West Seattle, Washington
(Morgan Junction rezoning-proposal map, as marked up during small-group discussion @ workshop)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Last night, Morgan Junction became the fourth and final West Seattle urban village to have a HALA-related, city-coordinated Community Design Workshop for feedback on the proposed rezoning. (We covered two of the others – Admiral in February, and The Junction in January.) And today, the city announced its next West Seattle meeting will be an open house in Arbor Heights on May 6th.
More on that shortly. First – here’s how the Morgan meeting at The Hall at Fauntleroy unfolded, with ~60 in attendance:
As facilitator John Howell from Cedar River Group noted in the opening explanation, the purpose of the workshop was to hear comments on the proposed zoning changes. “We want your comments, reactions, and thoughts … (the changes) have been prepared primarily for the purpose of providing additional ‘affordable housing’.” He said the conversation is happening “in every corner of the city.” It’s not “whether our neighborhoods are going to change” with so many new arrivals, but “how we want them to change.”
Howell (who also facilitated the West Seattle Junction workshop in January) introduced city reps including Spencer Williams from Councilmember Rob Johnson‘s office – Johnson chairs the Planning, Land Use, and Zoning Committee, heading the HALA review – and Office of Planning and Community Development staffers Geoff Wentlandt, Sara Maxana, and Vinita Goyal. Wentlandt gave the background presentation, which has been given by someone different in each of the three workshops we’ve covered. The small-group facilitators for the discussions after the opening presentation/Q&A were from Makers’ Architecture and Urban Design.
Howell also said the night’s comments will be summarized and provided to OPCD as it works on a “final set of proposals,” and that they will be provided to the City Council. (Online notes have also been promised for the workshops, but notes from only one West Seattle workshop are up so far – notes from the Westwood-Highland Park workshop in November were posted in February.)
Here’s our video of the hour-long background presentation (largely the same as other workshops we’ve covered, so it’s not fully summarized in our text below) and the Q&A that followed:
The key points included the explanation of MHA, in case you are still not clear on it: Read More
We start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with a reader report:
CAR PROWL: From southwest of The Junction, Kyle reports:
My fiancée woke up to her car open and rummaged through this morning at 730 am. The neighbors’ car was also open. No damage was noted and only minor beauty products were stolen. Incident happened in the alley between 48th Ave SW and 49th, and between Hudson and Dawson.
And the following four recent West Seattle incidents now have narratives available via the Seattle Police website:
‘BB’ SHOOTINGS: Police were called last Saturday (March 4th) night at 7:22 pm to a “disturbance” reported at 60th SW/SW Stevens. They found the callers at their nearby home and talked to a victim who said “he was playing at the park playground with his two friends,” when he noticed an “unidentified adult male behind the bushes near him and his friends … (he) felt that he needed to leave the area because he was not sure what the unidentified male was doing …” As soon as the victim started running home, he told police, out of nowhere “three unidentified males started to chase after them” and the victim heard “loud repeating noises as if someone was shooting at them with a BB gun.” A BB, he said, struck his backpack, and he heard “pinging” noises as if vehicles were being hit. The victim and his friends said they didn’t get a good look at the people chasing them, except to describe them as “three males wearing dark clothing.” Police subsequently searching the playground area were flagged down by two residents who said they heard BB gun shots while having dinner at their home; they went outside and noticed a “black 4-door sedan-type Acura or Lexus driving by their house very fast.” One of the residents told police someone in that vehicle “shot at him” and that he was hit in the left arm but he declined medical attention because the BB didn’t break his skin. The other resident said the person shot toward a window of their house, but there were no signs of damage, and police didn’t find any damage anywhere else, either.
SHOOTING THREAT: In the 7100 block of 18th SW at 11:41 am last Saturday (March 4th) morning, police got a call about someone allegedly pointing a gun at a person who had yelled at them as they sped by. The victim reported it was a “dark-colored, 4-door Camry, possibly 2008 model, with dark-tinted windows.” He got a partial plate (redacted in the report). He said he yelled at the vehicle as it spend by; the car stopped a short distance away and someone got out, pointing a handgun at the man and threatening to shoot him, while also calling him the N-word. Then the person got back into the car and drove away. The victim told police the man was black, 20s-30s, 6 feet tall, short black hair with possible dreadlocks, and a black hooded sweatshirt.
