(Photo courtesy Paul)
New parking signs are up at Don Armeni Boat Ramp – not new rules, but new signs (though a related rule change is under consideration). Thanks to a tip, we were already working on a story about the new signs before police explained them at last night’s Alki Community Council meeting. The signs, and other ACC toplines, including the SPD plan for Alki this summer, and Homestead/Fir Lodge updates from the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, ahead …
@ Morgan Community Association: Park-expansion update, side-streets traffic, sidewalk work, elections, more…April 17, 2015 at 9:58 am | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 25 Comments
An update on the Morgan Junction Park expansion topped a busy-as-ever agenda for the quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting on Wednesday night:
(WSB file photo)
The city has owned the commercial site north of the park since last year and, according to MoCA president Deb Barker, hopes to have the current tenants, a mini-mart and cleaner, out by the end of May. A week or so of “remediation” (cleanup) work will follow. Development money was part of the plan for the Park District ballot measure, but design/development is still a ways off. One new possibility: Designating SW Eddy, which goes through the site, as a “festival street.”
Speaking of streets …
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
ADMIRAL WAY SAFETY PROJECT: This was the marquee presentation of the night, led by SDOT’s Emily Ehlers. A few hours earlier, we had published a preview with information and maps the city had sent – see that here. Much more information was contained in the slide deck that was presented during the meeting – you can scroll through it atop this story.
What was said, and asked:
Will the city make Neighborhood Conservation Districts available as a tool for interested neighborhoods to use if they choose to preserve their “character”?
City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen has been exploring the idea for a while, presenting a briefing on a study last September, and convened a discussion at the High Point Community Center last night, the second of three around the city (the third and final one is on Phinney Ridge tonight).
One challenge: The legislation to be brought up for a council vote hasn’t been written yet. So while those in attendance had many questions, few answers were available. Here’s the slide deck that was shown:
The first round of meetings is being held primarily to gauge community interest. One point made clear: These districts couldn’t be created to stop development projects already on the drawing board. Questions focused on what would or would not be allowed in a district, and how that might affect property owners’ rights, given that in theory, one could be implemented without unanimous approval of affected owners. Would it come down to something simple like, what kind of fence you could put up? Answer: If there are guidelines for that, yes. Wouldn’t that make this something like a homeowners’ association? another attendee asked. And what about people moving into the district long after it was created?
Other questions: What disclosure will there be for property owners regarding the costs of these districts? What’s the final cost to the city, considering that if an area can be as small as a block, hundreds could spring up. (Rasmussen’s legislative assistant Evan Clifthorne said he expected this to start slowly.) Which city department would run the program? Probably the Department of Neighborhoods - but nothing’s finalized yet.
Again, lots of questions – the answers will depend on what’s in the official proposal. We asked Councilmember Rasmussen afterward about the likelihood of this making it to the finish line before, or after, he leaves office; his view is that if the council sees enough interest from citizens, they’ll carry it through, and public meetings like this one are one way to do that. (Our informal count last night was around 20.)
If you’re interested in the topic and can get to north Seattle, tonight’s meeting is at 6 pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Avenue N.
SIDE NOTE: Speaking of centers, we noted that several people were confused about last night’s location (including our crew!). So many meetings are held at Neighborhood House‘s High Point Center (6400 Sylvan Way, not a city-run facility) that any mention of a “center” in High Point seems to send people there. The site of last night’s meeting is officially called High Point Community Center, a Seattle Parks-operated facility at 6920 34th SW.
(First two photos courtesy of John Lang – above, some of the 24 volunteers who helped)
Under the Admiral Way Bridge, volunteers of all ages helped clean up Fairmount Ravine this past Saturday – and as coordinator John Lang reports, the job was a bit easier this year thanks to added assistance from city agencies:
The 23rd annual Fairmount Ravine Cleanup was a big success on Saturday 3/28. Thank you to the 24 volunteers who participated, young kids to seniors; about half removed trash under the Admiral bridge and the other half climbed the steep hillsides to remove invasive ivy from the mature trees.
The community appreciates SDOT reinforcing the fences at the corners of the bridge. It has reduced the amount of illegal activity under the bridge yet the hard working volunteers removed almost one ton of trash from the ravine!
Over 50 garbage size bags were filled with trash filling up the DOC flatbed truck hauling the trash to transfer station. Fortunately, homeless encampments were less of an issue this year.
(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
We greatly appreciated participation by officers Flores and Lucas, with the Seattle Police Department, sweeping the area of any potential squatters prior to cleanup and helping with traffic control. Three cheers to our local merchants Metropolitan Market, Starbucks, and Zatz a Better Bagel for their generous support of this community effort.
