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Wednesday: Community meeting on traffic, police, more. Sunday: 12th Man rally at noon in the park

January 27th, 2015 by Mike

A meeting from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday will focus on plans for the now-defunct Waldo Hospital, traffic on Lake City Way, new apartments near Northgate Mall - and police and public safety.

The January meeting of the Maple Leaf Community Council is held at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St. Free, licensed child care will be provided.

According to the council’s newsletter, the main item on the agenda will be a 45-minute presentation by Aegis Living on plans to build an assisted living facility on the grounds of the old hospital at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

There will also be a briefing from the Seattle Department of Transportation on Lake City Way, and information on the apartments near the mall.

Finally, the newsletter notes: “The Seattle Police Department will be on hand to talk about public safety. It’s no secret property crimes are a problem in Maple Leaf. It’s also no secret the priority SPD puts on property crimes needs adjustment.”

Police-related items being discussed in the neighborhood this week include squatters in a vacant house in the 9800 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast and a number of tents in the Thornton Creek woods behind the bus stop at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street (across from Northgate Mall).

In non-police news: Maple Leaf’s 12th Man returns to the park at noon Superbowl Sunday!

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Endangered: The Northgate pedestrian bridge at I-5

January 25th, 2015 by Mike

Last week The Urbanist had this post: “Call To Action: Save the Northgate Pedestrian Bridge.”

It talks about the planned bridge over Interstate 5 to link North Seattle College and Licton Springs to the Northgate transit center and light rail hub.

When we last wrote about it, the projected cost was $20 million, paid by a variety of agencies, including Sound Transit.

Now The Urbanist reports:

The Northgate Pedestrian Bridge, a pedestrian and bicycle oriented crossing of I-5 for the Northgate Link Station, is at risk of losing its funding in the summer. The Sound Transit Board placed an artificial time limit for the City of Seattle and Sound Transit to come up with a funding solution.

And it notes some of the benefits:

In recent years, new growth has been occurring at a rapid pace and transforming this area. Licton Springs also hosts North Seattle Community College, a number of office buildings, a hotel and some small retail. On the east side of this bridge lies the neighborhood of Maple Leaf, which also hosts mixed density, major retail outlets, library, and a community center. There is a significant draw between these two communities, and there ought to be a strong natural path for pedestrians and bicyclists to travel between them.

For more details, and to take action, follow the link.

The Urbanist also has a post on pedestrian improvements along Lake City Way Northeast, noting: “Lake City Way is an arterial street in northeast Seattle that has been chronically unsafe for all users. It’s also a State highway, so features beyond sidewalks and beg buttons for people walking are mostly an afterthought.”

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The coyote of Maple Leaf?

January 20th, 2015 by Mike

Greg emails under the subject line: “Coyote spotted in Maple Leaf”:

Not sure if someone else sent this tip in, but we saw this guy last Thursday on the corner of Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 94th street at 8:20am. He looked pretty happy and comfortable…not sure if he is a regular.

Given that Thornton Creek cuts though Maple Leaf, this seems possible.

(Maybe he’s on his way to class at Olympic View Elementary.)

Any other sitings?

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Good – GREAT – news, and bad

January 18th, 2015 by Mike

Super Congratulations from Maple Leaf Life and the Maple Leaf Dog Oasis.

On the bad news end, this showed up at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park over the weekend. (And it’s not the first time.)


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Wind, rain and power outages on Seahawk Sunday

January 18th, 2015 by Mike

Northeast 105th Street blocked between Fifth and Eighth avenues.

Just under 10,000 Seattle City Light customers are without power this morning (7 a.m.) on game day.

A high wind warning will expire at 8 a.m.

Wind gusts hit 48 mph at 12:25 a.m. here at Maple Leaf Life South. An inch of rain fell in the overnight storm.

Only two neighbors in south Maple Leaf are without power, but large swaths of Meadowbrook and Shoreline are dark.

In the greater Seattle metropolitan are, Puget Sound Power reports 33,000 customers without power and Tweeted:

Crews will be in “beastmode” to assess damage and restore as many customers as quickly as we can.

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Rain – lots of it – forecast tonight, and wind

January 17th, 2015 by Mike

The local weather map is very colorful this evening – and for good reason.

