News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Fremont Arts Council Meeting Tonight

March 10th, 2015 by Cara

Meeting Photo
The Fremont Arts Council Committee of the Whole (COW) meets tonight from 7-8:30pm at the Powerhouse at 3940 Fremont Ave N.
All member are welcome to attend. To learn more about Fremont Arts Council membership click here. The Fremont Arts Council organizes the annual Solstice Parade along with Troll-o-ween, Luminata, and more events.
The organization announced the 2015 Solstice Parade will take place on Saturday June 20th at 3pm. Individuals can get involved with the parade through the Fremont Arts Council as volunteer, ensemble, or general solstice enthusiast.

Planning an ensemble for the parade? Let us know! Fremont Universe is looking to shadow a group as they prepare for the Solstice Parade.

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Luring Incident in North Fremont

March 10th, 2015 by Cara

Fremont resident and mother Ruth alerted Fremont Universe that her daughter was involved in a luring incident late last week. KOMO news briefly covered the incident here.

Two men tried to lure her 13 year old daughter into their dark green Suburban last Thursday March 5th around 3pm on the premise of showing her their puppies. The girl was approached on the 4300 block of Palatine Ave North. Ruth says her daughter ”ran and got help from one of our neighbors who called the police.” The police did not find the luring suspects.

Ruth encourages the community to “Stay safe, be alert!”

The approximate of the luring incident on March 5th

The approximate of the luring incident on March 5th


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SR 99 Closes Tonight, Long Term Closure Postponed

March 9th, 2015 by Cara

Image from SDOT looking north on Aurora Ave N in August, 2014

Image from SDOT looking north on Aurora Ave N in August, 2014

WSDOT announced the long-term lane closures on SR 99/Aurora Avenue North slated to begin this Wednesday March 11th will be postponed. Northbound SR 99 will still completely close from 10pm tonight until 6am tomorrow between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. Tonight’s project allows contractor crews to straighten the curve in the highway near Mercer Street.

The postponed long term closures would have closed one lane going both directions for approximately two months followed by a single southbound lane closure for one month.

These closures were needed to install several large sign foundations for the SR 99 North Access project. While this work must occur, it will be rescheduled to a later date in an effort to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The public will be alerted in advance of any future lane closures.

WSDOT has not announced when the closures will be rescheduled or if the closure plans will be amended. Questions can be directed to or 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463) or visit


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Compost Masterfully

March 7th, 2015 by Cara


Seattle Tilth is currently accepting applications for the spring Master Composter / Soil Builder program which is manage by Seattle Tilth and sponsored by  Seattle Public Utilities. In it’s 30th year this program trains community members to become compost educators. Seattle residents can apply to participate in the program and will receive training through a four week, eight session program with a community service component:

Each Master Composter/Soil Builder participates in 28 hours of classroom learning (including field trips) and 35 hours of volunteer outreach, which may involve giving composting classes at schools and civic associations, assisting schools and community gardens with setting up a compost system and staffing compost information tables and community events.

This course covers the following topics:

  • improving soil health and building soil life

  • understanding the small-scale composting process

  • using finished compost

  • designing and building on-site compost systems

  • managing storm water and protecting water quality

  • teaching others about composting and resource conservation practices

 After the training, Master Composters contribute 35 hours of volunteer outreach teaching practical techniques to other community members. Volunteers work on projects of their own choosing – at schools, churches, community centers, businesses and community gardens.

Class Dates & Times:

The training is a four week (8 sessions) in-depth educational experience with four Tuesday evenings and four Saturday sessions.

  • Four Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. on Mar. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 7 and Apr. 14
  • Four Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mar. 28, Apr. 4, Apr. 11 and Apr. 18

Classroom sessions takes place in Wallingford (4649 Sunnyside Ave N).

This is a great opportunity for people in your community who are passionate about the environment or gardening to help make a big difference in their communities.

This role is even more vital as food waste is now prohibited from the garbage, read more in our post “Finding the Right Place for Food Waste.” Applications are due by March 14th and the program is for Seattle residents only.

Apply here.


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Friday Art Walk Tonight

March 6th, 2015 by Cara

The Fremont First Friday Art Walk is from 6-9pm this evening. This will be new director Andrew Miller’s second full-fledged Art Walk since taking over. Check out the Fremoncentrist’s interview with Andrew Miller about his vision for the Art Walk.