Thank you to everyone who made this year’s cleanup a success. It is a great example of community pride and putting into action the teamwork necessary to tackle a difficult situation.
The ravine is along Fairmount Avenue, a much-used driving, riding, walking, running route between Admiral and east Alki.
(Photo from 2012 Fairmount Ravine cleanup)
One more reminder before tomorrow morning arrives: The more the merrier at the annual Fairmount Ravine Cleanup, starting at 8:30 am Saturday – meet at Fairmount/Forest (map). John Lang says, “Met Market, Starbucks, and Zatz have all graciously agreed to participate in supporting the nourishment portion of the project.” Wear boots and gloves; if you’re interested in helping remove ivy from trees – which is part of the cleanup – please bring a pruning saw and/or large loppers. Whatever time you can spare, the folks of Fairmount will appreciate it. (And if you have a question first, call John @ 206-932-5151.)
The “urban villages” neighborhood-planning strategy from the ’90s paved the way for much of the development you see today. As part of the city’s process to map the next 20 years, former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck and his consulting firm presented a study in January looking at how the plans have played out, closely examining some of the designated urban villages around the city, including The Junction and vicinity, as well as Westwood-Highland Park. If you couldn’t make it to the downtown presentation but are interested in the topic, tomorrow night you get a chance to find out about it without leaving West Seattle, as Steinbrueck is a guest at the Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting – 6:30 pm Tuesday at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California), all welcome.
(WSB photo, March 4)
Now that Interim Fire Station 29 is up and running on the 44th/Ferry/Hill triangle – barely a block north of where permanent FS 29 is getting quake-safety upgrades – the Admiral Neighborhood Association took a look at its future during this month’s meeting:
You can help! Admiral Neighborhood Association’s first Adopt-A-Street cleanup of 2015, tomorrow morningMarch 6, 2015 at 8:55 pm | In How to help, Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 1 Comment
One way to start your weekend in the giving mode: Show up at Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor) at 9 am tomorrow (Saturday) and join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s first Adopt-A-Street cleanup of 2015. ANA president David Whiting says Met Market is providing coffee/pastries pre-cleanup and sack lunches afterward as it’s done in the past; tools/bags provided, so just bring yourself to the main entrance at 42nd/Admiral.
(Flyer photo by Christopher Boffoli for WSB, January 2015)
Crime/safety concerns in the Admiral area, especially after last month’s robberies? This Tuesday (February 10), bring your questions to the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s monthly meeting, with guests including Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores. That’s just one of the agenda highlights, as you’ll see if you browse the flyer above, shared by ANA president David Whiting. (If you can’t see the embedded version, here it is as a PDF.) All are welcome; the meeting starts at 7 at The Sanctuary at Admiral, the city-landmarked event venue across from the north side of Hiawatha Community Center park, at 42nd/Lander.
Last night at the West Seattle High School gym, we spotted that familiar-but-not-seen-for-a-while smile in the stands, someone especially familiar to those involved with local neighborhood groups – former longtime Neighborhood District Coordinator Stan Lock. Four years ago, in a round of Department of Neighborhoods changes/cuts, Stan was moved to the Central Area; earlier this month, a DoN rep told the Morgan Community Association (as reported here) that Stan had just retired. Last night, he confirmed it, saying he has no plans right now except to enjoy his first grandchild – a girl born to his daughter on New Year’s Eve. Stan told us he misses everybody he knew and worked with in West Seattle. He was at the game with his brother, a Garfield fan.
Thanks to Southwest District Council co-chair David Whiting (president of the Admiral Neighborhood Association) for sharing the city’s announcement confirming which Neighborhood Park & Street Fund projects are funded for this year. See the full list of projects citywide here; below, see the excerpts showing West Seattle projects (the city considers WS to be two neighborhood districts, Southwest and Delridge):
The citywide total for all projects funded this year is almost $2 million. In some cases, the grant money is applied to a larger project – for example, this will be the case with the Boren crosswalks, a project confirmed earlier this month. We don’t have full details on all the projects but they will certainly be topics at the respective district council meetings, including Delridge, 7 pm tonight at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (as previewed in our daily highlights list).
P.S. A similar amount, about $2 million, is set aside for this year’s NPSF – and the application deadline is approaching.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Should the Fauntleroy Boulevard project include undergrounding utilities – considering that could cost an extra $6 million or so? That’s the question Councilmember Tom Rasmussen raised at this month’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting.
