West Seattle Blog... » Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 01:08:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Update: Man shot in arm in Arbor Heights, taken to hospital http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/assault-with-weapons-call-in-arbor-heights-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/assault-with-weapons-call-in-arbor-heights-3/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:36:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293217

1:36 AM: Police and fire are rushing to the 3700 block of SW 106th (map) in Arbor Heights for a report of a man with a gunshot wound to his arm. It’s not known yet if it was accidental.

1:59 AM: The patient, a man said to be around 30, has been taken to Harborview Medical Center. Our crew is just back from the scene. Police there are still sorting it out but believe it was accidental and aren’t seeking any suspects at this point.

11:45 AM: We don’t have followup information from SPD yet, but we did check with SFD regarding the victim’s last known condition – “stable,” we’re told.

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Arbor Heights microsurfacing: Last call to tell SDOT what you think http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/arbor-heights-microsurfacing-last-call-to-tell-sdot-what-you-think/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/arbor-heights-microsurfacing-last-call-to-tell-sdot-what-you-think/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 03:29:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292344 It’s been spotlighted on the SDOT website … it was brought up at this month’s Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council meeting … and we’ve received a nudge from the city about it: If you have anything to say to the city about the microsurfacing work on Arbor Heights this past summer, please take a few minutes and answer this online survey – which also gets into the broader topic of microsurfacing vs. chip seal vs. full road replacement (and even sidewalks).

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Fauntleroy search; Arbor Heights theft http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-fauntleroy-search-arbor-heights-theft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-crime-watch-fauntleroy-search-arbor-heights-theft/#comments Sun, 12 Oct 2014 03:12:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288479 Two West Seattle Crime Watch notes tonight:

FAUNTLEROY SEARCH: Many were wondering about the police presence in Fauntleroy, near Lincoln Park and the ferry dock, since late afternoon. Officers told us they were looking for a “felony warrant suspect” who had been seen in the area, near the bus stop by the dock. No new incident/crime, apparently, but this was someone they were looking for. We don’t know whether they’ve found that suspect yet, and we don’t have details of the warrant.

PACKAGE THEFT: Fumiko in Arbor Heights (near 35th/100th) says she’s been hit by package thieves for the third and final time, and she’s just not going to get home deliveries any more. Her iPhone 6, delivered by UPS at 3:55 pm, was gone when she got home Thursday night and: “This is the third time an UPS or USPS delivered package went missing from my property (front porch and side door).”

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West Seattle demolition watch: Arbor Heights, Genesee Hill, Whittaker updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-demolition-watch-arbor-heights-genesee-hill-whittaker-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-demolition-watch-arbor-heights-genesee-hill-whittaker-updates/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:45:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288367 Went out this morning to check on the three largest demolition sites working in West Seattle:

ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY: At the Arbor Heights site, the buildings are now all gone. Teardown work here started the Friday before Labor Day, but didn’t really rev up for another week. Seattle Public Schools says work will stop down for much of the winter before the second phase, construction, begins. A decision is also pending on whether the new $42 million school will be built to 500 or 650 capacity. During the two-year construction period, AHES is sharing the Boren Building with K-5 STEM.

Now to the district’s other big WS project:

ON GENESEE HILL: The future home of the Schmitz Park Elementary program is now five weeks into the demolition phase. As shown in our photo, just a bit of the main building of the former Genesee Hill Elementary is still standing, toward the east side of the site. This school will be built for 650 students.

And on the private-development front:

‘THE WHITTAKER’ SITE UPDATE: Back on Wednesday, we reported on the start of abatement and demolition work at the site of West Seattle’s biggest current project, The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW). The work has focused so far on the middle section of the site, between 40th (above) and Fauntleroy – yesterday, that included the wooden building that was the original home of West Seattle Produce (which has long since moved across the street):

A project spokesperson tells us the major demolition work is likely still more than a week away. The site also holds a former auto dealership, former used-car lot, former gas station, and former funeral home. The mural on the side of the dealership is to be digitally re-created on a wall of the new development, which will have almost 400 apartments over street-level retail, plus almost 600 off-street parking spaces.

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Arbor Heights Elementary School demolition, four weeks in http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/arbor-heights-elementary-school-demolition-four-weeks-in/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/arbor-heights-elementary-school-demolition-four-weeks-in/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:03:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286963

As our short Instagram clip shows, the last building semi-standing at the old Arbor Heights Elementary School is getting the wrecking-ball-style treatment right now. It’s been exactly four weeks after the heavy-duty equipment first dug into the buildings there, almost ceremonially, on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day. Now the campus is piled high with rubble:

Once the site clearing is done, the project is expected to stop down from November to February. For a look at the new school that will then be built, check our coverage of the community briefing/Q-A meeting in June.

