Water pollution, mass transit, and expanded jurisdiction were the three main agenda items for the Admiral Neighborhood Association on Tuesday night:
CHELAN CSO PROJECT: King County is planning another combined-sewer-overflow-control project, this one to reduce the 17 million gallons that the Chelan CSO outfall spills into the Duwamish River on average each year.
A storage tank or tunnel to hold more than 4 million gallons is planned, but its exact location hasn’t been decided yet. The location is expected to be somewhere in the Terminal 5/Nucor Steel area, and the county has talked to landowners in the area, including Nucor and the Port, filing a formal request to negotiate for a site at T-5. It will be underground and, if a tank, about 25 feet deep. It’ll have a small electrical building but otherwise, if it, for example, were built where a parking lot is now, the parking could largely be restored. It’s expected to be needed 20 to 25 times a year. The ‘draft facility plan’ will be done next fall; construction is planned 2020-2022.
If you have questions or comments, the main project contact is De’Sean Quinn, DeSeanQuinn@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-5417.
SEATTLE SUBWAY: The executive director of this all-volunteer advocacy group came to ANA to talk about where the plan for Sound Transit 3 light rail to West Seattle stands. Keith Kyle of SS said bus-rapid-transit projects are expected for West Seattle in 2024, half a dozen years before light rail is scheduled to arrive. He recapped that North Delridge, Avalon, and The Junction are the general areas where the light-rail stations for West Seattle are expected to be. Once the system is running, he said, the bus hours currently spent on getting West Seattleites downtown would be redeployed to travel around the peninsula.
The alignment of the line in West Seattle is “not much in question” and will have an “elevated bridge alongside the West Seattle Bridge,” he said, declaring it would be elevated (some community advocates hope otherwise, but Kyle said he thought the chances of a tunnel would be fairly low – since the costs are high, among other factors).
What about opening that new bridge to buses? asked ANA’s Mark Jacobs, who also is a member of the West Seattle Transportation Coalition.
Concerns voiced included what kind of transfers would be needed for people to travel downtown – would we lose even the rush-hour use of a bus going downtown? asked ANA’s David Whiting.
What could speed things up? The Environmental Impact Statement process – if it “goes well,” Kyle said. And he said they’re “considering running a bond measure for 2018” that would “front-load” the money – “we’re still getting input from Sound Transit regarding how much faster that could make things happen.”
Or … if the Motor Vehicle Excise Tax for ST3 is reduced, that could slow things down (that’s playing out in the State Legislature right now, and looks likely to make it to the governor’s desk, Kyle said).
EXPANDING ANA BOUNDARIES: A group of East Admiral residents proposed adding their area to the ANA jurisdiction, since they otherwise weren’t officially part of a neighborhood group, and the motion to amend the bylaws to include the area passed unanimously.
WESTSIDE NEIGHBORS NETWORK: This new organization made presentations at groups including ANA in recent months. Now they’ve become an official nonprofit, are seeking 501(c)(3) status, and are having community forums to listen to what people want from the organization. The first two are set for April 13th and 22nd. Find out more on their website.
STREET TREES: As mentioned at other community meetings in the past month, SDOT’s Street Tree Management Program has a survey and info for you.
HALA AND MORE OPEN HOUSE: Reminder – 10 am-noon on Saturday, May 6th, is the city’s next open house about HALA rezoning and a long list of other city projects/services. The newest information is here. The event’s happening at Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights, 10404 34th SW.
SUMMER CONCERTS AT ADMIRAL: Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Umpqua Bank are this year’s gold sponsors. (WSB is one of the series’ other sponsors again this year.) More info on this year’s series is expected at next month’s meeting.
The Admiral Neighborhood Association meets second Tuesdays most months, 7 pm, at The Sanctuary at Admiral (42nd SW/SW Lander). Next month will feature the Community Police Team.