Sunday, Nov 17, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 42 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, February 19, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 08
23rd Avenue businesses to City Hall: Mitigation funds now!
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
23rd Avenue businesses to City Hall: Mitigation funds now!

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On Tuesday, Transgender 23rd Avenue business owner Sara Mae, 701 Coffee (701 23rd Avenue @ E. Cherry St.), and several other minority-owned small business owners brought their grievances to City Hall. During the February 16 Council Briefing, Sara Mae, who has led the charge calling upon the City to provide mitigation funds for small businesses negatively impacted by the 23rd Avenue construction over the past months, said that she and her family face homelessness if something doesn't change soon.

Sara Mae is referring to the road construction project spanning Montlake, Capitol Hill, and the Central District that will transform 23rd Avenue and 23rd Avenue E. The new configuration will have a center left-turn lane and will improve the pedestrian and sidewalk experience. The new layout will allow buses to pull completely out of the traffic lane at stops. That project is a lot of construction in its own right, but in addition, crews are also replacing a 100-year-old water main between E. Madison and E. Union Streets. The overhauled street will be a long-term benefit for the area, the planned phases of the construction where work is currently focused on 23rd Avenue has extended into a longer than expected period of challenged access and closed intersections.

Basically, says Sara Mae, the construction has closed the small businesses along 23rd Avenue between E. Union St. and S. Jackson St. down.

Sara Mae has put pressure on elected officials to do more to help. After weeks of posting about the problems on social media, the City responded with a Mayor-directed plan for more assistance. The Office of Economic Development says it will provide a $102,000 grant to the Central Area Collaborative to bolster marketing for the area and business support - but not direct mitigation payments to area businesses.

Marketing is not the problem, say business owners. People know about these businesses (many of them have been in business on 23rd Avenue for years) but without parking, easy access in or out of their business parking lots, or in some cases (such as 701 Coffee) potential customers find it hard to even get in the door at all because of construction.

Additionally, the Mayor-directed plan calls for SDOT to reorder its construction schedule to reopen 23rd Avenue between S. Jackson and E. Yesler in March, one to two months earlier than currently planned.

But that is not enough says Sara Mae and others, such as Justin Gerardy of Standard Brewing, Nop Zay of Mamas Cafe, and Saad Ali of 99 Cent Plus. The small business owners feel that they have been left out of mitigation funds that other business owners in other City of Seattle neighborhoods have gotten - but not one business in the Central District has received mitigation funds. Fifteen waterfront businesses were offered a portion of $15 million to close during the reconstruction of the seawall. But SDOT says that was an exception because the project required all access to the businesses to be removed. Sarah Mae is quick to point out that this is simply semantics because, as it stands, customers can't access the businesses on 23rd Avenue either.

During the February 16 meeting between the council and the business owners, Kate Joncas of the Mayor's office, said the City's law department considered the possibility of mitigation funds for 23rd Avenue businesses but had decided the impacts would not be as severe as on the waterfront and then suggested the City Council schedule a briefing with the law department to get further clarification on how that decision was made.

But it didn't look as though Council members were in need of clarification. A majority were already convinced that direct cash assistance or loans should be made available.

'The businesses have a right, but they have no remedy. The remedy is mitigation,' said Council member Debora Juarez.

The meeting ended with Council president Bruce Harrell saying the February 16 briefing would be the start of sorting out the issue in future committee sessions.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Notorious bigot launches anti-Trans campaign

Joseph Backholm was mastermind of R-74

------------------------------
Newly appointed and historic University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce to receive GSBA Award on Tuesday, February 23
------------------------------
Seattle Coronation 2016: A Return to the Paramount
------------------------------
Shoe companies kick anti-Gay spewers to the curb
------------------------------
Our Transgender community deserves better
------------------------------
Help shape Seattle Public Library services around Seattle culture and history on Tuesday, February 23
------------------------------
Detectives investigating Capitol Hill assault as possible bias crime
------------------------------
23rd Avenue businesses to City Hall: Mitigation funds now!
------------------------------
Space Needle settles with union activist it fired illegally

Promises not to do it again

------------------------------
Groups challenge right-wing Freedom Foundation in complaint to AG
------------------------------
MARK MY WORDS

'Queer': Word du jour?

------------------------------
Openly Gay Republican Pablo Monroy seeks state House seat
------------------------------
Panasonic to recognize same-sex marriages
------------------------------
LGBT voters still up for grabs:
Say they'd vote for Hillary, but think Bernie is better on LGBT issues

------------------------------
Marriage equality is settled law, Kasich says
------------------------------
We hate everybody, Trump voters say
------------------------------
New porn industry safety concerns: Actor gets HIV on set
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1707 23rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News 2016 - DigitalTeamWorks 2016

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News