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


Remembering Uptown Alliance’s John Coney

JohnConey The South Lake Union Community is profoundly saddened with the passing of our friend and colleague John Coney.

A founding member and co-president of the Uptown Alliance, John and the Uptown community worked hand-in-hand with the South Lake Union community in helping to vision and shape the future of the neighborhoods between the Downtown core and Queen Anne Hill through a number of initiatives including the drafting of the SLU / Uptown Mobility Plan and neighborhood advocacy throughout the rezone of South Lake Union.

“John Coney’s ability to connect and energize people of diverse backgrounds and opinions while driving initiatives critical to his community and the city leave an important legacy for Seattle,” South Lake Union Community Council president Mike McQuaid said. “John’s friendship and leadership will be dearly missed.”

A story remembering John’s community contributions appeared in Tuesday’s Queen Anne Magnolia News.

John passed away earlier this month after an extended battle with leukemia.

Join Us for the Next SLUCC Board Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015 (4 – 6 p.m.)

Museum of History and Industry | Lake Union Park | 860 Terry Ave N. Seattle, WA 98109


  1. Welcome & Introductions (Mike McQuaid) (5 min)
  2. Establish a Quorum (1 min)
  3. Approval of Minutes:  June 2015 (Erin Maher) (5 min)
  4. Public Comments (10 min)
  5. Executive Reports (15 min) •    President’s Report (Mike McQuaid) ~ Welcome new board members ~ Retreat Overview:  Executive Officers / 2015-16 Priorities ~ Cascade / SLU Community Visits: Mayor Ed Murray (July 11), King County Councilmember Larry Phillips (July 17) •    Vice President’s Report (Erin Maher) •    Treasurer’s Report (Kyle Ducey) ~ Gift Expense Authorization - Outgoing Board Members Completing Two Full Terms $137.82 (APPROVED via eMail on July 7) ~ Fiscal Sponsorship ~ Annual Budget
  6. Presentations  (30 min) •    Washington State Representative Brady Walkinshaw
  7.  Committee Reports (20 min) •    Policy & Planning (Jerry Dinndorf) ~ Public Benefit Priorities / Broad Street Vacation •    Transportation (Kyle Ducey) •    Communications (Edlira Kuka) •    Placemaking (Ben Grace)
  8. Neighborhood Reports  (15 min) •    Cascade Neighborhood (Jean Hedrick) •    Lake Union Park Working Group (Aislinn Palmer) •    SLU Chamber of Commerce (Danah Abarr) •    Public Safety / Community Policing Update (Officer Sam Cook, Seattle Police Dept.) •    City of Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods (Tim Durkan, Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods) ~ DON Alcohol Policy Letter of Support
  9. Old Business (15 min) •    Bylaw Amendments (Placemaking Committee / Constituent Representation) (Mike McQuaid) •    City Council Candidate Forum (John Pehrson) •    Denny Substation Report - (John Pehrson) •    Sister Cities Westlake Micro Parks (Jim Goodspeed)
  10. New Business / Other Business (5 min) •    Adopt-A-Street in Cascade and South Lake Union (Mike McQuaid)
  11. Next Meeting SLU Community Council Regular Monthly Meeting: Tues., Sept. 1, 2015 (4 – 6 p.m. MOHAI Conference Room, Lake Union Park)
  12. Adjourn

Art Walk Co-founder, Community Leader Dena Lee Named SLU Volunteer of The Year

SOUTH LAKE UNION – South Lake Union Art Walk co-founder and community council board member Dena Lee has been named Volunteer of The Year by the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce. Lee, a Cascade neighborhood resident, was honored at the Chamber's annual awards breakfast, Wednesday morning at Seattle's SpringHill Suites for her work as a co-founder of the flourishing neighborhood art walk. In just under a year, the progressive arts festival has grown to include some 60 artists displaying their works at 40 venues and storefronts in Seattle's South Lake Union and Cascade neighborhoods.

South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce president Curt Archambault (left) presents South Lake Union Art Walk co-founder Dena Lee with the organization's 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award. (Photo: Aaron Briggs)

"Dena Lee is a treasure to the South Lake Union and Cascade communities," said South Lake Union Community Council president, Mike McQuaid. "Her enthusiasm, community spirit and ability to bring people together through art are infectious and an inspiration to all of us in the neighborhood and beyond."

With a belief that the arts can be a catalyst for positive change resulting in stronger, healthier community, Lee started the South Lake Union Art Walk along with Andrea Florissi, owner of the neighborhood's popular Café Torino, in May 2014.   The two quickly enlisted the support and enthusiasm of the South Lake Union Community Council, South Lake Union Chamber, area businesses and a team of 10 volunteers.