The undergrounding cost was first mentioned publicly a week earlier, at the Southwest District Council meeting (WSB coverage here), with SWDC’s immediate past co-chair Sharonn Meeks reporting on a conversation with Rasmussen. This is the first time he had subsequently discussed it publicly with a West Seattle group. Taking utilities underground, he noted, “can be … transformational,” but the project has to be designed that way, and it’s now at a crossroads, with about two-thirds of the design completed: Should it be designed with underground utilities or not? The councilmember says he’s looking for community feedback. A few points to consider:
Don’t know whether Santa lost his smartphone or picked up because he knew someone was calling in with a Christmas wish, but we caught him in the British-style phone booth in the lobby at The Sanctuary at Admiral, where the new-this-year Holly Jolly Holiday Fest continues until 4 pm, presented by the Admiral Neighborhood Association.
In the heart of The Sanctuary – a city landmark that was once a church – you’ll find free treats plus a mini-bazaar with local businesses/organizations including the new Seattle Farm School and WSB sponsor Mode Music Studios, which brought some students for holiday music:
You’re also invited to come talk to neighborhood reps over cookies and mulled cider. ANA is the same group that brings you Summer Concerts at Hiawatha every year as well as meeting most months (resuming in January, second Tuesday, 7 pm, at The Sanctuary) to focus on issues/concerns. They support the 4th of July Kids’ Parade, too, whose co-organizer Jackie Clough of Alki Party Treasures (WSB sponsor) was spotted chatting with Mr. Claus:
Stop by before 4 pm, 42nd and Lander, across from the northeast corner of the park adjacent to Hiawatha CC.
Neighborhood Matching Fund changes? Delridge District Council’s opposition letter; presentation ahead at SW District CouncilNovember 2, 2014 at 6:29 pm | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | Comments Off
Major changes proposed for some of the city’s Neighborhood Matching Fund grants will be discussed in West Seattle again this Wednesday, this time in a presentation to the Southwest District Council. Meantime, the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council, which got the presentation last month, has followed through on its plan to send city leadership a letter opposing the changes. More on both of these updates – including the full text of that letter – ahead:
MURRAY CSO PROJECT UPDATE: Excavation is going “fast and furious,” said Hannah from King County Wastewater Treatment, as the space for the million-gallon combined-sewer-overflow-storage tank is dug across from Lowman Beach Park. It’s about halfway to its expected depth – 30 of 60 feet – she said. It’s still likely to be completed by early November, which means up to eight truckloads per hour, plus the added Saturday work that started just last weekend.
Gunfire suspect now in jail and other investigation updates at tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meetingOctober 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 50 Comments
(October 9 photo by Christopher Boffoli; suspect Daren Atwood at center, khaki pants)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The man arrested after last Thursday’s gunfire incident near Fairmount Ravine was booked into jail this evening and is charged with a misdemeanor.
That case topped crime updates from Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores during tonight’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, held at Hiawatha Community Center (a last-minute move because of a conflict at regular venue The Sanctuary at Admiral).
We had been checking on the suspect’s status; as reported during our coverage on Thursday, he was initially taken to Harborview for a 72-hour mental evaluation. That has since ended and as of this evening, King County Jail records confirm that the suspect, 30-year-old Admiral resident Daren Atwood, is there, charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, a gross misdemeanor. No bail amount is listed on the jail register so far, but Atwood is due in the city’s Mental Health Court tomorrow, according to online records.
Ahead: Other crime incidents/issues discussed at the meeting, plus two other major topics, including presentations on both preschool-related measures you’ll see on the November 4th ballot:
Two notes from tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting:
NEW OFFICERS: After tonight’s elections, Jake Vanderplas and Michael Taylor-Judd are co-chairs, Nancy Folsom is co-secretary, Lisa Taylor-Whitley is beautification chair, Kirk Lauckner is outreach chair, Parie Hines is community design/land-use chair, and Taylor-Judd also serves as streets/pedestrian advocacy chair. That still leaves three open positions – co-secretary, treasurer, and public-safety chair.
POLICING PLAN: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske was a last-minute cancellation but the draft neighborhood-policing plan for North Delridge – one of at least half a dozen under development for local neighborhoods (as part of a process under way citywide right now) – was circulated, same one originally linked from the NDNC website last month:
If you’re interested in shaping the final plan, a neighborhood walking tour with Capt. Wilske was announced for 4 pm October 27th – please RSVP to Kirsten Smith, NDNC’s point person for the policing plan, so you’ll get info on the meeting point when it gets closer.
