West Seattle Blog... » Delridge http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 May 2015 05:14:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle road work: SW Orchard lane closure continuing http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-road-work-sw-orchard-lane-closure-continuing/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-road-work-sw-orchard-lane-closure-continuing/#comments Sun, 24 May 2015 19:17:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311350

Looking ahead to next week, and a few weeks beyond: Seattle Public UtilitiesEmily Reardon sent word going into the holiday weekend that its work at Delridge/Orchard isn’t over yet:

Quick update re. SPU’s ongoing sewer improvement project near Delridge Way SW and SW Orchard St. The daytime single lane restriction on SW Orchard Street (east of Delridge Way SW) will remain in place off-and-on through mid-June as crews complete sidewalk work and paving. The lane will remain closed Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and will be opened to traffic during non-work hours. During the closure, all westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound lane with the assistance of a traffic flagger.

The project page for this site, upgrading the combined-sewer-overflow-reducing facilities, ” target=”_blank”>is here.

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One more transportation note: Use Delridge? Take this survey http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/one-more-transportation-note-use-delridge-take-the-survey/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/one-more-transportation-note-use-delridge-take-the-survey/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 20:34:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311223 One more transportation-related item: If you live and/or work and/or drive, ride, walk, run along Delridge Way SW, you’re going to want to take this survey. It was mentioned in the announcement of a June 6th city-led workshop regarding three projects – the Delridge Multi-Modal Corridor Study, the Delridge Action Plan, and Delridge Longfellow Creek Basin Natural Drainage Systems Partnership. The workshop is planned for 9:30 am-noon June 6th (a Saturday) at Southwest Teen Life Center (2801 SW Thistle)

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UPDATE: ‘Overheated wiring’ blamed for fire at D & H Auto in South Delridge; no one hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/fire-callout-at-delridge-and-barton/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/fire-callout-at-delridge-and-barton/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 04:57:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309563 (UPDATED Friday afternoon with fire’s cause)

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9:57 PM: Seattle Fire is responding to a “fire in building” call at Delridge and Barton. It’s believed to be a commercial building. Police are blocking traffic both ways, at Delridge to the north. Westbound traffic is being blocked at 20th/Henderson. More to come.

(ADDED: WSB photo)
10:05 PM: Firefighters confirm it’s a commercial building. They say they have the fire knocked down; our crew has just arrived and says it’s very smoky – firefighters are bringing out their ventilating equipment. As we write this, our crew is telling us the building’s signage says D & H Auto.

10:10 PM: No report of injuries. Despite the volume of smoke, it’s not a huge fire – some units are being dismissed.

10:23 PM: SFD confirms no injuries – no one was in the building when the fire started. The fire marshal (investigator) has been summoned and will determine what caused it.

10:32 PM: We talked at the scene with SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore. He says that flames were visible from the sides of the building when firefighters arrived, but it only took them 10 minutes to get the fire out. They’re still checking for damage inside – one car might have been in the building. Investigation of the cause is under way. The roads in the area should reopen within an hour.

MIDNIGHT: Just drove by. The roads are indeed open, though northbound is narrowed right in front of the fire scene. One fire engine is still there, apparently on “fire watch,” keeping a crew on scene (rotating a new one in every so often) just in case it rekindles. No word yet on the cause. Adding video (above) of our brief interview with SFD spokesperson Moore.

ADDED 1:26 PM FRIDAY: The cause, from SFD:

Seattle Fire Investigators determined a fire at a West Seattle auto repair shop was accidental, caused by overheated electrical wiring inside an office. The damage estimate is $70,000.

The update on SFD’s Fire Line website also says one car was destroyed.

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West Seattle schools: YMCA opens new preschool at Boren http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-schools-ymca-opens-new-preschool-at-boren/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-schools-ymca-opens-new-preschool-at-boren/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 08:47:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309418

(Photo courtesy West Seattle YMCA)
Another new preschool has just opened, this time at the Boren Building. Joleen from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) shares the news, and the photo:

We just opened a new preschool at Arbor Heights / STEM elementary. The photo attached is of the first day! It’s a half-day, year-round program for children ages 2.5 to 5 years old. Our programs are values-based, with an emphasis on building self-reliance through our core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. Children have the opportunity to learn language through stories, songs, math, art and crafts, and theme-based activities in a warm and inviting environment. Our program provides: Experienced and professional teachers, creative curriculum, reading, science, math, technology, & engineering activities and a nutritious lunch We still have some availability – contact Emilia Holbik at eholbik@seattleymca.org

The Boren Building (permanent home to STEM and interim home for one more year to Arbor Heights ES) is at 5950 Delridge Way SW.

