North Link Light Rail update – Spring Open Houses and the fate of Standard Radio

I love North Link Light Rail update emails, and they get more and more frequent every month. Here are some Roosevelt Station-related tidbits from today’s installment.

Spring Open House dates

Sound Transit is holding a round of Spring Open Houses to show off current design plans for the three North Link stations, and to hear from the neighborhoods about said stations.

Northgate Station: Tuesday, May 17
Olympic View Elementary School Cafeteria
504 NE 95th Street

Roosevelt Station: Thursday, May 26
Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center Gymnasium
6535 Ravenna Avenue NE

Brooklyn Station: Thursday, June 9
Hotel Deca Grand Ballroom
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE

The open houses run between 6-8:30PM, with a presentation starting at 6:30PM.

Standard Radio: Not a Landmark

At the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board meeting held on March 2 (agenda; minutes not yet available), the board determined that the Standard Radio building (at about NE 65th St and 12th Avenue NE) does not qualify as a historic landmark.

Old Standard Records building, Roosevelt

Current designs for the dual entrance Roosevelt Station show the southern entrance overlapping the footprint of the Standard Radio building. This does not sound good for the 64-year-old piece of Roosevelt history, but I offer Standard Radio fans a glimmer of hope (from today’s North Link Project Update email):

Although the building is not officially designated a landmark, Sound Transit recognizes its importance to the neighborhood. In response to community requests, Sound Transit will attempt to preserve the “Standard” sign or other components of the building and will consider how they might be incorporated into the station design.

More information about the North Link Light Rail Project can be found on Sound Transit’s North Link Project homepage.