West Seattle Blog... » Health http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:49:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Student athletes raising cancer awareness: Huling Bowl tomorrow night, volleyball match Monday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/student-athletes-raising-cancer-awareness-huling-bowl-tomorrow-night-volleyball-match-monday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/student-athletes-raising-cancer-awareness-huling-bowl-tomorrow-night-volleyball-match-monday/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:41:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288894 Two upcoming sports events feature friendly faceoffs between our area’s two biggest public schools – both spotlighting the fight against cancer:

HULING BOWL, FRIDAY NIGHT: The Huling Bowltrophy and all! – is the name of the annual football game between Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School, and you’re invited to this year’s edition at 7 pm tomorrow (Friday), Southwest Athletic Complex (2601 SW Thistle, across from the Sealth campus).

Sealth’s bulletin announces it as a “pink-out,” urging everyone to wear pink to show support for the fight against breast cancer. That will be especially meaningful for Sealth running back Daron Camacho, who e-mailed us overnight asking if we would let folks know that “I dedicate the game to my Godmom Margarita Vidrio, who is fighting breast cancer.” You’ll see Daron on the field wearing #11.

VOLLEYBALL, MONDAY NIGHT: Thanks to Jim Bowe for sharing the announcement:

On Monday, October 20th at 7 pm, West Seattle HS Volleyball hosts Chief Sealth in what is always a great Metro League volleyball match. The WSHS volleyball girls are making this night Cancer Awareness Night. Admission to the event is free. There will be opportunities for people to donate to cancer research if they choose to do so; however, attendance and awareness is really the goal.

The WSHS gym is on the southwest side of the school, right off the parking lot, at 3000 California SW.

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Higher public-health permit fees for farmers’ markets, others? County postpones discussion, continues comment period http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/higher-public-health-permit-fees-for-farmers-markets-others-county-postpones-discussion-continues-comment-period/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/higher-public-health-permit-fees-for-farmers-markets-others-county-postpones-discussion-continues-comment-period/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2014 02:26:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288397

(WSB photo from last Sunday’s WS Farmers’ Market, by Katie Meyer)
The Seattle-King County Public Health Board has just postponed its planned discussion of proposed permit-fee increases, to take comments for at least two more months. We heard about the controversy over some of the fee increases, thanks to a reader who pointed us to protests from regional farmers-market vendors like organic-meat producer Skagit River Ranch, which called the proposed increases “outrageous” in an open letter posted via Facebook. Businesses quoted anonymously in a county roundup of “stakeholder” feedback had comments including, “It is discouraging for vendors to get higher permit fees for selling healthier food – unhealthy food should pay more.” The county says it hasn’t reviewed fees/rates since 2008 but needs to raise rates to cover costs. Other types of businesses with proposed public-health fee increases include animal shelters and some other pet-related businesses. Whatever your thoughts about the fee changes – which are less dramatic in some categories – the county says it’s taken them off the agenda for next week’s board meeting and will take comments until mid-December (this page explains how to have a say).

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2 local flu-shot clinics for Seattle Public Schools students, staff, families – and community members http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/2-local-flu-shot-clinics-for-seattle-public-schools-students-staff-families/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/2-local-flu-shot-clinics-for-seattle-public-schools-students-staff-families/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:02:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286856 (UPDATE: We’re told ANYONE is welcome to come to these clinics – adults must have either proof of insurance or else $28 payment, but no student will be turned away for lack of insurance, says Sealth nurse Alison Enochs)

ORIGINAL REPORT: Just out of the WSB inbox:

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for all students, staff, and their families at no charge, with proof of current medical insurance.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best protection from influenza is to receive a flu shot each year. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months old and over be vaccinated against the flu.

West Seattle clinic locations and dates:

* Chief Sealth High School: Wednesday, October 8, 4-7:30 pm
* West Seattle High School: Monday, October 20, 2:30-7 pm

Clinics will be open to all Seattle Public Schools children (4 years of age and older) and their families. Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms are available at the clinics, or click here to download.

All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill all insurance plans including Apple Health (Washington State Medicaid) plans. Flu shots are considered preventive care and are not subject to deductibles or co-pays. This means no out-of-pocket expense for participants.

This is happening districtwide – here’s the full list.

