What's next for Nesbit?

Nesbit Ave N. between N 85TH and N 90TH street has seen more than its fair share of change and disruption over the last few years. A tiny house village opened on the street 2 years ago, while reports indicated that crime was concentrating in the area. Then, after months of escalating tensions, a homeless man was shot and killed on Nesbit. While all of this was occurring, a large seemingly abandoned lot, and 2 large construction projects left few eyes on the street.

Tiny Houses Abandoned construction

This led Seattle Neighborhood Group to create a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) report on the 8800th block of Nesbit at the end of 2017, and then survey neighbors about the area last year.

Since then, the tiny house village has announced its permanent closure, to be replaced with a 112 unit affordable housing project built by LIHI:

Tiny House Replacement

On the street, branches have been trimmed, new lights installed to improve visibility, and sharps containers planned. And of course, construction projects are getting closer to completion:

new_lights 88th construction

Seattle Neighborhood Group wants to keep this momentum going, and is hosting a community meeting to discuss the survey and improvements this Thursday:

Nesbit Meeting

The meeting will be held at the nearby Cascadia Elementary School, January 17th, 6-7:30 PM. Hopefully, as neighbors, we can impact the future of Nesbit together.

~Timothy

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New Life Being Breathed into Oak Tree Market

Following the remodel that occurred at the next door Oak Tree Cinema a few years back, HT Market is now also being remodeled. Once the remodel is complete, around 1/4 of the market will be dedicated to Real Plaza Latina, which will provide Latin groceries, baked goods, and a deli.

Changes Coming

A Mediterranean section is also being added to HT, helping transform it into a truly international market.

Mediterranean Section

Finally, Fun DJ appears to have closed, and is set to be replaced by a new dumpling restaurant:

Fun DJ Dumplings

All of this, while Pilgrim Coffeehouse continues expanding its presence in the plaza, now open 5 days a week:

Fun DJ

With one of Seattle's most comfortable theaters, a truly international market, phenomenal inexpensive teriyaki, and a local coffee roaster: Oak Tree is becoming not only a great community resource but a place worth the stop.

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Happy New Year! 2018 Year in Review

Hi neighbors, happy New Year! We wanted to take some time to review some of the major events and changes that occurred over the last year, as we celebrate the beginning of 2019.

Here are some of our highlights from last year in Licton Springs:

LoveLicton.com Launches

LoveLicton gets off the ground with its first article showing Licton Springs Park in spring.

Read more Mar 12

I5 Pedestrian Bridge Goes Forward

After fears about the state of the project, the commitment to build a pedestrian bridge from Licton Springs directly to light rail and the mall is reaffirmed.

Read more Mar 14

Tiny House Permit Renewed

The Licton Springs Tiny House Village gets its permit renewed for an additional year.

Read more Apr 6

El Patio replaces Tropicos Breeze

Fear that we lost our favorite Latin restaurant was quelched when it's revealed the restaurant is only changing ownership within the same family.

Read more Apr 19

School Street Safety Improvements

Street safety improvements along 92nd and 90th, around the new schools, begin preparation.

Read more May 14

Aurora Starts Getting Cleaned-up

A pawn shop on Aurora Ave. N. that has been encouraging neighborhood theft gets shut down. Meanwhile, weekly street & sidewalk cleaning begin.

Read more May 30

Urban Forest Work Begins

Neighbors and Trees for Seattle come together to begin building a thriving urban forest in Licton Springs.

Read more Jun 1

Disc Golf Lessons Start

LoveLicton works with the local Disc Golf community to begin free monthly beginner disc golf lessons.

Read more Jun 10

LSCC Gets New Website

LoveLicton and the Licton Springs Community Council partner to create a new website for LSCC.

Read more Jun 30

Original Real Estate Gold Rush

Documents revealing Licton Spring's role in Seattle's original real estate goldrush are discovered.

Read more Jul 3

Teriyaki Taste Test!

LoveLicton highlights several local restaurants as it performs the first ever Licton Springs Teriyaki Taste Test

Read more Jul 7

Mineral Springs Park Community

A strong community starts building around Mineral Springs Park, with a community bbq and monthly cleanup events.

Read more Jul 21

Greenway Construction Begins

Construction of the North Seattle Neighborhood Greenway project down 100th Ave N begins.

Read more Jul 22

Licton Springs the Most Competitive Neighborhood?

Redfin comes out with an index to score competitiveness when buying a home in a neighborhood, and Licton Springs comes out on top across the entire country.

Read more Jul 24

Transit Frequency Increased

Transit frequency for 2 of Licton Springs most popular bus routes (the E-line and 41) get increased.

Read more Jul 25

Licton Springs chosen for Home Zone Pilot

Licton Springs was chosen by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways for North Seattle's pioneering Home Zone Pilot.

