West Seattle, Washington
Been wondering whether the city will replace the signs on southbound Highway 99 that marked the neighboring exits for the westbound high bridge and Harbor Island? You’re not alone. Several people asked us about it earlier this month, including DJ, who provided the image you see above. He got an answer from SDOT before we did, and shared it with us. Elliot Helmbrecht, Levy Outreach & Accountability Manager in the SDOT director’s office, told DJ that this has been in the works for months:
After work order #551160 was created for a new sign in October and SDOT previously corresponded with you, we realized that this was an irregular sign that would have to be ordered and produced by an outside company, rather than in-house. Because this raises the cost significantly, SDOT staff made the prudent decision to package it with a larger sign order, somewhat delaying the procurement of this particular sign. In the meantime, a windstorm further damaged the sign and the additional sign next to it. Due to the damage from the windstorm, SDOT crews removed both signs. These events have led to some confusion, and for that we do apologize.
Going forward, SDOT has placed the order for the two new signs you mentioned on the West Seattle Bridge and they will be installed as soon as they arrive. Based on information we received from the sign company, we believe we can have the signs installed in the next few weeks.
A few outstanding issues that may delay installation from happening on the timeline mentioned above include a delay with the sign manufacturer or work that the crews will have to do to rebuild the cross-beams to match the new types of signs (the original were wood and the new ones will be metal). Also, we may not know about additional damage until the crews are in the air.
We start tonight’s Crime Watch with a followup:
STOLEN SUBARU LEGACY FOUND: An update from Liz, more than two weeks after we included her car-with-bike-inside theft on Crime Watch:
Our Subaru was found! It was parked in the neighborhood right next to the Taco Bell in White Center. Sadly, the bike was not in there. They also stole some tools, a first-aid kit, and two CD books with about 300 CDs in them. It was parked there for over a week, so somebody that lived in that neighborhood called it in.
Two new reader reports:
TRAILER FULL OF TOOLS STOLEN: From Peyton:
On Sunday, January 21st 2018, at about 6 PM, an unknown individual or individuals were caught on surveillance footage pulling into the back fenced off parking lot of La Mexicana/WestSide Baby in White Center. They then hooked up to my father Sean Sullivan’s 2004 Pace-American Cargo Trailer (Single Axel) with an orange, green, and white Ireland sticker on the back and proceeded to steal it:
Kept in this trailer, an extensive amount of Work tools and equipment that he has collected over the last 10 years as he worked to create his own company, SULLIVAN ELECTRIC LLC. The trailer was uninsured since it was used mainly for storing the larger tools and hardly ever moved …
-Trailer: Pace-american white 12ft cargo trailer single axel
-2 Bosch mac bit roto-hammer
-1 Dewalt roto-hammer
-1 Air compresser single tank
-1 brad nailer
-1 finish nailer
-1 Dewalt chop saw
-1 skill 77 worm drive circular saw
-brand new rigid vacuum
-Loose electrical wire
-1 Milwaukee portaband band saw
-Misc hand tools & drills
-Bosch laser leveler
-misc electrical equip(boxes, fittings, conduit, etc)
If you have any information, you can reach Peyton at 425-312-4461 or Sean at 206-419-8884, or call 911.
PACKAGE TAKEN: Martyn shares this security video and reports:
Our Amazon package was stolen an hour after delivery in the Fairmount Springs Neighbourhood. Sharing to raise awareness for neighbors and highlighting the ineptitude of delivery drivers leaving packages in the middle of a doorstep when it could have easily been left to the side and out of view.
Several local schools have dine-out benefits coming up in the next few weeks, starting on Tuesday, when West Seattle’s Sanislo Elementary and Louisa Boren STEM K-8 get part of the proceeds at the three co-housed White Center venues Beer Star, Lil’ Woody’s, and CTO (9801 16th SW). Just be there 5-8 pm Tuesday (January 30th).