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Unneeded/expired prescription drugs? Take-Back Day this Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/unwantedunneeded-prescription-drugs-take-back-day-this-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/unwantedunneeded-prescription-drugs-take-back-day-this-saturday/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:31:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286619 Keeping unneeded, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medicine around the house is a bad idea for a variety of reasons. Tossing it in the trash or emptying it down the drain is a bad idea, too. So what to do? Get rid of it this Saturday (September 27th), 10 am-2 pm, during the next Take-Back Day. The official local drop-off spot will once again be the Seattle Police Southwest Precinct at Webster/Delridge.

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You can help! Here’s where West Seattle firefighters will ask you to help ‘Fill the Boot’ for MDA this Thursday and Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/you-can-help-heres-where-west-seattle-firefighters-will-ask-you-to-help-fill-the-boot-for-mda-this-thursday-and-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/you-can-help-heres-where-west-seattle-firefighters-will-ask-you-to-help-fill-the-boot-for-mda-this-thursday-and-friday/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:17:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285881

(WSB photo from 2011 “Fill the Boot,” taken in Admiral District)
This year’s edition of the International Association of Fire Fighters “Fill the Boot” fundraising drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association is coming up this Thursday and Friday, 1 pm-6 pm September 18-19, and we asked organizers where in West Seattle you’ll see firefighters joining in. Here’s the list (subject to change) compiled for us by Sandy Elfers of the MDA:

Station #11 – Westwood Village
Station #29 – California and Admiral
Station #32 – California and Alaska
Station #36 – Alki Beach and/or Avalon/Spokane
Station #37 – By the station, 35th/Holden

The IAFF and MDA have partnered for 60 years. Local IAFF members will be among 1,000 citywide participating in the fundraising drive this year.

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Video: New partnership plan saves Greenbridge clinic, moves West Seattle Planned Parenthood clinic http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/video-new-partnership-plan-saves-greenbridge-clinic-moves-west-seattle-planned-parenthood-clinic/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/video-new-partnership-plan-saves-greenbridge-clinic-moves-west-seattle-planned-parenthood-clinic/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:07:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285800

At the surface, what brought King County Executive Dow Constantine, County Councilmember Joe McDermott, Public Health acting director Patty Hayes, Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest CEO Chris Charbonneau, and others to White Center’s Greenbridge Plaza at noontime was news that a nearby county health clinic won’t have to close.

Their remarks are all featured in our video of the event, above, as well as what a clinic staffer and client had to say about the importance of saving the clinic. But what they explained in the media briefing wasn’t quite that simple:

*Mayor Murray’s proposed budget will include money for Greenbridge clinic operations (this was mentioned briefly in his Friday announcement about human-services and public-safety spending – the $ mentioned in that news release differs from what’s in today’s county news release, so we’re trying to verify which is correct)

*Planned Parenthood of the Great NW will take over family-planning services at the clinic, meaning layoffs for county-employed family-planning staffers unless they find jobs with PP

*As a result, PP will close its current West Seattle clinic (9641 28th SW) and merge its services into the Greenbridge location (9942 8th SW)

*County employees at the clinic will continue providing other services such as maternity support and Women/Infant/Children (WIC) nutrition support

Though Greenbridge is across the city/county line, it serves many Seattle residents, Constantine said, so city funding is appropriate. (The clinic relocated two years ago from its previous site about a mile south.) His plan for the clinic’s future will be in the budget proposal he presents one week from today.

P.S. The full county news release is part of coverage on our partner site White Center Now.

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Reminder: 1st West Seattle YMCA expansion Q/A meeting today http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/reminder-1st-west-seattle-ymca-expansion-qa-meeting-today/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/reminder-1st-west-seattle-ymca-expansion-qa-meeting-today/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:31:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=285624 One week after we brought you first word of the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion plans, the first public Q/A meeting is this afternoon. Anyone interested in hearing/talking about the proposal is welcome – 2-3 pm at the Y’s “Studio 5″ annex, 4518 Fauntleroy Way SW. Two more public meetings are planned, in different dayparts – 6-7 pm Tuesday, 7-8 am Wednesday. The Y has more project info online here.

