February 2016
February 2016 - In This Issue:


There are many exciting long-term developments coming up in the U District. The UDP is seeking a new team member, in anticipation of the U Link Station opening in mid-March, there are opportunities to win Golden Tickets, U District cleanup days continue to gain momentum with wonderful and dedicated volunteers, and the Portage Bay Park is becoming more and more of a reality. Join us entering February with enthusiasm and determination! 


Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for postings on neighborhood events, news and giveaways. 



The U District Partnership Staff 

Upcoming UDP Meetings
Portage Bay Park Public Meeting
Tuesday, 2/9, 6:30PM
At the Bryant Building 

Clean and Safe Committee
Thursday, 2/11, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
At U Heights, Room 109

Neighbor Appreciation Day
Saturday, 2/13

Coffee with Elizabeth
Monday, 2/15, 9AM
At the UDP Office 

Marketing Committee Meeting
Tuesday, 2/16, 9AM
At the UDP Office  

UDP Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, 2/16, 11:30AM
At the UW Tower - Magnolia 22nd Floor

Follow us Twitter and Facebook for news about our upcoming meetings! For more information on these events please visit our website. You can also contact the U District Partnership by email or phone: 206-547-4417
Roosevelt to Downtown High Capacity Transit Study
Submit your comments by February 7th!
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is exploring options for high capacity transit along the Roosevelt to Downtown Corridor, which connects Downtown, South Lake Union, Eastlake, U District, Roosevelt, Maple Leaf and Northgate. Please click here to share your comments on walking, biking, taking transit, driving and accessing neighborhoods along the corridor by February 7th! 
Happening at the U Bookstore
4326 University Way NE 
Wednesday, 2/10, 6:00PM
Grace & Style by Grace Helbig, published by Simon & Schuster
Tickets are $19.99 and available at online. Each ticket admits one and includes a signed copy of Grace & Style and the opportunity to take a selfie with Grace Helbig at this special meet-and-greet and signing for her new book, Grace & Style: The Art of Pretending You Have It.
A comedian, actress, and YouTube sensation, Helbig has been charming audiences with her frank and funny videos for years. Like our favorite cousin who can do no wrong, she has entertained, advised, and made us feel like, if she can do it, so can we. And in her new book, she takes on style and beauty as only she could-with humor, honesty, and practical advice that are actually relevant off the runway. Part parody of traditional style guides and part invitation into the closet of your stylish best friend, Grace & Style is less about becoming a style icon as being self-aware and having fun. Lucky for us, Helbig will join us in Seattle to share her funny and fashionable new book at this special photo op and book signing just after its with Grace.

Thursday, 2/11, 7:00PM
Morning Star by Pierce Brown, published by Penguin Random House
Admission: Free
In Morning Star, the third and final volume of Pierce Brown's epic Red Rising Trilogy, undercover rebel Darrow is finally ready to put in motion his plan to overthrow the Gold ruling class that he has been plotting since he first infiltrated their ranks. But fighting against a merciless enemy to dismantle a world as cruel as it is mythic, and struggling to rally a people who have been shackled in its darkness for their entire lives, Darrow's final battle will be the trilogy's most harrowing yet. As the bestselling series comes to a close, Brown will join us for this special reading and signing of its triumphant finale.
How to Safely Remove Used Syringes from a Public Area
Saturday, February 20
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
University Masonic Lodge
4338 University Way NE
Joe Tinsley, Needle Exchange Coordinator for Seattle-King County Public Health, will talk about the risks, proper handling, and disposal of used needles. A limited number of sharps containers and garbage pickers will be available for participants.

Click here to download the event flyer and learn more about the importance of this free training.

For more information and to RSVP, contact North Precinct Advisory Council Social Services Committee volunteer Michael Cuadra at
Seeking U District Businesses for UW's Inaugural Parent/Family Weekend
Register by Friday, March 18
The University of Washington's inaugural Parent/Family Weekend happening Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10 is a three-day adventure where families of current students are invited to the UW campus and explore the incredible University, University District and city of Seattle through their student's eyes. Around 800 - 1,000 attendees are expected to come from all across the country and even the world!

Businesses around Puget Sound are invited to show their support of the UW by offering special value to UW families that patronize their business over the weekend while wearing purple or officially licensed UW apparel.