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FOLLOWUP: Date changes, comment responses for Delridge/Orchard CSO project http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-date-changes-comment-responses-for-delridgeorchard-cso-project/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/followup-date-changes-comment-responses-for-delridgeorchard-cso-project/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:39:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308378

New information for traffic effects related to the ongoing Delridge/Orchard Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) 2 facility project. Seattle Public Utilities says the SW Myrtle daytime westbound lane closure at 24th SW announced for this week have moved up a day and will be happening on Tuesday/Wednesday (April 28-29) instead. (Flow-monitoring equipment is being installed.) SPU spokesperson Emily Reardon also had answers for two topics that came up in comments on the previous report – first, resulting road changes:

this project narrowed the roadway to two standard-width east-west lanes on SW Orchard, and extended the curb bulb at Orchard and Dumar. These changes allow for new sidewalks and ADA curb ramps along Orchard. The intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Orchard St. remains largely unchanged. Crews have not yet completed the lanes or added roadway striping. This new roadway configuration is an SDOT-approved design.

The project overview flyer mentions that work.

Another commenter had wondered about an odd color in Longfellow Creek and whether it was related to the CSO work. From Reardon: “I checked with our construction crew and confirmed that no sediment from this project has been released into Longfellow Creek. Sometimes, different colors in creeks in the area can be naturally occurring, but they can also be a sign of a problem upstream … If residents are concerned about something they’re seeing in the creek, they are encouraged to call SPU’s 24-hour emergency line at: 206-386-1800.”

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Seattle Public Utilities project updates: Delridge/Orchard, 22nd/Henderson http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/seattle-public-utilities-project-updates-delridgeorchard-22ndhenderson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/seattle-public-utilities-project-updates-delridgeorchard-22ndhenderson/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:51:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308043 Updates today from Seattle Public Utilities on two sewer/drainage projects under way along Delridge. First, the project at Delridge/Orchard:

The daytime westbound lane restriction on SW Orchard St. just east of Delridge Way SW will continue through mid-May as crews complete demolition, paving and landscaping work. Over the next couple of weeks, crews are also working on SW Myrtle at 24th Avenue SW, where they are installing a flow monitoring cabinet in the right-of-way. On Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30, between 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., the westbound lane on SW Myrtle St. at 24th Ave. SW will be closed to traffic. During the closure, all westbound traffic will be diverted to the eastbound lane with the assistance of a traffic flagger.

Work also continues at CSO 3, located at SW Henderson St. and 22nd Ave. SW. (map) Crews recently completed the underground diversion structure at SW Barton Place and SW Barton St. and are currently working on the CSO 3 facility.

Crews are on schedule to reach substantial completion of both projects in the fall of this year.

Questions/concerns about either project? SPU’s Emily Reardon also tells WSB they’ll be at the next Westwood/Roxhill/Arbor Heights Neighborhood Council meeting for a briefing (May 5, 6:15 pm, Southwest Branch Library).

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UPDATE: Fire response in 4700 block Delridge Way SW http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/big-fire-response-in-4700-block-delridge-way-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/big-fire-response-in-4700-block-delridge-way-sw/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:29:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306682

(Thanks to Amanda L for the photo)
9:29 PM: A big Seattle Fire response is headed to a reported fire at a house in the 4700 block of Delridge Way SW (map). So far, it’s being described as a kitchen fire.

9:35 PM: Units are reporting the fire’s under control. No word of any injuries. Traffic effects, though, until units leave the area.

9:42 PM: The fire’s now tapped, and firefighters don’t believe it extended into the house’s attic.

9:51 PM: Northbound Delridge is blocked for now at Edmunds.

10:02 PM: Some of the units are being dismissed now.

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GOAT UPDATE: Holden stairway herd expected to leave Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/goat-update-holden-stairway-herd-expected-to-leave-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/goat-update-holden-stairway-herd-expected-to-leave-tomorrow/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 22:46:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306647

We just went back over to the Delridge/20th/Holden stairway to see the progress the Rent-A-Ruminant goats have made – considerable, as our photos show.

They’ve been on the job for two days, munching away at stairway-side brush that was considered a safety threat, especially after a student was robbed in the area in late January, during a series of crimes against students around West Seattle.

But now their work is almost done, and SDOT’s David Allen – who shared first word of the goat plan last week – tells WSB this afternoon that R-a-R’s Tammy Dunakin expects to load up her goats and head out late Friday morning.