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West Seattle YMCA announces expansion plan for Triangle HQ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-ymca-announces-expansion-at-its-triangle-hq/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-ymca-announces-expansion-at-its-triangle-hq/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:42:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284731

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Starting with an all-staff meeting tonight, the West Seattle YMCA is pulling the wraps off plans for a major expansion project at its headquarters in The Triangle.

The Y (a WSB sponsor) will be officially filing for permits with the city this week, but has been quietly fundraising for a while. Its Board of Managers has a goal of raising half the cost of the $11 million project, with the Greater Seattle Y board raising money for the other half.

“We’re excited!” exclaimed regional executive Josh Sutton, during our conversation about the plan.

(Rendering of the future northwestern corner)

The West Seattle board already is almost halfway to its goal, before expanding the capital campaign more widely across the community – $2.6 million so far.

It’s been long known the Y would have to expand, with 4,200 member households right now and West Seattle’s population continuing to grow. It has had a Building Committee for seven years, Sutton explained. They mulled options such as moving, or buying another building, and then, about two years ago, started to “coalesce around a specific idea” involving expanding right on their current site between 36th and 37th, Snoqualmie and Oregon.

The Y has hired Miller Hayashi Architects, whose most recent West Seattle projects include the expansion at just-reopened Fairmount Park Elementary and the 4-year-old rebuild of Fire Station 37, and contractor Lease Crutcher Lewis (which built the facility in 1984).

After about five months of work on pricing and plans, “we’ve pretty much finished the schematic phase, but there’s a lot to be decided, still,” Sutton said.

Here are the basics:

*The expansion will be accomplished WITHOUT any closure of the facility: “We’ll stay open throughout, though there may be interruptions of some services”

*It’ll add 50 percent more space – 32,000 square feet now, 47,000 square feet when finished

*The expanded building will face SW Snoqualmie (shown in the rendering atop this story), designated as a “festival street” in the West Seattle Triangle Plan process, and therefore a possible venue for occasional events; the project itself was planned to be in alignment with the overall Triangle plan

*A “healthy cooking” kitchen will be a major new feature, “programmed with nutrition classes” that they haven’t had a space to handle before (and if fees are involved, there will be subsidizing for those eligible) as well as demonstrations

*Family changing rooms will be added, linked to the pool deck

*The pool itself isn’t targeted for major work, but “some daylighting” is on the drawing board, according to Sutton, to remedy the not-so-brightly-lit boxiness of the building’s original 1984 design

*The fitness space will more than double, and will enable the repurposing of some other spaces

*A space will be designated specifically for “tweens,” youth who wind up at loose ends between the services and spaces available for children and for teenagers.

*A 1,000-square-foot community-meeting room will be added (fronting SW Snoqualmie): “The Triangle keeps growing, and people need places to meet; the Y has historically been a place for people to convene.”

*Its small child-care building will be torn down and the front parking lot will be torn down; end result will still be more parking, because of new underground spaces

*A small addition on the northwest corner will replace the racquetball courts,

Also part of the project, some work outside the building, such as finishing the sidewalk on Oregon (a street that will become a more-important connector because of the hillclimb planned on the site of the 4435 35th SW development that’s now under construction). Sutton expects that will be followed by angled parking and city-imposed time limits on what is now a street without them. The street-parking situation after the project is done will be “pretty much a net wash,” he says, some added, some removed, but the Y itself will have 19 more motorized-vehicle spaces (as well as some new underground bicycle parking). That’s a third more parking than they have now, and they expect the facility will be 20 percent busier.

In case you were wondering: No, there won’t be a rate increase to fund any of this; Sutton points out that rates rise every year as part of the Greater Seattle Y’s plan, since membership gets you in to other facilities around the system too. No, this doesn’t involve the Fauntleroy Y – “we’re not trying to consolidate,” Sutton says; the Y has had a presence there since the early ’20s and expects to “continue to do that.” (They’ve made investments in recent years to keep the Fauntleroy facility “up to date and fresh,” in fact, and it continues to be operated with the Triangle facility as one entity.)

Though the Y is a nationally known name, this project is very local – including major donors such as Nucor, which will even be donating some steel that will go into the project.

