Sunrise Heights – West Seattle Blog… West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:40:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HAPPENING NOW: Visit your local Seattle Fire station for Neighbor Day 2018 Sat, 10 Feb 2018 19:29:31 +0000

Four of the five Seattle Fire Department stations in West Seattle are having open houses right now as part of Neighbor Day, and you are welcome to stop in before 1 pm. Our photo’s from Station 37 at 35th SW and SW Holden [map] in Sunrise Heights, West Seattle’s second-newest station, completed in 2010 – replacing a smaller old city-landmark building a few blocks north – and home to Engine 37.

(added) Also there today – one of SFD’s SUVs, B77:

And SFD Lt. Harold Webb introduced us to his “newest recruit,” firefighter Chris Tarkir:

In the background is an illuminated “37” you might notice if you pass by the station at night – we thought, seeing it from a distance, that it was neon, but found out today that it’s not – it’s a holiday-lighting holdover.

Also open for you to visit before 1 pm:

-Fire Station 11 in Highland Park (16th/Holden)
-Fire Station 29 in North Admiral (2139 Ferry SW)
-Fire Station 32 in The Triangle (38th/Alaska – just completed and opened last year)

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READER REPORT: Package opened, dumped in Sunrise Heights Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:44:48 +0000

While on her way to work this morning, Krystal spotted and photographed that open-and-dumped package at the corner of 30th and Holden. Whether the contents were originally with that box, impossible to tell, but the box is labeled with the name and address of someone nearby, in the 7700 block of 30th SW.

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FOLLOWUP: Friends of Roxhill gets $100,000 grant for EC Hughes playground project Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:39:39 +0000
(Playground at EC Hughes, photographed last June)

A big boost for Friends of Roxhill Elementary‘s plan to improve the EC Hughes Elementary playground before Roxhill kids move in next school year, since the playground isn’t part of the school district’s modernization project … the city has awarded Friends oF Roxhill the $100,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund grant they were seeking for the project. That of course doesn’t cover the entire project – Jenny Rose Ryan from Friends of Roxhill tells WSB, “Our community match is almost $60K, and all of that is professional service and other donated time from our leadership team (all members of Friends of Roxhill Elementary). We will accept anything anyone wants to give or pledge in support of the project.” You’ll hear more soon about opportunities for community involvement – for example, she says, “we’re painting a mural as part of the project and would love help from E.C. Hughes neighbors to design and paint it, for example.” We first reported last June about the group’s playground-improvement push.

P.S. Friends of Roxhill does have a fundraiser tomorrow that you can help with – a tasty one, at that – they’ll benefit from a percentage of the proceeds all day at Zippy’s Giant Burgers in White Center (8 am-9 pm Thursday).

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BIZNOTE: Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse gets one permit, awaits another Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:22:27 +0000
(WSB photo from February)

Our current most-inquired-about-by-readers West Seattle business-in-progress is Best of Hands Brewery and Barrelhouse, the brewery/taproom coming to the cow-topped ex-deli space at 35th and Webster. So we checked in to see where they’re at, and have just heard back from co-proprietor and brewer Nicholas Marianetti:

We just received issuance of our construction permit last Friday, October 20th. We can now begin the buildout process. However, due to new King County regulations, we are awaiting the approval of our plumbing plan — which is needed before we can install all new drainage and venting, and upgrade the water service to the building — we were given a tentative date of November 9th. The bulk of the construction won’t begin until the plumbing is complete, but we will be tackling tasks that we could not complete prior to the construction permit issuance in the meantime. Because the permitting is out of our hands, and we’re not yet running on our contractors’ schedules, we’ll have to get back to ya’ll in regards to an official timeline or opening date.

Marianetti also says they’re working on their “initial branding and logo systems” with design firm Blindtiger. It’s been eight months since we first reported on the Best of Hands plan for the building that had held John’s Corner Deli until last January.

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BIZNOTE: Happy 7th anniversary, West Seattle Autoworks! Tue, 03 Oct 2017 19:33:05 +0000

Congratulations to West Seattle Autoworks (7501 35th SW; WSB sponsor) on seven years in business! We stopped by this morning for a photo – co-proprietor Todd Ainsworth is at center, with Sam Smith and Jesse Coffin. Todd and Chris Christensen opened WS Autoworks in October 2010, and have a gift for customers to celebrate the anniversary:

It’s been a pleasure and an honor to make our homes and our business in West Seattle and we’d like to thank you for your support!

If you make an appointment with us online during the month of October, receive a free travel mug, cup, or T-shirt! It’s just one small thing we can do to say “Thank You”!

With longtime West Seattleites at the helm, WS Autoworks supports the community – among other efforts, they co-present the annual West Seattle Car Show, which is a benefit for the South Seattle College Automotive Technology Program.

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Crash takes out hydrant on 35th SW Sun, 17 Sep 2017 01:43:05 +0000

No injuries or traffic jams around 4:30 this afternoon when a driver went partly onto the sidewalk on southbound 35th SW at Holden – but he damaged another car and took out a hydrant:

That corner happens to be across the street from Fire Station 37.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Sunrise Heights package theft Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:55:43 +0000 A team of package thieves to watch for, according to this reader:

A package theft on 28th Ave SW near Holden around 2 pm (Tuesday). Amazon box containing a couple clothing items stolen from a front porch. Neighbor witnessed and reported a 1990s teal Subaru with a white female driver and an black male accomplice– white t-shirt & track pants, maybe about 6′ tall, who ran up the driveway, grabbed the package, and both fled in the vehicle.