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GOAT UPDATE! Just because we know you’re wondering… http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/goat-update-just-because-we-know-youre-wondering/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/goat-update-just-because-we-know-youre-wondering/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 19:13:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306525

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We promised updates on the Rent-A-Ruminant goats’ work for SDOT along the SW Holden stairway, following our first report after their arrival Tuesday afternoon and our original report last Friday on the plan. So we stopped by a little while ago. They still have much left to munch. Right now, they’re working further up the slope, closer to the 20th SW top of the stairway than to the Delridge Way end of the stairway, where they were in view yesterday, so no cute closeups (yet, but we’ll be checking back later). R-a-R proprietor Tammy estimated after arriving that they’d probably need about three days to get the job done.

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HAPPENING NOW: Rent-A-Ruminant goats on duty alongside Delridge/Holden stairway http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-rent-a-ruminant-goats-on-duty-alongside-delridgeholden-stairway/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-rent-a-ruminant-goats-on-duty-alongside-delridgeholden-stairway/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:56:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306418

The first goats ever booked for West Seattle work by SDOT are now on the job – Rent-A-Ruminant‘s goats are at work along the Delridge/Holden stairway:

We first told you back on Friday about the plan for them to spend a few days tidying up the overgrowth that has created safety issues along this stairway, which was the site of one of the student-targeting robberies earlier this year.

We will of course be checking in to see how it’s going. Note that this is not a particularly spectator-friendly site – on either end – busy roads bookend the stairway (Delridge and 20th SW). Rent-A-Ruminant proprietor Tammy is on scene to keep watch over her herd. We’ll be adding more photos later.

ADDED 3:45 PM: Went back over to check in – here’s a bit of Instagram video, from through their protective fence:


Tammy tells us about 40 goats are on the job here – her first job of the season; she generally works with them April through October. In all, she has more than 100 goats; they’re based on Vashon Island.

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VIDEO: Time to ‘Thrive’ at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/happening-now-time-to-thrive-at-youngstown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/happening-now-time-to-thrive-at-youngstown/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2015 03:52:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=305426

7:52 PM: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is celebrating its ninth birthday tonight with the “Thrive 9″ party, on until 9 pm. We visited in the early going, and watched a Seattle Balloon Arts creation in progress. Next door, Eli Rosenblatt was singing:

(ADDED: Video, with audience participation:)

Other scheduled performers: Eduardo Mendonca and the Dogg Pound dance crew (born from the Vicious Puppies, featured here on Delridge Day 2009).

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Thanks to Megan Snow from Flourish Dance Project for a quick clip from the Dogg Pound Crew’s performance:

Youngstown’s calendar is full of regular classes, youth programs, and special events; but it’s worth just stopping by during the day for a look – you’ll find the hallway full of art displays as well as interpretive information and photos explaining the history of the building (the original Frank B. Cooper School) and the surrounding area.

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West Seattle road/utility-work updates: 47th/Admiral; Barton/22nd http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-roadutility-work-updates-47thadmiral-barton22nd/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/west-seattle-roadutility-work-updates-47thadmiral-barton22nd/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:24:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=304234 Two road-work/traffic-alert updates from the city. First, an SDOT update on the 47th/Admiral signal work:

(WSB photo from midday today)

Crews have begun working at the northeast corner of the intersection [above] and will continue demolition and begin electrical work this week. The corner is expected to be poured with new concrete next week, the week of March 23. The corner is currently closed to pedestrians and bicyclists. People walking and biking will need to follow the suggested detour around the work area or seek an alternate route. Crews will be at work on this corner for approximately three weeks.

Work hours are generally 7 am-3 pm, says SDOT. You can go here to sign up for e-mail updates on the work, or keep an eye on the official project page.

Second update, a traffic alert for Thursday near the 22nd/Barton CSO 3 project:

On Thursday, March 19, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., traffic on SW Barton Place at 22nd Avenue SW will be stopped intermittently for five-minute intervals to allow for delivery of materials. A flagger will be on site to direct traffic and we are communicating directly to residents whose driveways share this intersection. We are also coordinating with Metro to minimize bus impacts whenever possible. More information about the work can be found in the attached flyer.

Here’s what this project is all about.

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Notorious North Delridge site, 3804 23rd SW, sold at tax auction http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/notorious-north-delridge-site-3804-23rd-sw-sold-at-tax-auction/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/notorious-north-delridge-site-3804-23rd-sw-sold-at-tax-auction/#comments Sun, 15 Mar 2015 18:12:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301654

(King County Assessor photo)

The issue of blighted properties got a little attention citywide this week with an action by the city in North Seattle.

While we haven’t heard of anything similar in our area just yet, we did discover recently that one of West Seattle’s most visible blighted properties has new ownership.