In all, “This is what the next generation of West Seattle needs,” Sutton said. “Taking the building and updating it – it’s still in good shape, would make no sense to tear it down.” (By the way, this isn’t the Y’s original building; its first one in 1921 was a small building near where Trader Joe’s is now; after a fire there, the Y moved to an old dairy building across the street, where the Franciscan clinic is now.) The work will leave room for future expansion – the ceiling will be high enough that the building could add a second story sometime; for now, it’ll be an “open, light space.”

The Y hopes to break ground next summer, with the project lasting about a year. In the meantime:


*The Y expects to file its permit applications on Wednesday

*While the city does accept public comments on projects, this one, Sutton said, will not require Design Review

*Find out more about the project at OurNewY.org, which just went live tonight

*Attend a community meeting at the Y’s “Studio 5″ space (4518 Fauntleroy Way SW):
–2-3 pm Sunday, September 14th
–6-7 pm Tuesday, September 16th
–7-8 am Wednesday, September 17th

*If you haven’t received an invitation to donate, and are interested in supporting the project, contact Sutton via the West Seattle Y.

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Video: Ice Bucket Challenge at Holy Rosary, and who they’re passing it on to http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/video-ice-bucket-challenge-at-holy-rosary-and-who-theyre-passing-it-on-to/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/video-ice-bucket-challenge-at-holy-rosary-and-who-theyre-passing-it-on-to/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 04:27:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=284046

That’s the first “Ice Bucket Challenge” clip called to our attention by a local school. This one features the staff of Holy Rosary School and the parish’s pastor, Father John Madigan. HR principal George Hofbauer starts with challenges to other local Catholic schools, and Fr. Madigan adds a challenge to Seattle’s Archbishop Peter Sartain. (In case you’ve missed it somehow, the IBC has been making the rounds for weeks to raise awareness and money for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) P.S. First day of school at HRS is next Tuesday.

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Alki Beach 5K 2014 video/photos: Almost 1,100 runners and walkers! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/alki-beach-5k-2014-almost-1100-runners-and-walkers-this-time/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/alki-beach-5k-2014-almost-1100-runners-and-walkers-this-time/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:14:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283476

Almost 1,100 runners and walkers are on the course along Alki as this year’s Alki Beach 5K got under way minutes ago. First, they heard inspirational words from “Warrior Marathon Runner” Carol Dellinger, a breast-cancer survivor who has run 278 marathons, and just keeps running.

The Alki Beach 5K is a benefit for West Seattleite-founded-and-led Northwest Hope and Healing, and a fun time for all.

9:58 AM: Runners and walkers keep crossing the finish line. First one across, last year’s winner Miler Haller, 17 years old:

(Photo by David Hutchinson)
ADDED 12:32 PM: Here’s our video of everyone leaving the starting line:

First-time emcee (whose voice you hear in our video): Shellie Hart from Warm 106.9 radio:

Overseeing everything as always – NWHH executive director Shari Sewell:

The Alki Beach 5K is for a serious cause – helping NWHH help breast-cancer patients – but it’s fun too, and smiles abounded:

Eye-catching outfits, too:

3:59 PM: The results are now available online. In addition to first finisher Miler Haller, shown above, the other top finishers were:
#2 male – Joe Sheeran, 56, in 16:49:

#3 male – Chris Tolonen, 45, in 16:53:

#1 female – Somer Kreisman, 25, in 18:07:

#2 female – Hailey Kettel, 18, in 18:30:

#3 female – Caoline Austin, 23, in 18:46:

(The spellings are exactly as shown on the official results page; please let us know if anything is incorrect!)
ADDED SUNDAY NIGHT: More scenes from race day:

All ages running AND applauding:

Might have to start calling it a run/walk/scoot:

More strollers than ever, this year:

Sightings along the route – Lou Cutler of Pathfinder K-8, where he leads a Make-A-Wish fundraiser run every year:

Perhaps West Seattle’s most visible mascot was of course on his/her home turf:

Lots of last-minute sign-ups, we heard – which kept volunteers mega-busy:

Some participants were on the run even before the 5K got going:

That’s Tim McConnell of West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), who ran past us as we arrived at Alki pre-race. Finally, an A-board reminding everyone what the Alki Beach 5K was all about:

You can donate to Northwest Hope and Healing any time – just go here.

