Help keep Fire Station 6 as community resource – Public Hearing on Wednesday

EDITOR’S NOTE: The city is trying to figure out what to do with the 23rd/Yesler fire station building. This community post is about one potential option.

Seattle will soon decommission Fire Station #6, located at 101 – 23rd Ave. S., Seattle (cross street is Yesler), in the Central District in the South End of Seattle.

Dr. John Ruhland and a coalition of supporters have proposed establishing an Holistic Community Health Clinic to provide nutritional and other natural therapies. The fire station Clinic will provide care to all people independent of ability to pay.

The coalition is asking the City to donate the use of the fire station for this medical facility that will be of great benefit to the community.

There is a public meeting with City of Seattle representatives on Wed., Oct. 17, 2012, 7–9pm at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, 17th Ave. & Yesler, Seattle.

For more on the proposal, see:

EDITOR’S UPDATE: More details from the city:

The meeting is another opportunity for the community around Fire Station 6 to learn about

the City’s plans for the soon-to-be-former Fire Station 6. The Department of Finance and Administrative Services has recommended that the property be sold in an open, competitive process and that the proceeds of any sale go to funding the Fire Levy Program approved by voters in 2003. Interest has been expressed in redeveloping the property and the meeting will be an opportunity for proposals to be explained by proponents. Meeting attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions about proposals and the redevelopment process. People with redevelopment plans are encouraged to attend this meeting and to contact the individuals listed below in advance of the meeting.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Program starts at 7 p.m.

Program ends at 9 p.m.


Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, LHPAC

104 17th Ave. S.

Seattle, WA 98144

LHPAC is located on 17th Avenue South between East Yesler Way and South Washington Street. People with disabilities may use the Main Entrance.


Contact :

Louis Webster at 206-684-0357 or

Hillary Hamilton 206-684-0421

in the Department Finance and Administrative Services’ Real Estate Services Section

E-mail: [email protected]

E-mail: [email protected]

TODAY: Landmarks Preservation Board considers Horace Mann School

Landmark Nomination for Horace Mann School

2410 East Cherry Street

The Landmarks Preservation Board will consider this nomination at its meeting on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. in the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Avenue, 40th Floor, Room 4060.

The public is invited to attend the meeting and make comments.  Written comments should be received by the Landmarks Preservation Board at the following address by July 30, 2012, by 5:00 p.m.: Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Dept. of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle WA 98124-4649 (mailing address).

Copies of the Landmark Nomination will be available for public review after July 6, 2012 at the Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, 684-4704; and the Department of Neighborhoods Office, at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave, Suite 1700, telephone: 684-0228. The nomination is also posted on the Department of Neighborhoods website:  under the heading of “Current Nominations.”

EDITOR’S UPDATE: As you can see, the comment period has ended (apologies for the lack of CDNews updates on this). But here’s a look at some of the historical images of the school from the Landmark Nomination Report:

The full Landmark Nomination Report:


Dearborn Street Coalition seeks better proposal for Goodwill site

You may have heard that there is a Target store and “neighborhood shops” proposed for the Goodwill site at Rainier and Dearborn.

In fact the proposal is for almost 750,000 sq ft of commercial space, 650,000 of it retail. This is about 2/3 the size of the Northgate Mall. It will require over 25,000 automobile trips per day which will make traffic on Rainier and Dearborn even more of a nightmare.

The Dearborn Street Coalition for Livable Neighborhoods is composed of over 40 organizations that are pressing for an improved project proposal from the developer – one that is less automobile intensive, provides more housing and less “formula retail” (currently 90% of the retail square footage is dedicated to stores over 5,000 sq ft), and that fits in better with the character of the International District.

The proposal still requires a number of city approvals and is far from a “done deal”.

To find out more go to