Enjoy the sun and all the art Fremont has to offer, inside & outside!

This lovely lady has found a new home along N 36th Street. The Fremont Art Walk is tonight with plenty of public art to see in between stops. Happy First Friday!

This lovely lady has found a new home along N 36th Street. The Fremont Art Walk is tonight with plenty of public art to see in between stops. Happy First Friday!

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The Dubliner’s Transition is Complete: Welcome to Hotel Hotel

March 5th, 2015 by Cara

The 3500 block of Fremont Ave N, just north of the Center of the Universe, is a popular stretch with food and shopping options for all tastes. On the west side in one of Fremont’s historic buildings Frame Up, Pie, Bluebird Ice Cream, and the former Dubliner Pub sit side by side with large welcoming windows. What many residents and visitors alike may not realize is that upstairs is the Hotel Hotel Hostel, recognized as one of the top boutique hostels in the world.

HotelHotel logo

When The Dubliner, an Irish pub located just downstairs, came up for sale the owners of Hotel Hotel Hostel saw an opportunity to expand their offerings for both travelers and the Fremont neighborhood. They purchased the bar and began modifying the space earlier this year culminating in a name-change to “Hotel Hotel” last week.

Over the past four years the Hotel Hotel Hostel has quietly welcoming scores of international and domestic travelers to quality minimalist yet funky accommodations through a mirror-encrusted doorway between Bluebird Ice Cream and The Dubliner. Offering both private rooms with private bathrooms and traditional dorm style hostel rooms, Hotel Hotel Hostel fulfills all parts of it’s name. Family rooms with a king bed for parents and a bunk bed for children are also available.


Owners Lee Kindell and his wife Nancy Gambin also own and operate the art-themed City Hostel Seattle in Belltown. Both hostels offer a range of accommodations and boast rooftop gardens and beehives. There are even some chickens who call the City Hostel roof home. Lee and Nancy are dedicated to their vision of a fluid hostel community. Through their combined efforts and experience both hostels have become cornerstones in Seattle’s intimate hostel scene.

Both avid travelers, Lee and Nancy first met at a hostel in Austin, Texas during Halloween. After Nancy returned to Toronto and Lee to Seattle they remained in touch and eventually settled in Seattle. They opened their first hostel together in Ballard about 8 years ago.

“It was our whole life!” Lee commented.

Smaller than Hotel Hotel, guests were treated as friends with personal tours, rides from the airport, and backyard BBQs. Lee and Nancy even lived in an upstairs unit for a time. Although they received a lot of praise from guests and enjoyed sharing Seattle so personally, Lee and Nancy aspired to expand their business. They left Ballard and established City Hostel Seattle in a historic hotel building. When the opportunity to take over a space in Fremont came up, Lee says he lept at the chance to return to North Seattle.

Lee has been spending an extensive amount of time in Fremont over the last few months. Just as when he renovated the Hotel Hotel space upstairs, he has been working hard on every detail for turning the Dubliner into what he hopes will be a neighborhood bar with a “living room feel.”

The interior changed subtly at first; brown tables became black, posters and signs promoting various alcohols slimmed down, and several walls were painted. More noticeably, the windows are now filled with cut wood, for the new wood fired pizza oven, and just recently new signage appeared for “Hotel Hotel” and “Authentic Detroit Pizza.”


New signage at the former Dubliner

Overall the space is more minimalist, similar to the hostel upstairs but with sharp attention to detail. Each table has a number (1, 2, 3, etc.) painted on in varying styles, for fun and food service. The raised area where two dart boards hung is being converted into a casual stage. Given the pace that Lee works it may already be complete by the time you read this.

While Lee and Nancy are “attached at the hip” when it comes to the hostels, the transformation of the Dubliner has become Lee’s project and vision. He is excited to offer a food and beverage option for hostel guests in addition to increasing Hotel Hotel’s presence in the Fremont community.

I recently sat with Lee at table number 1 (a block number filled with an intricate floral design) and already you could see his vision becoming a reality, a comfortable space for travelers and locals. About ten customers were seated through the bar enjoy beverages and slices. Lee had already introduced himself and spoken to each one of them.