Variety of West Seattle development/construction notes:
4807 41ST SW MICROHOUSING: Almost a year after we first reported on this plan to replace a house with more than 20 microapartments and no offstreet parking, it has appeared on next month’s Streamlined Design Review schedule. As noted last year, that means no meetings, but public comment will be accepted. The design packet isn’t on the city website yet but should appear here soon.
Other sites set for denser redevelopment:
6506 42ND SW: That single-family house on a 4,000-square-foot lot was sold recently and someone asked us at a community meeting if we knew what was planned for the site, which is zoned for multifamily development. Nothing was on file then, but it is now – an early-stage plan for six townhouses, no offstreet parking. Most of the rest of 42nd SW on that block, across the street from the back side of West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), already has been redeveloped into multi-family housing.
7329 BAINBRIDGE PLACE SW: The vacant land above, near the north end of Lincoln Park, also recently sold; the most recent development plan on file is for 10 townhouses with 10 offstreet parking spaces, to be accessed from SW Fontanelle on the south side of the site.
TOWNHOUSES AT 4518 40TH SW: Another one of the remaining 1930s-era stucco houses on this block of 40th SW is to be demolished, with five townhouses replacing it.
TOWNHOUSES AT 5447 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: A house here will be replaced with 3 rowhouse-style townhouse structures.
TOWNHOUSES AT 4842 FAUNTLEROY WAY SW: Duplex to be replaced with rowhouse-style townhouses.
TOWNHOUSES AT 4534 DELRIDGE WAY SW: A house is proposed for demolition, to be replaced with a three-unit townhouse structure.
Also on Delridge:
NEXT SW DESIGN REVIEW BOARD MEETING: We first told you 2+ weeks ago that the self-storage project proposed for 9201 Delridge Way SW would go to the Southwest Design Review Board for Early Design Guidance on February 15th; this week, the formal notice of that meeting was published.
Also available online, the draft version of Caron Architecture‘s “design packet” for the meeting, with early feedback. Remember that the EDG meeting is about size, shape, and placement of the building on its site, not the fine points of exterior appearance, so that’s why the preliminary rendering above is so sparse.
OTHER DEMOLITIONS: Every so often we go through the permit list to see what’s been proposed and/or permitted in the past few weeks, mostly teardown projects smaller than what’s mentioned above:
–7925 18th SW (house to be replaced with a house)
–10434 39th SW (house)
–5447 21st SW (house and garage to be replaced with a house)
–3844 Belvidere (house to be replaced with a house)
–1928 Sunset SW (house, with lot split and two houses to follow)
–9002 Fauntleroy Way SW (house to be replaced with a house)
And a final note:
CRANE COUNT: West Seattle is down to two tower cranes. We went by the Upton Flats site today, and discovered that it had been taken down sometime since our last look at it, which was last week, on the day the 1307 Harbor SW crane was installed.
First reunion announcement of the year – the West Seattle High School Class of 1963 is planning to celebrate 55 years since graduation (and five years since their golden-anniversary spotlight at the All-School Reunion):
West Seattle High School Class of 1963 Reunion!
Our 55th reunion is May 17, 2018, at the Bahama Breeze. Please contact Jane at 206-938-4439 before March 31 if you wish to attend.
Got a reunion announcement? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – the sooner, the better!
(Horned Grebe, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Sunday dawns with much calmer weather than Saturday. Good thing, since we have outdoor activities on the list today/tonight as well as indoor events. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 9 am-1 pm, everyone is invited to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe School (WSB sponsor), which is showcasing student projects as well as the school itself, as previewed here. (3401 SW Myrtle)
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: Year-round, in the street, in The Junction, see what local farmers and makers are selling this week! 10 am-2 pm. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 11:30 am-1:30 pm, prospective families and community members are invited to visit Holy Rosary School. (4142 42nd SW)
LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: The home of West Seattle’s history is open noon-4 pm. (61st SW/SW Stevens)
NIGHTTIME LOW-TIDE WALK: Tonight’s low tide is -1.7 feet at 8:21 pm, and Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists will be at Constellation Park south of Alki Point to help you explore. (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW)