Gas Works park sediment clean up with Judith Noble of Seattle Public Utilities
The goal is to decontaminate the sediment in Lake Union off of Gas Works Park. Contamination is from the manufactured gas plant that operated from 1900-1950.
To determine groundwater flow the city has drilled 6 monitoring wells in Gas Works Park ranging from 15’ – 90’ deep to figure out how groundwater is moving through the site and how upland contamination is flowing into Lake Union sediment (these wells appear as little metal caps in the park, with only 1 being actively used at a time). The City plans to place a sand cap on the sediments to contain and cleanse the groundwater coming up through the dirty sediments; the cap may have amendments (such as compost) in them to help strip out contaminants.
Blah blah carcinogens blah blah- What about the cool playground promised in the Pro Parks Levy?
The contamination is still there under the sand and it will likely take another 4 or 5 years before Ecology can ok construction of a play structure. David Graves at Parks has been contacted to discuss Pro Parks levy plans for park development (I will post in comments when I hear back from him).
Farmers’ market site selection progress from Judy Kirkoff with the farmers’ market
The Office of Economic Development is setting up a stakeholder process that includes the Dept of Neighborhoods, a representative from Lorig Management, Kara Ceriello from the Chamber, and Erika from the WCC. The ideal site allows for a minimum of 40 vendors, is centrally located in Wallingford, and has community support. Judy is committed to moving the process forward this fall and winter and is currently most optimistic about the Good Shepherd Center field or the Lincoln High School parking lot (behind the library). Discussions will be ongoing to include all impacted parties, and we all hope a mutually agreeable site can be found.
Transfer Station Update with Erin Tann & Dan Costello of HDR, Bill Benzer and Nancy Ahern of SPU
The dump rebuild has been much discussed on this blog already. We had Q&A with the powers that be on a few issues, and below are the results…
Why did SPU keep the transfer station in Wallingford instead of moving it to a more appropriate site like Interbay?
The Solid Waste Management Plan adopted by the City Council in 1998 states that the NRDS would be upgraded at its existing location. SPU evaluated other sites in the north end in 2003 but determined that other sites were no better than the current site (documentation here). Editorial overlay: It’s too hard politically to relocate a dump, although it’s about time Laurelhurst sucked it up and provided some sort of public service.
Why did SPU condemn and purchase the 1550 (Orowheat) property adjacent to residential over the more appropriate property located to the West?
Goals for transfer station layout included improving accessibility of reuse and recycling drop-off area for customers, space for offices and employee facilities. These goals led to a preference for the property to the West. Editorial overlay: Neighborhood impact was apparently not considered, so we will strongly oppose rezone if offsetting benefits don’t outweigh the impact. Speaking of which…
Is SPU considering an overall landscaping plan along the perimeter of the site?
The landscaping ordinance for transfer stations will require a high level of landscaping and screening around the new station. We have heard from our Stake Holder Group the idea of making N 34th Street more walkable. We think this is feasible without moving the transfer station building further north.
Cool! A viewing gallery! A park! What else?
Public amenities are required as part of the Carr Pl N street vacation process; SPU is investigating public amenities such as a viewing gallery and park at the corner of 35th and Woodlawn. The park would be developed as part of the transfer station rebuild. Amenity preferences will be discussed at a future community council meeting. Editorial overlay: Amenities need to more than offset the impact of an expanded dump.