“See there,” he said, pointing back towards the bar “those two young men are Australians staying at the hostel. The table next to them are architects from across the street!”

The architects were sampling Lee’s latest project; pizza from the new wood fired oven, and sounded very excited about their slices. The Hotel Hotel bar began offering pizza just this past Monday, March 2nd. A pint of Rainier and slice of pizza is now available for $5.


Pizzas are prepared in a wood fired oven

With experience in corporate restaurants Lee feels very comfortable taking on food service, now it’s just a matter of fine tuning the menu. In addition to traditional margarita and pepperoni pizza, other toppings include arugula and a not-too-hot sriracha sausage. Lee plans to add salads and appetizers down the road and to incorporate honey from the rooftop beehives into the menu. The intention is to keep it simple at first and ensure each addition meets Lee’s high quality and service standards.

The bar will follow a similar approach with evening events. Wednesday night’s popular Geeks Who Drink trivia will remain to the delight of it’s following. A proponent of live acoustic shows, Lee will begin to introduce live music on the updated vaudeville-like stage, most likely on Sunday evenings. This also ties in with the hostel’s “Stay and Play” program where musicians can trade accommodation for performances enjoyed by other guests and now, the Fremont community.

Toward’s the end of our conversation, Lee hops up and excuses himself to welcome two new customers. Two women with bike helmets in hand, inquired if the bar served food or just drinks. In his dusty long black apron Lee excitedly nodded and explained pizza was now available. He introduce himself and offered them a seat.

While the women settled down for a pint and presumably some pizza, Lee prepared to head back to the kitchen and keep fine-tuning his new operation. His energy and excitement seemed to soar as he shared one final thought about the reinvented bar: ”The hostel is more of a global place, here we can be a real integral part of the community.”


Customers fill the new Hotel Hotel bar, formerly the Dubliner


New pizza offerings at Hotel Hotel

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Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op Kids Sale 3/21

March 4th, 2015 by Cara


Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op hosts a Used Kid’s Clothing & Gear Sale on Saturday March 21st starting at 9am. The bi-annual sale is free to attend at the Phinney Neighborhood Center with items for kids 0-10.

If you are looking to clean out rather than pick up PNPC is also accepting tax-deductible donations of gently used baby/kid clothing and gear by Friday March 13th. All proceeds help support the preschool co-op. Email for information about donation drop-off.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower  lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out!  Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

HUGE Gently Used Kid’s Clothing & Gear Sale!

Saturday, March 21st, 9:00am-1:00pm

Phinney Neighborhood Center: 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle 98103

For expecting families and those with kids 0-10

FREE admission

Image from PNPC webpage

Image from PNPC webpage


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Odin Brewing’s Asgard Tasting Room Taps Out

March 4th, 2015 by Cara

Despite the recent influx of breweries in the Fremont and Ballard area one tasting room has closed its doors. The Asgard Tasting Room exclusively served Odin Brewing‘s beers. The brewery’s main production facility is in South Park.


According to the Odin Brewing website the closure was to focus on the breweries other taproom in Tukwila. Before housing Asgard, the space near N Northlake Way and Stone Way was the 509 Wine Tasting Room.

As of January 1st 2015 we will be closing Asgard Tavern in order to focus all our energy in to building out our Tukwila Brewery and Taproom.

We would like to thank all of those who came in to sample our beers and we hope to have your continued support as we expand our new home.  Skal.

Skal is Norwegian for cheers, part of the Odin Brewing’s tribute to the vikings.

Skal Asgard! Thanks for all the pints.

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Finding the Right Place for Food Waste

March 2nd, 2015 by Cara

Seattle’s new food waste law came into effect this January. For those who don’t produce any waste, the new law prohibits food in commercial garbage,  now it has to make it into that green bin. The new requirement has now been effect for two months. In the lead up to the transition the City of Seattle made information available through the SPU website, mailings, and local billboards. New compost bins for the kitchen were available for residents at no cost.

You may or may not have heard the first steps SPU is taking to enforce the new requirement. Currently, violators receive a red tag on their garbage can and attention-grabbing move that caught the national media’s attention as well. The full story by KUOW is here. Beginning July 1st SPU will begin to fine violators starting at $1.

