It’s been awhile since we’ve heard the status on Village Cove, a retirement center counterpart to The Hearthstone that will be erected at 6860 Woodlawn Ave NE in Green Lake. Things have been on a little bit of a hiatus due to the winter conditions. Here’s an excerpt directly from their newsletter to let us know what’s going on:
“With the start of the New Year, we are looking forward to the excavation equipment returning to the site in early March. This next level of excavation will take us down to the planned garage level, providing an easy transition to the start of the construction phase this spring.
Interest in Village Cove continues to grow. We currently have 9 reservations out of the 14 required to start construction. We are resuming our marketing efforts in March as well!”
It’s common in construction over the past few years to have pre-sale or pre-reservation requirements to begin the building phase (which helps to prevent a half-built structure that no one lives in). If you want to inquire about living at Village Cove, you can call them at (206) 774-5153.
In addition, Village Cove and The Hearthstone will be presenting a community health fair on March 16th from 1pm to 4pm at the Hearthstone, featuring speakers from all different fields of work.
The Green Lake Community Council meeting will be tonight, Wednesday September 14th, beginning at 7pm and ending around 9pm. As usual, it will be held at The Hearthstone at 6720 East Green Lake Way North. Here’s the lineup, from the agenda email sent out by Ellen Hewitt:
- Seattle City Light’s Community Solar Project and how it could MAKE YOU MONEY!
- How do budget cuts affect The Small Crafts Center at Green Lake
- Small and Simple Grant potential for the Green Lake Neighborhood. Can you help?
- Update from the Northwest District Council
- News from our liaison to Seattle Police Dept’s North Precinct
- Upcoming Events from Seattle Public Theater at our Historic Bathhouse Theater at Green Lake
- Friends of Green Lake news and events.
- Possible changes in Board structure and elections at Green Lake Community Council
I encourage every single person that ever complains about anything in the neighborhood to attend – The Hearthstone has lots of room and this is our chance to ask questions or raise issues. Hewitt’s email also says that they hope to have someone from the Green Lake Community Center stop in to discuss how the current and future budget cuts are affecting them.
For those that are unaware, Mayor McGinn announced Monday a proposal that would cut another $1M in community center funding throughout Seattle and eliminate many full-time jobs.
Hope to see you tonight!
Everyone is invited to the next Green Lake Community Council meeting this Wednesday, May 11th from 7pm to 9pm. It’s held at The Hearthstone (6720 East Green Lake Way North).
This weeks topics include a bicycle project that the Seattle DOT is planning for 2011, the N 85th Street paving project, Village Cove progress, as well as updates and news from the Friends of Green Lake, Northwest District Council, Seattle Police Dept North Precincts, and the Bathhouse Theater.
In addition to the meeting, Friends of Olmsted Parks is hosting a walk around Green Lake this Saturday, May 14th from 10am to 12pm, showing evidence of the Olmsted legacy. Reservations are not required, please just show up at the main entrance to the Community Center at 10am to join in.
Village Cove, the new expansion of The Hearthstone in Green Lake soon to be under construction, is hosting a free seminar this Thursday on selling your home.
The class, called “How do I sell my home in today’s market,” will be held on April 28th from 11:30am to 1pm at The Hearthstone (6720 East Green Lake Way N). Lunch will be provided.
It will focus on making the move from owning a home to moving into senior living, and touch on subjects like staging your home and marketing strategies for the current market.
You can RSVP here and also stay informed about upcoming events at Village Cove and The Hearthstone.
The Village Cove construction site has a new sign posted informing the public of its intent to begin excavating PCE contaminated soil from the grounds as well as install a shoring wall system to support the City of Seattle rights of way. Groundbreaking should begin soon.
Village Cove, otherwise known as the giant fenced-in vacant lot at Woodlawn Ave NE & Latona Ave NE, is finally about to push forward. As this girl knows (I’ve dealt with new construction issues throughout my career in real estate), it’s incredibly difficult right now for new buildings, no matter what the type, to go vertical. So it’s great to hear that not only can Village Cove move forward, but that they’re able to do so with government stimulus funds.
The latest news from Village Cove Marketing Director Sheryl Harmon is that the project, which will provide alternative retirement residences for those wishing to have a larger and more independent space than is available at current facility The Hearthstone, has passed all the necessary permitting processes to start excavating the 3200 tons of dirt it needs to move to begin building the underground parking garage. The team is aiming for a groundbreaking around March 28th, but that hasn’t been set yet and is weather-dependent.
Originally, the new facility was also going to have three retail spaces available for lease on the main level. But with the vacant retail still very prevalent at other Green Lake locations, Village Cove has decided to take two of those spaces and turn them into resident amenities. One will become a fitness center for residents, and the other will be a holistic healing center. The third spot is still going to be retail for lease.
Village Cove has three reservations already of the 28 one- and two-bedroom homes, and hopes to have occupancy in the 4-story building by the end of 2011. Residents of the new building will have first rights to vacate and move into The Hearthstone should their health require it.