Photo by Michael Craft: This photo shows what a driver sees when approaching the intersection of West McGraw and Seventh Avenue West heading eastbound.
Photo by Michael Craft: This photo shows what a driver sees when approaching the intersection of West McGraw and Seventh Avenue West heading eastbound.

Pedestrians and parents concerned for their or their children’s safety crossing a busy intersection on Queen Anne can breathe a little bit easier.

The Department of Neighborhoods announced recently it had awarded the Coe Kids Crossing Community Group a matching funds grant for $49,000. When combined with community funds raised, the Seattle Department of Transportation will make crosswalk safety improvements at Seventh Avenue West and West McGraw Street.

“We are extremely fortunate to have been chosen as one of the 21 grant recipients out of 44 submissions,” said Queen Anne Community Council President Paula Mueller, who helped spearhead the effort. “This was due in no small part to the great work by all the volunteers who have worked to promote the project throughout the neighborhood, the local businesses who lent their support, the leadership, faculty, staff, parents at Coe Elementary School, and the other civic leaders and elected officials who endorsed the proposal and, most of all, the extraordinary generosity of our Queen Anne neighbors who have pledged so generously. This has been truly a community-wide effort!”

Currently, the intersection has a painted crosswalk on the east side of Seventh Avenue West but no crossing aids that alert drivers of children or anyone else trying to cross there. Mueller said the community group learned the city’s Neighborhood Matching Grant fund was its best option to raise the money needed to make any safety improvements.

Once the money is secure, SDOT will install a concrete floating curb-bulb on the northeast corner of the intersection and replacing the painted one that exists there now.  The floating curb will allow pedestrians to stay safely out of the way until vehicles stop and people can step into the crosswalk. The grant funding will also pay for new signage that will be more visible to drivers.  

Mueller said once the group has its fiscal sponsorship official in place with the Parks Foundation, it will then be able to accept actual donations.

The amount of the community match needed is $28,420, which covers 50 percent of the actual construction costs, plus fees and insurance charged for services and insurance by our fiscal sponsor. As of mid-November, the group had almost $13,000 in pledges, with a little over $15,000 more to raise through cash donations and volunteer time contributions.

Mueller said the group will continue to campaign to continue to inform even more people in the community. Residents can still pledge at https://forms.gle/WVm9fP64RE3uMeF89.

The Coe crossing project was one of 21 community-initiated projects that received awards through the Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s Neighborhood Matching Fund, which offers grants to organizations committed to fostering and building their community.

The $49,000 awarded to the Coe Kids Crossing Community Group was among the higher amounts granted by the Department of Neighborhood. Grants ranged from $18,900 to $50,000, according to a city press release. To receive the grant, community groups must first demonstrate they can match the award through local cash donations, volunteer hours, donated materials and in-kind professional services.