A food waste violation shared on Reddit

A food waste violation shared on Reddit


Do you live in Fremont?
Please answer the poll below.
How have you adjusted to the new food waste requirements?


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Your News, Your Universe

March 2nd, 2015 by Cara


Fremont Universe is not possible without you! Thank you! Readers near and far enjoy posts about this unique community based on the emails and questions we receive. The blog collects all the information we receive and makes it accessible and shareable with the greater Fremont community.

Notice more posts recently? We are striving to provide you with even more up-to-date community content. We want to hear about even more community events and happenings from you! We can only be so many places at once so we are asking you, Fremonsters to help us know what is happening in Fremont.

New store? Closure? Crime to report? Community concerns? Events? These are all things we love to hear about! Please share with us, send us a tip!

What is a tip? Merriam-Webster offered several definitions, these two were my favorite:

1 :  a piece of advance or confidential information given by one thought to have access to special or inside sources

If anyone is an inside sources it’s other Fremonsters!

2 :  to impart a piece of information or advice about or to —often used with off

Imparting, or sharing information is exactly what we are looking for you to do! Share it with us and we will help share it with all of Fremont.

There are three ways you can tip us:

1. Send an email to 
Please include as much relevant information as you can such as links or images.

2. Tweet @fremontuniverse
Send a tweet our way or grab our attention with the #tipfremont or #FremontUFotos for images you want to share.

3.  Via Fremont Universe’s Facebook page
Post to the Fremont Universe wall, send a message, or tag Fremont Universe. (oh and we like likes!)

We are also on Instagram! Which is just plain fun.

Can’t wait to read your tips! Thank you again!

- Cara, Editor

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Sign Ups for Spring Ballard Boys & Girls Club Baseball Program

March 1st, 2015 by Cara

The Ballard Boys & Girls Club is currently registering preschool through 5th participants for spring TeeBall and baseball programs. They recommend registering by March 14th (much easier for the organizers!) but will accept late applications. Practices begin March 30th in Ballard. For more information see the flyer below or visit the Ballard B&G Club’s Athletics page here.

Rookie TeeBall
Grade: Preschool (entering Kindergarten in Fall of 2015) & Kindergarten
Days: Mon., Wed. & Fri. (2 of 3 days)
Times: 5-6:30 p.m.
Dates: March 30-June 12
Type: 1st year players hitting off tee
Location: Salmon Bay Playfield
Cost: $60

Grade: Kindergarten & 1st
Days: Mon., Wed. & Fri. (2 of 3 days)
Times: 6:30-8 p.m.
Dates: March 30-June 12
Type: Hitting off tee (1 year experience)
Location: Salmon Bay Playfield
Cost: $60

Rookie Machine Pitch
Grade: 1st & 2nd Grade (Co-ed)
Days: Mon., Tues., Thurs. or Sat. (2 of 4 days)
Times: 4-8 p.m. (one-hour block)
Dates: March 30 - June 4
Type: Hitting off machine
Location: Ballard Boys & Girls Club Field
Cost: $60

Machine Pitch​
Grade: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grade (Co-ed)
Days: Wednesday & Friday
Times: 4-8 p.m. (one-hour block)
Dates: April 1 - June 5
Type: Hitting off machine
Location: Ballard Boys & Girls Club Field
Cost: $60


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Metro Fares Increase Today

March 1st, 2015 by Cara

Beginning today, Metro Transit bus fares will increase for most riders while lower fares are made available for low income riders. These new rates are available through the  new ORCA LIFT program. For most riders this will mean a 25 cent increase.

Fare Increases Explained:

King County Metro Transit riders will pay a bit more to ride the bus beginning March 1. The fare change will apply to adults, youth, seniors and people with disabilities who use regularly scheduled transit services.

Transit fares will increase 25 cents for riders and businesses offering “Business Choice” accounts to their employees. Customers who have a Passport or U-Pass through their business or school will notice the change as contracts are renewed after March 1.

Fares for Access paratransit service will increase 50 cents to $1.75 per trip. This adjustment will more closely align Access fares with regular off-peak fares. The increase reflects the much higher expense of operating Access service compared to regular bus service.

The fare increases will place Metro on more stable financial footing and will help keep service on the road.