Read more Aug 12

Outdoor Movie Night and Dog Pawty

LoveLicton works with Seattle Parks to hold the first ever outdoor movie night in Mineral Springs Park

Read more Sep 14

Oak Tree Starbucks Closes

It's a sad day for Coffee lovers in Licton Springs as the urban village's only coffee shop shuts its doors. Starbucks decided to close the location, one of its original 10 locations, after 31 years in business.

Read more Sep 16

Non-pedestrian Business Moratorium Extended

The City Council unanimously passes an extension of the moratorium on non-pedestrian friendly business within the Aurora Licton Urban Village.

Read more Sep 24

Tiny House Village Closure

The Licton Springs Tiny House Village announces its plans to close permanently early in 2019.

Read more Sep 26

Aurora Bridge Art Project

The Aurora Bridge Pedestrian Art project, which ALUV spearheaded, begins construction.

Read more Oct 16

Pilgrim Coffee comes to Oak Tree

Pilgrim Coffee begins serving coffee at Oak Tree Plaza, filling the void left from Starbucks closing

Read more Nov 5

LoveLicton wins Denny Award

LoveLicton wins Denny Award for its role in bringing the community together.

Read more Nov 15

Daffodils planted by Aurora Bridge

Neighbors come together and plant daffodils at site of ALUV's Aurora Bridge Art Project.

Read more Nov 17

Community Board Games

LoveLicton partners with Meridian Center for Health to host a community board game and coffee event.

Read more Nov 24

OpenSource meetup launched

LoveLicton launches local OpenSource hackathon meetup in partnership with NorthSeattle College and DomainTools LLC.

Read more Nov 28

Home Zone Pilot Begins

Licton Springs Home Zone Pilot begins making progress with first wayfinding sign put in place.

Read more Nov 28

Holidays in Licton Spring

Holiday events in Mineral Springs Park and Licton Springs Park bring the community together.

Read more Dec 15

Pilgrim Coffeehouse Expands Schedule

Pilgrim Coffeehouse ends 2018 and starts 2019 with an expanded 5 day (Monday-Friday) schedule.

Read more Dec 30

We look forward to an even more amazing 2019!

Happy New Year!

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Happy Holidays!

Hi Neighbors!

We wanted to share with you some of the holiday cheer we saw on display around Licton Springs.

Many houses in the neighborhood have impressive light displays:

House 1 House 2 House 3 House 4 House 5

Businesses along North Aurora (Nora) are also lit up nicely this year as icicles line the business fronts:

Icicle lights line business fronts All along Nora the lights can be seen Oak Tree Plaza has lights lining the roofs of businesses

In nearby Greenwood, the tradition of placing playful monkeys in business windows for zoo lights continues:

Monkeys 1 Monkeys 2 Monkeys 3

Over in Olympic Manor, it appears more houses are decorated than are not:

Olympic Manor House 1 Olympic Manor House 2 Olympic Manor House 3 Olympic Manor House 4 Olympic Manor House 5

Finally, in Maple Leaf we enjoyed seeing this light display in-sync with music:

Maple Leaf Lights

If you want to go see some holiday lights for yourself this season, here are some of our favorite public installations nearby:

Did we miss anything? What is your favorite house or public light installation? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Events Brighten Licton Springs

Thank you to everyone that came out Saturday and helped make Licton Spring's holiday a little brighter! Whether you helped put lights up at Licton Springs park or made crafts and enjoyed music with us at Mineral Springs Park, you are part of what makes this neighborhood such a great place to call home. Here are some of our favorite memories from this year's holiday events:

Stringing Lights

Neighbors get up early to string lights up at Licton Springs Park

Event Attendees

Neighbors and friends gather at Mineral Springs park to enjoy hot cocoa, Jones Soda, and snacks while working on crafts and enjoying local musicians

Seattle Sugarplum Elves put on a great performance, drawing in the crowd.

Randy from the Parks Department, who has done so much to enable Mineral Springs Park improvements, gets pulled into the Seattle Sugar Plum Elves' performance.

Hugh Sutton

Musician Hugh Sutton plays a variety of songs that engage the kids, including Star Wars tracks!

Jones Soda

Beyond hot cocoa and cookies, attendees enjoyed a wide variety of soda donated by Jones Soda.

Raffle

Raffle tickets are handed out to everyone that donated clothing or canned goods for Aurora Commons.

Cards

Kids put together custom holiday cards at the craft table.

Dog 1 Dog 2 Dog 3

Neighborhood dogs said hello during the festivities.

Tree fell

All of this the day after a large tree fell down in the park due to a wind storm!

Lights 1 Lights 2 Lights 3 Lights 4

Finally, we ended the night with a beautifully lit Licton Springs Park.

Hope you have a great holiday season!

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