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Residents react to Fremont neighborhood plan

By Geeky Swedes · July 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Ten years after the city’s neighborhood plans were published, residents have been asked to help create a “status check” on how well the 20-year plans are progressing — and whether they need an update. Thursday evening a small group of Fremont residents gathered around a table at the Phinney Center to provide the city with feedback on the draft copy of the status report (.pdf).

The four key strategies of the original neighborhood plan are 1) remedy existing congestion and improve pedestrian circulation 2) enhance Fremont’s character and create a more interesting and livable urban environment by providing opportunity for community direct development 3) Create a neighborhood community center which will become the focus of an active and creative community and 4) Continue to build upon several actions which focus on the Troll, the area under the Aurora Bridge, and nearby open space linkages. The status report cited several neighborhood improvements, from traffic lights to Fremont Peak Park and the renovation of the library.

Residents said they were pleased with progress with parks, traffic flow and the business community, but there’s still much work to be done. Some of the hot button issues were plans to rebuild the North Recycling and Disposal Station (“They can’t put a transfer station right next to an urban village, those are incompatible issues,” said Erik Pihl), better design review on new condos and townhouses, crime that’s spilling over from Aurora, parking (“We didn’t plan for the pay stations, and it’s hurting us and hurting us bad,” said Suzie Burke) and pedestrian safety, to name a few. Representatives from the Seattle Planning Commission and the Neighborhood Planning Advisory Committee took notes as neighbors provided their feedback.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can fill out an online survey with your thoughts about the neighborhood and the status report. In October, the city will hold public meetings to review the updated status reports, and then they’ll be presented to the mayor and the city council to consider.

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Name // Jul 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    (”They can’t put a transfer station right next to an urban village, those are incompatible issues,”)

    Uh, I think there is one there already.
    BTW, it is in Wallingford, not Fremont

  • 2 Toby Thaler // Aug 4, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    While the north transfer station is located in Wallingford, it is adjacent to the Fremont Hub Urban Village and impacts Fremont residents and businesses. Erik might better have said “shouldn’t put” and it is clearly incompatible with the surrounding neighborhood. By the City’s own statements the dump needs to be torn down and replaced. A wonderful opportunity to look into whether it is the proper site for the facility, but the City refuses to do that investigation. FNC and seven neighbors are waiting for court decision on this issue in suit brought under SEPA.

  • 3 nathanmarion // Jul 24, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    And the Community Center part is being fulfilled quite a bit with the Fremont Abbey Arts Center here at 43rd in Fremont Village. join us!

    -Nathan

    http://www.fremontabbey.org

  • 4 petsfriend // Jul 25, 2009 at 3:58 am

    The pay stations are not “hurting us bad” as Suzie Burke says. As a matter of fact, we've seen business go up since people know they can now find parking to shop for 20-30 minutes.

  • 5 Oleana Perry // Jul 26, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    The Fremont Abby is a WONDERFUL community center!

  • 6 Toby Thaler // Aug 5, 2009 at 12:09 am

    The Fremont Abby is a great community asset, but it is not a community center providing meeting space for groups, or a community kitchen. Go to any of the City Parks Dept. community centers and you will see the difference. Also, it's not very accessible (wheelchairs) and has terrible parking.

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