West Seattle, Washington
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Note the red Hiawatha Volleyball shirts worn by the second group of girls in this two-part photo posted on Instagram by the UW Volleyball program last Friday night – thanks to Bri’Anna for sending us the link, and reporting:
Coach Al invited his 10-11 Hiawatha Community Center volleyball team (and their families) out to watch the UW Volleyball team play Cal State Northridge (Friday) night. It has been an exciting evening! He is an awesome coach and SPS bus driver. He’s been coaching for over 10 years and it shows. The entire first game was used to explain hits, scoring, positioning, and more! These girls are lucky to have him!
Want to cheer them on? We asked about upcoming games, and Coach Al himself sent this list:
9/24 5:30 @ Rainier CC
10/3 5:30 @ Jefferson Gym
10/10 5:30 Queen Anne Gym
10/14 5:30 Hiawatha
10/21 5:30 Hiawatha
Whether you want to cheer or know someone who wants to play, keep an eye on local city-run community centers’ seasonal brochures – here’s the one for fall – for info on both leagues and drop-in programs, in a variety of sports.
After eleven months of construction, the DESC building at 5444 Delridge Way SW, intended to house more than 60 people who otherwise would be homeless, is a few months from completion. If you are interested in an update and/or have questions about what’s happening as it gets closer to opening, the project’s Advisory Committee is meeting tomorrow night – 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW) – and the agenda is on the project website.
That site north of Morgan Junction at 5911 42nd SW (map), once suggested for possible city purchase as open space, now has a development proposal in the works. County records show the site is owned by the nearby West Seattle Church of the Nazarene, and according to Department of Planning and Development online files, it’s proposed for six townhouses on the west side of the parcel, across an alley from multifamily housing and business properties that front California SW.
There’s a twist: The 18,000-square-foot site is zoned as three single-family-home lots, so rezoning to LR-1 (lowrise 1, allowing three stories) is proposed to allow the townhomes, each of which would have a 2-car garage, according to the site plan on file. The project page on the DPD website describes the project as a “contract” rezone – meaning permission would be sought for a rezone just for this purpose – and mentions that the plan would include “… PUDA agreement to provide remainder of land as public open space.” (PUDA is short for Property Use and Development Agreement, explained here along with contract rezones.)
This is a brand-new proposal; the city page also mentions a “pre-application site visit” just this past Friday. Rezone proposals require City Council approval, so this would have a ways to go in public process before final approval. We have a message out to the church in hopes of finding out more, especially about the open-space component, and will update with whatever we find out.
QUADRATO: Four months after unveiling his plan, proprietor Cary Kemp says the sandwich/pizza/coffee shop at 4304 SW Oregon between Brunette Mix (WSB sponsor) and Many Moons is close to opening – likely either next Monday (September 30th) or the Monday after that (October 7th). We dropped by the cozy shop for photos today.
You might also have noticed Quadrato’s neon sign (upper left of photo above) that’s up – smaller than the one at Kemp’s other eatery, Pizzeria 22. Quadrato does have a website – quadrato.co. The menu, says Kemp, is in final development.
BRICKYARD: We’ve received a few tips about activity at the long-shuttered Brickyard BBQ location in The Admiral District (2308 California SW). And evidence suggests it is indeed getting set to reopen:
The flyer posted on its locked gate is a liquor-license application under the name Milo’s Brickyard Grill. One of our tipsters, Eric, says he talked with people there working in the space who said they’re hoping to open within a week or so, depending on when the license is granted. Nobody there when we went by for a photo but we’ll check back.
Tunnel-digging – which resumed today – is NOT all that’s happening along the Highway 99 corridor nearest us. The photo above, shared by WSDOT on the WSB Flickr page, shows what’s being dug next to the tunnel machine’s launch pit south of what’s left of the Alaskan Way Viaduct. This site will hold the South Portal Operations Building for the tunnel, explained by WSDOT: “The building – along with a similar one at the tunnel’s future north portal – will house the equipment needed for the safe operation of the tunnel, including emergency generators, ventilation fans and parking space for maintenance vehicles.”
