky, Luna, on 8/15/2015 on the corner of  NE 45th Street and 51st Avenue NE.   
She is 6 months old. Luna has a microchip as well as a name tag with our address. The microchip and tag have not helped yet. We have put signs everywhere, but she has not been found yet. We thought a community effort might bring our dog back.

If found please contact Mona at 
(404) 729-2728.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Illegal Fire Pit In Tree Stump Removed By Seattle Parks And Recreation

Last month, the Laurelhurst Blog reported about an illegal fire pit built into a tree stump right next to the City fire pit in the park.

A neighbor commented at the time:
It's pretty bad.  That's all I know. Why they couldn't use the fire pit 100' away is unknown."
Seattle Parks and Recreation has since been removed and ground down the stump to prevent its use as a firepit.
David with Parks said that:
Fires are indeed illegal in any park except in designated barbeques and in fire rings at either Alki Beach or Golden Gardens Beach.
The Seattle Municipal Code 18.12.270 - Fires says:  
It is unlawful (a) to ignite or maintain any fire or to participate in igniting, maintaining or using any fire within any park except in a designated stove or fire ring or (b) to ignite in any stove or fire ring any household rubbish or other material banned from outdoor burning by air pollution control regulations, or (c) to ignite or maintain a fire in any fire ring during any stage on an air pollution episode declared by the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency. All fires within parks are prohibited between the hours of eleven p.m. (11:00 p.m.) and six a.m. (6:00 a.m.).


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dilapidated Building Housing Bike Shop To Be Demolished

"Bye bye building sale" sign on Bike Shop

The Bicycle Center (4529 Sand Point Way NE) is closing on August 31st according to the sign on the south side of the building which says: "Bye bye building sale."

A customer told the Blog staff that the owner, John Marxer, who has been there since 1969,  told him that the building was going to be demolished and that he was going to take a break and open somewhere else in a few months.

The Laurelhurst Blog staff contacted the owner of the building, Kerek, who said:
We do plan to demolish the building as soon as it is vacant.  The design and use of the new building for the property is not determined at this point.
The Blog staff also asked if the original plan underway in August 2007 to "demolish the existing commercial building and construct a 4 story mixed use building with 37 residential units and below grade parking for 49 vehicles" as laid out in City permit #6136600 would again move forward.  

Another permit in April 2013 #3007871 to "construct a 4 story mixed use building with 24 units" was submitted. However, Kerek did not respond again.
In 2005 the upstairs portion of the building sustained about $75,000 in damage after an arson fire supposedly started by an employee who wasn't paid. No repairs were ever done following the fire to the deck, siding or the two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, leaving it completely fire damaged.

Two years ago, a volunteer group from University Presbyterian Churchpainted the neglected, visibly blackened smoke-damaged building a bright turquoise color and covered the broken windows with plastic, spray painted in bright green as well. 

A few weeks later, the plastic started to fall away from the windows and flap around in the wind, showing the broken windows and neglected upstairs area.

The dilapidated building has always been a target of graffiti and other vandalism. It took several months for the latest graffiti to finally be removed in February.

Neighbors have written to the Laurelhurst Blog Staff saying:
We are ecstatic to see that this building will be demolished. It should have been demolished years ago as it is quite an eyesore.
We look forward to a brand new building that will not attract vandalism.  
This area needs more walkable restaurants and shops. We hope the owner will consider these options. 
Kudos to the owner for finally taking the step to demolish the building. We are excited as to what will come next.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Reminder From Resident About City Noise Ordinance On Friday And Saturday Nights

The Laurelhurst Blog Staff received this email from a neighbor:

On the evening of August 8, there was a large party at one of the large lakeside homes along Surber Drive.  The very loud band played until midnight.  My home isn't even close to their home, and I could hear the band very clearly.    
I phoned the police shortly after 11pm, but I don't believe they responded.  The next day at noon I delivered a copy of the noise ordinance to one of the owners who stated she didn't know about it, which specifically states no loud noise after 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. 