It’s the house above, 3804 23rd SW, isolated and deteriorating on the slope along the Delridge onramp to the West Seattle Bridge.

Vandalism and squatter trouble has ravaged it for years. In 2009, it was a stop on a tour organized by then-North Delridge Neighborhood Council chair Mike Dady, who invited City Councilmembers and department heads to come see several blighted ND sites firsthand. (You’ll see a photo in one of our reports from that tour.) It came up again during a 2012 walking tour organized by later NDNC leadership, with a suggestion the city acquire the site, then listed at $79,000. And city acquisition was suggested again in passing at a recent community meeting.

Checking subsequently to figure out the property’s status, we found it had changed hands recently – at a foreclosure sale. County documents showed its longtime owner hadn’t paid its property taxes since at least 2008, and that piled up to more than $25,000 owed. So the house wound up on a long list of properties the county sold on December 12th to cover tax liens. Its new owner is the Eastside-based Wayne Seminoff Company‘s Money Purchase Pension Plan (WSCO MPPP); While county websites don’t show the purchase price, we obtained it from the KC Treasury Department: $68,000. (Its previous sale was in 1989, for $50,000.)

For its $68,000, the WSCO MPPP got the 66-year-old house and its 7,700-square-foot site, which is platted as four lots, zoned LR (lowrise) 1, meaning multifamily development such as rowhouses/townhouses would be allowable. No reply so far to our inquiry about the company’s plans for the site; nothing’s on file with the city (at least in terms of development or remodeling), so far.

–WSB editor Tracy Record

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Congratulations! Straight Blast Gym of Seattle team triumphs at The Revolution http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/congratulations-straight-blast-gym-of-seattle-team-triumphs-at-the-revolution/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/congratulations-straight-blast-gym-of-seattle-team-triumphs-at-the-revolution/#comments Fri, 13 Mar 2015 06:24:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=303726

Big congratulations are in order for local contenders who just scored big in a regional competition.

Coach Sonia Sillan from Straight Blast Gym of Seattle (WSB sponsor) shares the photos and the news:

On Saturday, March 7th, Straight Blast Gym of Seattle took a small team of 12 kids and 5 adults to a local Brazilian Jiujitsu competition, The Revolution, in Tacoma. 17 competitors finished out the day with 18 medals!

Every competitor from the SBG Seattle team has been training hard for this competition and it showed – every single individual from kids to adults put their best effort forth when it was required. In the end, that is all that counts.

We couldn’t be prouder of every person who stepped out on the mats.

To find out more about the results (and see more photos), check out this post on the SBG website. SBG (which is at 5050 Delridge Way SW) has a web special for kids’ martial arts right now, by the way – check it out here.

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Help celebrate Youngstown Cultural Arts Center’s ninth birthday! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/help-celebrate-youngstown-cultural-arts-centers-ninth-birthday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/help-celebrate-youngstown-cultural-arts-centers-ninth-birthday/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:40:00 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302757

It’s been 9 years since Youngstown Cultural Arts Center opened in Delridge’s historic Frank B. Cooper School building, and you’re invited to celebrate on March 28th:

It’s back! Youngstown’s annual birthday party, the Thrive, returns this March for an evening of family-friendly arts activities, games, and entertainment at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This year, the celebrated, dynamic arts hub is ringing in its 9th year of fostering arts and cultural activities for West Seattle and the city at large. Thrive 9 is a community-fueled night of fun and frivolity that encourages neighbors and friends of the center to come dance, play

The party features the energetic musical stylings of Eduardo Mendonça, award-winning Brazilian singer, composer, and Show Brazil band leader; and Eli Rosenblatt, bringing kid-friendly, multilingual songs in swing, reggae, salsa and samba styles. Also performing is the Dogg Pound Dance Crew, a youthful breakdance group who found their beginnings at Youngstown. Seattle Balloon Arts is back again this year, twisting custom balloons to amaze and astound.

Thrive 9 welcomes families and adults alike, and will feature a lounge area for the 21+ crowd who want a beverage and snack while the kids enjoy making art with Youngstown staff and volunteers as they bounce to the beat of the musical offerings. Guests will enjoy refreshments provided by community partners including Chaco Canyon, Spiro’s Pizza & Pasta, Metropolitan Market, Hilliard’s beer,

Proceeds from the event will benefit critical youth arts programming and facility needs at Youngstown. Tickets can be purchased by visiting brownpapertickets.com/event/1238982.

The building itself is coming up on its centennial – read more about its history here.

(WSB photo, 2012)
Its grand opening as an arts center was in February 2006.

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