This project is part of what the combined Stakeholders Groups were briefed about last Tuesday. We cover those quarterly-or-so briefings when we can, because they are usually chock full of news about road projects affecting us, but this time it was in direct conflict with the big Seattle Public Schools announcement – so we weren’t there. However, the presentation from the meeting is online now, and if you want a quick update on what’s up, the toplines include:
*Findings on another tunnel-tolling scenario (page 4)
*More on the aforementioned South Portal building and the Atlantic St. overpass (page 8)
*Progress report on the Highway 99 timber bridge project south of the WS Bridge (page 50)
One hour a day, one day a week – can you spare that to tutor a student? Invest in Youth needs tutors for Roxhill Elementary in West Seattle (and four others listed below if you work off the peninsula) –
Here’s your opportunity to give back. For one hour, just once a week on your way home from work, you can go into a nearby Seattle grade school and tutor a child who needs a little extra help with his or her studies. Invest in Youth is looking for additional tutors for the 2013 – 2014 school year.
Participating in Invest in Youth requires a tutoring commitment of one hour per week (with several holidays) for the duration of the school year. Upon joining the program, you will be paired with an elementary school student in 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and work with that same student for the entire year, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses while tracking their progress from week to week. It is an extremely rewarding experience for both students and their tutors!
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) begins its fall semester today.
BUDGET SPEECHES: It’s budget season for local elected officials and the big events happen today – at 11 am, King County Executive Dow Constantine announces his, and at 2 pm, Mayor Mike McGinn announces his. Details to follow.
THOUGHTS ON SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S FUTURE? City Librarian Marcellus Turner comes to West Seattle Branch Library tonight for a community conversation, 5:30-6:45 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)
DELRIDGE GROCERY: As the announcement e-mail from Delridge Grocery puts it:
Your next, in-person opportunity to become a member/owner of Delridge’s future co-op grocery store is in (tonight). Please meet us at the Delridge branch of the Public Library at 5423 Delridge Way SW on Monday, September 23rd between 6:30 and 7:30pm to sign up with your cash, check or credit card.
Volunteers! If you are interested in helping to get our information out, if you have expressed interest in the past to help, or if you just want more general information this meeting is for you. We will have volunteer packets and general information ready for you to share with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Our t-shirts are also available for a reduced seasonal price of $10! Come get yours!
As we reminded in today’s traffic-watch report, tomorrow’s the launch meeting for the West Seattle Transit Coalition, a grass-roots-born peninsula-wide voice to advocate for this area’s needs in a time of development, redevelopment, and other changes. Organizers have just shared the agenda, and in case you were worried about it being a “sit down and listen” type of meeting, this might reassure you that you’ll have a voice – read on:
(Live view from the east-facing WS Bridge camera; other cameras are on the WSB Traffic page)
First full day of fall, and we have a road-work reminder:
DELRIDGE REPAVING PROJECT’S FINAL PHASE: As announced two weeks ago, today is the scheduled start of the final phase of the almost-year-long repaving project, Henderson to Roxbury. Here’s the detour map:
FERRY SCHEDULE/FARE CHANGES: The Fauntleroy run is among those affected by the state’s fall schedule/fare changes, which kicked in Sunday.
WEST SEATTLE TRANSIT COALITION TOMORROW: Another reminder that this new advocacy group has its launch meeting tomorrow (Tuesday), 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center – details in our preview.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
West Seattle’s two highest-ranking Seattle Police crimefighters are making the neighborhood rounds.
This Thursday, Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Joe Kessler and operations Lt. Pierre Davis are scheduled to brief a Fauntleroy Community Association-organized crime-prevention meeting (as previewed here).
This past week, we heard from both at the Alki Community Council, and from Lt. Davis at the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council, which, because its originally scheduled guests had been postponed, turned into a lengthy Q/A session.
Ahead, key points from both meetings: