|"Water Lily Impressions" by Lynn Colwell|
|"Water Lily Impressions" by Lynn Colwell|
This map is the starting point, before participants shuffled Legos according to their perspective of 2050. The white Lego stacks represent existing jobs. Five urban centers including residential neighborhoods were mapped: Overlake, Downtown, Marymoor, SE Redmond, and "NE 90th & Willows" local center. Overlake is slated to accommodate half the jobs in the city. Can you find the "NE 90th & Willows" local center?
I enjoy visioning in general, but was confused by the "DEIS" acronym and so brushed Redmond 2050 aside until Pam and I attended a "Visioning Lego Tabeling Workshop." I was hooked. It was super fun, productive and exceptionally engaging (one if the city's favorite words.) The workshop was organized and managed by thc city's Long Range Planning Manager, Jeff Churchill (Jeff is a Redmond High graduate, with lots of equity.)
Mr. Churchill described the participants' Lego conclusions at a Council Study session, saying the Lego community chose "SE Redmond" for the most job and housing growth as compared to Marymoor, the downtown, residential neighborhoods, and Willows. However, Churchill noted SE Redmond and Marymoor had infrastructure challenges.
Councilmember David Carson was "utterly baffled and confused by the first two slides" of the Lego workshop. Said Carson, "if someone could actually explain it to me...." and "what do I take away from that." Mr. Carson, a 13-year councilmember, probably knows the Development community better than any representative. A Council conservative, David is connected to "One Redmond"...Redmond's Chamber of Commerce, "on steroids."
Council's focal points for growth were "Centers" and "Centers & Corridors" Mr. Carson preferred the "Center and Corridor" option. "Centers & Corridors" is defined as:
Project One is eight stories, 244 mixed use multi-family units, 4316 s.f. commercial, 221 parking spaces (21 spaces are free for commercial/retail use within the building. Minimum 25 affordable units (meets code.)
The "Project One" building is highly visible. Eight stories. Boundaries: Adjacent to the Downtown Park, Chevron gas station and Jimmy Johns to the west, Redmond Way to the South. On the east Aqua-Quip, Grand Peking Restaurant, and Dark Horse Brew will be demolished. 1.4 acres. 80052 -161 Av. NE.
A one story bonus (making eight stories) was granted by the city for provisions of 20 percent on-site usable open space in the form of plazas, arcades with water features that are accessible to the public during extended business hours. Is the standard now set for Nelson's other buildings? The amenities are on the project site or within the zone in which the building is located. The applicant will provide 22,700 sf of open space whereas 12,180 sf is the minimum required in-order to achieve the additional building height to eight stories.
Sources: Design Development Review memo, 11/6/2020
Clark Barnes, NLG Design Review Board
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This permanent urban food truck rests on the Project One site. The owner plans to move to a different downtown Redmond location. Police and construction workers frequent the eatery. It's the only "permanent" food truck in Redmond.
* Aqua Quip is moving to a larger facility in Woodinville.
-- Bob Yoder, Photos Yoder, 9/5/2021
It’s official! Redmond Mayor Angela Birney and RHS President John Oftebro cut the ribbon at the Society’s Grand Opening on June 27, 2022 (pictured above). OneRedmond organized the event. See page 3.
L-R: Council Members Melissa Stuart and Vanessa Kritzer, RHS Administration & Collections Manager Halee Turner, Mayor Angela Birney, RHS President John Oftebro, Senior VP Laura Lee Bennett, and Collections Committee Member Joe Townsend. In back: VP Collections Mary Horabik and Collections Committee Member Dean Jowers.
|The Village is surrounded by nature. |
Restored Bear Creek runs through the Village. Homes on right / credit: Yoder
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I was kibitzing with long-time resident John Oftebro at the Derby Days Historical Society booth. I found myself at a loss when the subject of the "Friendly Village" came up.
Fast forward: Last week, on a sweltering day Pam, I and Zoey took a ride to the Friendly Village. Driving east on NE 95th Street (also known as Conrad Olsen Road on Google maps,) the Friendly Village, 55-plus mobile home park, immediately came into view. The Village opened in 1971.
