Video: Transit advocacy, development discussion top Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting

September 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm | In Arbor Heights, Development, Neighborhoods, Transportation, West Seattle news, Westwood | 3 Comments

Our video from last night’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting shows two of the meeting’s central discussions. In order, here’s what and who you’ll see on the video:
*From the start, Elena Perez for Getting It Right for West Seattle, the group lobbying for changes in the 4755 Fauntleroy Way project, proposed for ~370 apartments, ~600 parking spaces, a Whole Foods Market, and other TBA retail, before its Mayor McGinn-opposed alley vacation comes to a City Council vote this winter.

*21:47 in, chair Amanda Kay Helmick starts the discussion of forming a West Seattle Transit Coalition, born from WWRHAH’s intense focus on Metro cuts and changes affecting the area (such as the eventual Highway 99 tunnel), so that the peninsula has a unified voice. They have drafted a letter and have been circulating it among community groups; they plan to “ask for the moon” of what West Seattle needs regarding traffic, rather than complaining about what’s missing now. The possibility of requiring development impact fees for transit funding was also brought up. Next step is likely an organizing meeting later this month.

Before these discussions, the meeting started with an in-depth discussion of the concept of organizing and producing Roxhill Park Day next year, with both a mega-work party and a neighborhood festival, funded with the assistance of a hoped-for city grant (applications due soon). You can find more background on the WWRHAH website.

Next month, WWRHAH is scheduled to return to its first-Tuesday meeting schedule; you can watch for announcements at wwrhah.org, which is also where WWRHAH secretary Joe Szilagyi‘s meeting minutes will be published when they’re ready (at which time we’ll add a link here too).

ADDED THURSDAY AFTERNOON: As promised, here’s the link to the newly published meeting minutes/notes on the WWRHAH site.

3 Comments

  1. IMO, a West Seattle Transit Coalition sounds like a great concept. Let’s hope the other local community groups can get on board with this.

    Comment by old timer — 3:09 pm September 11, 2013 #

  2. that’s what it’s all about ‘old timer’; any/all community groups working together, taking action; I’m very excited

    Comment by Diane — 6:22 pm September 11, 2013 #

  3. What Elena does not say is that what’s RIGHT for her group (UFCW) is that the tenant be a UNION grocery store. This is Labor hiding behind a fake community group.

    Comment by Mickey — 9:17 am September 15, 2013 #

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