West Seattle Blog... » Delridge http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:44:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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

(WSB photo)
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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UPDATE: Fire response in 7000 block Delridge Way http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/fire-response-in-7000-block-delridge-way/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/fire-response-in-7000-block-delridge-way/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 04:33:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302636

8:33 PM: Seattle Fire has a full response out on a reported house fire in the 7000 block of Delridge Way SW, and one person is being checked out for a possible injury. More to come.

8:47 PM: Delridge remains open at the scene, which is just north of Myrtle, but SFD vehicles are on the west side of the street and other traffic is going around them, so it’s a little precarious – avoid the area for a while if you can.

8:55 PM: Turns out this was a kitchen fire. Two people were home. The one who was being checked out did not need to go to the hospital. They’ll both be allowed back in shortly, and fire crews will be leaving.

10:50 PM: One person, a 65-year-old man, did get taken to the hospital after all and was described as in stable condition.

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Delridge development: Mixed-use building at 5414; new configuration at 4150 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/delridge-development-mixed-use-building-at-5414-new-configuration-at-4150/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/delridge-development-mixed-use-building-at-5414-new-configuration-at-4150/#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 02:34:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301188 Though by nature and zoning it hasn’t drawn triple-digit-unit developments, Delridge Way has seen plenty of building the past few years, and we have two more notes from city files:

MIXED USE AT 5414 DELRIDGE: A few doors north of DESC’s Cottage Grove Commons, 5414 Delridge Way has an early-stage proposal for a mixed-use building to replace the 85-year-old cottage in this photo:

Four stories, 7 residential units and 1,000 square feet for retail/office. A “site plan” just filed last Thursday shows the ownership as Christianson Development, same as the townhouses-over-office space units that start one door down; architect for this project is listed as Nicholson Kovalchick. According to the DPD website, this will go through Design Review.

4150 DELRIDGE: This not-previously-developed site north of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, last mentioned here in fall 2013, has a new configuration.

The newest proposal is for four 2-unit, 4-story rowhouses. Ownership is a Burien company; architect, David Neiman.

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Followup: What SDOT’s about to do, Delridge/Andover northward http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/followup-what-sdots-about-to-do-delridgeandover-northward/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/followup-what-sdots-about-to-do-delridgeandover-northward/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 20:03:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300234

A reader question last week resulted in this short story about work starting soon on pedestrian and drainage improvements along the north end of Delridge Way. SDOT promised more information – and now we have it:

Beginning Monday, February 16, SDOT will begin construction to build curb ramps at the intersection of Delridge Way SW and SW Andover Street, widen the sidewalk along the east side of Delridge Way SW and install storm drainage improvements. This project will help improve safety and access for all roadway users in the neighborhood.

Crews have set up construction barriers near the work area to facilitate the installation of new Seattle City Light poles. Leading up to construction, you will see increased pre-construction activities, construction equipment and crews, and placement of temporary “No Parking” signs.

Below is information regarding the construction schedule and impacts that will take place in the project area. Please note that this schedule is dependent on weather and may change.

2/16 – 3/6 Construction will start at the intersection of SW Andover Street and Delridge Way SW as crews remove existing asphalt and install new storm drainage and curb ramps. You can expect curb lane restrictions, parking restrictions, transit stop relocations, pedestrian and bicycle detours around the work area.

3/9 – 3/27 Work begins north of SW Andover Street to extend the sidewalk, rebuild the 23rd Avenue SW/Delridge Way SW intersection, and install storm drainage. You can expect temporary driveway and parking restrictions, lane restrictions, and pedestrian detours around the work area. Access to the West Seattle Bridge Trail will occasionally be restricted; bicyclists and pedestrians may detour around construction activity via 23rd Avenue SW or use an alternate route. At times, 23rd Avenue SW at Delridge Way SW will be closed to through traffic. Local access will be maintained. We will provide additional advance notification before driveway access is restricted.

More information on the project background, funding and schedule can be found at the project webpage at seattle.gov/transportation/DelridgeImprovements.htm. Construction information will be posted here as it becomes available.

As for construction itself, during this work you can expect:

· Temporary driveway closures of up to 7 days; advance notice will be provided
· Closure of 23rd Avenue SW at Delridge Way SW
· Parking and lane restrictions near the work area
· Construction during normal work hours, between 7 AM and 6 PM, with possible weekend work
· Noise, dust and vibration associated with concrete removal and paving
· Impacts to bus stops
· Restricted access to the West Seattle Bridge Trail (see note above)
· Pedestrian and bicycle detours

We expect construction will be complete in April 2015, depending on weather.

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Here’s what’s coming up at the north end of Delridge and beyond http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/heres-whats-coming-up-at-the-north-end-of-delridge-and-beyond/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/heres-whats-coming-up-at-the-north-end-of-delridge-and-beyond/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:43:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299509

6:43 PM: From the “in case you were wondering, too” file: A reader e-mailed today with the observation, “I noticed a construction sign and cement barriers up this morning on Delridge, north of Andover Street,” so we went over for a photo, then asked SDOT, and got this reply from Maribel Cruz:

The barriers you reference were installed to facilitate installation of four new Seattle City Light poles prior to the start of construction of pedestrian safety improvements along Delridge Way SW between SW Andover Street and the West Seattle Bridge Trail.

The pedestrian safety improvements project is scheduled to begin the third week of February and to last for approximately six weeks. It will improve the connection for pedestrians and bicyclists from the West Seattle Bridge multi-use trail to the signalized intersection at Delridge Way SW and SW Andover St., and beyond to the Delridge and West Seattle neighborhoods. Most importantly, this project will improve safety for all roadway users.

Project elements include:

* Widened sidewalk along the east side of Delridge Way SW
* Curb ramps at Delridge Way SW and SW Andover St
* Redesign of 23rd Ave SW where it meets Delridge Way SW to reduce the pedestrian crossing distance and provide uninterrupted sidewalk

Cruz promises another update soon.

ADDED 9:06 PM: This SDOT webpage has a little more information, including a simple map.

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West Seattle Seahawk spirit: ‘World’s largest 12 flag’ rally Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-seahawk-spirit-worlds-largest-12-flag-rally-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-seahawk-spirit-worlds-largest-12-flag-rally-friday/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:55:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299442

(WSB file photo)
Last year, just before the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl win, the giant 12 flag made its debut at Delridge/Andover [map], in a rally hosted by Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) and Bartell Drugs, whose corporate HQs are in the building. This year, they’ve just invited you to help them rally again, 11 am-1 pm this Friday (January 30th), raising the 1,500-square-foot flag at 12:12 pm (of course!). Along with cheering the flag and showing off your own 12thness, the announcement says rallygoers will find product sampling from both companies as well as cheer card/poster giveaways and more. See you there!

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