BURGLARY: In the 6700 block of 21st SW around 3:30 last Thursday (March 2nd) afternoon, police were called to what originally was described as “suspicious circumstances” but turned out to be a break-in. Someone noticed a gate had been cut and “items strewn all over the yard.” Officers found a sliding door had been pried open at the back of the house, which had been ransacked. Several sheds on the property also had been broken into. Power tools were missing from a shed. Police found possible fingerprint evidence at several points around the scene, including a “coconut drink in the kitchen that may have been removed and touched by the suspect.”
The fourth now-available report is about an incident we covered the day it happened:
ROBBERY DETAILS: We reported on an armed robbery at the Shell station in The Triangle (Fauntleroy/Alaska) last Saturday afternoon. The full police report is now available. It says the cashier noticed a green Honda Civic in front of the business; the robber got out of the car, went inside and up to the counter, put a black backpack on the counter and pulled “what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun” from it. The robber demanded money; she took cash from the register and gave it to him. He demanded that the safe be opened and she explained there’s no safe. He then demanded Newport cigarettes, and she “handed him an unknown number” of packs. He then ran out and drove away in what turned out to be a car that had been stolen the day before. The robber was described as an Asian man, 5-7, slim, short black hair, black jacket, black scarf over his face from below his eyes to his neck. Police ran the plate number from the getaway car, meantime, and discovered it was stolen (the plate is redacted on the report, but the incident number listed checks to a theft reported early Saturday morning in West Seattle, in the 5400 block of 34th SW).
(Editor’s note, 10:15 pm: Dates corrected for the first three police-report-narrative recaps)
That’s the clickable map the city has just made public as the first-ever “Your Voice, Your Choice” process heads into its next phase. As we first reported in January, this is what the city is trying this year for deciding how to spend what used to be the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund, grants of up to $90,000 for community-proposed, city-and-community-reviewed projects. The first phase, submitting ideas, has just wrapped up, and the map shows the ideas sent in from around the city. Clicking on any marker (use the “plus” sign at lower left to zoom in, and grab the map to pull up more of West Seattle) will show you the location and description of what’s proposed there (you can also access the map directly here). Project spokesperson Jenny Frankl tells WSB that 211 ideas were received from West Seattle – 178 online, and 33 via outreach meetings (at Stewart Manor, Westwood Heights, West Seattle High School, and Center School – the students contacted there were from West Seattle, Frankl notes). Citywide, the Department of Neighborhoods says, more than 900 ideas were submitted.
Now comes the second stage: Reviewing the ideas to figure out which ones should move on to the voting stage in June. If interested in helping with that, you’re invited to be part of the Project Development Team. The one for this area – District 1, West Seattle and South Park – has four meetings scheduled, but you don’t have to commit to all four. The first one is this Thursday, 5:30 pm, at Southwest Library (35th SW/SW Henderson); if you’re interested in being on the team, you’re asked to send in this quick online form.
Since we reported back in January on the out-of-service West Seattle Junction Post Office drive-up/ride-up mailbox – which commenter Tim reported was removed a day after our story – we’ve continued to ask the US Postal Service when its replacement will arrive. So have customers, and some have contacted us with the question too. We asked again, and basically, local USPS media liaison Ernie Swanson replied this afternoon, they still don’t know:
The Manager of the West Seattle Station is still waiting on delivery of the new drive-up mail collection box. He does not have a date when the box is expected to be available. The Postal Service apologizes to its customers regarding the inconvenience this is causing.
No word on the root cause of this – backlog at the mailbox factory? or? – so we are now pursuing that angle.
Village Green Nursery at 10223 26th SW, closed last year by longtime owner Vera Johnson, is reopening under new ownership. Noah Trutzschler and Sarah Young (photo at right) contacted us to say they’ve taken over and are getting ready for a grand opening next month. Right now, they say they’re “in the process of setting up the nursery to its former beauty, and plan on continuing the tradition of providing the community with healthy and beautiful plants.” They also plan to feature garden art and are looking for artists. You can see their full announcement on our partner site White Center Now.
