Melrose Promenade Update

Hello fans of Melrose Promenade! Since the vision plan was revealed, the Advisory Committee has been busy seeking funding sources and community support to implement pieces of the Promenade (and regretfully neglecting this blog in the meantime). We wanted to give you updates on some progress we’ve made over the last few months.

Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant: We are pleased to announce Melrose Promenade is a recipient of a $50,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund Grant! Sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods, Neighborhood Matching Fund Grants are designed to allow community groups like Melrose Promenade to create something meaningful for their neighborhoods, such as improved public spaces and cultural activities.  We will use the funds to implement part of the Promenade concept plan, so follow us here or on Facebook to stay up to date on when we’ll hold community engagement meetings to discuss.

We also want to point out that we were able to identify nearly $146,000 in matching community funds as part of our grant application. That’s nearly three times the amount of the grant, and includes cash donations, volunteer hours, and in-kind donations. Thank you, neighbors, for your generous and continued support! We truly would not be here without you.  

Manmoon streatery: Earlier this year, the City announced the streatery application we submitted with our project partner Mamnoon Restaurant was approved by SDOT! What’s a streatery? It’s a parklet that the sponsoring business can operate as a sidewalk café during their business hours. And if you are wondering what a parklet is, you can learn all about it here. We can’t wait to see how this new sidewalk amenity further activates the southern end of Melrose and we look forward to enjoying the view along with one of Mamnoon’s addictive sandwiches.

New crosswalk:  Have you felt a little more carefree while crossing Melrose between Starbucks and Six Arms? That might be because of the crosswalk SDOT painted in May! This important safety improvement is a demonstration of the power of collaboration to benefit the community. The crosswalk results from the long-time advocacy of neighbor Patrick Jones, with the support of local businesses, and from Melrose Promenade’s work to make our streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians in coordination with the City of Seattle. Thanks to these efforts, this part of Melrose is now safer for pedestrians. Now we can’t wait to tackle the rest of Melrose!crosswalk

If you have questions or want to get involved with the Advisory Committee, please email us at melrosepromenade@gmail.com, or send us a message on Facebook. We’d love to talk to you and hear your ideas for the gateway to Capitol Hill! 

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Advisory Committee Meeting this Wednesday, 9/12

Our next Melrose Promenade Advisory Committee meeting will be this Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 6pm at the Capitol Hill Library (425 Harvard Avenue East).
We’ll be discussing:
– general project updates,
– our community visioning process,
– our Opportunity Fund application, and
– recent and upcoming promotional efforts.
Advisory Committee meetings are open to anyone in our community interested in becoming more involved in the Melrose Promenade project.
Hope to see you then!