Fauntleroy – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:58:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 POWER OUTAGE UPDATES: 370+ customers in Gatewood, Upper Fauntleroy; 4,100+ restored in Shorewood, WC; new outage along part of Roxbury http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-power-outage-150-customers-in-gatewood-upper-fauntleroy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/west-seattle-power-outage-150-customers-in-gatewood-upper-fauntleroy/#comments Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:59:09 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=909345

2:59 PM: First significant power outage in West Seattle since the weather got blustery on Friday – more than 150 customers in Gatewood and Upper Fauntleroy, including WSB HQ, per the City Light outage map. More to come.

3:09 PM: The cause isn’t listed yet but the restoration guesstimate is 9 pm – as always, we caution that it can be fixed a lot sooner (like that recent 1 1/2-hour outage) or much later. Meantime, a much-bigger outage has just happened in the White Center/Shorewood/north Burien area – 4,100+ customers:

4:04 PM: SCL blames the White Center-and-beyond fire on a tree. Meanwhile, we’re checking out a brush-fire call in west Gatewood that’s blamed on downed wires – we don’t know if it’s related to the outage but it’s not far. Separate coverage here.

4:23 PM: As noted in comments, the big outage to the south has been resolved, as verified by the SCL map. The outage east of Lincoln Park, not yet.

5:53 PM: New outage as of a little over an hour ago – two pockets on SW Roxbury in the 26th/28th area, and we’re told that is affecting Roxbury Safeway. We’ll be checking there in a bit.

6:46 PM: Roxbury Safeway has some power inside but cold cases are covered and there’s no external lighting. Meantime, the outage in our HQ area, east of and uphill from Lincoln Park, is now listed as 371 customers. Still a 9 pm restoration guesstimate, but no cause – the wires-down fire is likely related.

9:34 PM: Still in the outage zone but we did see a couple City Light trucks a few blocks away while we were on our way back here a short time ago. The restoration guesstimate has been pushed back to ~1:29 am but please remember, it’s not based on anything scientific, as City Light itself will tell you, so it’s just a guess. Some important things to remember:

-It’s cold but in trying to stay warm, you need to follow carbon-monoxide-safety rules.

-Wondering about the safety of food in your refrigerator? Read the FDA advice and guidelines.

2 AM: Our power came back on around 1:30. Now there’s a new 90-customer outage along Walnut.

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UPDATE: Fire call in Fauntleroy, dog rescued http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/fire-call-in-fauntleroy-9100-block-45th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/fire-call-in-fauntleroy-9100-block-45th-sw/#comments Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:27:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908823

12:27 PM: Seattle Fire has a big response on the way to the 9100 block of 45th SW in Fauntleroy. More to come.

12:32 PM: We’re just arriving – smoke is visible. It’s a three-story condo building with fire in one unit, per SFD radio, with one firefighter noting they’ve rescued a dog. (Photo added)

And if you’re hearing a helicopter, it’s a TV chopper taking a look.

12:39 PM: SFD tells us this was an electrical problem in a wall and while it generated a lot of smoke, it was confined to the wall. Nobody hurt.

12:44 PM: Note that 45th SW is blocked between Wildwood and Director (just north of the Endolyne mini-business district) until more of the SFD units leave.

4:47 PM: Update from SFD on fire’s cause: “Fire investigators ruled the fire as accidental. Fire was caused by ignition of combustible materials placed too close to an electric wall heater. Estimated loss is $55,000.”

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DONE EARLY: Fauntleroy/Wildwood intersection has reopened http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/done-early-fauntleroy-wildwood-intersection-has-reopened/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/done-early-fauntleroy-wildwood-intersection-has-reopened/#comments Fri, 09 Feb 2018 22:23:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908490

2:23 PM: The project that was supposed to close the Fauntleroy/Wildwood intersection for two weeks is done in less than one. The intersection is open again, and crews are removing the no-parking signs on the SW Trenton detour route. No official alert updates yet; we’ll update when that happens. The work involved replacing concrete road panels, plus a curb ramp.

4:48 PM: Metro has since sent a rider alert via text and tweet that it has resumed its regular route in the area.

