Capitol Hill Community Meeting

Schemata Workshop is pleased to announce that we are part of the winning development team for the sites over the future Capitol Hill Light Rail Station. On May 16th we attended a community outreach meeting hosted by the Capitol Hill Champion Steering Committee. Led by Gerding Edlen, the sites' developer, and joined by Berger Partnership and Hewitt, we answered community questions and presented our early conceptual ideas for the site. 

Boards were provided with information on each building site and for the plaza, retail, and overall concept. They included both conceptual images and images of past projects completed by the development team.

Seattle Farmers Markets provided delicious snacks to nibble on from local farms and Rachel's Ginger Beer handed out samples. 

The CH Champion recorded who attended and what they wanted to see on the site. They had on display all of the compiled community wants from the last 5 years and did a fantastic job encouraging more input.

Staff from each firm on the development team were on hand to answer any questions. We had some great information about affordable housing, programming for the plaza, and future amenities including a day care, community room, and co-working space.

The positive community input was a fantastic experience. This project is one that is uniting the neighborhood, and along with the light rail station, they will bring a new vibrancy to the area.  We can't wait to get started!

ROOTS Breakfast

On May 7th, several of us had the pleasure of preparing breakfast at ROOTS, a young adult shelter located in Seattle's University District.  ROOTS provides "shelter and other essential services to homeless young adults" between the ages of 18-25.  ROOTS (Rising Out Of The Shadows) is located in the basement of the University Temple United Methodist Church, in the church's former social hall.  

Nathan, Andrew and Roma discussing the finer points of pancake-making When we arrived at 6:15, we had to be as quiet as possible, as the shelter's guests were still asleep.  The first order of business, after making coffee of course, was figuring out the layout of the shelter's gigantic kitchen.  Our menu included pancakes, bagels, fruit salad, and sausages, with "dine-in" or "take-away" options provided.  

Nathan, Andrew and Roma discussing the finer points of pancake-making

When we arrived at 6:15, we had to be as quiet as possible, as the shelter's guests were still asleep.  The first order of business, after making coffee of course, was figuring out the layout of the shelter's gigantic kitchen.  Our menu included pancakes, bagels, fruit salad, and sausages, with "dine-in" or "take-away" options provided.  

Margaret and Nathan on bagel duty, just before breakfast was served

Though it was a bit hectic getting everything together, we were able to get everything prepared in time to serve the shelter's guests.  On any given night, ROOTS can host up to 45 guests; when they are at capacity, they work with other organizations to provide shelter to those in need.  It was rewarding for all of us to see that we had helped make the day better for the shelter's guests.  

Executive director Kristine Cunningham explains how ROOTS works

After serving breakfast, Kristine Cunningham, the executive director of ROOTS, gave us a tour of the space, showing how a recent renovation had allowed the shelter to increase its capacity.  She also described how many people end up there; often as a result of "graduating" from the foster care system only to find that they were on their own.  They have seen a correlation between demand and the increased cost of living in Seattle.  

One eye-opener for some of us was the fact that many of the shelter's guests did not fit our preconceived notions of what homelessness looks like; many of the shelter guests were people who you wouldn't guess to be homeless at first glance.  The ROOTS breakfast was the first in a series of events that Schemata is undertaking as part of a "Year of Service" volunteering campaign.