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What is a “Community Conversation” (and Why Should I Care?)

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A design concept presented as a possibility for redeveloping property owned by the Pierre family.

Do you ever feel like you’re the last to know? Where did all those speed bumps come from? Wait, there’s a new brewery opening?

Neighborhood changes are often planned for years before the public actually sees the results. A Community Conversation is a great way to find out about upcoming changes AND a way to give input while your opinion can still count!

What is a Community Conversation?
These events are sponsored by Lake City Future First – a group of neighborhood volunteers working to support economic diversity in the Lake City area. While volunteers run the event, they also work with city officials to help bring current information about proposals and upcoming changes .

Why Should I Care?
Lake City is going to be experiencing a great deal of growth and development in the very near future. Lake City Future First wants to ensure everyone is involved in that conversation. Some favorite local establishments will be faced with issues regarding development. How do we retain our unique neighborhood assets and cherished gems? What new assets are desired? NOW is the time to be heard and get involved.

Public engagement liaisons help make it easier for community members to find out what's going on. Translation services are available too!

At the April Community Conversation, public engagement liaisons helped reach out to community members. Translation services are available too!

Please join your community on June 24th at the Lake City Community Center from 6 – 8 PM for the next official Community Conversation.

What will be there?
Free food from some of Lake City’s wonderful restaurants, in honor of the launch of this year’s “World of Tastes in Lake City Passport Program” which helps celebrate local restaurants.

Many representatives will be on hand to discuss everything from zoning to the need for open space in Lake City. The Urban Design Framework document will be on hand too. If you’re wondering whatever happened with the Pierre Visioning Project… you’ll find your answer there.

Final Pierre Visioning Open House this Saturday!

UW student Katy Haima listens to community feedback

This Saturday, June 29th marks the last open house before UW student, Katy Haima, finishes her recommended design concepts for the Pierre Visioning Project.


June 29th, 2:30-5:30pm, Lake City Library

Drop in any time, brief presentations will be given at 3:00 and 4:00


This is a crucial time to ensure your voice is heard!  Please stop by, learn more and give your input. These final comments will be passed on to the Pierre family when Ms. Haima meets with them to present her recommendations.


Brief History:

The Pierre Visioning Project began well over a year ago, when the Pierre family engaged Don Moody of CBRE to pursue potential development of some of their family-owned property in Lake City. The project, involving almost 14 acres of land, quickly turned into an opportunity for the Lake City community to discuss neighborhood challenges and dream big for the future.


UW students from a variety of architecture and urban planning classes have worked on this project. Through their efforts, a broad range of community members have given feedback on everything from pedestrian safety to their longing to have a Trader Joe’s in the area.


Ms. Haima has made the Pierre Visioning Project the subject of her Master’s degree work. In March, she presented her work and invited the public to give further feedback before she submits final recommendations to the Pierre family this summer. Ms. Haima created an impressive visual display of development options. If you were unable to attend, you can view her presentation materials here. This Saturday’s open house is a follow-up to that work, and a final opportunity to provide Ms. Haima with more feedback.

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Community members learn about urban design and density at “Coffee Talk”


Lake City residents that want to have a voice in future planning of the neighborhood gathered for the second in a series of “Coffee Talks” at the Community Center on Tuesday night. (Coverage from first meeting here).

The Coffee Talk meetings are part of community efforts to educate community members as they plan for future development in Lake City. The family of longtime Lake City auto dealer Bill Pierre is looking to redevelop some of their significant property holdings along Lake City Way and in the neighborhood’s hub urban village. The redevelopment has potential to completely change central areas of the neighborhood.

“Lake City is very fortunate that the Pierre family has come to the community,” said Gerald Hansmire, founder of MAKERS architecture, planning and urban design during his presentation. “Sometimes developers come in and do what they want because no one has suggested different,” he said.

The potential redevelopment opportunity of a large swath of urban land is attracting attention from urban planners and government leaders. The City of Seattle has formed an Interdepartmental Task Force to address neighborhood issues in anticipation of redevelopment (a draft scope of interdepartmental work is expected in the next few months).

During the Coffee Talk the group discussed urban design and density after presentations by Jeanne Krikawa, co-chair of the Seattle Planning Commission Land Use and Transportation Committee and partner at The Underhill Co., Geoffrey Wentlandt, senior urban design planner with the City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development and Hansmire of MAKERS.

Community members discussed zoning and design review at the meeting and how the two can be used as tools for a neighborhood to guide development. The limitations of design review were also noted. There was much discussion around the fact that the last time neighborhood design guidelines were approved was in 2007, guided by the Lake City Community Council. Some in attendance said that the Lake City Community Council represented a relatively small geographic area in greater Lake City at the time and with significant plans for redevelopment in Lake City, the guidelines should be updated.

Also discussed at the meeting was The North District Neighborhood Plan for Lake City, a massive effort in the late nineties that brought dozens of community members together with the City of Seattle to create a document to guide the future of the neighborhood.

The document looked at the development of Lake City from 1999 to 2014. Much of what was written into the plan still applies today. Also, much of what was planned was never realized.

Some at the meeting had never heard of The North District Neighborhood Plan for Lake City, and many in the general community likely also have not. Therefore, it is embedded below, broken into 10 sections. The first section is immediately below this text. The remaining nine are below the jump. This document is worth browsing as it lays out plans and ideas for Lake City, many that still apply today.

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