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Groups circulate petition, start email campain about future of old Fire Station 39

Lake City organizations Families for Lake City and Douglas Park Cooperative are part of a Lake City effort concerning the future of the old Fire Station 39 building. The groups are asking for petition signatures and for neighborhood residents to participate in an email campaign.

The groups say that the Neighborhood Comprehensive Plan written by the neighborhood and the City of Seattle calls for the Old Fire Station 39 to be part of the neighborhood Civic Core.

The Comprehensive Plan, a blueprint for the future of the neighborhood, says that the Old 39 was to be used to create a community open space or permanent Farmer's Market. The plan also made it a priority to provide an activities center for youth and seniors as well as a job bank —services that today many say are lacking in our dense, urban community.

Plans for the site currently being discussed include low-income housing and homeless services.

"As we worked in recent weeks to find space for Bike Works programming, it has become clearer that space where youth can be engaged in our community is severely lacking," said a post on the Douglas Park Cooperative blog.

The post on Douglas Park Cooperative noted that Seattle Parks and Recreation's own Request For Proposal about the Lake City Community Center, written just weeks ago, states that services and amenities provided to the community in Lake City are "not comparable" to other Seattle neighborhoods.

"Lake City is at a pivot point in its history and the neighborhood must act now," said the post on the Douglas Park Cooperative blog.

On the Families For Lake City website you can use their email form to send a pre-written message about the future of the old fire station, or write your own.

The link is here:  http://www.familiesforlakecity.com/repurposing-firehouse-39-lc-feedback-needed/

Douglas Park Cooperative is circulating a petition.

The link is here:  http://douglasparkcooperative.blogspot.com/2012/03/old-fire-station-39-email-signature.html

The petition can be found at Kaffeeklatsch bakery and coffee shop or you can print one, gather signatures and return it to Kaffeeklatsch.

 

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This is your chance to be heard, folks. Deadline is April 4.
I sent a letter to the city about the use of the building (recreation for all please!!!) but I will also stop by KaffeKlatsch tonight to sign.
I agree, we in LC are at a crucial juncture, and the community at large is very underserved as far as services and amenities provided to the community as a WHOLE. The old firehouse and the Lake City Community Center could be a catalysts for restoring some health, usefulness, and pride to LC.
We can see glimmers of positive change in LC with the addition of businesses/positive neighborhood gathering spots like KaffeKlatsch and Elliott Bay. This is our chance to build on that.
If you have an opinion, please let it be known through one of these avenues by April 4 (that's next week).
Comment by Lakegrrl
3 months ago
( +2 votes )
City council member to attend some upcoming LC, Douglas Park meetings
FYI I also sent a letter to all city council members about #39, and it sounds like Sally Bagshaw will be at the next Douglas Park Cooperative meeting, as well as the Lake City Community Council in June. Here is the response:

"Thanks for your email. I am writing to let you know that CM Bagshaw will be attending the Douglas Park Cooperative meeting on Monday, April 9th at 7 pm. She will attend the Lake City Community Council meeting on Thursday, June 14th. I encourage you to attend one or both of these meetings and share your concerns and ideas with CM Bagshaw this way as well. "
Comment by Lakegrrl
3 months ago
( +1 votes )
Incredible results from door to door petition
Two neighbors went around for about an hour with the Douglas Park petition last night and of the 20 neighbors that opened their doors, 100% signed the petition and were glad to help bring services that would benefit the families and residents of the area!

If you haven't signed the petition, go here to do so.

You can read about the results and how you can help by visiting this link, too.
Comment by MJ
3 months ago
( +1 votes )
Emails going through
Seems like there was an issue with the form before but it's working now. You need to hit the shift key and the browser refresh button on that page and then it will work.
Comment by Mark
3 months ago
( 0 votes )
Advice and Comment
My experience is it is better to refer to the Growth Management Act than to your Neighborhood Comprehansive Plan. The NCP gets little respect these days, just ask Northgate. Growth Management insists you get amenities before more density can be forced on you.
On the other hand I do get times have changed since the 1990's Who knew we would get the recession that goes forever that would so impact all of our lives. This is an economic crisis that must be addressed in some way. PS, as cool as Farmers Markets are they have proven to be money losers big time.
Comment by Sue410
3 months ago
( --1 votes )
boys and girls clun question
I was told the boys and girls club was in negotiation the DPR regarding the current community center. what gives?
Comment by Sue410
3 months ago
( --1 votes )
How does one get a thumbs down from a serious question?
I'm asking if anyone has further information regarding Boys and Girls Club appling to manage the current community center. Are you saying you don't want that to happen?? I'm confused.
Comment by Sue410
3 months ago
( 0 votes )
Follow up on Fire Station
It has been a month now since the petitions were done.

Does anyone have any word on the outcome of this?

Greg
Comment by Greg
2 months ago
( 0 votes )
RE: Follow up on Fire Station
I haven't heard anything...
Comment by danaek
2 months ago
( 0 votes )
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