ADDED: Thanks to Mike R. for the view looking eastward over the full site:

We’ll check this weekend on the other old West Seattle school being demolished to make room for a replacement, Genesee Hill.

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Update: Big Seattle Fire response after gas line cut in Arbor Heights; no injuries, repairs under way http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/big-seattle-fire-callout-for-reported-gas-leak-in-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/big-seattle-fire-callout-for-reported-gas-leak-in-arbor-heights/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:22:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286130

(WSB photo, added)
3:22 PM: Big Seattle Fire callout categorized as “natural gas leak – major” in the 9800 block of 34th SW. More to come.

3:28 PM: Some of the responding units are being dismissed. Crews on scene say it’s a 2-inch line, cut during construction activity.

3:37 PM: Our crew at the scene says Puget Sound Energy has arrived to shut off the gas. It’s a residential construction site. (You can see the excavator behind the truck.) No injuries. The smell – which should dissipate soon – is most noticeable to the north. P.S. Our crew says a TV helicopter has arrived in the area.

4:13 PM: Just in case you live in the area and are wondering what you’ll find when you get home – the SFD response is closed; the gas line is being fixed; SFD has confirmed no injuries, no evacuations.

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West Seattle scenes: School-demolition crews move to main buildings at Genesee Hill, Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scenes-demolition-crews-move-to-main-buildings-at-genesee-hill-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scenes-demolition-crews-move-to-main-buildings-at-genesee-hill-arbor-heights/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 05:50:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285941 (UPDATED Wednesday morning with two more views of Arbor Heights)

ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:50 PM TUESDAY: If you’ve been meaning to go take a look at what’s left of the former Genesee Hill and/or Arbor Heights elementary schools before they’re completely demolished, you’re running out of time. As of this afternoon, main-building teardown is under way at both sites – above, our photo from GH; below, Tim Eannarino shared the photo from AH this morning:

(Also, a few closeup views caught Robin Adams‘ eye.) The new schools to be built on these sites are both scheduled to open in 2016.

ADDED 9:04 AM WEDNESDAY: Thanks to Mike for sharing these next two Arbor Heights photos:

We checked again with the school district and they still don’t expect to settle on the new AHES’s final size until next spring (they could build it for 500 students or 650; the current school, temporarily housed at the Boren Building, is adding a third kindergarten class, so growth is continuing).

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West Seattle scene: Dogpaddling at Arbor Heights Swim & Tennis http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-dogpaddling-at-arbor-heights-swim-tennis/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-scene-dogpaddling-at-arbor-heights-swim-tennis/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:54:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285833

(WSB photos by Katie Meyer)
If one dog playing “fetch” in a pool isn’t cute enough .. how about two?

Tonight was the first of six season-ending sessions in which Arbor Heights Swim and Tennis Club invites dogs into the pool (which will undergo its annual cleaning before humans go in again next year).

It’s a fundraiser for AHSTC teams. You can buy one-session or all-week admission, 5-7 pm swims nightly through Friday, then 10 am-1 pm Saturday. More info’s in our calendar listing.

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When is a teardown not just a teardown? When it’s a salvage operation, too – like Arbor Heights Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/when-is-a-teardown-not-just-a-teardown-when-its-a-salvage-operation-too-like-arbor-heights-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/when-is-a-teardown-not-just-a-teardown-when-its-a-salvage-operation-too-like-arbor-heights-elementary/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:28:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285290

Lots of demolition work around West Seattle this month – and we’ve received some bonus information about one project: With major teardown work at Arbor Heights Elementary starting this week, SODO-based Second Use has spent three days on site “reclaiming materials that still had life in them to divert them from the landfill,” according to outreach coordinator Mary Anne Carter, who shared the photos and adds:

We recovered hundreds of items including slate, trough sinks, porcelain enameled barn lights, fir wall cabinets, fir built in cabinets, stainless steel sinks, and more.

Although the school was built in 1953, many of the fixtures were built in the decades previous and used in other schools before being moved to Arbor Heights. Tags and markings on fixtures listed John Hay School, Fauntleroy Elementary School, and others. Most of the inventory can be viewed on our website, though we are continuing to process items and add new material daily. …

It’s my hope that this provides the community with the opportunity to potentially reconnect with the furnishings of their formative years and glean a better perspective of what happened to the material that the school left behind.

Second Use is not involved with the Genesee Hill school-teardown project, according to Carter (work there also has intensified – here’s video we published on Instagram yesterday).

