Groundswell NW and the broader Ballard / Crown Hill community have identified unused City Light substations as opportunities for community use for over 20 years. Now Seattle City Light has begun the process to sell seven NW Seattle substation properties (more info at 

Groundswell NW, the Seattle Green Spaces Coalition and Sunset Hill Community Association co-sponsored a community meeting on October 18 to hear from City Light about their plans and let them know about neighborhood concerns and goals (see video of the meeting here). Councilmember Mike O'Brien and representatives from Seattle Parks and Department of Neighborhoods also participated.

City Light will hold a community information meeting at 7pm on Monday November 6 and a public hearing at 7pm on Thursday November 16, both at the Ballard First Lutheran Church, 2006 NW 65th St. If you are interested in community use for any of these properties, please attend and spread the word! If you are unable to attend either of these events, then please consider providing your comments to before the Nov 17 deadline.

Dave Boyd
Groundswell NW Board Member