Seattle City Light has just gone public with its next round of locations for utility-pole replacements, in Gatewood, Upper Fauntleroy, Highland Park, and Burien. Embedded above (and also available on the SCL website) are five 2-page flyers for different areas, each one with its own map(s) – note that what you see above is the first of FOUR map pages, one every other page, so be sure to scroll through or check the SCL website directly; below, the announcement from SCL:
Starting in mid-to-late March 2017, Seattle City Light’s contractor, Magnum Power LLC, will be replacing aging utility poles in parts of its service territory. This project will enhance electrical reliability by replacing older poles in the system. The installation of new poles, wire and equipment relocation is an important investment in infrastructure.
Crews will be working in the following areas:
· SW Elmgrove St to SW Sullivan St (east of California Ave SW)
· SW Holden St to SW Southern St (west of 35th Ave SW)
· SW Thistle Street to SW Henderson St (west of 35th Ave SW)
· SW Kenyon St to SW Trenton St (east of Delridge Way SW)
· SW 122nd St to SW 126th St (west of 1st Ave S)
Highlights from the project:
· The entire project is anticipated for completion by the end of 2017. Daily work hours are from Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Crews may be working in other areas before transitioning to these construction areas.
· The new poles will be placed alongside pre-existing poles. They will meet standard heights and widths required for overhead power line construction. This may mean that poles in your area will be slightly taller and approximately two inches wider than existing poles.
· Once the electrical equipment is relocated, it may take several months before the other companies with utilities on the existing poles make their transfer(s). We will continue to monitor/coordinate these efforts as needed to facilitate the removal of old poles.
For more information, customers can contact:
· Percy Schlimm, Sr. Electrical Service Representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 386-1735.
· Kevin Knutz, Magnum Power Project Manager at email@example.com or (360) 904-8318.
SCL says that if you’re affected, you’ll be getting all this information directly, too. (This round includes our area of Upper Fauntleroy, we notice, so we’ll be watching to see when the direct customer communication arrives.)
ADDED NOON WEDNESDAY: For the record, our notice arrived via postal mail this morning.
(Killdeer, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
From early afternoon to late night, seven options from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
COUNCILMEMBER HERBOLD @ WWRHAH: 6:15 pm in the upstairs meeting room at Southwest Library, the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council welcomes you to this month’s meeting, featuring a conversation with City Councilmember Lisa Herbold. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
FAMILY STORY TIME: Songs, stories, and rhymes with your children’s librarian at Delridge Library, 7 pm. Free. (5423 Delridge Way SW)
WEST SEATTLE BOOSTER CLUB: 7 pm in the library at West Seattle High School, with the agenda including discussion of an upcoming fundraising event. (3000 California SW)
LIVE MUSIC: Jared Mitchell & The Wing Tips and Gregg Graham are performing at Parliament Tavern, 8 pm. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
WONDERING WHAT’S AHEAD: Peek at the future via our complete-calendar page.
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Location: The Hall at Fauntleroy (9131 California Ave SW)
Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm (VIP entry at 6:00 pm; General Admission at 6:30 pm)
The West Seattle Helpline is THRILLED to announce that Metropolitan Market is back as our presenting sponsor for Taste 2017! Metropolitan Market has been a supporter of the West Seattle Helpline since our organization was founded and we are so thankful for their steadfast support.
This local, community-based food fair is the largest event of its kind in West Seattle. This year’s Taste will feature food and drink from more than 50 different restaurants, breweries, wineries, coffee shops, bakeries, chocolatiers, and more–all from right here in West Seattle!
All proceeds from the event go directly to the West Seattle Helpline’s emergency assistance programs. These services stabilize and support low-income individuals and families in West Seattle who are recovering from a crisis or unexpected hardship.
The Taste has drawn a sell-out crowd of more than 500 people for the past six years. Make sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
Buy your tickets online – go here
Sign up to participate as a West Seattle food/drink vendor – go here
Become a sponsor of the Taste of West Seattle 2017 – go here
For more information – go here
(Click any view for a close-up; more cameras on the WSB Traffic page; SDOT’s West Seattle Bridge cameras are down as of 7 am so we don’t have them so far this morning)
7:02 AM: Good morning! No incidents in/from West Seattle so far this morning. Roads are damp and temperatures are in the 40s.
7:12 AM: Looking ahead to next weekend, two notes: WSDOT is planning on another one of those major lane closures on eastbound I-90 just east of I-5, with details here; and Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 am Sunday (this is the time to “spring forward” one hour).
ADDED: Just for the record – Kevin tweeted this during the morning commute:
— Kevin Freitas (@kevinfreitas) March 7, 2017