ORCA LIFT Explained: 

Also making its debut March 1 is Metro’s newly created ORCA LIFT reduced fare program, the outcome of an intensive two-year push by King County Executive Dow Constantine and the County Council to make riding the bus more affordable for people struggling to make ends meet.

The reduced ORCA LIFT fare will be $1.50 per trip regardless of time of day or number of zones traveled. It will be available to riders earning at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, about $23,340 annually for an individual.

An ORCA LIFT card is required for the reduced fare. Metro, Public Health–Seattle/King County, along with eight other human service providers from all across the county, have teamed up and are standing by to work with riders to determine eligibility and provide them with ORCA LIFT cards.

Metro and its partners are making it as convenient as possible to sign up and determine eligibility. Just visit to learn more about the program and to locate your nearest enrollment office.  A trained customer service representative will help you determine if you are eligible.

The Seattle Streetcar, King County Water Taxi, Sound Transit Link light rail and Kitsap Transit will offer similar reduced fares for riders who have an ORCA LIFT card.

The Regional Reduced Fare Permit and human service ticket programs will continue to assist people who rely on Metro as a safety net.

Seattle transit also is set to expand following the approval of a contract allowing the City of Seattle to purchase about 10% more Metro bus service for the city. Funding comes from the approval of the Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1 ballot measure voted on last November.

Metro continues too look ahead with upcoming opportunities for public comment and long term planning.

Making the right connections:

In May, we’ll return to the public for more feedback before submitting recommendations to the King County Council and the Sound Transit Board for consideration and adoption in early fall.Beginning March 2, Metro and Sound Transit will be asking for public comments on two alternative transit service networks in northeast Seattle and Capitol Hill and on SR-520. We’ll use what we hear to create a proposal for revising bus service in March 2016, after Link light rail begins serving Capitol Hill and the UW at Husky Stadium.

To receive notifications about public meetings and the launch of our online survey, go and sign up for project updates.

U-Link outreach logo





Looking ahead through 2050:

King County Metro wants public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years. With the region’s population expected to increase by 30 percent over the next two decades, this will be Metro’s most comprehensive planning effort yet.

“Over the next year and a half, we will reach out to transit riders, community leaders, and cities across the county to get their input on how Metro should plan for the future,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. “As our region continues to grow we need an effective and fully integrated transit system to support our economy and protect our quality of life.”

The planning effort, called “We’ll Get You There: Our Vision for the Future of Public Transportation,” launches at the same time that Sound Transit lays the groundwork for further expansion of light rail, and local cities and the Puget Sound Regional Council update their own transportation and comprehensive plans.

How riders and community members can be involved in the long-term plan:

  • Take the online survey. Reflect on current transit service and what will be needed in future years to help you get around.
  • Looking for more active involvement? Then apply to serve on the community advisory group that will collaborate regularly with Metro to ensure that the final plan represents a diversity of needs and perspectives. The community group will be comprised of residents and others chosen through an open application process. The deadline for applications is February 18.


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Fremont Abbey Arts Center Opens New Venue in Ballard

February 28th, 2015 by Cara


The non-profit arts organization Abbey Arts celebrates the opening of a new community venue in NW Ballard it is curating. The new space, known as the Ballard Homestead is located on Jones Ave NW just north of NW 65th Ave. Built in 1923 the new nonprofit venue has been renovated to “host to a variety of distraction-free acoustic concerts and cultural events for people of all ages and incomes.”

This cozy new home-like venue will be host to many small concerts including bluegrass, acoustic, folk and family events. With a beautiful new space, the Seattle community can enjoy a show in an intimate setting with a great full sound. There are many opportunities to bring the young ones along as well. The downstairs area features a living room filled with games like foosball, pool shuffle ball, corn toss, air hockey, creative arts making and more.

The Opening Night will take place March 7th with a celebration from 4-9pm including performances, details below. Abbey Arts will curate events and performances at the Ballard Homestead. Upcoming events are listed on the Abbey Arts website or the Ballard Homestead Facebook page. Folk artist Kris Delmhorst will perform at the Ballard Homestead on March 13.

On March 7th all are welcome to stop by and enjoy music, arts and fun activities at the Ballard Homestead.


