City of Seattle seeks candidate for Pioneer Square Preservation Board

City of Seattle seeks candidate for Pioneer Square Preservation Board (PDF)

The city of Seattle invites residents to apply for the open architect position on the Pioneer Square Preservation Board. Individuals who have an interest in the historical preservation of the district are encouraged to apply.

The 10-member Pioneer Square Preservation Board reviews land use, new construction, changes of use, facade alterations, signs, and street improvements within the Pioneer Square Preservation District. Members serve a term of three years and are eligible for reappointment. Applicants must reside within the city of Seattle and should send a letter of interest and resume by March 22, 2012.

The goals of the board are to preserve, protect and enhance the historic character of the Pioneer Square Historic District. The board is composed of two district property owners, two architects and one of each of the following – retail business owner, attorney, historian/ architectural historian, human services representative, member-at-large, and a young adult appointed through the Get Engaged Boards and Commissions program.

Board meetings are held 9:00 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. In addition, board members may be asked to serve on an additional committee which also meets twice a month.

To apply, email your letter and resume by March 22 to Genna.Nashem[at]seattle.gov (reference Pioneer Square Preservation Board in the subject line). To submit a paper copy, address it to: Genna Nashem, Pioneer Square Preservation Board Coordinator, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the city’s boards and commissions. Women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, young persons, senior citizens, persons of color, and immigrants are encouraged to apply.

The Pioneer Square Preservation District is coordinated by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Historic Preservation Program. The Historic Preservation Program handles the identification and protection of more than 450 historic structures, site, objects, and vessels, as well as eight historic districts throughout Seattle. For more information, contact 206.684.0464.

Strobe Smoke Alarms for Seattle Residents

Pioneer Square residents may qualify for a free smoke alarm from the fire department. The Seattle Fire Department is providing and installing Gentex strobe smoke alarms that plug into an outlet. There is no cost for the smoke alarm or installation. Seattle residents who are deaf or hard of hearing would be considerably safer with a strobing smoke alarm should they experience a fire at home. A working smoke alarm is known to reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%.

To qualify, a person must be Deaf or Hard of Hearing and live in Seattle. Renters need permission from landlords before they can be installed.

Contact William Mace of the Fire Prevention Division at (206) 386-1337 or email william.mace at seattle.gov. Check the Smoke Alarms webpage for more information.

First Hill Streetcar Community Open House

The second First Hill Streetcar Community Open House will be on Wednesday, March 7 at the Silver Cloud Hotel from 4pm to 7pm.

Construction will begin in April on the First Hill Streetcar, which will have a major stop in Pioneer Square. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is hosting two open house meetings for the public to learn about the project and what to expect during construction, and to meet the project team.

For more information click here for the First Hill Streetcar Open House Invitation PDF.

Historic Pioneer Building Energy Efficiency Tour

Interior storm windows are being added to the Pioneer Building to make it more energy efficient.

What: Interior Storm Window Installation for Historic Buildings
When: Saturday, February 25, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: Pioneer Building, 601 First Avenue, Seattle WA 98104

Register: $10 members; $15 general public; $5 students

Is it possible to save beautiful, historic windows and yet bring their thermal efficiency close to Energy Star levels of performance? Is it possible for historic preservation and energy performance to happen at the same time? The forward-thinking folks at the iconic Pioneer Building are proving that it can be done! With help from the local family business, Windovative Design LLC, they are installing interior storm windows throughout this landmark office building in the heart of Pioneer Square. The Pioneer Building demonstrates that this can be done with windows of all shapes and sizes. Join Van Calvez, MSE, LEED AP to see how historic windows can be made to provide warmth, comfort and energy savings, without replacement.

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