CVS Update

It’s been quite a while since the whole hullaballoo over the the CVS going in to old Tully’s at the corner of Meridian and 45th Street.

So, how did that ever turn out?

Short story: CVS won, the project is continuing with a dreary design, scheduled completion date in mid-2015.

Slightly longer story: CVS started by presenting the Design Review Board with what was widely perceived as an ugly design, more befitting a suburban strip mall than our slightly crunchy, craftsman neighborhood. The board rejected the design, and when CVS returned with a second, slightly improved, but still dreary design, they rejected that as well.

CVS then took an end run around the board, resubmitting the second design as an “addition / renovation of an existing commercial building”, which is not subject to design review. Unburdened of pesky obstacles, the project is now scheduled to proceed as is.

Michael DeAngelis, a Director of Public Relations at CVS tells me “We hope to be under construction before the end of the year and open in the summer of 2015. We expect to be able to provide more detail later this fall.”

Queen Anne, we’re told, fared better. The Queen Anne Review writes:

CVS Final PlanWe’ve been lucky on Queen Anne. Thanks to active residents and community groups like the Uptown Alliance and Queen Anne Community Council, the plans for the Queen Anne CVS were sent back to the drawing board. In addition to general design principles, the Uptown Framework provided additional guidance to ultimately create a building that fits into the neighborhood – and is more than just a one-story, one-use building.

The current design bySchemata Workshop is a big departure from the first, standard cookie-cutter CVS Pharmacy design. Instead, the Queen Anne CVS building is proposed as a three-story structure with 16,200 square feet of commercial use at street-level and 31 residential units above the first floor. A 62 stall below-grade parking will be accessed from an alley on the west side of the building.

MaraNatha Nut Butter Recall

Apparently, QFC and PCC are alerting customers that there is a salmonella related recall of MaraNatha, Arrowhead and Kroger nut butters. See the list of affected products from QFC and PCC for more details.

Interesting that it’s three different brands, all affected at the same time. Tells ya something about the “global supply chain”.

(Thanks for the tip, Penny!)

Wallingford Project Idea? Need Funding?

TGRC-Grant-Guidelines-2013-2014-Friday-North_pdf__page_1_of_2_Have an idea for a wallingford community project that needs funding?

Our neighborhood was awarded $13,600 in grants from Waste Management by coming in first in recycling outreach activities for the 2013-14 Think Green Recycling Challenge.

The Wallingford Community Council is accepting applications for community projects for part or all of those funds. The deadline for submission of your ideas is September 19th. Grant requirements and instructions are on the WM Think Green Recycling Challenge grant guidelines.

Park Disturbance

My son and I were treated to a screaming, drunken argument between star-crossed lovers tonight at Wallingford Playfield. I’m not particularly worried about revealing secrets here, since they were shouted across the park, but the woman repeatedly shouted that she loved her husband, who obviously was not the potty mouthed gentleman she has been carrying on with.

I called the police, but after about 45 minutes, they hadn’t shown up, and it was time to go home. It’s the second time this summer I’ve had to call in a drunk and disorderly for that wooded area in the south east corner of that park, and the previous time the police hadn’t shown up by the time I left, either.

I’ve got email in to the SPD for more info on expected response times, but I wonder if anyone else has had similar experiences at that park?

Pixar in the Park

PixarflyerMark Kastner of the Calvary Wallingford church let us know that they’re putting on a Pixar in the Park movie event this coming Saturday, August 23rd at Wallingford Playfield:

We will be showing Finding Nemo. It should be lots of fun for the whole family. We suggest that attendees bring a blanket to sit on and snacks if they wish. The movie will promptly start at 8pm and will be over by 9:40pm.


SPD Living Room Chat

I asked if someone who attended the Living Room Conversation with the SPD earlier this week could take notes. Dave Wilkinson obliged:

Officer J. Manning of the Seattle Police Community Outreach Team met with a small group of Wallingford citizens last night in a Living Room Chat at a local business office.  It was an open meeting where we traded honest questions and answers.  Topics covered Gas Works Park, graffiti, parking, homeless, traffic, etc.

The topic of calling 911 for any suspicious activities, even if you are not sure if you should or not, came up.  Manning said let the 911 operators determine and triage your calls.  The worst thing that can happen is something bad may result of a citizen not calling.   If you’re not sure if it’s an emergency or not, let the 911 operators make that judgement call.  If you know it is a non-emergency, let the operator know and they will handle appropriately.  One last thing, officer Manning sent us home with (3) words of wisdom.

  1. Get involved in your community – get to know your neighbors
  2. Take care of each other
  3. Call 911 if you have an emergency or suspect something.

Thank you, Officer J. Manning, for a well spent evening.

Summer Splash at Green Lake

Summer_Splash___Real_EstateTomorrow, Saturday, August 16, 2014, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., is the Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake:

In addition to featuring a Junior Rowing Competition and Corporate Cup regatta, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

More info on their web site. Weather report says high around 77°. Lovely day for it.

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