4-6p Family Fun & open house with tours, live music, art making, games. (FREE)

7-9pm Acoustic music & arts performances ($5-10 donation)

 All ages, all incomes.

6541 Jones Ave NW in Ballard. Free street parking and lot 1 block east on 23rd.


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A “Wake” Up Call for Fremont

February 27th, 2015 by Cara


3631 Linden Ave N

Last Saturday’s “Wake for Fremont’s Affordable  Rental Houses” invited community members to mourn and learn about the increasing number of rental and historic homes being demolished in Fremont. Despite the tempting sunshine, guests assembled at the Fremont Baptist Church filling approximately half of the pews. Guests were invited to dress in mourning attire and touches of black throughout the crowd including several black hats and a boa showed both a serious and playful approach.

Organizer Leo Griffin opened with the ground rules, “Be civil, be brief, and be respectful of grief.” Griffin’s open welcome and lack of microphone lent a casual atmosphere to the proceedings. He delivered a brief “sermon” explaining why organizers chose to host a wake rather than a more traditional civic gathering. Griffin noted the increasing number of single family homes being “scrapped for increased density” in a neighborhood that had provided affordable rents for more than fifty years. He observed there is little protection for current low and middle cost housing, concluding “the neighbors are upset.” The wake intended to mourn the historical homes already lost in the process and discuss an important community issue.

Concerns ranged from the affect on Fremont’s property values and taxes to losing an eclectic neighborhood that singles of all ages, families, and retirees can afford. As with other Seattle neighborhoods Fremont has already exceed growth targets set forth in the Urban Village Strategy. Those tracking the changes in Fremont estimate the area is currently losing two historical houses a month. Griffin feels Fremont is not fighting for the “right” kind of growth and acknowledges this is not an issue neighbors can solve themselves, that is where the Fremont Neighborhood Council comes in. He concludes that it is a “difficult and emotional issue” which will be reflected on throughout the wake.

Next, readers took turns reading profiles of the historic homes being mourned. Griffin kicked things off, “I am 3625 Linden Avenue N, I was built in 1890.” 


3625 Linden Ave N

Each description included the address, estimated year built, and a summary of residents. Some houses had extensive records and stories about residents, others remained a mystery. The first six houses presented, referred to as the “Linden Ave Six” are currently impacted by a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Appeal filed by the Fremont Neighborhood Council.

The next speaker, Fremont Neighborhood Council member and resident since 1973 Toby Thaler is on the organization’s Land Use Committee. One of his tasks is to make heads or tails of the proposed land use action notices which are increasingly common signage in Fremont. While reviewing the notices for three proposed projects on Linden Ave, a block from the Fremont Troll and the Fremont Baptist Church, Thayer noticed all together the projects would replace a whole row of houses built between 1890 and 1950. Upon further investigation he became increasingly concerned about the impact these projects would have on Linden Ave and the neighborhood.

One project will demolish two homes, both built before 1902 with eight town house units and a surface parking spot for each unit. The project next door will demolish one house from 1950 and another built in 1900 with a 3-story structure containing 35 residential units. The last project will demolish two homes built in 1906 to build another 3-story structure with 35 residential units.

The last two projects caught Thayer’s eye as the plan to add 70 residential units, where there were previously 10 units, does not include any additional parking. The projects were also not subject to a design review. All three projects are currently delayed by the SEPA appeal although only one project is directly being appealed. Thayer continues to pursue the SEPA appeal for the Fremont Neighborhood Council, there is a hearing tentatively scheduled for March 2nd.

Clearly familiar with the appeal and a long-time member of the Land Use Committee, Thayer spoke confidently, informing the new and familiar audience members about the appeal. He expressed concern that the “cumulative effects will overwhelm the neighborhood.” Despite speaking frankly about the appeal process Thayer also touched on the emotional aspects of the issue. He passionately stated, “if we had real neighborhood planning we wouldn’t have to be at a wake for these houses.”

Following the SEPA update the readings resumed. Volunteers presented nine more historical houses for a total of 15 examples. Six houses have already been demolished. The last historical building introduced was not a house but the former Fremont Tile Company Building located on the corner of N 35th Street and Evanston. Currently the building is a two-story structure containing retail space and apartments. This will be another significant upcoming project proposed for Fremont. Currently under design review, the project proposes demolishing the 100 year old building and replacing it with a six-story structure containing 45 residential units and retail space on the ground floor.


