Seasonal Serenity and Solitude

Winter time around the lake. Normally a quiet, peaceful time for most folks to relax, recuperate and reinvigorate.  But au contraire for several neighbors who are actively participating on or leading various community committees.   The following presents a brief overview of the community interests being served, a point of contact for each and current information and status about the initiatives.

200th Street Light Rail Station:  
Clyde ‘Fuzz’ Hill

An Ad-Hoc Committee consisting of residents, business and property managers was formed this past Summer.  The team has been meeting regularly since October to review proposed requirements and design features for the new station scheduled to open in 2016. The group had toured existing stations, met with the creative art teams and spent many hours addressing concerns and offering suggestions to Sound Transit Staff for inclusion into the design/build requested proposals. A comprehensive packet of recommendations from the committee is expected to be delivered to the City Council by March.  Please send any comments, questions or concerns you may have regarding this project to the blog to be forwarded to the committee for additional consideration.

Celebrate America: 
Steve Beck

If you attended the Shore Club Christmas Party you may recall the announcement made regarding a grass roots effort formed to create a city wide event to recognize our wounded military service men and women and to celebrate being American.  The team has secured individual stakeholders to manage 10 separate events to be held at various locations throughout North SeaTac and Valley Ridge Parks, near Angle Lake and including the PacWest Ball Fields and Community Center grounds with the plan to converge on Angle Lake Park in the afternoon to honor our military personnel through ceremony and family fun activities via an old fashioned picnic.  The group is working diligently to secure necessary funding to help seed this first year of what is planned to be an annual function.  If you’d like the chance to perform good deeds for your community while paying respect to our returning military service personnel, we urge you to consider volunteering your talents and join this committee.

Vision 2015: 
Jim Todd

While relatively unknown to most but I suspect not for much longer is the somewhat obscure collective body that has been brainstorming future uses for the variety of City owned and currently un- or underdeveloped properties.  The two significant components that are starting to surface in response to the failed town center concept include a proposal for a mixed use International Complex at 154th, something akin to the Pike Place Market concept and an Artist Community near 200th Street with a Sculpture Garden installed on the Hughes Property at South Angle Lake.  Both centers leverage the light rail stations and take advantage of the enhanced bus transportation available in these areas.  Send your contact information to the blog to receive additional detail about the proposed used for these and other city owned properties.

These are just three of several active community focus groups that are underway or being formed.  Please email the blog if you'd like to be involved, informed or have ideas to share.

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