West Seattle, Washington
On a Friday afternoon two months ago, a young man’s life ended in a car parked on Beach Drive SW alongside Emma Schmitz Overlook. We reported briefly on his death, determined to have been by suicide; those who knew and loved him have maintained a memorial in his honor nearby. And today a friend e-mailed, with his family’s permission, to invite you to support a campaign for a permanent memorial in honor of 20-year-old Miguel Sanchez Sampablo – a bench in a West Seattle park. Ava Olsen says, “As you likely know, the entire community was shaken by the devastating loss of Miguel Sanchez, who was one of our best friends and sweetest souls I have ever met.” Many knew him from his years at Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School, and from his job at Marination Ma Kai, where a benefit was held for his family. Ava says they have already obtained permission from Seattle Parks for the proposed bench. The crowdfunding page that’s been set up is here.
Remember that anyone with thoughts of self-harm can reach the Crisis Clinic 24/7, 206-461-3222.
Still time to do some fall cleaning tonight and amass items to take to tomorrow’s dropoff Recycle/Reuse event in The Junction: 9 am-1 pm Saturday, in the lot along 42nd SW just south of SW Oregon – here are details of what will and won’t be accepted. It’s free!
4:03 PM: Thanks for the texts. A crash at Fauntleroy and Edmunds is having traffic effects, we’re told. We’re off to check it out.
4:11 PM: An SDOT camera zoomed toward the scene shows that SB Fauntleroy is blocked, with traffic being detoured onto westbound Edmunds, while NB Fauntleroy has one lane getting through.
4:18 PM: Added a photo. Our crew says no one appears to be getting treatment for injuries – so nothing major. Also remember that Edmunds will be closed west of this intersection all weekend because of paving work.
5:08 PM: In comments, Brian mentioned that the tow trucks had arrived by 4:45 – and SDOT has moved the camera away from the scene, so it looks like it’s back to normal.
Five West Seattle development notes:
DESIGN REVIEW FOR 5242 CALIFORNIA SW’S NEWEST PLAN: The commercial building at 5242 California SW has a new redevelopment plan – nine 3-story townhouses, with nine offstreet-parking spaces – and it’s tentatively scheduled to go before the Southwest Design Review Board at 6:30 pm November 16th (Senior Center/Sisson Building, 4217 SW Oregon). The newest site plan in city files shows these townhouses on just part of the current building’s site, it should be noted, with a lot-boundary adjustment in the works as a separate action.
About two miles north on California, a milestone for a mixed-use project:
2749 CALIFORNIA SW: Major demolition for the 108-apartments-plus-new-PCC Community Market (WSB sponsor) project has been awaiting permit approval, and the notice of approval was issued this week. The last step is a window for appeals, open until October 26th.
Yet another California SW project got a similar notice this week:
5458 CALIFORNIA SW: A notice of key approvals for the six live-work units planned on this site. Its appeal window is open until October 23rd. Meantime, we’re checking on the status of the plan announced back in March to sell and move (most of) the old log house on the site rather than demolish it.
Elsewhere in West Seattle, two more rowhouse projects are in the pipeline:
2000 SW ORCHARD: An 18-rowhouse project is in the early stages for this site east of the busy Delridge/Orchard intersection [map]. It appears from the site plan on file that each will have a one-vehicle garage.
5053 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: An eight-rowhouse project is in the early stages, proposed to replace a duplex on this site two blocks south [map] of the intensely redeveloping Fauntleroy/Edmunds intersection. The site plan shows eight offstreet parking spaces.
Thanks to tipster Brian Presser of TouchTech Systems in The Junction for that photo of the sign arriving for one of his future neighbor businesses, Supreme (4521 California SW). As noted back in July, it’s the newest venture for Chef Mark Fuller of Ma’ono and New Luck Toy, and it’ll be focused on pizza and drinks. We spoke with Chef Fuller today as the sign installation was under way, and he says they’re hoping to be able to open in a few weeks, late October/early November.
(WSB file photo of birdhouse-building at Fauntleroy Fall Festival)
This weekend’s biggest event is the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, 2-5 pm on both sides of the 9100 block of California SW [map], in and around Fauntleroy Church and Schoolhouse. We published some preview notes back on Wednesday, in our Fauntleroy Community Association coverage; today, courtesy of festival organizer Debbie Kerns and Fauntleroy information coordinator Judy Pickens, we have the full festival activities/entertainment schedule, followed by the food lineup:
P.S. Bring socks to contribute to a donation drive for those in need.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
We stopped in last night for an opening-day-eve look at what co-proprietors Andrew Spence and Ed Wheeler describe as their “esoteric” establishment, with numerous “nerdy/geeky” touches.
However you describe it, one look inside shows how they have thoroughly transformed the space at 9211 Delridge Way SW [map] – formerly home to businesses including a payday-loan operation and medical-marijuana dispensary – with countless custom creations, from the lighting fixtures to the barstools. Read More
The weekend’s almost in view! Here’s how it starts:
WEST SEATTLE SKI SWAP DROPOFF: Selling at this weekend’s West Seattle Ski Swap? Drop off your items 3-7 pm at American Legion Post 160. (3618 SW Alaska)
(added) 2 FINGERS SOCIAL OPENS: As previewed in this WSB story, the new bar-with-food 2 Fingers Social opens 4 pm in South Delridge. (9211 Delridge Way SW)
FUNDRAISING SPIN-A-THON: The WAVE Foundation, working to end domestic violence, is the beneficiary of tonight’s spin-a-thon at West Seattle Health Club – doors open at 5:30 pm. Full details in our calendar listing. (2629 SW Andover)
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATING: 5:45-7:45 pm at Alki Community Center. (5817 SW Stevens)
AUCTION AND ART PARTY: West Seattle Helpline benefits from tonight’s benefit at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor): “Local artists Jennifer Carrasco, Genna Draper, Engrid Hooper, Heather Brincko and Cameron Moores will exhibit work and offer some paintings for silent auction.” $20 ticket includes one beverage plus appetizers. 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
(added) ART LOUNGE: Bring your art project to Highland Park Improvement Club and get creative! Free; bar available. 21+. (1116 SW Holden)
FOOTBALL: Chief Sealth International High School plays at home (Southwest Athletic Complex; 2801 SW Thistle) at 7 pm vs. Sammamish; West Seattle High School plays on the road at Liberty High School in Renton (16655 SE 136th St.), 7 pm.
LOOK AHEAD TO THE WEEKEND … recycling on Saturday, fall festivals on Sunday, and more … via our complete calendar!
7:08 AM: Good morning. No classes @ Seattle Public Schools today. And so far, no incidents in/from West Seattle.
PAVING THIS WEEKEND: As announced late yesterday by SDOT, 40th/Edmunds will be repaved over the next two weekends, and SW Edmunds will be closed there both weekends, 9 am Saturday to 5 pm Sunday.
9:04 AM: Quiet commute – as always, we appreciate your traffic-related (and other!) tips throughout the day and night, 206-293-6302 (text or voice). One more weekend note: In the stadium zone, Sounders FC hosts Dallas, 4:30 pm Sunday.
From the state Ecology Department:
The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Seattle-based electronics recycler Total Reclaim, Inc. $67,500 for illegally storing hundreds of thousands of pounds of flat screen TVs and monitors. Washington law requires e-waste to be either recycled or disposed of as dangerous waste in a timely manner.
This is the second recent dangerous waste penalty for Total Reclaim. In 2016, Ecology fined the company $444,000 after an independent investigation found the company was shipping e-waste to Hong Kong.
An Ecology inspection in February of this year found that, for more than a year, Total Reclaim stored thousands of flat screen TVs and monitors containing mercury in dozens of semi-trailers parked on Harbor Island.
Washington’s electronics recycling policies and dangerous waste laws prohibit what is known as “speculative accumulation,” because it can lead to waste being abandoned, environmental contamination, or force taxpayers to pay for a cleanup.
“After receiving a very large penalty about a year ago, Total Reclaim knew it needed to fully comply with Washington’s recycling policies and dangerous waste regulations,” said Darin Rice, manager of Ecology’s Hazardous Waste and Toxics Reduction program. “Electronic waste contains toxic chemicals – it’s not good enough to simply store it for months or years. It needs to be properly and safely recycled in a timely manner.”
Since Ecology’s inspection, Total Reclaim has shipped flat screens stored longer than 180 days to a facility in South Carolina for recycling.
Total Reclaim has 30 days to pay the penalty or file an appeal with the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board.