I was surprised by the beautiful landscaping, an old growth tree, and the attractive, well-maintained homes. The varied amenities include a common hall, fenced dog park, new pool, and salmon-bearing Bear Creek running through the 40-acre parcel.
In the common hall, I bumped into Mary, a kind lady and long-time resident of the park. She was selecting gleaned groceries from the food service area.
I really enjoyed my conversation with Mary. She pointed towards the creek saying the land was first a "wash" and later a turkey farm. She is happy her home is creekside. Mary said Ms. McRedmond, a descendent of the McRedmond founders used to live in the Village. She now lives a bit east on Conrad Olsen Road. Mary suggested I knock on her door. It's possible, Ms. McRedmond may still be going to the Redmond Cafe once a week.
The Village, including 224 pads, was purchased by the King County Housing Authority (KCHA) in 2017. The Housing Authority apparently charges $850/month per pad. Some utilities are covered. The county also gets credits for housing seniors. Mary said the Village is a "cash cow" for the county.
Village living is affordable, attractive, and green. Home prices are roughly $90k - $375k (RMAX)
-- Bob Yoder, 7/31/2022
EXTRA! FOR SALMON WATCHERS: The City of Redmond's NE 95th Street Bridge Bear Creek Enhancement Site (excellent map.) The Bridge is a great place for viewing salmon (Sept.-Nov.)
"The site is located in the Downtown neighborhood, just SE of the municipal campus at 8440 160th Avenue. A one-story building which is home to the Guilt Trip restaurant will be demolished.
The Applicant is proposing the construction of 17 townhomes located within two different buildings. The North building has seven townhome units, while the South building has ten units.
The building is 3-4 stories with a rooftop patio on each unit. A mix of units are anticipated with three, and four bedrooms, and single, double, or no garages. Each unit is projected to be anywhere from 1500, to 2300 square feet. Penthouses are planned.
Open space for the homes has been provided in the form of rooftop decks of 61 to 114 square feet, patios, and balconies. [Open space may be a "public benefit" provided by the developer in return for an extra story, parking spaces, a plaza with water fountain, and the like.]
"MOMENT" will activate the parcel into a vibrant, exciting new community. The centralized location of this parcel in relation to downtown Redmond allows and likely encourages walking, bicycling, public transit use as it sits not more than ½ mile from light rail and the downtown Park.
The Design Review Board and Applicant spent a lot of time analyzing building color. They settled on "dark grey."
-- MainStreet Property Group, Design Review Board, 3/3/2022
Posted and excerpted by Bob Yoder, 5/25/2022
|Attractive "Red Oak Community Center" signage may complement the building's wood design.|
Throughout community engagement, community members expressed during the design process that the name “Redmond Senior & Community Center” implied that this space was only for seniors and did not feel that their feedback was important to the process. Additionally, senior centers throughout the region have moved toward more inclusive naming such as the Edmonds Waterfront Center to be representative of the community in which it exists.
|Redmond's Heritage Northern Red Oak|
The Parks and Trails Commission discussion on July 7, 2022 focused on whether “Senior” should be part of name but determined that “Community” is inclusive of all the people who would use the center. After discussion, the Planning Commission passed a motion 4:3 in favor of the “Red Oak Community Center.” It will be going to the City Council for action August 2022.
|CEO Jeff Tomlin, EvergreenHealth/ credit NY Times|
Dr. Tomlin came to EvergreenHealth in 1990 as a staff anesthesiologist after completing medical school and his residency at the University of Washington. He was subsequently named medical director for the Evergreen Surgical Center, and then added the medical directorship for surgical services at EvergreenHealth. In 2010, he joined the executive team as senior vice president and Chief Medical and Quality Officer.
He is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, and spent six years as a Marine Corps pilot prior to medical school and continued his military service after medical school as a member of the Navy Reserve Medical Corps. He has served on the Northshore School District Wall of Honor Committee, and in 2017 was named winner of the Seattle Business Magazine Washington Leaders in Health Care Award for Outstanding Medical Director/Chief Medical Officer.
-- EvergreenHealth website
😃And I thought the work was being done here because its in the Mayor's neighborhood! 😁
Hello Mr. Yoder,
I’m writing in response to your question about ADA curb ramps as I serve as the City's ADA curb ramp program manager.