Be there! From police to politics, see what’s ahead for this week’s community-group meetings in West SeattleOctober 12, 2014 at 8:28 pm | In Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 5 Comments
Busy week ahead for community council/coalition meetings. Highlights for those from which we’ve received agendas/previews:
MONDAY – POLICING PLAN @ NDNC: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Wilske guests at the North Delridge Neighborhood Council meeting tomorrow night (Monday, October 13th). NDNC says he’ll be there “to discuss the precinct’s draft policing plan for North Delridge as well as any other issues you would like to bring to the table.” 6:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
TUESDAY – CRIME STATS @ ANA: Southwest Precinct Community Police Team Officer Jon Flores is on the agenda for Tuesday’s Admiral Neighborhood Association meeting, along with reps from the two preschool-money measures on November’s ballot. Here’s the official flyer. 7 pm, The Sanctuary at Admiral. (42nd/Lander)
TUESDAY – WILL WSTC ENDORSE THE BUS-MONEY MEASURE OR NOT? That’s the big question on the West Seattle Transportation Coalition‘s agenda for Tuesday night. Since WSTC includes reps from community groups around the peninsula, they wanted to give members time to get the sense of their organizations before voting on whether to endorse Seattle Transportation Benefit District Proposition 1. A vote is expected during the meeting, 6:30 pm Tuesday at Neighborhood House’s High Point Center. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
WEDNESDAY – FOUR GUESTS FOR DNDC: The second community-meeting appearance of the week for precinct commander Capt. Wilske is the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council meeting, 7 pm Wednesday at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. He’s one of four guests; also scheduled are guests talking about the city budget, Neighborhood Matching Fund, and the SDOT Freight Master Plan. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
WEDNESDAY – LONG LIST FOR MORGAN: The quarterly Morgan Community Association meetings at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) are always info-packed, and there’s a big list of topics for this one at 7 pm Wednesday; see it on our calendar listing for the meeting. (7125 Fauntleroy Way SW)
Also meeting this week, though we don’t have agendas/previews yet – Fauntleroy Community Association (7 pm Tuesday, Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 9131 California SW) and Alki Community Council (7 pm Thursday, Alki UCC, 6112 SW Hinds).
(Photo by Suzanne Krom - goats with visitors before the feeder was removed last month)
You might recall the saga of the Jacobsen Road goats – Bama, Deli, and JJ - who would come say hi to visitors who put a quarter in a food dispenser and rang a bell to summon them. As reported here in June, the feeder went away in late spring after the goats’ owner acquiesced to a neighbor’s complaint. Then, encouraged by community support, he brought it back. Now, it’s gone again, as explained on this sign:
(September 25th photo)
This time, the feeder was removed under order of the city Department of Planning and Development, because of a zoning complaint – the feeder apparently turned the goat display into a “petting zoo.” We started asking DPD for comment last week, and finally received a response last night. Spokesperson Bryan Stevens told WSB, “We inspected the site (Wednesday) and found it to be in compliance with what the code allows in the single-family zone. The owner has been very cooperative and removed the elements that created the ‘petting zoo’ use. The feeding signs, bell, and 25-cent feeder have been removed, but the three goats remain.”
We asked Stevens about what appeared to be a new beef in the goat site’s file: “The more recent complaint that you’ve referenced was regarding the number of animals kept. Someone was claiming that there were more than three animals on site, but upon inspection from the sidewalk, only the three goats were observed … so the service request was closed. Up to three small animals are allowed on each single family property.”
Your friendly neighborhood local librarians want to remind you that, one week from today, all five southwest-area Seattle Public Library branches are closed, for an in-service day for the people who work there. That’s Wednesday, October 8th; the “closed” sign will be up that day at Admiral (West Seattle), Delridge, High Point, South Park, and Southwest Branch Libraries. Book drops will still be open. Other libraries in the city will remain open – this year they’re staggering the “in-service day” regionally rather than doing it citywide all at once.
As a draw for people from around the region, Alki Beach poses a unique challenge for local police. It’s one of six areas of West Seattle for which Southwest Precinct leaders are drawing up neighborhood-policing plans, so Operations Lt. Ron Smith came to this month’s Alki Community Council meeting in search of comments on the draft. He was one of two guests, along with a city rep working on the revised Shoreline Master Program.
