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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Poit Wells Update

By Board Member Tom Mailhot

Some of you may recall that almost a year ago (June 14, 2016, to be exact), RBCA sponsored a workshop on how to make comments on the Point Wells Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) once it was released. We scheduled that meeting last June because at the time Snohomish County was telling us that they expected the DEIS to be released in the early fall of 2016. News flash: that didn’t happen. more…

In the last year, the county has continued to push out the expected release date for the DEIS, not because they want to, but because the developer (BSRE) has repeatedly failed to provide the county with the complete and accurate information the county needs before they can declare the DEIS complete. On May 10, the County announced another delay due to another incomplete submission by BSRE. The most recent delay is related to last big delay announced last November. At that time, the county sent BSRE a letter detailing many of the larger deficiencies in the material BSRE had submitted. The county said there were so many problems that the county would halt further processing of the DEIS material until BSRE submitted revised plans.

Five months later in April, 2017, BSRE did finally submit revised plans to the county. The county has been reviewing the revised plans and in a letter dated May 10, 2017, notified BSRE that while most of the November issues appear to have been addressed, in many cases the requested changes were reflected in only some parts of the material while in other parts the changes were ignored leading to internal inconsistencies about what was in the final plans. The letter requested further additional revisions to address the inconsistencies and indicated that the DEIS would continue to be on hold until the county received revised plans that were consistent. With this latest delay, the county is not expecting the DEIS to be released until early 2018. The county also re-affirmed that the developer is facing a June 30, 2018, deadline to get the DEIS done or the original project application will expire and the developer will have to start over with a new application. If that should happen, any new application would have to follow newer and more restrictive development rules for the site.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Free ESL classes from Hopelink start in July!

It’s time to register for Hopelink’s “English for Work” ESL program! New student orientations will be held the week of July 10th. Classes are held in our new Shoreline location (as well as Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland). Morning and evening options are available. Classes are free! more…

See the attached flyer and details below. (We also have flyers in Farsi, Russian, Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish, & Chinese – just ask.)

About "English for Work":

  • ESL program that helps students improve their English and get jobs or enroll in college/job training programs
  • Students learn technology skills, receive one-on-one advising, and participate in mock interviews conducted by local employers.
  • Last quarter, several students were hired by mock interviewers for retail/customer service roles! Several students enrolled in job training programs to prepare for careers in healthcare, accounting, and more!

Please share this information with anyone who may benefit. Don’t hesitate to contact Esther at 425/429-1997 or at epark@hopelink.org with any questions!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization

Open House - Richmond Beach Library - June 22

The Richmond Beach Road corridor is an important east west connection serving Shoreline residents in the NW quadrant of the City. The primary goal of the project is to improve safety and mobility for all corridor users including people driving, walking, and biking.

The project will rechannelize Richmond Beach Rd/ NW 195th St/ NW 196th St from Dayton Ave N to 24th Ave NW from two lanes in each direction to one vehicle lane in each direction, bike lanes, and a center turn lane. The rechannelization provides the ability to implement onstreet bike lanes, add pedestrian refuge space for people crossing the street, and helps mitigate the vehicle collision patterns seen along the corridor. more…

The City will be holding the first public meeting for the Richmond Beach Road Rechannelization project.
When: June 22, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Richmond Beach Library, Large Meeting Room
Why: Come learn about the project and tell us how you use Richmond Beach Road now and how you’d like to use it in the future.

For more information, visit the project website.

Or click here to view the Open House flyer.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Preview the Orcas and Meet the Artists!

Special Reception - City of Shoreline Lobby - April 27

As most of you know by now, the Richmond Beach Public Art Orcas will debut at the Strawberry Festival on May 13. What you don’t know until now is that you can view the Orcas up close and personal before May 13. more…

The RBCA Board, in cooperation with the City of Shoreline, will host a reception for you and the Orca artists on Thursday, April 27. Here’s the scoop:

What: Reception/Open House to honor all of the Orca artists. Plus all of the completed art pieces will be on display for your viewing pleasure.
When: Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Shoreline City Hall lobby, 17500 Midvale Avenue North.

For more information, go to the Orca Public Art Project page.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Public Art and Orcas!

RBCA Community Meeting - April 11

Show up for the April 11 RBCA community meeting and we will reward you with a special treat! As (hopefully) you know by now, rather soon over 20 Orcas will grace various public spots in Richmond Beach, in the form of creative renditions by local artists. What you don’t know until now is that your reward for attendance at the April RBCA meeting is a first-ever peek at some of the completed art pieces. more…

To be more specific, four local artists in our Orca Public Art Project will be on hand with their completed art piece for your viewing pleasure. The artists will talk about the process each of them used to embellish their art piece, as well as the artistic message they convey through their completed art. Following the presentations, there will be a Q and A discussion among artists and community members.

In addition to the dialogue with artists, community members in attendance will hear Eric Friedli, the City of Shoreline Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, talk about the goals for public art in Shoreline and how the Richmond Beach Public Art Project fits into these goals. Plus he will highlight for you about 25 pieces of public art already in place across Shoreline.

Last but not least, Alisa Lemire Brooks, Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network Coordinator, will join us to talk about the role of their network in raising awareness about the whales of our region and the importance of providing them healthy and safe environments.

If you want to witness the very first sneak-a-peek preview of completed Richmond Beach Orca art pieces, you need to “Orca-strate” your calendar so you can attend this exciting meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 15th Avenue NW.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Board Positions Open for May Election

by Sheri Ashleman

Although elections for the Richmond Beach Community Association are not held until May, it is not too early to think about serving on the board. more…

Are you interested in maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhood? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for personal and professional growth? Would you like to meet people in our community?

As a neighborhood organization, we strive to keep the community informed on important issues, to host social gatherings and community events that strengthen our community ties and to work together on local issues that affect our community. We encourage you to be a part of this important work with a group of dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers.

Board members are elected by the general membership to serve two-year, staggered terms. This means roughly half of the board seats are up for election each year. Board members are expected to attend a monthly board meeting and most of the general meetings and to contribute four to eight hours each month to the association’s business and volunteer needs.

RBCA invites potential candidates to learn more about being on the board by contacting RBCA Secretary Christie Quigley at secretary@richmondbeachwa.org.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Notice of SEPA Threshold determination

City of Shoreline Planning Department

The City of Shoreline is proposing amendments to the Shoreline Engineering Design Manual (EDM), and Shoreline’s Standard Plans to be consistent with the Department of Ecology’s 2014 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (SWMMWW). more…

These amendments support the use of low impact development practices to be compliant with Shoreline’s Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater NPDES Permit and address roadway standards such as driveway access, traffic analysis and traffic signals.

If you have any questions, please contact: Tricia Juhnke, City Engineer, at tjuhnke@shorelinewa.gov or by calling 206-801-2700.

For more information, go to www.shorelinewa.gov

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