West Seattle, Washington
Just last night, the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s monthly meeting (story still in the works) included a recap of where the Admiral Safeway redevelopment project stands. It was asked at the time if anyone knew the date for the next Southwest Design Review Board meeting on the project – which is supposed to focus on the last point of board concern, the new store’s California SW frontage; the date wasn’t posted last night but it is now, on the city’s Design Review/Upcoming site: February 11th. The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center; it could be the last SWDRB meeting on the project if board members give their approval. (Like The Kenney‘s redevelopment on the other end of West Seattle, this project also includes a rezoning request, so it will also require City Council approval along the way.)
Thanks to Cindi Barker from Morgan Community Association for the update that the city has granted a request to extend the comment period for The Kenney‘s redevelopment-rezoning request, reported here earlier this week. The comment period now will be held open till February 3rd; the notice posted online includes a link you can use to send in your comment(s). The Kenney project also will be discussed at the quarterly MoCA meeting next week (as noted here last night).
EDITOR’S NOTE: TFN, we will keep this item updated with all West Seattle/White Center fundraising efforts we hear about – you can contact us any of these ways, or leave a comment and we will pull it up into the story – thanks! (LATEST UPDATE: 1/30 MORNING
ONGOING AND NEW FUNDRAISERS WITH WEST SEATTLE CONNECTIONS:
NEW – CRUTCHES COLLECTED ASAP: For a medical team’s flight to Haiti this weekend. Go here for details.
EDDIE VEDDER SINGLE FUNDRAISER: West Seattle’s most famous rocker is donating proceeds of a cut you can download now for 99 cents – details here.
VALENTINE’S DAY ART SALE: Artist Stephanie Hargrave, co-owner of West Seattle’s smallclothes, is hosting a “Give Your Love to Haiti” art sale with all proceeds to Haiti relief on February 14 at her studio (across from the shop), according to a note Kelly forwarded. More info to come.
ARTIST CHALLENGES OTHERS: West Seattle artist Todd Martin has a challenge (as he donates 65% of his sales) – read it here.
SOLD HOME DESIGN: Maria Groen of Sold Home Décor (WSB sponsor), 9003 35th Ave SW, says her shop “is teaming with artist Linda Thorson to donate 10% of all art sales to Lutheran World Relief for the emergency response to efforts in Haiti. This donation opportunity continues through February 7th.” Find out more about LInda’s work at the Sold Home Décor website.
BRUCE BUTTERFIELD: A challenge to local real-estate agents from local Prudential NW Realty agent Bruce Butterfield, who announced today that he will support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti by donating $100 from each home purchase or sale he completes, now through the end of June 2010, to Doctors Without Borders.
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For those who have asked about the woman hurt when a car hit her as she walked across California SW at SW Dakota yesterday morning, friend Bob Carroll e-mailed this information:
As of this morning, her injuries include 2 broken legs (both may require surgery), fractures of the 4th and 5 th vertebrates, a broken clavicle, and a head injury. She had orthopedic surgery this morning, but I haven’t heard the outcome yet. She has been alert and talkative, and the informal feedback from nursing staff is that this is good sign.
This corresponds with information we obtained through the Fire Department, which transported the 53-year-old crash victim to the hospital. As we reported yesterday, it may be months before there is a decision on whether the 81-year-old driver will be cited.
The forecast looks a tiny bit better for tomorrow night, when more than three dozen local businesses and venues welcome you to stop by between 6 and 9 pm for the next monthly West Seattle Art Walk. You can start plotting your course now by going to the official Art Walk website — which has previews of some of the artists you’ll see, all over the peninsula. The business lineup changes every quarter – some come, some go – the lineup for January through March, more than three dozen strong, includes seven WSB sponsors that are literally all over the (West Seattle) map: Click! Design That Fits in Admiral, Skylark Cafe and Club in North Delridge, Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, Mural and Wallflower Custom Framing in The Junction, Feedback Lounge in Morgan Junction, and Sold Home Decor in Westwood. You’ll also find participants that are hot spots for art any time of the month, including Twilight Artist Collective in The Junction, celebrating its fifth anniversary. Keep an eye on the Art Walk site for more previews, and we’ll bring you the walking map (printable!) as soon as we get it – 6 to 9 tomorrow night, all over West Seattle.
Tomorrow’s the day for a new round of closure/changes because of the East Marginal Way Grade Separation, the latest in the big line of road projects affecting people driving between West Seattle and points east/north. Here’s the advisory from the city’s SODO Traffic list:
East Marginal Way Grade Separation Construction begins tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 14
When complete, the new overpass will decrease traffic delays, improve business access and increase safety. The new structure will be in service by mid-2011.
· The right-hand east bound lane of S Spokane St between E Marginal Way and Duwamish Way will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. January 14, 15 and 18.
* All lanes on S Spokane St will be open between 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.
* The permanent closure of the northbound lane of Duwamish Way begins January 14.
* Both lanes of Duwamish Way will be closed for the duration of the project beginning February 1.
