About

Mission

We provide our community with a unified venue to learn about, evaluate and guide the outcome of future development within the Central Area. We foster relationships between residents, developers and City officials, advocating for a vision that is inclusive, sustainable and thoughtful

Interested in land use and our 101

Bios

Tova Cubert 

Chair

Tova is a “visual strategist” working with companies of all sizes to create and implement initiatives to reach and retain customers. Her background includes stints at NBBJ as the Creative Director for the retail group, and consulting with companies such as Microsoft Mobile and Windows groups, Delta Airlines, Motorola, and PayPal. She uses her visual acuity and vast knowledge of retail and consumer habits to inform her work. Her interest in how retail impacts neighborhoods and public spaces, prompted her to joining the LURC in 2014. In 2012, Tova started an arts-focused nonprofit, Favorite Art Projects, creating retail experiences featuring mostly functional objects made by visual artists. Favorite’s inaugural project was at The Henry Art Gallery, at The University of Washington. Tova grew up in California’s Central Coast, moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she studied Art and Architectural History. In 1997, Tova moved to the Central District, bought a little 1903 Victorian and has been working on it ever since.

Bill Zosel

Vice Chair

Bill has lived in the Central Area since 1979. He has participated in the community council for his neighborhood, Squire Park, for much of that time. He participated in the process that produced the Central Area Neighborhood Plan and, in particular, the Neighborhood Plan for the 12th Avenue Urban Center Village. Since the adoption of the Neighborhood Plan he has participated in the stewardship committee for the 12th Avenue Plan. The inspiration to take part in the neighborhood arose in 1992 when he saw the results of neighbors getting together to forge an agreement among the community, the City of Seattle, and Seattle University that changed the course of development in the neighborhood in a significant and positive way.

Dennis Comer 

Dennis Comer is a retired military officer who has relocated to Seattle and has decided to help his wife run her small vegan dessert bakery. As a small business owner, Dennis participated in the Seattle Commercial Affordability Committee. Dennis volunteered to lend his leadership in the formation of the Central Area Collaborative and now acts as the program manager.  Dennis has a BS in Computer Science from Prairie View A&M University, an M.S. in Operations Research and Systems Analysis from the Florida Institute of Technology  a Masters in Profession Studies in Publishing from The George Washington University (District of Columbia) and is currently pursuing a MS in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University. Dennis is currently pursuing his private pilots certificate as he anticipates a career change in the next 3 years.

Jeff Floor 

Jeff Floor graduated from the University of Utah in 1983 with a degree in painting and drawing, pursued the allure of the art-world mecca, New York City, only to realize that the commodification of art was more than his psyche could handle. Rededicating his livelihood to one that could address human-made impact on this planet, entered the UW architecture program in 1985, graduating in 1990 with an MArch and a certificate in Urban Design. Worked at Arai/Jackson, Arrellano Christofides, Miller Hull and currently at LMN Architects. Resident of Leschi since 1995, where he and wife Delia have raised two sons, both of whom attended Washington Middle School and Garfield High School (Theo GHS  Class of 2011; Mitso, Class of 2015). Committee member for the creation of the Officer Timothy Brenton memorial on 29th Avenue, a tutor at WMS and board member of the Leschi Community Council.

Bill Bradburd 

Bill Bradburd is a retired information systems consultant who became interested land use issues a few years ago as changes and gentrification began disrupting his neighborhood, Jackson Place, near Little Saigon. Besides being active with his community council and district council, he chairs the Seattle Neighborhood Coalition, is co-chair of the City Neighborhood Council Budget Committee, and provides guidance to community groups around the city.

Mike Moedritzer

Mike Moedritzer grew up in St. Louis. He has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Washington University Architecture School in 1981, and a Master’s Degree in Architecture with an Urban Design Certificate from the University of Washington in 1988. He has worked as an architect in Seattle for a number of firms, designing mostly low-income housing, including the Seattle Housing Authority’s Rainier Vista redevelopment. He has also done civic duty volunteering on citizen advisory panels helping the City of Seattle develop the original design review process, rewrite land use code for commercial and multi-family zones, and write neighborhood-specific design guidelines for the University District. He currently works at GGLO Architecture. Mike’s ties to the Central Area began with his three kids at Washington Middle School and later Garfield High School. He’s lived in Colman Park since 2004.

 

Donna Moodie

Donna is a local restaurateur, proprietor of Marjorie restauarant and Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantains. She is President and CEO of Mint Holdings, a food and design company she created in 2008. Donna also serves as a Mayor appointed commissioner for the Seattle Center. She is a former Board President and Director of the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas, and served on the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation Board.
Donna enthusiastically parents her son Max, travels, and occasions boxing and yoga studios in Seattle, paddleboarding when whether permits.

 

Joy Jacobson

(bio forthcoming)

 

Interested in seeing what we have done

How we work/What we do

The committee believes that the world will only continue to grow in population, forcing communities to constantly adapt and reevaluate how best to live with another, and that the most powerful tool available to us is our own sheer will to be shapers of that future rather than mere bi-products of change. Starting from that base assumption, we view each new development not as a necessary evil of society but as an opportunity to shape the structures and environments that our future generations will inherit. Through monthly public meetings, we invite potential developers to engage in a two-way dialogue with the community regarding their preliminary design proposal, giving developer’s critical feedback by which to adjust their projects in order to better suit the community’s needs. The goal of this group is not to stop development but to make it better than it otherwise would be had the neighborhood not engaged the developer into discussion. We look to the future, with a healthy respect for our past, and hope that those joining us in discussion will share our passion for the opportunities that lie ahead when we put our heads together in collaboration.