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  • Save Madison Valley continues opposition to The Madison

    Land-use petition challenges hearing examiner decision, seeks new design review process

    Save Madison Valley has filed a land-use petition in King County Superior Court, the neighborhood group’s latest attempt to scale back plans for The Madison mixed-use development.

    The Seattle Hearing Examiner’s Office in February partially sided with the Department of Construction and Inspections director’s decision to allow construction of the six-story mixed-use development that will have a PCC Market as its ground-floor anchor tenant. It will replace the City People’s Garden Center at 2925 E. Madison St., adding 82 housing units in Madison Valley.

  • The spring real estate market in Seattle is traditionally the strongest of the year, and we’re in the middle of it right now. Past data tells us that the period from mid-March to June is when we record the highest sales of that given year.

    This year is right on that trend. We’re in a seller’s market, and homes in good condition under $1 million are moving quickly. Homes priced above $2 million are sitting longer on market, especially if they’re not truly turnkey.
  • The Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board is seeking a new member to fill its real estate position. The board make landmark designation recommendations and reviews landmark properties when alterations are requested.

    Board meetings are held at 3:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month, and the commitment is roughly 10 hours per month. The open position is for a three-year term.

    Those interested in being considered are asked to send a resume and letter of interest to board coordinator Erin Doherty by Monday, May 27, at Erin.Doherty@seattle.gov.
  • Puget Sound Energy expects to begin replacing a Central District natural gas main from 1981 with corrosion-resistant plastic pipe this spring.

    The project will be broken down into three phases to handle 22,000 feet of pipeline, the common two-inch DuPont pipe material to be replaced with new piping from 4-6 inches in diameter. The added capacity will help prevent potential outages during big draws on natural gas, said PSE project manager John Guay, such as during lengthy cold snaps. It will also increase capacity as new residential construction comes online along Martin Luther King Jr. Way.
  • Easy Guild Plantings for your Backyard
    The inspiration of summer gardening is upon us. Walk into just about any store and you’ll find an abundant array of plants to inspire your weekend activities. But if you’re like me, you may find that what you plant one summer doesn’t live long enough to make it to the next summer. We may forget to water (or forget to water enough). Once the novelty of summer wears off, we forget about the plants - they get covered up, stepped on or lawn-mowed over. Or maybe pests chomp them up before they have a chance to establish themselves
  • (StatePoint) When it comes to your home, you only get one chance to make a great first impression -- and that takes place before anyone ever steps inside, making curb appeal upgrades an effective way to beautify your home while boosting its value.
  • After a long, cold winter, with record breaking snowfall, Spring has finally arrived in Seattle. But Spring has not only arrived on the calendar, or in the gorgeous northwest gardens beginning to erupt in glorious colors, it is also evident in the blossoming real estate market.
  • WSDOT releases Montlake Market survey results

    Neighborhood business’ fate remains uncertain as SR 520 Bridge replacement looms

    It is feasible to preserve the Montlake Market and still reconfigure Montlake Boulevard during the next phase of the SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program, but it will add millions to the project.

  • Safeway redevelopers ready to begin design process
    Residents give feedback at March open house

    Developers behind plans to level the old Queen Anne Safeway and replace it with a store double its size, with roughly 280 apartments on top, took community feedback one last time on Tuesday before proceeding with designs for the project.
  • Review boards clear Midtown Commons

    Lake Union Partners to begin two-year construction in July

    After four rounds of critical review of the Midtown Center superblock redevelopment, Lake Union Partners received the green light on Wednesday to proceed with the master use permit process.

  • Why prepare for a disaster?
    I confess: it took me a while to embrace the idea that our household should have supplies and a plan in place in case of an emergency.
  • Home and Garden Improvements That Will Benefit Local Wildlife
    (StatePoint) When it comes to changing the world, your own backyard is a great place to start. As you make home improvements, consider their potential to benefit local wildlife that travel in and around your property.
    Here are a few important steps you can take.
  • A major remodel requires the right pro — and lots of patience

    How long does a major remodel take from start to finish?

    In Seattle, whole-house remodels can take a year or more.
    Whether you want to renovate a home you just purchased or one you’ve lived in for decades, you may be shocked to find out just how long it takes. To make the process faster and easier, let’s break it all down.

  • After the blizzard
    It was beautiful. Characteristically, the city turned the event into a party It will be interesting to see if there is a spike in births come next November. My nephew, who was staying with me, ever the organized, well prepared soldier, rushed to the grocery store to stock up. The place was mobbed.
  • Contractor works out preliminary design for SR 520 project that could spare neighborhood grocer

    It will take longer and cost more money to save Montlake Market during construction of the Montlake phase of the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement Project, but residents at a January WSDOT meeting remained steadfast in their desire to keep their small neighborhood grocer.

  • Revising the Fort Lawton Redevelopment Plan
    Updated legislation comes out this month ahead of council consideration

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has released her draft plan for redeveloping the Fort Lawton site on Magnolia Bluff with affordable housing and added parks space.

  • Bills heard in House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to protect tenant rights
    Evictions a growing problem that disproportionately affect state’s vulnerable populations
  • Achieve the look and feel of solid stone with this budget-friendly option
    The value of a good remodeling project is undeniable, particularly in a hot real estate market like Seattle. People wanting to sell their home often look for cost-effective improvements that will add to both the home’s curb appeal and value. And for some homebuyers, high prices might mean settling for a home to remodel, rather than buying the ideal home at a higher price.
  • How can I make my small ‘box’ home feel larger?

    Q: I live in a small home — less than 900 square feet — that was built post-World War II. The design, also known as a “War Box,” has no entryway, three small bedrooms, one bathroom and little storage. What can I do to make my space feel larger and more functional?

    A: It’s easy to dismiss a War Box home as a tear-down, but at the time they were built, these structures were built to last, making them ideal candidates for a remodel. With thoughtful renovations, you can make your home feel modern and functional.


  • HeartBeet Cafe offers raw-food options in Queen Anne

    Monika Kinsman’s HeartBeet Organic Superfoods Cafe is keeping it raw and healthy after opening in Queen Anne at the beginning of the month.

    HeartBeet operated in Roosevelt for a decade, and Kinsman had been eyeing Queen Anne for a second location. With the loss of parking and other access challenges created by construction of the Roosevelt light rail station, she decided to close shop there, she said.

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