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One week away! Alki Beach 5K to help Northwest Hope and Healing help breast-cancer patients http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/one-week-away-alki-beach-5k-to-help-northwest-hope-and-healing-help-breast-cancer-patients/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/one-week-away-alki-beach-5k-to-help-northwest-hope-and-healing-help-breast-cancer-patients/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:46:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282838

(Photo by David Hutchinson, from 2012 Alki Beach 5K)
Only one week till the summer’s next big benefit 5K in West Seattle, the Northwest Hope and Healing-presented Alki Beach 5K, 9 am next Sunday (August 24th). It’s a fundraiser for West Seattleite-founded-and-led NWHH’s work helping breast-cancer patients. You can run or walk; Alki SW will be closed for the run, so there’s plenty of room for you and the other hundreds of people who will be part of it. Sign up online right now, or in person this week at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), which also has an early-packet-pickup event set for Saturday (10 am-2 pm, California/Charlestown), if you want to get yours before 5K day. See you at the beach (start/finish line is by the Bathhouse, 61st/Alki) next Sunday!

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West Seattle scene: Eddie Vedder’s Ice Bucket Challenge video http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-eddie-vedders-ice-bucket-challenge-video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-scene-eddie-vedders-ice-bucket-challenge-video/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 05:22:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=282783

Thanks to Philip for pointing this out to us via Twitter – one of the newest celebrity videos in the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS awareness, just published on YouTube today, stars West Seattleite and Pearl Jam leader Eddie Vedder, with the bucket wielded by bandmate Mike McCready. Looks like it was recorded on the West Seattle shoreline, too, as Philip noted in his tweet.

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Delridge Grocery’s first Friday Farmstand – a hit! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/delridge-grocerys-first-friday-farmstand-a-hit/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/delridge-grocerys-first-friday-farmstand-a-hit/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 03:31:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279802

Sarah, Susan, Constance, and Ariana posed with leafy greens at the first Delridge Grocery Friday Farmstand because that’s all they had left by the time we got there at 7 pm. Ariana reports the stand had a line for the first two hours as buyers scooped up all the fruit. We mentioned the produce offerings in this morning’s daily preview; next Friday, they’re likely to have more raspberries and blueberries, cherries, peaches, greens, tomatoes, summer squash, and green onions, among other offerings. The farmstand is a sort of appetizer for the future Delridge Grocery, the cooperative store that volunteers are working to open in the commercial space of DESC’s Cottage Grove Commons. To add to the festive flavor of today’s stand, live music was provided by Thaddeus Spae.

Look for the farmstand’s second edition just south of Delridge Branch Library (5423 Delridge Way SW) next Friday (July 25th), 4:30-7:30 pm.

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Southwest Design Review Board report #1: Eye-clinic project @ 7520 35th SW sent back for second round of early-design guidance http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/southwest-design-review-board-report-1-eye-clinic-project-7520-35th-sw-sent-back-for-second-round-of-early-design-guidance/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/southwest-design-review-board-report-1-eye-clinic-project-7520-35th-sw-sent-back-for-second-round-of-early-design-guidance/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 03:17:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=278901 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Making its debut before the Southwest Design Review Board, the proposed Clearview Eye Clinic project at 7520 35th SW was sent back for a second round of Early Design Guidance.

Concerns included how the building would interact with the evolving streetscape – busy as 35th SW is, and can be – and whether it was too close to the street, and should be set back as are other buildings. A paucity of landscape was identified as a concern, too, as was the fact that the proposal includes a parking area fronting 35th SW, and how the site’s vehicle entries should work.

This project will be a medical/commercial building – no residential component – and the architect described an intent for its look to be “crisp, clean, and clear.” (We first reported the project plan two months ago.)

Four of the SWDRB’s five members (with T. Frick McNamara absent) were present, with planner Tami Garrett from the Department of Planning and Development.

Architect Peter Bocek from PB Architects explained that the clinic doctors are building a permanent home for their practice, with a staff of about 20, because their lease at Westwood Village is expiring:

“This is not a speculative project – this is going to be an owner-occupied project.” (PB also designed Youngstown Flats [WSB sponsor], Bocek pointed out, also noting he’s a West Seattle resident.)