(WSB photo by Christopher Boffoli)
A month and a half after taking office as King County Executive, Dow Constantine keynoted today’s annual lunch meeting of his hometown Chamber of Commerce. Among many topics in his 14-minute speech, Constantine assured the crowd at Salty’s on Alki that the county is committed to the West Seattle and Vashon runs of the King County Water Taxi. Within view of Salty’s, work is under way on dock upgrades for the Water Taxi to use at Seacrest when the new season starts in April; but that’s still a longterm temporary dock, and Constantine says they’re still working to figure out the permanent location. We’ll have video up soon from his speech, in case you missed it, as well as a few more highlights in text. ADDED 3:51 PM: The County Executive’s big theme was that he’s midway through his first 100 days. When he gets to the end of those first 100 days, he’ll roll out his blueprint for his vision of a more efficient, more responsive county government. He says he’s also committed to making sure that in these budget-crunched times, Metro gets the biggest bang for its buck. ADDED 5:02 PM: Video of the Constantine speech in its entirety:
A WSB’er e-mailed to ask for an update on the future Westwood Village liquor store. We thought we’d share the answer in case you were wondering too: The lease is finalized, according to the state Liquor Control Board, and they’re hoping to be open in early April. (If you missed our earlier stories – they’re opening in part of the former Famous Footwear storefront on the north side of the shopping center; it’s the replacement for the Morgan Junction store that closed in September 2008.
11:54 AM: That’s video of work being done at the slope with the slide that shut down Beach Drive in the 6000 block – south of there, it’s closed to the Lowman Beach intersection (as first reported here very early this morning), since there are no outlets. SDOT told us at the scene at midmorning that they needed to evaluate the stability of the top of the slope before figuring out what needed to be done to stabilize it, and how soon the road could be reopened. Note that Route 37 buses are being detoured TFN. We’re continuing to check with SDOT for the latest and will add updates as we get them. 2:02 PM UPDATE: Just checked the scene. Road’s still closed, and as some have noted, the tricky thing is that there is no signage at Jacobson, which is the last place to head east/uphill before the closure – so we’re seeing many people drive all the way up to the closure, be surprised, and turn around to head back. Here’s the latest from Marybeth Turner at SDOT:
The urban forestry crews expect to wrap up, and then we will clean up and set up traffic control to reopen Beach Drive, except for restriction to one lane at slide site. Goal is to reopen by 5 pm. We will continue to monitor the site through the weekend.
5:29 PM UPDATE: The road’s open again, per the Metro alert that says 37 and 53 are back on their regular routes.
(WSB December photo of West Seattle totem pole in Parks Department possession after recovery in OR)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
No, not back on its home pedestal (35th/Alaska) yet – but a plan is starting to take shape after a meeting Tuesday with the West Seattle Rotarians’ task force and reps from the Parks Department and art-restoration specialists Artech.
From the WSB West Seattle Events calendar:
POLITICS: New King County Executive Dow Constantine is keynote speaker at the annual luncheon meeting of the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce today, 11:30 am at Salty’s on Alki. And tonight at 7, it’s the monthly meeting of West Seattle’s biggest political organization, the 34th District Democrats; meeting’s at The Hall at Fauntleroy as usual; here’s the agenda.
EDUCATION: Two events of note tonight: The Madison Middle School PTSA invites all West Seattle parents of future high-schoolers to tonight’s meeting, since they’re having presentations on at least three area high schools (details here); at 6 pm, Fauntleroy Children’s Center hosts a presentation on Early Literacy (details here).
(WSB photo added 10:12 am)
ORIGINAL 2:28 AM REPORT: Thanks to Leslie (via e-mail) and Susan (via Facebook) for sending word of a road closure on Beach Drive. We checked with Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith, who confirms that “SDOT responded to a landslide in the 6000 block of Beach Drive (map) … SDOT determined the landslide posed a risk to the public and closed the street.” He says that right now, there’s “no time frame for reopening the street.” We plan to check on its status before morning commute. 7:38 AM UPDATE: Still closed, per SDOT’s Rick Sheridan:
The road in the vicinity of 6031 Beach Drive SW was closed late last night due to a landslide risk. Concerns about a tree sliding onto the road due to wet soil conditions caused the city to close the roadway area for safety reasons. Metro has been notified and will reroute their buses based on this closure. We will reevaluate the area once we have daylight to determine how to stabilize the area and reopen the roadway.
As noted in comments (also thanks to Robert for the e-mail tip), Route 37 buses are rerouted because of the closure. Metro’s e-mail alert says:
Route 37 inbound service is temporarily rerouted this morning due to a mudslide at 48th Av SW & Beach Dr SW. Please use stops on 49th Av SW north of SW Hudson St or on Beach Dr SW north of SW Jacobson Rd.
You can sign up for route-specific alerts by starting with the box in the right sidebar here.
9:48 AM: We’re at the scene and will post a separate update soon with video/pix. Still no ETA for reopening the road – SDOT still has to evaluate the stability of the top of the slope. It’s closed from the 6000 block on the north to the Lowman Beach intersection on the south.
Story and photo by Christopher Boffoli
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
At Tuesday night’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting: Information from SDOT on the implementation of the West Seattle Junction on-street parking changes (as well as discussion of some wider transportation issues), updates on the status of Junction Plaza Park, and a plug for West Seattleites to attend upcoming Southwest District Council meetings.