ALKI POLICING PLAN: The ACC had circulated the draft policing plan along with the meeting agenda:
Admiral Neighborhood Association toplines: Saturday’s Adopt-A-Street cleanup welcomes you! Plus, traffic-signal update, more…September 12, 2014 at 11:11 am | In How to help, Neighborhoods, West Seattle news | 2 Comments
Live/work in Admiral? Tomorrow you can join the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s quarterly Adopt-A-Street cleanup, with rewards – treats before/after from the Admiral Metropolitan Market (WSB sponsor). Meet your fellow volunteers outside the store at 9 am Saturday. Don’t worry about bringing bags or equipment – it’s all provided. Young volunteers welcome, too.
The Adopt-A-Street cleanup is part of what was on the agenda at this past Tuesday’s ANA meeting. Centerpiece item: The long-requested, soon-to-be-installed 47th/Admiral traffic signal.
Toplines from that discussion, and more, ahead:
Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights CC isn’t meeting tonight, but IS meeting with Highland Park AC, police on September 24thSeptember 2, 2014 at 9:04 am | In Crime, Neighborhoods, Safety, West Seattle news | 4 Comments
It’s September, and the community groups that took all or part of the summer off would usually be getting back to their normal schedules. But two of them have a different plan for this month. Tonight, the first Tuesday, would usually be the regular meeting night for Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council, but here’s what’s on the schedule instead, as announced by Joe Szilagyi:
One more month of a slightly different WWRHAH schedule!
No meeting tonight as we’ve mentioned — the next one will be a joint meeting with the Highland Park Action Committee at their meeting space on Wednesday, September 24 at 630 pm. This meeting will be dedicated to and focusing on Seattle Police across our two areas and South Delridge. Bring your questions — we’ll have all the key staff from the Southwest Precinct there!
Meeting: HPAC & WWRHAH joint SPD meeting
Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Time: 630 pm-830 pm
Location: Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden
Here’s the Facebook event if you want to join that or share it.
If you live in one of those areas and have concerns/questions for SPD, that meeting will be particularly crucial, as the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council has canceled its September meeting because of health challenges among its leadership.
Thursday night was the last of this year’s six Summer Concerts at Hiawatha, presented for the sixth consecutive year by the Admiral Neighborhood Association, whose president David Whiting shares this wrap-up:
“A Big High-Five to Our Sponsors!”
The Admiral Neighborhood Association would like to thank all of our sponsors that contributed to make the Hiawatha Summer Concerts possible. We especially want to acknowledge Metropolitan Market, who, in addition to their support, handed out treats at every one of the six concerts. Christian Heilman, our sound engineer this summer, did a great job and we were fortunate to have his expertise.
Associated Recreation Council
Bank of America
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate
Emeritus Senior Living at Admiral Heights
Ranger Chicken – Draper Valley Farms
Seattle Parks and Recreation
West Seattle Blog
Alki Mail and Dispatch
Brent Amacher State Farm Insurance
Bob and Dawn Brown
Head to Toe Day Spa
Little Gym of West Seattle
Kayle Shulenberger Speech Pathologist
Thunder Road Guitars
Nearly 3,000 people listened and danced to musical acts that ranged from rock, country, funk to kid friendly pop. If you enjoy concerts and similar community events your local neighborhood association or community council needs to hear from you. The West Seattle Blog announces all West Seattle community councils’ meetings and their activities. The ANA is planning a December holiday event and could use your participation. Learn more at our upcoming meeting, 7:00 pm Tuesday, September 9th, at The Sanctuary.
ANA launched the concert series in 2009, and we’re proud to have been a sponsor every year since the start.
After months of discussion, the West Seattle Land Use Committee is about to become reality. The seed was planted as local community-group leaders discussed the fact that there is no West Seattle-wide group looking at development and zoning/land-use issues – they only come up in response to/conjunction with particular projects. Other neighborhoods have land-use committees that get involved early on, so why not West Seattle, with so much growth and change? So here’s the agenda for the first meeting, set for next Wednesday (one week from tonight):
WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27 – 6:30 – 8:00
West Seattle Senior Center – Nelson Room – 4217 Southwest Oregon
6:30 – Welcome and Introductions of Land Use Committee Members
*Introductions of attendees from the public
6:45 – Recap of the joint meeting of the Southwest District Council and the Delridge District Council – Sharonn, Vlad and Matt
7:00 – Additional issues to be added to the summary document – All
7:30 – Additional possible solutions to be added to the summary document – All
7:50 – Additional topics to be discussed at our next Land Use Committee meeting
8:00 – Adjourn
All are welcome. Helpful homework if you’re planning to be there – the official notes from last June’s joint meeting of the Southwest and Delridge District Councils with City Councilmember Mike O’Brien to talk land use:
We covered the meeting; our as-it-happened coverage is here.
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