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Northgate Community Center Project Fact Sheet
Thank you, Seattle! This project is complete!
On Saturday, July 15, 2006, the community joined Mayor Greg Nickels and members of the Seattle City Council to mark the grand opening of the new Northgate Community Center, Northgate Park and Northgate Branch Library.
The project includes a 20,000-square-foot community center, a 10,000-square-foot library, and a 1.67-acre park on the site of the former Goodyear store at Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 105th Street and the commercial site one lot north.
The Miller|Hull Partnership designed the buildings and the park to create an urban gathering place for the community. The library is prominently located along Fifth Avenue Northeast. The main reading space is focused toward the park. The community center is placed at the south end of the site with a children's play area to the north to maximize the green space devoted to the park.
The project also includes artwork for the community center designed by Nikki McClure, a mixed-media artist from Olympia. Art for the branch library was designed by glass and metal artist Dana Lynn Louis, of Portland. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the public art program for the Library and Parks.
Funding for the new facilities comes from several sources.
In 1999, Seattle voters approved the community centers levy, which included money for a new community center in Northgate. The $8.85 million community center offers activities such as teen camps, basketball leagues, classes, after-school programs, community meetings, and programs for seniors.
In 2000, Seattle voters approved the Pro Parks Levy, which included nearly money for a new park in Northgate. The $4.8 million park plays an important part in addressing the open space needs of the densely developed neighborhood.
Voters in 1998 approved the Libraries for All bond measure, which included money to build a new library in Northgate. The $6,693,570 branch will include a new collection capacity of 40,200 books and materials, reading and homework areas for children and youth, computers, instruction areas, and a meeting room.
Adjacent to this project is the Fifth Avenue NE Streetscape Project.
The Seattle Department of Transportation administered the project, which
created a safe, pedestrian-friendly street that accommodates all types
of transportation. Improvements include landscaping medians, widened
sidewalks, new trees and a pedestrian promenade with an improved crosswalk
connecting the new community center and library to the Northgate Mall.
A Project Advisory Team (PAT) was appointed by the Superintendent in Summer 2003. The PAT will meet frequently during the design phases. They will also have briefings and site tours during construction. The PAT is an advisory committee made up of representatives of key stakeholder groups. It is intended to facilitate sustained and balanced stakeholder participation, providing recommendations on the design of the gym. Meetings of the PAT are open to the public. At its meetings, the PAT will review project scope, budget, schedule, recent accomplishments, and upcoming tasks. Recommendations of the PAT on these topics will be given substantial weight by the Parks Department. Meeting agendas and minutes will be available below.
Planning and Design Meetings
Project Advisory Team Meetings
To get your name added to the Northgate Community Center mailing list, please contact Public Relations Specialist, Joelle Ligon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Fifth Avenue Streetscape Improvements
or to be added to the Seattle Department of Transportation's mailing
list, view the SDOT
*Budget includes $300,000 added by the Library Board of Trustees
**Budget includes $400,000 added from the Pro Parks Levy
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Updated July 28, 2015
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