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University District Upzoning News

The Seattle City Council is debating the Mayor’s proposed upzone for the University District. The rezone will direct growth to the blocks near the Sound Transit (opening in 2021) and the UW campus. Heights for some residential projects may exceed 320’ at the core and transition down to 30’ in residential zones. Five thousand (5,000) new market rate units are anticipated in addition to approximately 600-900 subsidized units.

Some are encouraging the council to adopt the upzone package as a critical measure to address the housing supply crisis and prudent complement to the region’s tremendous investment in light rail. The University District has suffered for many years with struggling retail, crime and declining housing quality throughout much of the district. Additional features of the upzone include new planned open spaces, preservation of historic buildings, and building design standards to promote an attractive and welcoming streetscape.

The upzone proposal is controversial. Many residents of the University District and nearby neighborhoods oppose increase heights and densities over concern that there will be a loss of existing affordable units and related displacement. Some are calling for a significant increase in the percentage of subsidized units required if a project is to take advantage of increased height allowances.  Excessive subsidy requirements will chill or kill needed projects, or make the market-rate units unaffordable to middle-income earners now struggling to find housing within the city.

The upzone is a part of the HALA Grand Bargain which through upzones throughout Seattle will bring 50,000 homes, including preservation and production of 20,000 net new affordable homes, over the next 10 years. HALA implementation is important and going on now. Visit this site for more information please visit:

From the Seattle King County Realtors Association

Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold this classic Mid-Century Modern home in Olympic Manor…

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Northwest Flower And Garden Show!

The much anticipated Northwest Flower and Garden Show is coming up! This year it will be from February 22nd through the 26th. The event, held in Seattle every February is sure to dazzle. Click on the link to learn more:

8th Annual Nordic Lights Film Festival

Don’t miss this year’s Nordic Lights Film Festival…

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard is thrilled to present the eighth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival, hosted at SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus. Each year the festival focuses on contemporary, award-winning films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. This year, included are films from the Faroe Islands.

The Festival runs from January 12th-16th, 2017. Tickets and more information can he found at here:

Get your Lutefisk On!


This Saturday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m, Ballard Seafood Fest  ( will take place off of Market Street, Ballard Ave, Leary and 22nd.


SeafoodFest originally began in 1974 as a community celebration of Ballard’s historic connection to the fishing industry and the neighborhood’s Nordic roots.

Today, this free two-day festival attracts over 65,000 people who come to enjoy the traditional salmon barbecue and much more: the lutefisk eating contest, local music, arts and crafts, family entertainment, a beer garden, a skate event, and yes – more seafood!

Extensive information on music, vendors and food/drink offerings for this year’s festival can be found at the festival website ( and organizers encourage attendees to use Seafood Fest’s interactive map.

Spring Cleaning – Hazardous Waste Edition





Spring Cleaning – Hazardous Chemicals Edition

Now that we are warming up, many of us are itching to do some Spring Cleaning.  If you are like me, I have an assortment of things like old clumped fertilizer, small cans of hardened oil paint, and an ancient can of oven cleaner that really cannot go into the garbage. What to do?  Luckily, King County has 3 Hazardous Waste Disposal Sites and 1 Mobile Unit.  Follow the links for regulations, hours, and directions:

North Seattle – 12550 Stone Way N.

South Seattle – 8105 Fifth Ave S.

Factoria Area – 13800 SE 32nd in Bellevue

Auburn Wastemobile – at the Outlet Collection Mall (Supermall)


Just Sold in Seattle!

We just sold another newly built home in the Maple Leaf community…

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Needed: Blankets, coats and socks

Do you have any new or gently used clean blankets, or adult size coats or socks to spare? In partnership with the Union Gospel Mission, RE/MAX Northwest Realtors is sponsoring a donation event on March 26th from 10am to 4pm.  I would be happy to stop by and pick up your donations, or you may drop them off at my office of 20 years in the Northgate area.


Looking forward to hearing from you.  Thanks for helping those in need.


Jeff Menday 206-369-2818

RE/MAX Northwest Realtors

Northgate Office

300 NE 97th St

Seattle, WA 98115

Explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood Neighborhood

Explosion1We woke up at 1:30 this morning to a large natural gas explosion, just a few blocks away.  Fortunately no one died, but 9 firefighters were injured.  I have several real estate clients in the area that were shaken but otherwise okay.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families of the affected businesses.

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Seattle’s New North Precinct Police Station Open House – Jan. 23rd

This from Jonah Spangenthal-Lee from the Seattle Police Department…

Please join the Seattle Police Department on Saturday, January 23rd to discuss the current status of the new North Precinct police station at Aurora Avenue North and North 130th Street. We’ll have updates on the project’s status, preliminary designs, and proposed construction schedule.

Please visit for more info about the project and see you at the Bitter Lake Community Center Annex (13040 Greenwood Avenue N.) from 10 AM to Noon on Saturday the 23rd!

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