If you would like to participate, send this completed form by March 18th to:

Andrea Callis
Postal mail:
Andrea Callis University Marketing & Communications
Box 359520
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98195
Sushi Town is Open!
4141 University Way NE #103
(206) 633-1452
Sushi Town has opened its doors on The Ave and welcomes everyone seven days a week, 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM. The owner is a graduate of the University of Washington, where he majored in Oceanography/Food and Science. After 26 years of working in the international seafood trading industry he is excited to bring the freshest, highest quality seafood products to Sushi Town. Check out the menu and stop by for a visit!
WA Baha'i History Museum Ranked #2 Best Museum in Western Washington
4341 1/2 University Way NE, Suite 210-212

(206) 390-9982 

With over 283,000 votes cast by over 135,000 voters, Washington's 211 best businesses of 2015 have been identified and one of them resides in the University District! The Unity Museum: A Baha'i Perspective on Peace was ranked #2 out of 77 nominated in the category of "Museum."

The Unity Museum is the first Boutique Museum on "The Ave" across from the University of Washington. It has ongoing exhibits and programs that engage with topics of Social Change as solutions for the future. "The museum exists to be fun, to educate, to provide common-interest links between the Bahá'í community and the community-at-large, and by doing so, to contribute to improving our society."
Residence Inn Hotel Opens in the U District
4501 12th Avenue NE

The 165-suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Seattle, Washington is now open in the University District, featuring the brand's innovative, new design. This new hotel offers studio and one-bedroom. With a larger, expansive workspace, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and a multitude of easily accessible outlets, guests are able to work efficiently throughout the suites. Sectional sofas and luxurious bathrooms with extra storage space make it possible for travelers to live and rest comfortably. Contemporary and stylish décor, featuring natural light and refreshing colors, helps improve guests' productivity and energy. Designed for stays of five nights or more, each suite also has a fully-equipped kitchen with a coffeemaker, microwave oven and residential-sized appliances.

Read more here!

Job opportunities with King County Parks!
Join the King County Parks team! Their  mission is to steward, enhance and acquire parks to inspire healthy communities. They are looking to fill a variety of positions in 2016. Current openings include a Community Partnerships and Grants Program Manager and an Aquatics Customer Service Specialist. There will be new opportunities posted online in the coming weeks, including seasonal Park Maintenance positions. Check the King County careers page for job openings at King County Parks!
Send us your updates!

Please send us information, updates, and events to include in our monthly newsletter.


Is your business using social media? Find us online so that we can share your posts and tweets!


Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView our profile on LinkedInView on Instagram


For more information, to send in content for the newsletter, or to ask any questions, please contact The U District Partnership at: 

206-547-4417 or 


Portage Bay Park Public Meeting
Tuesday, February 9th
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Bryant Building
1117 NE Boat St, 98105
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to review the schematic design for the development of a new park at 1101-1137 NE Boat Street on Portage Bay. Seattle Parks purchased the Bryant Marina site from the UW in 2014 and is moving forward to develop a waterfront park for the community. The goal of the project is to provide upland and shoreline/water-related recreational experiences for all ages and abilities. The development will include remediation of the site contamination, building demolition and potential partial re-use of building elements and shoreline enhancement.

Seattle Parks and Recreation and the design team have incorporated community feedback from previous meetings into the schematic design. This meeting is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the project and provide input on the final design!
Learn more on the City of Seattle's Park and Recreation website.
Job Announcement: Retail Recruiter for the U District Partnership
Applications due by Friday, February 19th

The Retail Recruiter position for the U District Partnership will be responsible for proactively identifying and recruiting retailers to the U District, based on the merchandising program developed by the Downtown Works team. The Retail Recruiter will interface between prospective retailers and landlords or their representatives to match new retailers with appropriate spaces in the U District.
  • Recruit businesses by highlighting the advantages of a U District location and the characteristics of specific locations in the U District
  • Serve as the point of contact between building owners, real estate representatives and prospective tenants
  • Maintain a property database and tenant prospect list
  • Assist in the production of retail recruitment marketing material for the U District
  • Work with prospective retailers from initial contact through commitment
*No telephone calls, please.
Applications accepted through February 19, 2016
Send resume and cover letter to:
The U District Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Download the full job description here!
February Community Cleanup Day and January Recap
Saturday, February 27th, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Roosevelt Way (meet at UDP office first!)
The U District Partnership is organizing a community cleanup on Saturday, February 27th, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM. This is part of a new series of monthly cleanups that provide an excellent opportunity to give back to the community and make new friends. This month the focus is litter and graffiti removal along Roosevelt Way. Feel free to drop by on the 27th but please RSVP if possible. Coffee and doughnuts will be awaiting your arrival! Meet us at our office, located at 4516 University Way NE. Click this link to download the flyer and share with your friends!

January 30, 2016 | Clean-Up Volunteers

January's cleanup day saw 32 gallons of stickers removed from streetlights, traffic signs and newspaper boxes around the University District. Special thank you to Sally Clark for a motivating kick-off and the Circle K (Kiwanis) student group from the University of Washington!