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TRAFFIC/TRANSIT REMINDER: Fauntleroy/Wildwood closure set to start Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/traffic-transit-reminder-fauntleroy-wildwood-closure-set-to-start-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/traffic-transit-reminder-fauntleroy-wildwood-closure-set-to-start-monday/#comments Mon, 05 Feb 2018 02:34:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=908008

Another reminder that tomorrow is the scheduled start of the SDOT project that will close the intersection of Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Wildwood [map], just south of the ferry terminal, for up to two weeks, for replacement of concrete road panels and construction of a curb ramp. That means a traffic detour, bus reroutes, and parking restrictions nearby, including along the temporary bus route, which includes SW Trenton.

-The original SDOT announcement with detour info is here
-The detailed Metro reroute announcement for RapidRide C Line and Route 116 is here

SDOT says the closure starts at 7 am Monday; Metro says the reroutes begin at the “start of service” for the affected routes. We will be checking the area for our regular weekday traffic/transit coverage. You can check traffic cameras in the vicinity via this page on the Washington State Ferries website.

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FOLLOWUP: How Metro plans to reroute C Line, Route 116 buses during road closure south of Fauntleroy ferry dock http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/followup-how-metro-plans-to-reroute-c-line-route-116-buses-during-road-closure-south-of-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/followup-how-metro-plans-to-reroute-c-line-route-116-buses-during-road-closure-south-of-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 03:52:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907676

That sign is on the corner of Fauntleroy and Trenton, which is now confirmed as part of the reroute for buses once SDOT starts its two weeks of work – announced Monday – closing the intersection of Fauntleroy/Wildwood, just south of the ferry terminal. Metro has now finalized the reroute plan for the C Line and Route 116 buses, and has published it here (PDF). The project replacing some of the road panels and adding a curb ramp is scheduled to start next Monday, lasting up to two weeks.

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STAIRWAY WORK: Fauntleroy/Director closed for SDOT project; see which West Seattle stairways are next http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/stairway-closed-sdot-work-at-fauntleroy-director/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/stairway-closed-sdot-work-at-fauntleroy-director/#comments Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:24:47 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907570

12:24 PM: Discovered this morning that the stairway at SW Director Street/upper Fauntleroy Way, between the Fauntleroy fish-ladder viewpoint and northbound RapidRide C Line stop, is closed for SDOT work. Further research turned up this map, which reveals it’s one of four city-owned stairways on the list scheduled for work this year, along with:

-SW Hill St between 42nd Ave SW & California Ave SW
-SW Holly St & Beveridge Pl SW to 46th Ave SW
-California Ave SW & SW Willow St

We’re checking with SDOT to see how long the work is expected to last, and which West Seattle stairway project will be next up.

3:33 PM: SDOT’s Greg Funk has replied with the info:

-SW Director “just started” and could reopen February 19th if all goes well
-California/Willow is expected to start February 26th, “substantial completion” March 16th
-Hill/42nd is expected to start April 30th, “substantial completion” June 8th
-Holly/46th is expected to start June 11th, “substantial completion August 17th

“Substantial completion” means “stairway will have temporary handrail and (will be) opened to the public until our rail fabricators finish the install of new rail.”

Two other stairway projects will be in “design options” mode this year – SW Thistle (east of Lincoln Park) and Bonair SW.

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QUESTIONS FOR YOU: Fauntleroy Community Association launches 2018 survey http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/questions-for-you-fauntleroy-community-association-launches-2018-survey/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:04:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907550 Live and/or work in Fauntleroy? It’s survey time, as just announced by the Fauntleroy Community Association:

Every two years, the Fauntleroy Community Association (FCA) conducts a community survey to help us determine what topics, issues, and concerns are important to the residents of Fauntleroy. It helps the FCA prioritize and strategize, and gives us direct feedback about what matters to the community.

We want to hear what Fauntleroy residents currently think are the most important issues for the area. If you live in the Fauntleroy area, please take the survey (by going here).

It will only take a few minutes, and will help guide FCA’s efforts in the coming years.

If you don’t have time now – you can use our Share This link below to e-mail it to yourself for later (that’s also how you can share any WSB story, forum post, etc., in a variety of ways)!