We are under both a flood watch and a wind advisory.

The flood watch is mostly east of us, but does headline the Maple Leaf forecast.

THE LOWLANDS CAN EXPECT ABOUT 1-2 INCHES OF RAIN FROM ABOUT SEATTLE SOUTHWARD. IN ADDITION…THE SNOW LEVELS WILL BE RISING TO OVER 7000 FEET TONIGHT MAKING THE MAJORITY OF THE PRECIPITATION FALLING OVER THE MOUNTAINS IN THE FORM OF RAIN.

As to wind:

TIMING…WINDS WILL INCREASE DURING THE EVENING HOURS THEN WILL SLOWLY DECREASE DURING THE DAY ON SUNDAY.

* WIND…SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.

* IMPACTS…WINDS THIS STRONG CAN SNAP SMALL TREE BRANCHES… TOPPLE SMALL OR SHALLOW ROOTED TREES…AND CAUSE LOCAL POWER OUTAGES.

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Waldo property to become assisted living facility?

January 17th, 2015 by Mike

The old Waldo Hospital property could become a 70+ bed assisted living facility, according to the Maple Leaf Community Council.

In this month’s community newsletter, David Miller, council president, says the Jewish day school that occupied the site defaulted on its loan.

The property returned to the financier, who has negotiated an agreement with Aegis Living to build a three-to-four story assisted living facility, Miller said, adding the existing building will be demolished.

The trees on the property, at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street, are protected under an earlier agreement negotiated by the council.

Details of the new proposal will be presented at the council’s January general meeting, January 28th from 7-9 p.m at Olympic View Elementary School, 504 N.E. 95th St.

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Man robbed, pistol whipped after leaving Roosevelt Way convenience store

January 17th, 2015 by Mike

Eugene emails to alert us to this police press release, which came out Friday. Here it is in its entirety:

Officers on Thursday arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of pistol whipping and robbing a victim earlier this month in the Maple Leaf neighborhood. Police are still searching for other men involved in the robbery.

The mugging happened shortly after midnight on January 5th. The 24-year-old victim said he ran into an acquaintance at a convenience store located in the 9100 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast. The suspect invited him to ride in a car with his friends and smoke pot.

After the victim got into the car, they drove around and smoked pot, ending up near Northeast 96th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. Once they stopped, the driver and two passengers in the backseat (one of whom was the suspect arrested Thursday) got out and reportedly pointed handguns at the victim, ordering him out of the car.

They demanded his money, his cell phone and stole two necklaces around his neck. Then they threw the victim to the ground and pistol whipped and punched him until a passing car scared them away. A witness called 911 to report the beating. The victim was taken to Northwest Hospital for treatment.

The victim was able to identify one of the robbers, the acquaintance, from booking photos. Police tracked the suspect down and arrested him at the Northgate Department of Corrections office. He admitted being present at the robbery but denied participating. After getting a search warrant, police recovered two necklaces at the suspect’s home earlier this week. He was booked into King County Jail on robbery charges.

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Good morning Maple Leaf!

January 15th, 2015 by Mike

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park this morning, before the rain.

The forecast:

Today: Rain.

Friday: Rain, chance of.

Saturday: Rain.

(Saturday night: Heavy rain.)

Sunday: Showers.

Martin Luther King holiday: Showers, slight chance of.

Tuesday, the day after the holiday: Sun.

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Fire near North Seattle College leaves two families homeless

January 13th, 2015 by Mike

Fire in a condominium complex this afternoon damaged two units so  severely that the occupants won’t be allowed to reoccupy their homes, Seattle firefighters said.

Emergency crews blocked Meridian Avenue southbound from Northeast 100th Street to Northeast Northgate Way, forcing students at North Seattle College to leave campus on Northeast 92 Street.

At 1:19 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into firefighter/dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames coming from the four-story building, which is located in the 10300 block of Meridian Avenue North.

Engine Company 31 arrived to find flames and smoke coming from a third floor balcony and a fourth floor unit. The first arriving company attacked the fire from the outside while hose lines were brought inside to fight the fire from the interior.