Curb ramp replacements on 166th Ave NE are part of the City’s comprehensive ADA curb ramp program. Projects in the city, including ADA curb ramp program projects, are prioritized systematically through the Capital Investment Strategy (CIS) and Capital Improvement Plans (CIP).
As part of the ADA curb ramp program, the City completed a curb ramp assessment in 2013 for compliance with ADA regulations. The City also gathered community input in 2019 on existing locations where curb ramps should be replaced and created a prioritized list of locations for ramp replacements. Projects under the ADA curb ramp program were prioritized based on proximity to facilities such as schools, state/local government facilities, public bus and vanpool stops, places of public accommodation, and proximity to major employment centers.
One Public Record Request shockingly revealed an executive/pediatrician's salary of $600,000 and other misfeasance (1988.) It's unknown how long the commissioners paid him to participate in hospital governance. CEO Brown, a likeable fellow abruptly resigned, saying goodbye to all employees by email and flew off to Pennsylvania.
With that, the commissioners then hired Bob Malte from Colorado Springs as CEO. Bob is genuine and a real pro. Mr. Malte reshuffled personnel and re-branded Evergreen to "EvergreenHealth." The hospital began winning regional awards under Malte's helm.It's well known, one in five Americans have a mental health condition in a given year; and only half are treated. Under the Malte Administration, EvergreenHealth developed a new mental health service (I think required by law.) but the bursting EvergreenHealth community still doesn't have an out-patient psychiatric clinic nor employ a single, full-time psychiatrist.
|EvergreenHealth Public Hospital District No. 2|
|This "Silver Tower" and second Emergency Department was funded by the taxpayers of|
EvergreenHealth Public Hospital No.2 in Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish,Woodinville,
Kenmore, Bothell, Mill Creek, Duval, Carnation, Shoreline and Sammamish County.
That made me think. Why didn't King County Elections Director Julie Wise report this in the Primary Voters' Pamphlet? Why no press release? Surely, some affected voters have lost confidence in the system. Some may not have voted. I was unhappy with the lack of notice and losing my representatives. Our civic duty is to vote, not do the State's work.
KING COUNTY ELECTION DISTRICT MAPS:
DEFUNCT MAP: An excellent 2022 map of our State Legislature Districts and U.S. Congressional Districts. User-friendly, but, don't be fooled! It is inaccurate.
DECENT MAP from a google search. however, candidate names don't show up. Enter your address to find your district, no more.
WASHINGTON SECRETARY OF STATE ELECTIONS -- Go here first! Reliable, Comprehensive, Accurate. User friendly. Everything you need and more!
QUICK STORY: LETTER FROM MS. MATTINGLY. ELECTIONS SPECIALIST III
"Unfortunately, the Secretary of State’s office has not updated their map information to default to current maps. That would be the link you mentioned when call which is: https://app.leg.wa.gov/
The District Finder map below displays legislative and congressional districts for elected officials currently in office. New district boundaries are in effect for elections taking place in August and November 2022. To find your new 2022 legislative and congressional districts please see the new 2022 Legislative and Congressional maps.
Please feel free to contact me directly if any additional information is needed."
Shunneia O. Long-Mattingly
Pronouns - She/Her/Hers
Elections Specialist III
King County Elections
King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn on Thursday introduced legislation that would establish a whistleblower hotline for reporting illegitimate uses of emergency COVID-19 funds, in an effort to catch any attempts to scam the system.
“As we are seeing historic increases in inflation, taxpayers are rightly concerned with how their hard-earned dollars are being spent, and elected leaders at all levels should be acting as watchdogs under that same mindset,” Dunn said. “With such a large influx of money rapidly moving through our County to provide critical aid to restaurants, small businesses, and folks on the margins during COVID-19, there almost certainly will also be a few scammers seeking to abuse the system for their own financial gain. It is my hope that with this legislation we will be able to catch bad actors and safeguard the communities that these funds were meant to support.”
|EvergreenHealth's "Silver Tower" and their second "Emergency Department" were funded|
by the District taxpayers of Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Bothell,
Kenmore, Duvall, Carnation, Shoreline, and Snohomish County.
|Six-story Redmond Square Apartment construction - Can you see the evergreen hillside? / Bob Yoder|