West Seattle Green Space Coalition’s next meeting Sunday

January 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm | In Utilities, West Seattle news | 5 Comments

If you’re interested in the community coalition that’s asking the city to slow down with its project to decide within months what to do with former substations that have sat idle for decades, this Sunday is your next chance. The West Seattle Green Space Coalition will meet at 3 pm Sunday (January 12th) at Delridge Branch Library (5423 Delridge Way SW). Last weekend, the coalition raised concerns about tree-cutting and other work under way at some of the sites even before Seattle City Light has taken its suggestions to the City Council. The sites are listed here. A few days after this Sunday’s meeting, WSGSC will be talking with the utility, so if you have any comments to share and can’t make it Sunday, e-mail co-chair Mary Fleck at maryfleckws@gmail.com.


  1. Why would anyone want to slow down the city? Do people understand that the maintenance of these empty properties is an unnecessary burden on taxpayers? The space can be better utilized by who needs it and is willing to buy it. The city could use the extra money to bring upgrades where needed. It seems an efficient way to help everybody. the neighbors will have added benefits from interested and active landlords rather that sitting next to empty, rotting away properties.

    Comment by RB — 1:57 pm January 10, 2014 #

  2. RB, if you live REALLY close to one, one’s benefit derived from having what amounts to empty space there is larger than one’s share of the cost of maintenance. Something for nothing. I agree with you though.

    Comment by Jeff — 2:40 pm January 10, 2014 #

  3. These are not rotting away properties! They are vibrant, living landscapes that include exceptional trees and flowering shrubs that support a broad range of birds, butterflies and other natural ecosytems. We are losing these kinds of spaces very rapidly in West Seattle. Just stand in Alaska Junction and turn around, look at all the large cranes. Already two of these substations have been clear cut. We are losing.

    Comment by Karen Lyons — 2:47 pm January 10, 2014 #

  4. The Andover site should have the clear-cut finished, and have a nice open space with a bench or two. Walkers and joggers could stop, pause, take in a little view of the sound and working port.
    If it’s trees you want, go here:West Duwamish Greenbelt- http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?ID=4401
    - 180 acres of trees, homeless campers and a broad range of birds and butterflies.

    Karen’s right.

    We are losing…losing out on enjoying an open space or two with a killer view.

    There’s also Lincoln Park, Puget Park, Greg Davis Park,Dakota Place Park,Camp Long, Puget Creek Greenspace, Puget Ridge Playground, Riverview Playfield, Orchard Street Ravine, WestCrest, Longfellow Creek Greenspace, and many many more tree filled spaces.

    The Green Space Coalition is like working with someone that is addicted. They can’t see what’s right in front of them, but everyone else can.

    Comment by Nice View! — 6:32 pm January 10, 2014 #

  5. I believe someone mentioned this in the comments of an earlier post, but state law is clear. The land was originally acquired and since maintained using utility charges, therefore it must be disposed of to the highest bidder. Unless the parks department finds money to buy these lots from City Light, they likely will sell to the highest (private) bidder.

    Comment by Bea — 9:45 pm January 12, 2014 #

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