The Seattle Municipal Code reads as follows:

Seattle Municipal Code 25.08.225:
"Residential disturbance" means a gathering of more than one (1) person at a residential property located in a single family or multifamily zone, as defined SMC Section 23.84.048 between the hours of 10:00 P.M., (11:00 P.M. on Friday and Saturday nights) and 7:00 A.M., at which noise associated with the gathering is frequent, repetitive or continuous and is audible to a person of normal hearing at a distance of seventy-five (75) feet or more from the property.
Penalties: Officers may issue a civil infraction (citation) on the spot. The fine for the infraction is $250. A person who continues to be in violation of this ordinance after receiving an infraction or who again violates this ordinance within 24 hours of receiving an infraction, can be charged with a crime. If found guilty, a judge may impose a maximum sentence of up to 180 days incarceration in jail, and/or a fine up to $500.
In addition to criminal penalties, the property owner is notified when a tenant or other person has received more than one citation. A residential property at which 3 or more violations have occurred within a 12-month period may constitute a nuisance and be subjected to an abatement action provided that the person(s) responsible for the violation were residents of the same housing unit during this time. If the property owner does not take action to evict the tenant responsible for the 3 violations or otherwise abate further violations, the court may prohibit the property owner from renting the property.
Note: The offending noise must emanate from a residentially zoned property. This code section does not cover noise from commercial establishments, even though the victim lives in a residentially zoned property. This ordinance does not require that the offender be given a warning or that you be contacted by a police officer or be identified on the citation.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Transit Alert - Route 25 will be rerouted within the Laurelhurst loop south of NE 38th Street Until End Of October

King County Metro recently published this alert:

Transit Alert - Route 25 will be rerouted within the Laurelhurst loop south of NE 38th Street until 10/30

King County Metro Transit

Friday, July 24 through Friday, October 30, Route 25 will be rerouted within the Laurelhurst Loop and will not travel south of NE 38th St, due to construction.
During this time, Route 25 heading toward Laurelhurst/downtown Seattle will travel instead via NE 38th St between 47th Av NE and 42nd Av NE then on to its regular route.
Use the stops north of 38th Av SE, including a temporary stop on 42nd Av NE just north of NE 38th St.
Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for specific reroute details. Transit reroute start and end times may be subject to change.

LOOP/DOWNTOWN SEATTLE                   
Regular route to EB 47 Av NE & NE 38 St 
R on SB NE 38 St

C on SB NE 38 St
R on WB 42 Av NE
C on regular route 



NB 42 AV NE /NS NE 41 ST  

Legend   Direction  
EB = Eastbound  
IB = Inbound  
NB = Northbound  
OB = Outbound  
SB = Southbound  
WB = Westbound Routing Turns         
C = Continue
L = Left
R = Right Stop Orientation
AT = At FM = Far Side –
FS = Far side – just after the intersection
NM = Near side – Mid-block
NS = Near side – Just before the intersection
OP = Opposite 

Monday, August 17, 2015

July Laurelhurst Real Estate Update

Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity monthly report:

Happy summer everyone! July listings, and our weather were very similar this year. Low inventory, and very low precipitation. Only 4 new listings in July. I think this is possibly a historical low for our neighborhood.

As you can see below, we did have 6 homes move into the Pending column, but only 4 homes closed with a lower median price point than usual. It makes you wonder if our unprecedented warm weather distracted both buyers and sellers a bit. Just too hot to list and too hot to tour homes!

We continue to have a large number of buyers vying for a home meaning multiple offers especially in Laurelhurst.

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM
$550,000 - $599,999              1*                               pending

$650,000 - $699,999              1**                           Active-Pending-Sold
$750,000 - $799,999               1 *                          pending
$850,000 - $899,999               1
Total                                        4
Median Price:  $697,250
Price                                   Quantity                   DOM
$550,000 - $599,999                  1                              6    *
$750,000 - $799,999                  1                               9   *
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999           2                              53
$1,250,000 - $1,499,999           2                              11                         
Total                                         6                              24
Median Price:  $1,137,000
Average DOM:  24

Price                                   Quantity                   DOM
$650,000 - $699,999               2                              16 **
$1,000,000 - $1,249,999        1                                6
$1,750,000 - $1,999,999         1                                 6
Total                                          4                              11
Median Price:  $947,000
Average DOM:  11

* Properties going from Active to Pending in the same month
**   Property went from Active to Pending to Sold in the same month


Friday, August 7, 2015

Reptile Man At The Park On Wednesday


The Summer Series at the Laurelhurst Community Center Park continues Wednesday, August 12th, at 11am with "The Reptile Man".
The information says:
Snakes, turtles, iguanas OH MY!  Come to this fun experience and learn about live reptiles!  The reptile man will bring his impressive lineup of reptiles for you to see, hear and even touch.

The show is $5 per family for up to 4 people, and $2 for each additional person. The show will be outdoors weather permitting, so something to sit on is encouraged.

(photo courtesy of Community Center)