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ROAD-WORK ALERT: 2-week closure ahead, south of Fauntleroy ferry dock http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/road-work-alert-2-week-closure-ahead-south-of-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/road-work-alert-2-week-closure-ahead-south-of-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/#comments Mon, 29 Jan 2018 23:23:34 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907507 A big road-work project near the Fauntleroy ferry dock will detour traffic – including buses – starting one week from today. The announcement just in:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) advises travelers that contractors will close the intersection of Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Wildwood Place, just south of the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal, beginning Monday morning, February 5, through Monday, February 19.

Crews will replace concrete road panels at the intersection, and install a curb ramp on the northeast corner.

Between 7 a.m. on Monday, February 5 and 5 p.m. on Monday, February 19, travelers can expect:

The intersection of Fauntleroy Way SW and SW Wildwood Place to be closed in all directions.

Signed detours will be in place:

Motorists exiting the ferry terminal wanting to head southbound will be directed to go northbound on Fauntleroy Way, turn right on SW Morgan St, and right onto 35th Ave SW to head southbound to their destination.

King County Metro’s Rapid Ride C Line will be detoured along SW Trenton St and 45th Ave SW.

There will be No Parking on either side of SW Trenton St between Fauntleroy Way SW and 45th Ave SW.

There will be No Parking on the west side of 45th Ave SW for 100 feet in both directions of SW Director St.

Temporary parking restrictions are necessary for the detour bus route.

Check Metro’s Alerts & Updates page for additional bus route information.

Construction will occur Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday construction may be required to finish within the scheduled timeframe.

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Child hit across from Lincoln Park, not seriously hurt http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/child-hit-by-car-across-from-lincoln-park-not-seriously-hurt/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/child-hit-by-car-across-from-lincoln-park-not-seriously-hurt/#comments Thu, 25 Jan 2018 00:54:19 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=907129 (WSB photo)

Seattle Fire medics are about to take a 12-year-old boy to a hospital to be checked out after he was reported to have been hit by a driver on northbound Fauntleroy Way at SW Rose, across from Lincoln Park. Emergency personnel at the scene tell us the child was not seriously hurt and is being transported as a precaution. We don’t know anything more about the circumstances, but the scene is expected to clear shortly.

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FERRY ALERT UPDATE: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth returns to 3 boats http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/ferry-alert-fauntleroy-vashon-southworth-will-return-to-3-boats-today/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:35:30 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=906512 10:35 AM: Just in from Washington State Ferries – after two days on a 2-boat schedule, the Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth run will return to 3 boats today, now that M/V Issaquah has been cleared to return to service. WSF says it’s not yet certain exactly when the regular schedule will be restored but promises an update, which we’ll add here when we get it.

1:49 PM UPDATE: WSF says the route returned to the 3-boat schedule as of the 1:25 departure from Fauntleroy.

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Fauntleroy Community Association: From HALA to parking to tulips http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/fauntleroy-community-association-from-hala-to-parking-to-tulips/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/01/fauntleroy-community-association-from-hala-to-parking-to-tulips/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:21:25 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=905936 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

When a citywide coalition of community groups announced they would appeal the Environmental Impact Statement for HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning, three West Seattle groups were part of it. Now, a fourth has decided to join the appeal – the Fauntleroy Community Association. That decision happened during last night’s FCA board meeting, which as usual included a wide range of topics:

HALA MHA APPEAL: FCA president Mike Dey talked about having gone to a community meeting in The Junction and listening to the arguments about why this is being appealed, including a central argument for appellants – that the citywide proposal treats all neighborhoods the same way, with no accounting for or consideration of their differences. (For example, Fauntleroy and Morgan Junction deal with the traffic to and from the ferry terminal.)

Dey suggested FCA contribute $500 to the appeal and officially sign onto it so that FCA is on record as saying the don’t think the EIS was done correctly. He made it clear that even if the coalition wins the appeal, that “doesn’t mean the end of HALA” but could mean the EIS would be redone in a way that gives each neighborhood unique consideration. He said it’s important in the prism of the Joslin Building (9250 45th SW) rezone proposal, which could get even more height under HALA MHA.

