Remembering Dick Wagner

Center for Wooden Boats’ founder, true north, founding director, and former SLU Community Council board member Dick Wagner passed away at home with his family on Thursday, April 20th.  His was a life well lived.

With a track record of public benefit and creative vision, the Columbia and Yale trained architect positioned The Center for Wooden Boats as a leader in the maritime heritage community – and in Seattle.  Dick profoundly influenced the evolution of Lake Union Park and the urban neighborhood at South Lake Union.

One of a kind, Dick was a man of uncommon perseverance.  He believed profoundly in the power of people helping us imagine the unimaginable and inspiring us to whole-heartedly join the effort to create something brand new yet remember the past. 

The South Lake Union community is grateful for Dick’s passion and thoughtful contributions to our neighborhood. He will be deeply missed, yet fondly remembered. 


To learn more about Dick’s life please read:

April 2017 Community Council and Affordable Housing Forum

Please join your South Lake Union Community Council and representatives of Seattle’s leading affordable housing developers in the South Lake Union Affordable Housing Forum and Community Council Meeting this Tuesday, April 4.  The meeting, with fresh baked pastries and beverages from South Lake Union’s Cafe Torino,  gets underway at 4 p.m. at 415 Westlake in Seattle.

Supporting the South Lake Union Community's position on affordable housing, the afternoon includes an engaging, public discussion from Seattle’s leading Affordable Housing developers sharing their challenges faced in developing affordable housing in South Lake Union and North Downtown and how we as a community can continue to best advocate for more affordable housing in our neighborhood.

Our panel includes Marty Kooistra, Executive Director of the Housing Development Consortium, Betsy Hunter, Deputy Director of Plymouth Housing Group, and Susan Boyd, CEO of Bellwether Housing Group.

If you are unable to attend, join us and interact online via Facebook.  Our meeting will be steamed live at


Join us! Everyone is welcome!


WHAT: South Lake Union Affordable Housing Forum & Monthly Community Council Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4 (4 p.m.)

WHERE: 415 Westlake Ave. N. (Kakao Coffee)

WHO: Everyone is welcome!

AGNENDA:  April 2017 SLU Community Council Agenda <links to agenda posted on website>


Join us today for the March SLU Community Council Meeting from 4-6PM!

South Lake Union Community Council regular monthly meeting for March is happening today at 415 Westlake from 4-6PM. Stop by to get to know your neighbors, and community leaders.

WHAT: South Lake Union Community Council March Meeting 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 7 (4 p.m.) 

WHERE: 415 Westlake

WHY: Meet your neighbors and get SLUCC updates. 

WHO: Your South Lake Union Neighbors, Community Leaders and City of Seattle departments

GETTING THERE: Take the Seattle Streetcar to the Lake Union Park stop, walk or ride your bike!  Public, street-side parking is also available!


AGENDA: SLUCC March 2017 Meeting Agenda


City Light CEO, Denny Substation on Tap for Tuesday's SLU Community Council Meeting

SOUTH LAKE UNION -- Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation, which is under development and will come on-line mid 2018, is one of many success stories of the broader South Lake Union community working hand-in-hand with the City of Seattle. 

Through a community led process, South Lake Union and Cascade residents worked closely with Seattle City Light to envision and implement a state-of-the-art substation project that resulted in an innovative facility that delivers 21st century electrical grid infrastructure while providing important public amenities to benefit the local neighborhood.

Joining the South Lake Union Community Council for its February meeting is City Light’s General Manager and CEO Larry Weis, who brings some 35 years in the electric power and water utility industries including 26 years leading those organizations.

The South Lake Union Community Council will also hear from Steven Shain of the Seattle Office of Planning Community Development discussing the disposition of the city-owned megablock site in South Lake Union and Eric Tweit of SDOT, who will discuss the progress of the interim SLU mobility strategy leading up to the implementation of One Center City.  Advocacy for affordable housing in SLU and support of the Washington Tourism Alliance statewide tourism program #TourismWorksForWA are also on the agenda.

In his Denny Substation presentation, Mr. Weis will talk about the importance of the community-city relationship that has shaped the substation project along with the public benefits that the substation will bring to the broader community.  His talk will also focus on the importance of Seattle's holistic approach to modernizing its electricity grid.

Mr. Weis is known for his operational knowledge of the distribution and transmission business and the successful deployment of new technologies in the utilities industry. In his leadership roles, he has transitioned public utilities to diversify their generation using renewable energy resources; leveraging his expertise in risk management and fuel supply strategies.

He is a Seattle native that studied Engineering and Technology at Western Washington University where he was a team member of the school’s highly regarded Vehicle Research Institute before joining the Boeing company early in his career.

Mr. Weis’ utilities industry experience spans four decades including stops with the Snohomish PUD before taking on leadership roles in across the state in Pend Oreille County, Turlock, Calif. and most recently Austin, Tex. before being nominated by Mayor Ed Murray and confirmed by the City Council in 2016 to head Seattle City Light.

The SLU Community Council meeting gets underway Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 4 p.m. at 415 Westlake Ave in the heart of South Lake Union.

 WHAT:  South Lake Union Community Council February Meeting

WHEN:  Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 (4 p.m.)

WHERE:  415 Westlake (Kakao Coffee) in the heart of South Lake Union

WHY:  Meet your neighbors, play a role in the leadership of your SLU Community

GETTING THERE:  Take the Seattle Streetcar, walk, bike or drive. 415 Westlake is across from Firestone.


Seattle City Councilmember Burgess, SLU honors Jerry Dinndorf

Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess (center) on behalf of Councilmember Sally Bagshaw honors longtime SLU Community Council board member Jerry Dinndorf (third from right) with a proclamation signed by Seattle City Councilmembers and Mayor Ed Murray designating Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 as "Jerry Dinndorf Day" in the City of Seattle in commemorating the AGC Washington executive’s retirement. The event was attended by some 60 neighborhood stakeholders including several past SLUCC board members and was streamed live on Facebook.  


Also presenting at the meeting was Seattle Office of Housing Deputy Director Miriam Roskin.  Roskin participated in a discussion of the City’s housing priorities which led to the SLU Community Council unanimously adopting a position on affordable housing in South Lake Union.


The SLU Community Council next meets on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at its regular 4 p.m. monthly meeting at the 415 Westlake meeting venue (Kakao Coffee) in the heart of South Lake Union.


Join us Tuesday January 10th for our first Council gathering of 2017

Join us at 415 Westlake for a special start to the new year.  It will all begin with Councilmember Sally Bagshaw who will be in attendance for a special recognition honoring SLUCC board member Jerry Dinndorf for his many years of dedicated service to the city of Seattle and the South Lake Union Neighborhood. 

We are expecting a great attendance with representatives from SDOT, OPCD, METRO and WSDOT among others. The event will be streamed live (and archived on our facebook page).  For the business portion of our meeting we will be taking questions for the speakers via facebook.  The latter is an effort to make our meetings accessible to those that can’t attend.



The core presentations will be Councilmember Bagshaw.  A WSDOT presentation of the SLU impacts on the conclusion of Bertha tunneling on the SR 99 project.  Seattle Housing Dir. Steve Walker will talk about housing priorities in the city and we will present our advocacy plan for SLU. We will also hear from METRO on the plan for restricted lanes on Denny to accommodate transit.