When crews arrived, the building’s fire alarms system was sounding and the sprinkler system was activated. Residents inside self-evacuated from the residential complex. No one was injured.

Both the 3rd floor and 4th floor fire units were searched and no occupants were found in either unit. Firefighters did find a deceased cat in one unit. It took 12 minutes to knock down the flames and nearly an hour to completely extinguish the charred combustibles inside the units.

Firefighters contained the fire to just two condos. Both units suffered extensive fire and smoke damage and residents will not be allowed to reoccupy these units. A third unit, on the second floor, suffered water damage.

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Detectives seek bank robber – plus mail theft

January 13th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle Police this morning released these images of a man who robbed a bank over the weekend in the 11100 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Witnesses said the suspect entered the bank in the 11100 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast shortly before closing (Saturday). He told an employee he was robbing the bank and demanded money.

The suspect did not say he was armed, or show a weapon. He left on foot. Officers found a yellow jacket and red hat worn by the suspect discarded outside the building.

If you have any information on the identity or whereabouts of the suspect please call investigators at 206-622-0460.

Separately, Walt, who lives at Northeast 103 Street Northeast and Roosevelt, emails overnight:

We found a bunch of opened mail tossed in our mailbox today not belonging to us….and no mail for us :(

A lot of different addresses, but some within the Maple Leaf hood. We’re sending back to post man/woman. Just seeing if anyone else had a similar experience

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Bicycle (well, most of one) found on N.E.102nd St.

January 12th, 2015 by Mike

Zach emails:

I live in Maple Leaf and am a regular reader (and fan) of your blog. I would appreciate your help, if you don’t mind.

We had an incident on Dec. 27th on our street (Northeast 102nd between Roosevelt Way Northeast and 12th Avenue Northeast ) with a mailbox/porch prowler.

One of our neighbors chased him off. The police responded, but didn’t find the person or any stolen items, and we haven’t heard anything from them in follow-up.

In any case, there was a bicycle left in my yard and I would like to get it back to its owner if possible. It’s not in good condition – the tires are flat and there are no pedals or seat. But if you could put the word out that would be much appreciated.

If you can identify the color and make, Zach will contact you.

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Information about this morning’s I-5 fatality – plus a suspected burglar

January 9th, 2015 by Mike

Seattle Police have posted information on the apparent suicide that shut down Interstate 5 at Northgate this morning.

The incident occurred at the Northeast 92nd Street overpass that leads to North Seattle College.

Police were forced to shut-down all lanes of northbound I-5 near Northgate during the Friday morning commute for a suicide investigation.

Both Washington State Patrol and Seattle Police began receiving numerous reports of collisions after a person jumped from the NE 92nd Street overpass to I-5 below just before 6 A.M. Seattle Police and WSP Troopers stopped all traffic on northbound I-5 to facilitate the investigation. The adult woman who jumped was killed instantly.

No motorists were injured and one car sustained minor damage in the collision.

The King County Medical Examiner responded to the scene to investigate. The collision investigation and body recovery was complicated by the fact that the collision site spanned approximately 100 yards.

WSP troopers provided assistance by diverting traffic until all lanes were reopened around 8 a.m.

Police are also searching for a burglary suspect who fled officers at Northgate Mall earlier this week. That information is here.

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Dog struck by car at N.E. 120th St.

January 9th, 2015 by Mike

Michelle emails overnight:

I found a dog on Roosevelt Way Northeast  just north of Great Dog (near Northeast 120th Street) this evening around 5:30 p.m. I believe the dog was hit by the vehicle two in front of me.

I was able to stop and pick her up (a smaller, black and white dog, possibly a Jack Russell mix?) and take her to the emergency vet on Lake City/115th Street. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a collar on and was not microchipped.

Can you please post in case her owners are looking for her?

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The bunny of Maple Leaf – found!

January 8th, 2015 by Mike

Kelle emails:

HI
I would like to post on your blog but don’t really know how to do it. I wanted to post that early this morning I found a large rabbit in our front garden.
The rabbit is friendly and appears to be someone’s pet.  Maple Leaf bunny on the hop? Please call or email me and describe him and I’ll give you the address so you can come and get  him. The cross streets are Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 78th Street. 206)528 2227

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