Before the vote, board member Alexis Zolner wondered if FCA should seek wider community input first. It was subsequently pointed out that HALA’s been discussed by FCA before (and was on this meeting’s agenda) but no one has to date shown up to speak in favor of it. It was also pointed out that seeking to join the appeal is not a statement of opposition to HALA MHA and affordable housing – they just want the EIS redone to address neighborhoods’ unique conditions. FCA becomes the fourth West Seattle community council joining the appeal, after the Junction Neighborhood Organization, Morgan Community Association, and Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition.

9250 45TH SW (JOSLIN BUILDING) REZONE: Vicki Schmitz-Block reported on the subcommittee that’s been researching this rezoning/redevelopment proposal for the parcel at the heart of the Endolyne Triangle (first reported by WSB, in October). For one, she said, the subcommittee recommends that FCA get involved with the HALA MHA FEIS appeal. They also want to invite the developer to come “tell us what they are proposing, at a public meeting” for the wider community, ideally later this month. “I think it’s important that the community hear firsthand from them, and then we’ll have a better idea of what the community (thinks).” FCA might call a meeting even if the prospective builders don’t want to make a presentation. Since the last FCA board meeting, the subcommittee has spoken with Councilmember Lisa Herbold, though she was clear that because she might have to vote on the proposed rezone (a “quasi-judicial” matter), her freedom to comment is limited. It was noted for anyone interested that 3029937 is the land-use permit number for the project as it makes its way through the city system. FCA will assemble online resources/links related to the proposal.

PARKING POLICY: The rezone discussion veered into this current citywide proposal and how Fauntleroy will and won’t be affected. FCA has been concerned about park-and-hide prevalence in neighborhoods near the ferry terminal and RapidRide stops, as well as car-share parking, but their appeal for expanded restrictions (Fauntleroy has West Seattle’s only RPZ) was denied last year. Some attendees mentioned reporting parking violations on their respective blocks and often getting good results.

51ST SW CONCERNS: FCA heard from a resident of 51st SW who said her area has had four landslides in recent years “emanating from 47th SW” to the east and is concerned that the city is not taking a big-picture look at the area. “With this propensity for density,” she said, they’re wondering “if more building permits” are on the way. Two owners on 47th have addressed water issues, another has “water still flowing,” she said. “We don’t want to be the next Perkins Lane,” referring to the Magnolia bluffside street hit hard by slides years ago. She mentioned one lot for sale in the area. “There is no oversight in total. … Everybody had their geotech report, everybody had surveyors come out, everyone was told ‘build a retaining wall’ … you have nobody with an umbrella looking at the whole street.” Another resident said, “Unless someone dies, they really don’t care.” FCA board members suggested they talk with Councilmember Lisa Herbold to let her know they’re looking for a coordinated response from the city.

TRIANGLE TASK FORCE: Gary Dawson, who is on this Washington State Ferries citizens’ advisory committee as well as his longtime involvement in Fauntleroy’s Ferry Advisory Committee, told his fellow board members that the task force is extending its work for another year. He said he’s continuing because he feels that if there’s talk about Fauntleroy ferry service, Fauntleroy needs to be represented. (The task force meetings are open to the public; next one is 4:30 pm January 18th at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall.)

COMMUNITY SURVEY: FCA’s periodic community survey will be going out soon, and will be announced in a variety of ways – we’ll publish the link here, Fauntleroy residents will get postal-mail postcards, etc.

WEBSITE UPDATE: New webmaster Bill Wellington has just updated the FCA website at fauntleroy.net, and its usability on mobile devices has been improved, too. You’ll see more information there in the months ahead.

ANNUAL MEETING AND FOOD FEST: 6 pm, Tuesday, March 20th will be this year’s date for the big meeting – “to get our community together and understand what FCA is, to have people pay their dues, and also to vote on the incoming board of directors,” as board member David Haggerty put it. Community organizations and area restaurants are invited to participate.

ENDOLYNE TRIANGLE PLANTERS: New planters are about to arrive and so are 1500 tulip bulbs, to be planted Saturday morning (January 13th) starting at 9 am – volunteer help welcome; bring gloves and a trowel. The tulips will be purple.