"I'm very honored. Of all the years that I've done volunteer work I've never been recognized. This came as a complete surprise," said the dance educator and retired catering chef whose lifelong volunteerism includes South Lake Union service on its community council, the Advisory Board of the Y at Cascade People's Center and the city's Denny Substation Task Force along with Youth Care's Orion Center and Immanuel Lutheran Church.

For Lee and for her community, the South Lake Union Art Walk has opened doors for many artists and groups that otherwise wouldn’t have had an opportunity to share their creations and for others a preview of things to come.

Among the works displayed at the December 5 walk was a collection of tapestries depicting the 12 major religions of the world designed and sewn by members of Seattle's Unity Church.

"The congregation wanted to expose this to a broader audience," Lee said. "They finished the final one just in time for December."

In Cascade, the Y at Cascade People's Center hosted art by its AmeriCorps volunteers. And by accident, the neighborhood's community center wound up displaying a 20-foot abstract neon sculpture by All Rise, a group of Portland artists that crafted the installation to bring flare to Seattle City Light's Denny Substation project nestled between Pontius and Yale Streets.

While honored with the personal recognition of her efforts, Lee says it's all about sharing the accolades with her dedicated team of volunteers.

"The emotional, spiritual and physical support of so many people that I've worked with in South Lake Union really made this all possible," she said.

The South Lake Union Volunteer of The Year is selected by public vote and awarded to an individual who donates time, talent or money to non-work related endeavors that expressly support the spirit and growth of the South Lake Union neighborhood.

Other 2014 South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce Award winners are: Excellence in Business (Large Business); Excellence in Business (Small Business)Café Torino; Excellence in Sustainability – Zipcar; Retailer of The YearWhole Foods - South Lake Union; Non-Profit of The Year – Seattle Children's Research Institute. For a list of past award winners visit SLU Chamber Annual Awards.

To learn more about the South Lake Union Art Walk visit

3 C's Help Mercer Traffic Flow and Construction Impacts Diminish

An artist's rendering of the reconfigured Mercer Street corridor and the reconstructed Aurora Street bridge leading into the north portal of the SR99 tunnel now under development.(Photo:  Seattle Dept. of Transportation) As 2014 draws to a close, construction in Seattle presses on with some help from the three C's: Coordination, Communication, and Collaboration. It's been another boom year, following the 2013 surge—a bounce back from the recession.

Learn more about how the South Lake Union Community Council led the effort to help the Seattle Department of Transportation get traffic flowing again along the Mercer Corridor and how its leaders are helping to alleviate the impacts of construction on neighborhood residents. Read the full story in the SDOT Blog.

Denny Substation Project Design Open House--November 20, 2014

2014_November_Flyer_FINAL_emailMark your calendars to attend a design open house concerning the Denny Substation Project. Learn about the latest project updates. Here's a great opportunity to ask questions, share your views, and connect with project planners and staff. When: Thursday, November 20,  5 - 7 P.M.

Where: Cascade People's Center, 309 Pontius Ave North, Seattle, WA 98109

For more information on the Denny Substation Project, visit the project website:

SLU Community Council News - May 2014

Submitted by: Lisa Moore, Executive Director, Queen Anne Helpline

As we work, live, and play in our South Lake Union neighborhood we’re surrounded by rapid upscale development. In sharp contrast is what we often don't see - neighbors in need. The Queen Anne Helpline is all too aware of this need because every year, as a neighborhood social service non-profit, we provide financial and other basic needs assistance to thousands of residents living in South Lake Union, Queen Anne and Magnolia. Residents including seniors living on fixed incomes, working families struggling to make ends meet, and many others who lack a safety net during times of hardship. These are people we shop with, sit next to in the coffee shop and attend church with.

Over 30 years ago Dick Rhodes, who owned the Queen Anne Thriftway, saw seniors were coming into his store and purchasing pet food because they could not afford anything else. His shocking discovery and realization that there are people in need in our relatively affluent neighborhoods led to the creation of the Queen Anne Helpline in 1982. Thirty-two years later the Helpline continues to provide critically needed aid to our most vulnerable neighbors.

Every day at the Helpline we see how unexpected events like losing a job or a medical emergency can undermine the stability of local residents. Residents like Barbara, a 76 year old widow, who after living in the same apartment for 30 years found herself unable to pay rent after an unexpected increase. Or Gail, who after a life-threatening illness was forced to make a choice between paying medical bills or her utility bill. Partnering with other local agencies to leverage resources and maximize our impact, we work closely with clients to provide targeted, short-term assistance.

The Queen Anne Helpline's programs prevent 300 evictions every year through our rental assistance, ensures people stay warm through our utility assistance, provides 240 meals every weekend to feed hungry children in our public schools, supports individuals in continuing education or job training, and much more. We look forward to working together to continue making the South Lake Union community a vibrant and a humaneneighborhood. For more information please visit: