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Columbia City Gateway Official Opening: Wednesday 9/16

Although the neighborhood has been enjoying it for a few weeks now, the good people behind the Columbia City Gateway project are hosting an official grand opening on Wednesday 9/16 at 4pm. As you head down to hit up the farmer’s market, be sure to swing by. Here’s the official info:

gatewayPlease join us on Wednesday, September 16th, to celebrate the opening of The Gateway located on the site of the historic Columbia School, now home to the Interagency Academy.

It’s time to celebrate the transformation of this corner from a locked and littered field of broken asphalt into a beautiful open space with trees, sitting areas, landscaping, sidewalk benches and lighting for community enjoyment.

The Gateway Opening festivities start at 4pm and will feature:

  • Live music and parade with Jazz Night School
  • Ribbon cutting and crisp speeches
  • Free Gateway balloons for kids (first 100)
  • Performance by Interagency Academy vocalist
  • Free Gateway frisbees (limit 200)
  • Group commemorative sing-a-long
  • Cupcakes compliments of PCC
  • Free Market Bucks with your “I helped open the Gateway” handstamp at the Farmers’ Market after the event (limit 250)
  • Garden Tours

We are grateful to all the Columbia City businesses and residents who donated time, money and effort to create our Gateway, as well as the following organizations:

Our Partners: Seattle School District, The Interagency Academy Students and Staff, City of Seattle, Department of Neighborhoods & Office of Economic Development, Columbia City Business Association and BIA

Our Major Donors: The Wolff Company, Rainier Pacific, Security Properties, PCC Natural Markets, Shirley Marvin Hotel, LR Isabella, Scott Amick, READ WRITE LEARN, Columbia City Pilates, Bank of America

With recognition to: Seattle Parks Foundation, Johnson+Southerland, GMD Custom, Jordan T. Adams, Maher Landscaping and Iris Antman                                                                           .

Please come celebrate with us Wed. Sept 16th at 4pm!


Your Friends of the Gateway

Giving Opportunity: Columbia City Gateway Project

Perspective_Version1.psdAs many are already aware, there’s a community effort to transform the area surrounding 37th and Edmunds into a more welcoming, usable, and inviting part of the neighborhood. The folks behind the Columbia City Gateway project sent out the following reminder that Giving Tuesday (a nice follow-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday) is a great opportunity to get involved with the project:

Many meaningful causes are probably reaching out to you for Giving Tuesday. If you are looking for a very local one with lasting impact, please consider the Columbia City Gateway.

This project will turn the neglected and unsightly corner of 37thand South Edmunds into a welcoming streetscape with a plaza and benches for community gathering. All contributions are tax deductible and will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a $ 100,000 grant from the Department of Neighborhoods.   For the gift that keeps on giving (for decades), any $ 500 or higher tax deductible donation will received a 4-inch bronze medallion embedded in the project.

You can give directly right now at the Seattle Parks Foundation, or you can pick up a pledge form at the Columbia City Bakery or the Shirley Marvin Hotel.

We hope you will consider giving locally and become a Gateway Builder.  For more information, visit Friends of Columbia City Gateway on Facebook



Columbia City Gateway Project Kick-Off Sunday 10/19

The Columbia City Gateway Project has announced a kick-off party this Sunday (10/19) from 3:30-5pm at the Shirley Marvin Hotel on Edmunds (3815). Be sure to check out the video and the links below to find out more.

The Friends of the Columbia City Gateway are having Kick-Off Party on Sunday, October 19th 3:30pm – 5:00pm at the Shirley Marvin Hotel Lobby and you are invited.   The Gateway project will transform the shabby, neglected, and littered corner of the Columbia School (S. Edmunds and 37th) into a handsome, welcoming streetscape.

We have a $100,000 matching fund grant and over $57,000 in donor pledges. Our goal is to raise $100,000 by end of the year!

We welcome anyone who is interested in improving the walkway to and from Light Rail and creating more public gathering space for our neighborhood.

Please join us for a Gateway Kickoff Party
Sunday, October 19, 2014
3:30pm – 5:00pm
• Shirley Marvin Hotel Lobby (3815 S. Edmunds Street)
• Provided: Appetizers, beer, wine and the famous Gateway Cocktail (guaranteed to make connections, just like the our project)

If you can’t come to the party, but want to participant and tell your friends, neighbors and/or customers about the Gateway, here’s some helpful information:

Narrated slide show with before and after images
Seattle Parks Foundation – This organization is our fiscal sponsor and the quickest and easiest way to contribute. Click here to donate:
The Friends of Columbia City Gateway Facebook page

Columbia City Gateway Project Fundraising

The Columbia City Gateway
Take a neglected corner and transform it into something inviting, with planter beds and seating areas beneath the trees. That’s the goal of a group of Columbia City neighbors who want to create a mini-park and plaza that welcomes light-rail commuters and anchors a growing neighborhood. This part of the neighborhood is already a destination for the many people who frequent the Columbia City farmer’s market. A PCC Natural Market and new residences will soon open across the street.
The project at the corner at 37th Avenue South and South Edmunds will add to the vibrancy and livability of Columbia City. With enough donations, the project can reach its goal of completion in 2015

Columbia School: Gateway Project

Johnson + Sutherland, the architects located in the courtyard behind Empire Espresso, have a new Columbia Gateway project posted in their window. As they describe on their website,

CCG DD Rendered PlanJohnson+Southerland is working with the Columbia City Business Association and the Seattle School District to improve the gateway experience into the Columbia City business district from the light rail station. The project is located along South Edmunds Street which is the pedestrian connection from the light rail station to the neighborhood. The site occupies the northeast corner of the Columbia School property and the adjacent right of way.

The design emphasizes a signature streetscape that gives pedestrians a sense that they have arrived somewhere-the “There” there-with a 300′ long wave-shaped

Perspective_Version1.psdconcrete bench, lit at night by solar powered lighting and bold paving patterns that may be repeated all the way to the light rail

station. The design includes a generous stair to an upper park area that will benefit the neighborhood community as well as students and staff at the Columbia School. Park details include seating and a grove of trees in planter boxes to be built by the school’s shop program.

New PCC to Open July 24th

cc-opening-soon-email-renderingHere’s the official press release:

PCC Natural Markets to open new store on July 24 in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood


(Seattle, Wash., July 17, 2015) – PCC Natural Markets (PCC), will open the doors of its new Columbia City store on Friday, July 24 at 9 a.m. The Columbia City PCCis located at 3610 S. Edmunds St. in The Angeline, a mixed-use development at the intersection of Rainier Ave. S. and S. Edmunds St.

The opening of the Columbia City PCC will be preceded by a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Seattle Deputy Mayor Kate Joncas and PCC CEO Cate Hardy at 8:50 am. The public is invited to attend. Store hours going forward will be 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

“We are delighted that we will soon be welcoming shoppers to our new, spacious and state-of-the art store,” said Cate Hardy. “We look forward to serving customers from throughout the Rainier Valley area and to becoming an integral part of the historic Columbia City neighborhood.”

PCC has been serving South Seattle neighborhoods at its smaller Seward Park location for 30 years. The Seward Park PCC will close the on the evening of July 23.

PCC announced plans to be the anchor tenant in The Angeline in January 2013. The 25,000 sq. ft. PCC will offer a full line of natural and organic grocery products, best-in-class produce, full-service meat and seafood departments, and a wide variety of prepared foods and grab ‘n go deli items made fresh daily and on-site. Deli offerings will include a taqueria, noodle bowl bar, pizza, smoothies, espresso drinks and salad, soup and hot food bar choices.

The new store embodies a number of environmentally-responsible features to minimize its carbon footprint in support of the environmental element of PCC’s triple bottom line. The Columbia City PCC will be the first of PCC’s Seattle locations to host a WISErg Harvester that repurposes food scraps from store operations into high quality liquid fertilizer.

The new location features a fully-equipped cooking classroom – just one of many upgrades from the Seward Park location. Classes offered though the PCC Cooks program will begin on August 4. The schedule and registration can be found at

PCC partners with local food banks in each of the neighborhoods its serves to provide nutritious bulk food – purchased with shopper donations – to local residents in need. The Columbia City PCC is partnering with the Rainier Valley Food Bank, Jewish Family Services Food Bank and Chicken Soup Brigade. PCC also is a proud sponsor of the Columbia City Farmers Market, the Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and the Columbia City Gateway Project.

Complimentary 90-minute parking for PCC shoppers is provided in The Angeline parking garage accessible from both Rainier Ave. S. and S. Edmunds St.

Farmers Market Starts Tomorrow

Just a reminder that the first Columbia City Farmers Market of the season kicks off tomorrow from 3-7. For all the info about this year’s vendors, special events, and happenings, click here.

As always (even with PCC/Angeline and Gateway Project construction), the market will take place on Edmunds, right above Columbia Park.

See you all there.