RAPIDRIDE STOP SAFETY: FCA board member Marty Westerman, who’s also on the West Seattle Transportation Coalition board, said they’re campaigning for improved crossing safety at Rose Street’s RapidRide stop. He also noted that a Washington State Ferries rep is due to speak at the next WSTC meeting, 6:30 pm January 25 (Neighborhood House High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way SW).

The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays most months, 7 pm at the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse. Everyone’s welcome.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Police find stolen car; vehicle break-in; abandoned bicycle http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-find-stolen-car-vehicle-break-in-abandoned-bicycle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/west-seattle-crime-watch-police-find-stolen-car-vehicle-break-in-abandoned-bicycle/#comments Wed, 20 Dec 2017 00:34:52 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=904187 In West Seattle Crime Watch:

STOLEN CAR FOUND: Thanks for the text about a sizable police presence at 16th and Henderson this past hour. Officers were questioning someone after finding a stolen car.

Two reader reports:

CAR PROWL: From Cheryl:

Wanted to let you know that I filed a police report on 12/12 regarding a break in of my car parked in front of my apartment building (in the 3500 block of) SW Ocean View Drive, Arbor Heights. They took several personal items including leather gloves (which were in a compartment), my phone holder, CDs (in the trunk) and my handicap parking permit (in the side compartment of my door). Other silly items taken as well.

ABANDONED BICYCLE: Lisa says this has been on a Fauntleroy corner for almost two weeks:

Yours? Let us know.

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FERRY ALERT UPDATE: Fauntleroy-Vashon-Southworth returning to 3 boats http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/ferry-alert-fauntleroy-vashon-southworth-route-temporarily-down-to-2-boats/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:22:36 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903641 11:22 AM: Just in from Washington State Ferries:

The Issaquah has been taken out of service to repair a water pump seal leak in the #1 engine. Repairs have been scheduled between the morning and afternoon commutes to minimize impact to our customers. Two-boat service will continue on the regular schedule with the Cathlamet and the Sealth until repairs to the Issaquah are completed. The Cathlamet departed Vashon for Southworth at 10:45 am and the Sealth departed Vashon for Fauntleroy at 10:15 am to begin temporary service modifications.

We’ll update when this changes.

2:44 PM: Repairs aren’t done yet; WSF continues 2-boat service with Cathlamet and Sealth: “The Cathlamet runs the #1 position with the following departure schedule … 2:50pm SW-Va-Fa, 3:35pm Fa-SW, 4:05pm SW-Fa. The Sealth remains in the #2 position with the following departure schedule … 3:00pm Fa-Va-SW, 3:45pm SW-FA.”

3:24 PM: Back to three boats – details here.

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About the crane at the Fauntleroy ferry dock http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/about-the-crane-at-the-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:27:25 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903447

Thanks to the reader who sent that photo and asked what the crane is doing at Washington State Ferries‘ Fauntleroy dock. We asked WSF, and spokesperson Ian Sterling replied that it’s there for “routine annual maintenance work that we’re doing at a bunch of terminals and it just happens to be Fauntleroy’s turn.” He says the crane is expected to be at Fauntleroy for about a week and a half and its work is not expected to affect dock operations. The WSF website describes the work as “Landing Aid Repairs, Steel Pile in trestle, Hanger Bar Replacement.”

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HOLIDAY GENEROSITY: West Seattle Alternative Giving Fair gifts grow in year 2 http://westseattleblog.com/2017/12/holiday-generosity-west-seattle-alternative-giving-fair-gifts-grow-in-year-2/ Thu, 07 Dec 2017 05:09:07 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=903044 Thanks to Judy Pickens for the report and photo:

The concept of giving donations in lieu of more stuff for Christmas gained momentum during the second annual West Seattle Alternative Giving Fair.

(Bill Zoellner, who chairs the church’s homelessness task force, took donations for gift cards to help low-income families of loal elementary students)

Hosted last Saturday and Sunday by Fauntleroy Church UCC for 19 local, national, and international programs, the fair brought in $11,291 to strengthen families and communities, support elders, care for creation, and respond to hunger and homelessness. Thanks to generous area residents, this “giving from the heart” represents a 37% increase over last year.

P.S. Still many opportunities for holiday giving – in the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide, you’ll find a list of donation drives – including giving trees – and volunteer opportunities that we’ve heard about so far.

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