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One more meeting tonight: Seola Pond drainage walk-and-talk http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-meeting-tonight-seola-pond-walk-and-talk/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-meeting-tonight-seola-pond-walk-and-talk/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 21:53:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285050

(2010 WSB photo)
In addition to the meetings and events highlighted earlier in our West Seattle Tuesday preview, we just got word of this from Mike (thank you!) – relating to the area in the photo above, from WSB storm coverage in December 2010:

Learn about drainage in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, Sept. 9th at 6 PM
Meet at corner of 30th Ave SW and SW 104th, on west side of Seola Pond.

Seattle Public Utilities has made commitments to improve drainage in the Arbor Heights area near Seola Pond.

Debbie Harris is project manager: debbie.harris@seattle.gov

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West Seattle schools: Arbor Heights Elementary teardown revs up http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-schools-arbor-heights-elementary-teardown-revs-up/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-schools-arbor-heights-elementary-teardown-revs-up/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:08:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284933

While demolition crews did a bit of work at the old Arbor Heights Elementary School site on the Friday before Labor Day, they didn’t start tearing down its buildings in earnest until this morning, starting on the south side of the campus. (Thanks to Elise and Joe for the tips.)

Arbor Heights students and staff are spending this year and next at the Boren Building, shared with K-5 STEM, while the new school is built. Renderings were shown at a community meeting in June, including these:

That same meeting (WSB coverage here) included the project’s two-part timeline; this site work is expected to continue through November, and then a stopdown is planned until the Phase 2 bid is awarded, with the rest of the work to begin in spring.

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West Seattle schools: Building demolition begins at Arbor Heights Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-schools-building-demolition-begins-at-arbor-heights-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-schools-building-demolition-begins-at-arbor-heights-elementary/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:54:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284034

Thanks to Scott for the top photo and the tip that building demolition has begun at Arbor Heights Elementary, a milestone for the project to replace the dilapidated old buildings with a brand-new school. We went over and got there just in time to photograph the backhoe doing a little more work on the north side of the southern building before parking for the day:

As reported here on August 20th, the city Hearing Examiner rejected an appeal of the demolition-permit granting. Another appeal was rejected in May; that one involved the ruling that the project didn’t need a full environmental review. Following that first decision, a meeting was held to update the community on the construction plan (WSB coverage here). The timetable shared at that meeting called for demolition to begin in August, which now, technically, it has; it also noted that there would be a pause from November to February, when the second phase of the project would begin, by which time the district would decide if the school would be built to hold up to 500 students, or up to 650. The new school is supposed to open in two years; in the meantime, AHES is sharing the Boren building in North Delridge with the school permanently housed there, K-5 STEM.

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Arbor Heights microsurfacing update: New map from SDOT http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/arbor-heights-microsurfacing-update-new-map-from-sdot/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/arbor-heights-microsurfacing-update-new-map-from-sdot/#comments Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:28:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283295


(Click image to open full-size PDF version of map)
SDOT is now more than halfway through the microsurfacing work in Arbor Heights (and part of south Fauntleroy), and says there have been some changes along the way (as noticed by at least one commenter on our previous story), so it’s revised the map. From spokesperson Caylen Beaty:

The original map we provided contained some mapping errors, so I’ve attached the updated version. As the work has progressed this week, the contractor has been providing correct information to residents and posting “No Parking” signs at least three days in advance of the work.

The work is on track and we anticipate it will wrap up by next Tuesday, August 26. Our thanks to the Arbor Heights community for their attention and cooperation as we work to maintain the residential streets of Arbor Heights.

The microsurfacing plan was first announced back in January, when SDOT explained that this process is now used instead of chip seal to refresh residential streets.

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Decision’s in: Hearing examiner rejects second Arbor Heights Elementary project appeal http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/decisions-in-hearing-examiner-rejects-second-arbor-heights-elementary-project-appeal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/decisions-in-hearing-examiner-rejects-second-arbor-heights-elementary-project-appeal/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:13:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283077

(WSB July photo of awaiting-demolition Arbor Heights Elementary)
The decision is now published for the second appeal related to the Arbor Heights Elementary rebuild, which has had key elements on hold pending the hearing and ruling. City Hearing Examiner Sue Tanner has rejected the appeal by affirming the city decision to allow demolition of the old AHES. Here’s her ruling (PDF), or read it embedded below:

We’re checking with Seattle Public Schools regarding how the project timetable will be affected, now that the decision is in. A separate appeal related to the project was argued and rejected in May.

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More road work! Arbor Heights, south Fauntleroy ‘microsurfacing’ begins today http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/and-more-road-work-arbor-heights-microsurfacing-begins-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/and-more-road-work-arbor-heights-microsurfacing-begins-today/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:06:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282901

Another alert from SDOT – the “microsurfacing” work in Arbor Heights (and south Fauntleroy) is under way. You might already have seen the crews doing advance weed-clearing work along the roads in recent days. Here’s a larger map and full info. It’s been seven months since SDOT’s original announcement of this work.

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