Southwest District Council: New leadership; Fauntleroy rezone proposal; Sound Transit light-rail meeting…

November 1, 2017 7:28 pm
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From tonight’s Southwest District Council meeting, just wrapped up at the Sisson Building/Senior Center:

FAUNTLEROY REZONE A ‘MONSTER’? Mike Dey and Bruce Butterfield from the Fauntleroy Community Association board told the SWDC they’re working to find out more about the proposed rezone at 9250 45th SW (first reported on WSB earlier this week) to facilitate a 5-story, 32-residential-unit project. They noted how the Endolyne Triangle, where the building is located, had transportation/traffic improvements recently – including the change of Brace Point to one-way on the south side. They are trying to set up a meeting with the property owners “to see if we can find out more detail about what they are proposing,” said Dey.

He added that FCA has heard from many people who read the initial WSB report and are expressing concern, especially about the proposed height (5 stories) and the lack of offstreet parking. “It’s going to look like a monster – it’s not going to fit in,” said Butterfield. “And it’s going to set a precedent for other buildings,” such as the one across the street that houses Endolyne Joe’s (WSB sponsor) and The Original Bakery – one story with a basement currently. (And now zoned NC1-30, as is the current zoning of the building where this new project is proposed.) Discussion ensued about transportation aspects such as the RPZ parking restrictions in that area of Fauntleroy. The area, just uphill from the ferry dock, already has traffic trouble, SWDC attendees discussed. Next steps: FCA will seek neighborhood feedback as well as discussing this at the next board meeting (7 pm November 14th, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California SW). Otherwise – this remains a very-early-stage project, with City Council approval eventually needed for a rezone and other approvals needed for the proposed project itself. FCA promised to keep SWDC posted.

NEW LEADERSHIP: Co-chairs David Whiting and Eric Iwamoto and secretary Vicki Schmitz Block are making way for a new slate of leaders in 2018, approved unanimously tonight: Co-chairs Tamsen Spengler of the Morgan Community Association and Amanda Sawyer of the Junction Neighborhood Organization, and secretary Roxane Rusch of the Admiral Neighborhood Association. Now the group, which has no source of funding since the city cut off support earlier this year, has to decide how to pay for its meeting venue, and will see if membership organizations can contribute.

Two upcoming meetings were mentioned by SWDC members:

SOUND TRANSIT: JuNO’s Sawyer said that Sound Transit plans a 6:30 pm November 15th presentation at the Senior Center of West Seattle to let West Seattleites know where the light-rail-planning process stands. (This isn’t on the ST calendar, so we’ll check with the agency tomorrow to find out more.)

MORGAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: 6:30 pm November 14th is MoCA’s meeting about the city’s push to rezone single-family-zoned areas in urban villages, as noted in our coverage of its quarterly meeting in October.

Also mentioned:

ORCA TO GO: 10:30 am-12:30 pm November 13th, Metro will have a team at the Senior Center for anyone who needs an ORCA card.

The Southwest District Council meets first Wednesdays most months, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building in The Junction.

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