Category Archives: Community

Town Hall, Carnival and Neighborhood Report Card Highlight Rainier Beach’s Weekend

by Susan Fried

The Rainier Beach Community Center joined its next door neighbor South Lake High School last Saturday, May 20, in hosting events dedicated to the South End community’s education and entertainment. The community center held the second annual “Spring Into Summer Community Carnival”, while the high school played host to the annual Rainier Beach Town Hall.
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News Gleams: New Skyway Fire Chief Returns Home, Senior Center Leaning on Community, and Beacon Hill Artist’s Proposals

collected by Antonio Foster

 

Happy Returns for New Skyway Fire Chief

One of King County Fire District 20’s (Skyway Fire) own is returning home to lead the fire department he first started at the age of 19. Eric Hicks, the former Everett Fire Chief, calls his return to Skyway “truly a blessing with emotions running high. The memories I have as a young firefighter in the early 90’s in Skyway were good times. Now I get to help protect the citizens of West Hill once again.” Continue reading News Gleams: New Skyway Fire Chief Returns Home, Senior Center Leaning on Community, and Beacon Hill Artist’s Proposals

Pop-Up Hoping Virtual Reality Becomes A South Seattle Regularity

by Marcus Harrison Green

If the prospect of escaping to an alternate reality seems ever so enticing given local and world affairs as of late, departures take place this Sunday in South Seattle.

Any one will be able to roam Ireland’s sheep stocked rolling hills, gawk at Tokyo’s neon-lit skyscrapers, and deflect laser blasts with a light saber in a galaxy far, far away without ever stepping foot outside the Othello neighborhood’s New Holly Gathering Hall. Continue reading Pop-Up Hoping Virtual Reality Becomes A South Seattle Regularity

Doctor for a Day Inspires Students of Color to Pursue Healthcare Careers

by Kamna Shastri

A group of six high school and middle school students are crowding around the respiratory therapist’s table, laid out with tubes and contraptions as he tells them about preventative medicine and the Affordable Care Act’s commitment to preventative care. Continue reading Doctor for a Day Inspires Students of Color to Pursue Healthcare Careers

Surprise Bidder Threatens Plans for Rainier Beach Food Innovation District

by Erica C Barnett

UPDATE 5/9/17: Richard Conlin says he has withdrawn his bid for the Rainier Beach property, after conversations with the Rainier Beach Action Coalition about partnering on a development at the site.

Conlin says he and his business partner, Ben Rankin, “have been in discussions with RBAC and had much encouragement from city and other folks who said working with a good developer could have really helped the project. Our last communication from RBAC said that they supported our investment and looked forward to good negotiations on making the project work.” “Although RBAC is not in a position to provide any financial contribution towards a down payment right away, we would like to convey our support for the investment and look forward to developing a mutually acceptable partnership for the project.”

Conlin says the RBAC told him that they were unable to help out with a down payment on the property themselves, but were interested in becoming partners on a development that would include the Food Innovation Hub. “While we felt that an agreement was likely, we ultimately had to respond to them by telling them we had decided not to make the payment, [because] there were too many uncertainties and possible risks around the community relationship, the potential upzone, and some physical attributes of the property,” including its irregular shape and wet soils that would likely require expensive support piles to develop.

The owners of the property are reportedly in discussions with an unknown backup bidder.

Original story follows. 

 

Years-long efforts to create a food innovation district—a network of food businesses and food-related activities aimed at creating living-wage jobs and preventing displacement in the Rainier Valley—saw a major setback last month when the Rainier Beach Action Coalition (RBAC) learned that another buyer outbid them on a property, next to the Rainier Beach light rail station, where they hoped to site the food innovation hub at the center of the district. Continue reading Surprise Bidder Threatens Plans for Rainier Beach Food Innovation District

Beacon Hill Celebrates Grand “Re-imagining” of Neighborhood Library

by Marcus Harrison Green

Libraries should elicit the sense of a living room’s coziness instead of purgatory inside a sterile monastery.

Such thinking was the animating force behind the Seattle Public Library’s remodel, or as they like to call it, “re-imagining” of their Beacon Hill Branch, according to SPL City Librarian Marcellus Turner. He was on hand Sunday afternoon along with other SPL staff for the branch’s reopening ceremony. Continue reading Beacon Hill Celebrates Grand “Re-imagining” of Neighborhood Library