Friday, January 22, 2021

Electrical Substation Near Tennis Courts Undergoing Electrical Improvements



Seattle Public Utilities is currently doing work at the former electrical substation at the south end of Laurelhurst Park near the tennis courts at 4502 NE 41st Street,.

In September 2019 SPU salvaged the old Laurelhurst Substation equipment which was decommissioned.

Seattle City Light told the Laurelhurst Blog Staff, at the time, that the equipment was no longer needed, but the substation property would remain with one high voltage switch still in service.

SPU said that the benefits of decommissioning the equipment has given the customers better system reliability by moving from the phasing out 4,000 volt system to the current 26,000 volt distribution system. Another benefit is removing the hazard of having thousands of gallons of dielectric oil removed from the existing transformers on-site. All of the aging equipment was also removed.

In May 2014, LCC wrote in their Laurelhurst Letter that neighbors should consider emailing City Council to support surplus Electrical Substations being turned into Park space rather than a new development. 

Scott Thompson, with Seattle City Light, told the Laurelhurst Blog at the time that "other small substations like Laurelhurst have been taken out of service in other parts of our service territory and some of those properties are being reviewed for possible sale now that we are no longer using them. That is not the case in Laurelhurst."

Seattle City Light completed the upgrade of power lines from 4,000 to 26,000 Volts to the south portion of Laurelhurst in January of 2011. The boundaries for the upgrade were NE 38th Street on the north, NE 33rd Street on the south, East Laurelhurst Drive NE on the east and 43rd Avenue NE on the west. Old cable was removed and replaced with newer, more reliable cables.


The SPU website says about the current project:


Project Details

Electrical Improvements at Laurelhurst Substation


Posting Date: 1/12/2021                

Contact: Rose Peterson - Electrical Service Representative

Phone: (206) 684-4986


Project Overview

Seattle City Light crews will be working inside the Laurelhurst Substation to remove aging equipment and install new electrical conduit.

Construction Work Area

Project Benefits

This work is needed to upgrade the electrical infrastructure in the Laurelhurst neighborhood.

Project Impacts

  • Crews will be working inside the substation to remove an old transformer concrete pad and other associated equipment. Crews will also trench and install new electrical conduit.
  • An excavator will be used during construction, which may produce some loud noises.
  • Maintenance power outages are not planned during this work.
  • Customers can expect some parking, sidewalk and traffic restrictions along NE 41st Street.


SCHEDULE

Construction Start: mid-January 2021

Duration: Up to two months

Daily Work Schedule: Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sat: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

December And Year End Laurelhurst Real Estate Update



Kim Dales has provided this neighborhood real estate activity report for the month of December and the end of the year:

4552 51st Ave NE


December ended on a very strong note and in comparing year end 2019 to 2020, the number of sales despite the pandemic, didn't waiver and the average sales price increased by $359,547 or an 18%  increase. And, the days on market decreased to 32 days or 33 %.


2019 end of year stats (does not include off market sales): 

71: NWMLS sales

62: Beach Club sales

$1,814,873: Average sales price

48: Average days on market

 

2020 end of year stats (this does not include off market sales):

72: NWMLS sales

61: Beach Club sales

$2,174,420: Average sales price

32: Average days on market


In addition, here is an interesting 2021 forecast.





ACTIVE LISTINGS 


Address

List Price

Beds/

Baths

Year

Built

Sq.Ft

Price

p/sq.ft

5019 46th Ave NE

$1,595,000

4/2.25

1947

2,550

$625.49

*4736 44th Ave NE

$1,500,000

4/2.75

1950

2,680

$559.70

*4552 51st Ave NE

$1,650,000

5/2.25

1938

2,780

$593.53

4520 45th Ave NE

$2,125,000

4/3.5

2008

3,300

$643.94

*3732 47th Pl NE

$2,665,000

5/4.5

1930

4,150

$642.17

*Currently off the market


PENDING INSPECTION IN  DECEMBER


Address

List Price

Beds/

Baths

Sq.Ft.

CDOM

3534 46th Ave NE

$2,125,000

4.3.5

3,470

84


PENDING IN  DECEMBER


Address

List Price

Beds/

Baths

Sq.Ft.

CDOM

4206 NE 41st St

$1,375,000

4/2.25

2,840

81

*4511 49th Ave NE

$1,385,000

4/4

2,280

2

3825 46th Ave NE

$3,500,000

4/4.25

4,003

31

*Listed and under contract in December


SOLD IN DECEMBER


Address

List Price

Sold Price

CDOM

Beds/

Baths

Sq.Ft

Price

 p/sq.ft

Date Sold

3851 44th Ave NE

$1,285,000

$1,285,000

7

4/1.5

2,610

$492.34

12/4

4833 NE 41st St

$1,295,000

$1,300,000

22

4/1.75

2,460

$528.46

12/11

3850 42nd Ave NE

$1,395,000

$1,325,000

60

4/2.5

2,699

$490.92

12/29

4130 42nd Ave NE

$1,495,000

$1,417,000

76

4/3.25

3,218

$440.34

12/1

4528 E Laurel Dr NE

$1,450,000

$1,510,000

6

4/2.75

3,290

$458.97

12/22

Averages


$1,367,400

34



$482.20



Median Sales Price = $1,325,000

CDOM = Cumulative Days on Market



Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Hospital Construction Activity This Week

 



Building Care, also called Forest B, of Phase 2 of Children's Hospital expansion is underway and the new building is planned to open in Spring of 2022.
The tower crane was recently removed. 
The 310,000 square-foot addition will add an eight-story building and will includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, primarily out-patient cancer and others) labs, new state-of-the-art operating rooms, 20 inpatient beds, and a lobby. There will be two floors of underground parking and sterile processing. This will bring SCH bed total to 409, up from 200 before its expansion 2012 plan.

The helicopter landing pad moved temporarily to the roof of Forest A (176’), now known as Friends of Costco Building, Phase 1 of the expansion. The landing pad will be active until Building Care is completed. Noise is expected to be louder than the former ground-based helipad. When Forest B is complete, the helistop will moves to its permanent location on top of the Friends of Costco Building (same height).

The Hospital posted this information on their Construction Blog about specific construction activity this week:
  • Build out interior spaces
  • Framing
  • Paint
  • Install roofing
  • Install metal sheeting and panels
  • Install mechanical and electrical wiring and plumbing equipment
  • Install drywall
  • Install siding
  • Install elevator equipment
  • Install ceilings
  • Install soil and irrigation system
  • Install flooring
  • Building connection work:
    • Install flooring, trim utility wiring, install doors, and reposition infection prevention barriers on level 3 of River C
    • Remove infection prevention barriers on level 4 of River C
    • Remove infection prevention barriers on level 5 of River C
    • Demolish temporary staff entry vestibule and walls on level 1 of Forest A
    • Install expansion joint covers on level 9 of Forest A

All work will take place 8-6pm weekdays and 9-6pm on Saturdays.
Call 206-987-8000 or email construction@seattlechildrens.org with questions.