Fremont Neighborhood Council President Stephanie Pure reading 3635 Phinney Ave N (to be demolished)

Following the presentation comments were welcomed from the audience. Current and past community members stood up and expressed outrage, despair, and anger over recent changes in Fremont. Others offered encouragement, appreciation for the organizers, and suggestions of additional resources. The crowd appeared largely sympathetic but concerns varied from affordable rents, the character of the community, and the fate of Fremont’s historical houses.

The upcoming municipal elections were mentioned, development and increasing rent are expected be a campaign issue, and several City Council candidates were present. Current Speaker of the Washington House of Representatives, Frank Chopp attended and spoke briefly at the end of the wake. In addition to currently representing the area, Chopp is a resident of Wallingford and the former executive director of Fremont Public Association (formerly Solid Ground). A representative for Nickel Bros, house relocation specialists or a self-described “house adoption agency”, attended to assess the plausibility of saving the “Linden Ave Six” by relocating the homes in lieu of demolition.

The Fremont Neighborhood Council is eager to hear about any cases of tenant relocation or possible demolition (especially before a house is demolished while records are still available). The group intends to keep tracking the changes and following proposed projects. Members of both the Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Historical Society expressed a desire to see Fremont’s history and diverse community be carried on as Fremont continues to grow.

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Fremont Integrative Health Center Open House 3/1

February 26th, 2015 by Cara

The Fremont Integrative Health Center with Dr. Pujari hosts an Open House this Sunday March 1st between noon and 2:30pm. Located at 3601 Fremont Ave N in Suite 412 the Health Center offers acupuncture, massage, and integrative health care.

Come meet our talented and varied natural health practitioners and enjoy some healthy refreshments with us!

We welcome you to tour our beautiful space and learn about the many services we offer, ranging from Massage by Intuitive Bodywork, to Bio and Neuro-Feedback, Reiki, Mental Health Counseling, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy and more!

Sample surprisingly healing snacks and take home the recipes, courtesy of one of our Naturopathic Doctors!

Enter our raffle when you arrive to win a gift certificate for our wide range of natural health services!

Some of our practitioners will be offering 15-minute sample treatments for a suggested donation of just $10! Come find the healing potential of a modality you may have not considered in the past.


You can also visit the Fremont Integrative Health Center’s Facebook page for more information.


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Crisis Clinic at Northgate Seeking Volunteers

February 26th, 2015 by Cara

Crisis Clinic, a non-profit organization based in Seattle that “connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to services that will be of help” is seeking volunteers for several programs. Since 1964 when community members came together to provide support for those in crisis, Crisis Clinic has grown and evolved to serve youth and adults in Seattle-King County, WA including King County 2-1-1.


 Crisis Clinic offers telephone-based crisis intervention and information and referrals to community services for youth and adults in Seattle-King County, WA. We offer emotional support to those in crisis or considering suicide through our 24-Hour Crisis Line. For youth we offer Teen Link, a teen answered help line. King County 2-1-1 offers information and referrals to community services based on our database of more than 5,000 services. The Washington Recovery Help Line is a state wide service offering emotional support and linkage to substance abuse, problem gambling and mental health services to anyone in Washington State. Our Washington Warm Line is a peer-answered help line for people living with mental illness.

Crisis Clinic serves as a lifeline for over 250,000 individuals and families in crisis each year. Join our caring, compassionate community of volunteers by helping:

  • Answer calls on the 24-Hour Crisis Line, WA Recovery Help Line, or WA Warm Line
  • Respond online via Crisis Chat
  • Supervise youth volunteers with Teen Link
  • Make quality assurance calls for King County 2-1-1

To hear more from our volunteers, you can watch our short video on Vimeo: “Crisis Clinic: 50 Years Helping Lives on the Line.

Volunteer benefits include:

  • The opportunity to truly make a difference and help save lives
  • Professional training and supervision
  • Variety of schedules to meet your needs
  • Convenient Northgate location with free parking and close proximity to public transit
  • Caring community of Crisis Clinic staff and volunteers to support you!

To learn more, please call Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3210 ext. 697 or visit our Volunteer page online at:

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