The applicant is buying the entire site – on the east side of 35th between SW Webster and the Hillcrest Apartments – it was explained, but they’re only proposing to build on the south half of the site (replacing structures including the current home of Red Star Pizzathe “design packet” lays out exactly which part of the site they are proposing to build on; John’s Corner Deli, for example, is staying, they said). “It’s a very long block,” pointed out Bocek, saying the challenge and opportunity is to create a building that “enhances” it, and that leaves development potential for “someone” to use the north half in the future.

Part of the ground-floor retail at this planned building will be the clinic’s eye-wear center, while the clinic itself and a surgery center will be on the second and third floors. The practice sees about 100 patients a day, according to the architects.

The architects brought four alternatives for massing – size and shape. All would position the building toward the south side of the site, with some parking within the building (for use by both staff and patients), and open surface parking immediately north of it; they’re hoping to have about 40 spaces. (And board chair Laird Bennion agreed later that they would need every space they could get.)

The project team’s preferred option, #4, would be “just what the clients need – no more, no less,” Bocek explained. Among other points, it would be set back 5 feet on the alley, across from a single-family neighborhood; it would be a few feet higher than the apartment building south of it. The alley behind the site is currently unimproved, which would change with development, the architects note. The preferred entry would be off 35th, but it would have an entry from the alley as well; as Garrett noted late in the discussion, the city prefers alley access, so getting 35th access would require a “departure” (rule exception). The board said it would support one access from each side, rather than the current potential for two off 35th.

Only a few people came to the meeting, and no in-person public comments were offered; chair Bennion said that neighbors sent written comments to the board, while saying they were unable to attend the meeting. One of the concerns from those neighbors that he conveyed during the “board questions” section was regarding the aforementioned alley, and Bocek said “our intent is to improve it from Webster to our south property line.”

Board member Todd Bronk wondered why, with the long block, the building was proposed to be pushed right up to the sidewalk, as if it were “engaging the parking lot instead of the sidewalk,” especially considering the fact that the apartment building to its south is set back. He also wondered about having the parking behind the building rather than having any of it right alongside 35th. Bocek noted that having the building line more of 35th would not be preferable from an architectural standpoint because, as an eye clinic, it will “have a lot of windowless space.” (Much of that would be It will have two lobbies, one for the clinic and one for the surgery center, since a separate entry is required by law, Bocek said, and both will be along 35th.

Board member Matt Zinski expressed a concern about the site having very little landscaping/open space, citing research that the latter is good for health and healing.

In board deliberations, “height/bulk/scale” were identified as the biggest issues, right off the top. Its status as a “midblock site on a very busy street” also was called out.

Board member Daniel Skaggs said that option 2 seemed to both be a bridge to the future and respect the single-family homes behind. Bennion countered by saying that he preferred Option 4 because future car-use patterns would likely change. Board members wondered how the recommendations they make now will affect future development possibilities, without taking sections of the streetfront out of commission.

They also looked ahead to the “evolution” of the neighborhood and cited the failure of the project to address pedestrians’ needs – “You can’t walk up to this project,” Bronk observed. Board members referred repeatedly to the fact, also, that this is a business that will be closed in the evenings, leaving a “big empty zone,” though that’s not necessarily something the design process can address in a major way. Bronk thought it would be helpful to see projects with a similar layout. Skaggs thought the proposed layout was generally “like a mall.” The board members weren’t inclined to grant permission for “three [two-way] entrances with dead-head parking.” They wondered if underground parking might be considered. In the end, they were leaning toward a version of design option #2, rather than the project team’s preferred #4, although the architects said they would like to riff off both of those, so the board agreed with that. Re: #4′s layout, Bronk suggested some elements of the South Delridge Walgreens – which has parking fronting a busy street (Roxbury) and yet screened.

What’s next: Another meeting will be scheduled for a second round of Early Design Guidance. In the meantime, you can comment on the project by e-mailing planner Garrett – her e-mail address is tami.garrett@seattle.gov.

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(2011 WSB photo from High Point Market Garden)
This Wednesday is your first chance to buy fresh organic produce picked steps away from the point of sale – opening day for the High Point Market Garden Farm Stand, just announced by the city. It’s at 32nd/Juneau (map) and it’ll be open 4-7 pm Wednesdays, July 9th-September 24th. The first harvest is expected to include spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes. The city announcement adds that the stand and its counterpart at NewHolly “accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card.

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