Safeco Insurance Invests in Community Safety

Safeco Insurance has awarded Seattle Chinatown-ID Public Development Authority’s Community Action Partnership (CAP) public safety program a $5000 grant for 2006 Community Safety Workshops, according to the SCIDPDA newsletter. The workshops will provide neighborhood residents and business owners and workers with the tools to increase personal and vehicle safety, business security, and emergency preparedness.

CAP will partner with the International District Emergency Center, International District Housing Alliance, International District/Chinatown Community Center, Seattle Police Department, and Seattle Fire Department to host the workshops.

For more information or to sign up for a workshop, contact Virgil Domaoan, CAP Manager, at [email protected] or (206) 621-1815.

What’s Going On at the Bush Hotel?

In February 2001, the Nisqually Earthquake caused significant damage to the exterior walls of the Bush Asia Center which includes the Bush Hotel on the corner of Jackson Street and Maynard Avenue. Small sections of the cement plaster and hollow clay tile separated from the building and fell to the ground. Immediately following the earthquake, temporary repairs and protective scaffolding were installed to ensure safety of the building’s residents and commercial tenants and pedestrians.

After nearly four years of negotiations with the federal and state agencies overseeing earthquake repairs, Seattle Chinatown-ID Preservation and Development Authority began work in May 2005 to restore the exterior walls of the building to pre-earthquake condition. The Bush Hotel is identified on the National Historic Registry, and the work will therefore be in accordance and in compliance with historic preservation standards. SCIDPDA is especially excited to restore the building’s large mural, facing Hing Hay Park, to its original historical significance.

Most importantly, the repair work, scheduled for completion in early 2006, will mitigate future earthquake-caused damage, providing a safe and secure environment for low-income residents and commercial/retail tenants in the ID.

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