Eugene Cho

neighborhood goodfellas

Not many people know about the Interbay neighborhood in Seattle.  You have to basically mention Ballard in order for people to have an idea where it’s located in Seattle.  But soon – everyone will have heard of Interbay.  It’s been in the news and will continue to be in the news in the upcoming years.  It’s one of the few “neighborhoods” that have yet to be developed in Seattle. 

Interbay is 35 acres situated to the east of BNSF railroad tracks and to the west of 15th Ave. West,  Interbay straddles West Dravus Street bounded by Emerson Street to the north and by the Interbay Golf Course to the south.  West Dravus Street serves to connect  the hills of Magnolia and Queen Anne. Interbay sits adjacent to the Salmon Bay Marina and 44 acres of existing public playfields, golf course, P-patch and green space.

Supposedly, there are only five homes in the the 35 acres and the plans are to create mix-used housing so that about 2000+ residents will likely be moving into the neighbordhood through apartments, condos, etc.  But slowly, the neighborhood is changing.  Developers and businesses are moving in anticipating that there will be a radical transformation from an industrial zone to a mix-usage urban neighborhood.

We’ve had the following businesses in the area:  QFC, Starbucks, Pagliacci, Red Mill Burgers, Interbay Golf Course, and a few other small businesses.  Recently, the following folks have moved in:  Denali Fitness, Pop Multimedia, Dusty Strings, and the Omni Group.  Even Whole Foods is moving into the neighborhood.  And what would a neighorhood be without a Sex Club. 

It’s changing fast and Quest has the unique privilege of actually playing a substantive role in helping create the neighborhood.  One of our associate pastors, Ray Bartel, has served the neighborhood as the co-chair of the Interbay Neighborhood Association and been in regular dialogue with the City of Seattle in regards to the future development of the neighborhood.

Here’s a recent picture of Ray [middle person] posing with couple other neighbhorhood folks doing their best impression of  Gangstas or Goodfellas.  Dang, they look intimidating!

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Here’s a recent article about what’s going on in the Interbay neighborhood [Seattle Times].

Each day hundreds of cars bound for Magnolia or Queen Anne drive past the restaurants and markets that line West Dravus Street. But to the north and south of Dravus, the area is a jumble of squat industrial and office buildings, fenced-off storage yards and a handful of old houses, most of them empty.

“It is fairly run-down. It hasn’t been cared for,” says Steve Coffin, a veterinarian who practices in the area.

A radical makeover could be in store for the Dravus neighborhood. A group of business and property owners has proposed up to 1,400 apartments or condos — affordable units, supporters insist — in towers up to 125 feet tall, with shops at street level. [read full article]

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3 Responses

  1. Randall says:

    I say we try to be good neighbors to local businesses by sending teams to visit.

    I volunteer myself to visit the sex club.

  2. […] ‘No Man’s Land’ to Urban Village.  On Saturday, I posted an entry about the changes in the neighborhood and some of our older and newer neighbors: We’ve had the following businesses in the area:  QFC, […]

  3. Pat says:

    Very cool story. I used to work in Interbay – at Quardev Labs, which shares the building with POP. In fact I was at Mulleady’s for lunch Sunday also. It’s good to see Interbay developing, and Quest involved.

    And I didn’t realize that OmniGroup was there – they make BEAUTIFUL software!!

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

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my tweets

  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 2 days ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 2 days ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 2 days ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 5 days ago
  • Father, bless these Iraqi and Syrian refugee children that have already endured so much. As we pray, teach us how t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 6 days ago
  • Pray for Iraq. Pray for persecuted Church, minority groups (Yezidis) and Muslims alike who are suffering under ISIS: instagram.com/p/BZF2j6Ngrna/ || 6 days ago