West Seattle meetings next week take on microhousing & Metro

May 30, 2013 at 11:00 pm | In Arbor Heights, Southwest District Council, Transportation, West Seattle housing, West Seattle news, Westwood | 1 Comment

Two local meetings next week feature two hot topics:

MICROHOUSING @ SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: After stirring concern in other parts of the city, “microhousing” started turning up here (browse WSB development coverage), and now the City Council is considering setting new rules for it. Here’s the recent memo from Councilmembers Tom Rasmussen and Nick Licata and Council President Sally Clark to Department of Planning and Development director Diane Sugimura, who is scheduled to discuss microhousing at the Southwest District Council‘s monthly meeting next Wednesday (June 5th). Also on the agenda: A Seattle Public Schools manager with updates on the school construction projects in the works here (which include the Fairmount Park addition and the new Arbor Heights and Genesee Hill schools). The meeting’s at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Southwest Teen Life Center/Pool (2801 SW Thistle).

METRO @ WWRHAH COUNCIL – AGENDA/GUESTS UPDATE: We’ve already mentioned that the new Westwood Roxhill Arbor Heights Community Council will focus its entire meeting on Metro next Tuesday (June 4th), and you’re invited even if you’re not within WWRHAH boundaries – there’ll be lots of time for community questions. WWRHAH chair Amanda Helmick has shared the agenda/guest list – read on:

Attendees: Metro Transit
Community Relations Planner: DeAnna Martin
Doug Johnson
David Hull

6:30 – 7:00: WWRHAH CC Business

7:00 – 8:00: Q/A from Community Council with Metro Transit

1) Bus layovers on Barton St cover a large portion of Roxhill Park. This makes it hard to see what is happening inside the park from the street. We have had some crime there, including an armed robbery. What is Metro’s intention for the Westwood Village area? Is Westwood Village to become a Transit Center?

a. Follow Up: There are a lot of bus routes now terminating at Westwood Village. Is there a plan for any of those routes to connect back to White Center?

2) Arbor Heights Residents will be without bus service if this next round of cuts are allowed to take place. Will there be an addition of connector buses to bring AH residents to a Rapid Ride area?

3) Routes such as the Commuter Routes 113/118/119 are slated to be cut. What routes do Metro assume these bus riders will use?

4) It appears as if Metro is forcing all of West Seattle to use the Rapid Ride buses. Given the scheduling and overcrowding problems already experienced:

a. What aspects of Rapid Ride does Metro consider successful and which parts are being improved?
b. How does Metro propose to solve the problem of additional overcrowding if the other listed routes are cut?

8:00 – 9:00: Open to Community for Metro Questions

WWRHAH has moved its meeting to a larger venue since Metro is of interest to so many – 6:30 pm Tuesday, Chief Sealth International High School Library, 2600 SW Thistle.

1 Comment

  1. I can hardly wait for the new school to be built on the Genesee Hill site. It is a very nice setting for an elementary school and will fit into the neighborhood well, in my opinion.

    Comment by Nice Schools — 7:23 am May 31, 2013 #

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