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In April and May 2010, you joined in the process of selecting your hightest priority neighborhood projects to receive Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) funds. Now you will see the results of your efforts.
Newport residents identified more than $1 million worth of eligible projects, for which $280,000 is available. In order to prioritize these proposals, ballots were mailed to all households in the Newport NEP area.
Below is a list of those proposed projects that were selected for funding as a result of your votes, as well as those projects that cannot be funded. The voting results, project descriptions, cost estimates and project managers are listed for the funded projects.
The economic downturn has had a major impact on our community. Like many other agencies and organizations across the country, we are facing a challenging budget cycle with very limited revenues. The city’s goal has been and always will be to continue to provide high-quality programs and services, while minimizing impacts on neighborhoods.
The city is in the process of identifying priorities and building a new service delivery model under the current budget situation. NEP, along with all other city programs and services, is being reviewed and evaluated. Therefore, this could affect our ability to complete NEP projects. We will implement projects as budget allows.
This cycle of Newport NEP has brought many neighbors together. The Newport community has shown tremendous community spirit throughout the whole process. The program can’t succeed without your participation and support. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this challenging economic climate.
Please contact the Program Coordinator Ying Carlson if you have any questions or concerns. Your feedback and suggestions are very important to us.
Projects selected for funding:
The following projects were selected for funding, via your votes. The italicized type shows the ballot number and the number of points the project received in the voting.
(COMPLETE) NP-10-A Playground at Newport Heights Elementary School (Ballot No. NP-5, 1348 pts.)
Construct playground structures at Newport Heights Elementary School available to students during school hours and open to the community when school is not in session. Newport Heights Elementary is one of two special education centers in the Bellevue system. This project would include installation of playground equipment for mainstream children and adaptive play features for special-needs and wheelchair students. Safety surfacing, walkway connections, picnic tables, benches and various amenities would also be included in the project. Estimated cost: $120,000. Project Manager: Ken Kroeger, 425-452-4624, firstname.lastname@example.org
NP-10-B SE 56th St. Sidewalk, 123rd Ave. SE to existing sidewalk end (Ballot No. NP-7, 586 pts.)
Install a six-foot wide concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter on the north side of Southeast 56th Street will begin at the existing sidewalk end, east of 119th Avenue Southeast, and continue east to 123rd Avenue Southeast. Estimated cost: $120,000. Project Manager: Vangie Garcia, 425-452-6103, email@example.com
NP-10-C Tree Removal and Landscaping of SE 56th St. (Ballot No. NP-4, 512 pts.)
Landscape approximately 4,500 square feet of streetscape along Southeast 56th Street, from 123rd Avenue Southeast to the edge of the existing sidewalk in front of the Newport Hills Swim and Tennis Club with attractive trees, shrubs and ground cover. To fit the city's budget, the scope of the project has been reduced from the original ballot item, focusing on the area adjacent to the approved NEP sidewalk. The site can be extended in the future. Existing trees that have been topped by Puget Sound Energy will be removed and replaced with appropriately sized trees and landscaping. Plant selection and design will take into consideration attractiveness, wildlife and salmon friendliness, and sustainability. Estimated cost: $40,000. Project Manager: Melissa Brown, 425-452-4100, MLbrown@bellevuewa.gov
Unfunded Small Capital Projects
Points Ballot No. & Project Title
481 NP13 New Benches in Newcastle Beach Park
428 NP12 Coal Creek Park interpretive signs
376 NP8 123rd Ave. SE. sidewalk, SE 60th St. to SE 61st St.
343 NP1 Ivy Removal at Coal Creek Park
336 NP2 Newport Hills hazardous tree identification & removal
314 NP6 123rd Ave. SE Sidewalk, SE 56th St. to SE 54th St.
262 NP10 SE 60th St. sidewalk, 128th Ave. SE to existing trailhead
260 NP11 Streetlights on 123rd Ave. SE from SE 64th Pl. to SE 65th Pl.
214 NP14 Supplemental funds for the Newport Hills community art
213 NP3 Landscaping of Coal Creek Pkwy at SE 66th St. NP3
209 NP9 123rd Ave. SE sidewalk, SE 65th St. to SE 65th Pl.