January 30, 2016
January 30, 2016
StreetFair Performer Registration
Register your performance by March 1st for the 47th Annual U District StreetFair happening May 21-22, 2016
About the U District StreetFair: This coming May the U District will be celebrating the 47th Anniversary of the longest running street fair in the US! This festival brings together the best in local arts & crafts, music, and food. Learn more here!
We allow for a number of different types of performances at the StreetFair each year. With one stage, an organized street performance area, and also busking throughout the area there will be plenty of spaces and opportunities to showcase your talents!

If you are interested in performing on stage or as an organized street performer follow these steps:
  1. Read the Performer Info Guide here! *Dance Groups are suggested to apply as organized street performers
  2. Fill out an application here! *You will need to download the application from the next window, fill it out, and then submit to the below email address.
  3. Submit your application and materials by email:, fax: 206.547.5266, or postal service: U District Streetfair 4516 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105

Learn more about being a performer on the website!  

Step Up into New Stations | Win a Golden Ticket!
U Link opens March 19th!
Sound Transit continues to deliver major projects on time and under budget. Executive Constantine, who is also Chair of the Sound Transit Board, announced the new University Link light-rail service will start March 19. Sound Transit has coordinated the University Link opening with King County Metro Transit, which is planning a major restructure of bus routes in Northeast Seattle to serve the new UW Station and improve connections.
"University Link will change forever how we move around Seattle," said Executive Constantine. "By delivering new light-rail service on time and under budget, we're providing riders with a fast, reliable option to get to Capitol Hill and Husky Stadium in minutes, bypassing some of the worst traffic in the region." Sound Transit's 3.1-mile extension of the current light rail line that opened in 2009 includes stations on Capitol Hill and at the University of Washington near Husky Stadium. The trip from downtown Seattle to UW will take eight minutes.

Service to Capitol Hill and University of Washington Stations begins at 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Sound Transit is planning for a day of fun and adventure, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Visit to learn all about U Link and the Launch Day plans. Click here to subscribe to Sound Transit newsletter and here to receive King County Executive Summaries.

In anticipation for the opening of the U Link Station, you have a chance to win a Golden Ticket! With this ticket you will ride a preview train out of University of Washington Station, tour both stations and check out the new train smell, a full hour before it opens to the general public.

How to win:
  1. Social Media: Follow @SoundTransit on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. Take a photo or video letting Sound Transit know where you will Link in 2016. Share using #Ulink2016 @SoundTransit
  2. Listen to the Radio: Listen to KEXP (90.3 FM), KUOW (94.9 FM) and KNDD (107.7 FM) for your chance to win two Golden Tickets
  3. Shop and Win: Stop by any of the U District or Roosevelt businesses listed below, spend $5 or more and fill out an "enter to win" Golden Ticket raffle card

Participating U District and Roosevelt businesses: Brooklyn Avenue Dental, Cedars of Lebanon, My Favorite Deli, Nasai Teriyaki, Neptune Music Company, Samir's Mediterranean Grill, Sweet Alchemy (opens in February), Ugly Mug Cafe, Health Mutt, Nature Nails, Pies and Pints, Roosevelt Vacuum, Subway (Roosevelt Square), Teddy's, Thrive, Tornado, and UPS on 65th.  


*Must be 18 years or older to enter. See rules and regulations for full contest details.  

Roosevelt Way NE Paving & Safety Improvements Project
Construction begins this month!
The project, with construction expected to last through late summer, will repave Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th St to the south end of the University Bridge, creating a safer and more comfortable road surface for all travelers.  In addition, the project will also:
  • Create in-lane transit stops and consolidate bus stops to improve transit speed and reliability
  • Install a permanent protected bike lane on the west side of Roosevelt Way NE between NE 65th St and the University Bridge to improve safety for people biking
  • Install curb bulbs and pedestrian islands to shorten crossing distances and improve accessibility and visibility
  • Replace substandard curb ramps to meet federal Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements
  • Replace buckled or cracked sidewalks to improve safety for people walking
To learn more about this long-term project, click here!
Social Media Shoutouts
Special recognition to those who actively promote the U District through social media

Check out the above tweet here!

See the above tweet here!

Visit this Instagram photo here!

Thank you for taking the time to read this month's newsletter!



UDP Staff


Elizabeth McCoury, President and CEO


Lea McKee, Event Manager/Community Engagement

Marcus Johnson, Clean and Safe Coordinator


Danielle Andre, Bookkeeper and Accountant  

Alexandra Zelle Rettman, Communications Coordinator    

4516 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105