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Firefighters at 34th and Webster, but it’s not an emergency Fri, 08 Sep 2017 22:41:28 +0000

The Seattle Fire Department crews at 34th and Webster in Sunrise Heights aren’t there because of an emergency – it’s operations training, and SFD says it will continue daily through next Monday. You’re welcome to watch, according to the SFD announcement, which also says there will NOT be any burning involved in this training. While Ladder 11 is parked on the north side of SW Webster in our photo, the training location is actually across the street, at what county records show to be a century-old house.

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Gunshots? Police investigating sounds heard in Sunrise Heights, Gatewood Sat, 26 Aug 2017 05:20:18 +0000 We’ve heard from multiple people about possible gunshots heard around 10 pm – and we heard them ourselves in the distance. People in Sunrise Heights and Gatewood say they called 911 and were told many others had. Monitoring the scanner, we haven’t heard about anything that would confirm gunfire – casings or property damage; please let us know if police are in your neighborhood and seem to be finding something.

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FOLLOWUP: City OKs change of use to transform ex-deli into Best of Hands Barrelhouse Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:31:53 +0000
(WSB photo from February)

From today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin: The Department of Construction and Inspections has approved a change of use for 7500 35th Avenue SW, the former John’s Corner Deli, which is becoming the brewery/taproom Best of Hands Barrelhouse, as first reported here in February. The decision approving the plan to “change 2,455 sq. ft. of retail use to drinking establishment(; p)roject includes interior and exterior repair and alterations” can be read here. The official notice opens a two-week appeal period and explains how to file one.

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Best of Hands Barrelhouse hit by thieves, but moving on toward December opening Tue, 09 May 2017 17:21:07 +0000
(WSB photo from February)

Two and a half months ago, we told you about the Best of Hands Barrelhouse, coming to the southeast corner of 35th/Webster. Last night, we heard from proprietor Nicholas Marianetti, who is asking for neighbors to keep an eye on the site, after metal thieves struck:

We began working at around 2:00 PM (Monday, May 8th) at the former site of John’s Corner Deli (we’ve been demoing there since mid April), and noticed that someone had come by between then and Sunday night when we were there last, and had cut apart and stolen copper piping from the back of the building. It looks like they may have been scared off by something as they left one large piece of piping behind as well as a tool they were using.

Earlier in the day, a reader had in fact asked us how Best of Hands was coming along, so we asked about that – here’s the reply:

So, right now we’re aiming for a December opening. Of course, this will depend on how quickly permitting works its way through the city and the Federal governments. According to our architect, we should expect to see our building permits sometime early-mid June. We plan to demo the rest of the month and perhaps into June, and be ready to build out as soon as the permits arrive. Hopefully build-out will be done by September, and we’ll be able to test-batch while we’re waiting for our federal TTB permits to clear (they were about 6 months out when we applied in April). We’ve already acquired a 7BBL brewhouse, so we’ve got our ducks in a row.

John’s Corner Deli closed in late January.

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From the ‘in case you wondered too’ file: Commercial in Sunrise Heights Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:06:26 +0000
(WSB photo)

Thanks to Corie for asking about the film/video crew in Sunrise Heights, near 32nd and Webster. Before getting there, we guessed this just might be a beautiful day to shoot a commercial … and turns out that’s indeed what’s going on. For Amazon. Wasn’t easy to find someone to ask; no further details, but we’ll check back later.

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WEST SEATTLE BEER: The Best of Hands Barrelhouse’s plan for ex-Corner Deli space Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:41:25 +0000
(WSB photo)

One month after John’s Corner Deli closed in Sunrise Heights, we know more about The Best of Hands Barrelhouse, which is taking over the space at 7500 35th Avenue SW. When we first contacted co-proprietor
Nicholas Marianetti last month, after we found an early-stage site plan in city permit files, he said he’d be happy to comment once they finished negotiating a lease. Now, he tells WSB that’s happened, and they’re signing this week, so here’s what’s planned:

The Best of Hands Barrelhouse is a startup specialty brewery with a target launch date of late fall/early winter 2017.

The Barrelhouse will specialize in barrel-aged and barrel-fermented beers as well as wild ales that utilize different souring methods and multiple strains of Brettanomyces. While these sour and/or funky beers will be the brewery’s main focus, we will also produce “clean beers” fermented exclusively by Saccharomyces (brewer’s yeast) that have a proven following here in the Pacific Northwest. We aim to yield styles such as IPAs, barrel-aged stouts, farmhouse ales (such as saisons), and beers crafted in various traditional brewing methods from around the world.

The brewery and taproom will be managed and directed by co-owners Nicholas Marianetti, Gregory Marlor, and Chris Richardson. All three are longtime West Seattleites and veterans of the food and beverage industry. Nicholas and Gregory are Certified Cicerones®, and award winning homebrewers. Chris is a small business owner with 20 years experience in small business operations.

The team is excited to bring their brews and vision to the West Seattle community later this year!

As part of the permit process, the city has to grant a permit for changing the building’s use from retail to “drinking establishment”; Monday’s Land Use Information Bulletin included notice of that application, opening a comment period until March 13th.

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‘This is going to be our school’: Roxhill families tour EC Hughes Tue, 21 Feb 2017 05:31:08 +0000 img_6687
(EC Hughes entryway, WSB photo from 2016)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

There hasn’t been much of a public process around the plan to move the Roxhill Elementary School program to EC Hughes Elementary, a mile and a half north.

We first reported on what was described as a possible move almost a year and a half ago, after following up on a commenter’s question about why the district was pursuing plans to renovate the school but hadn’t given it distinct attendance boundaries on the longterm maps.

Since then, there’s been no pivotal hearing, no major discussion. An internal School Design Advisory Team, including Roxhill’s former principal, met a few times (four dates in March and April 2016, according to this document we found half a year later). That was a contrast to high-profile discussions about school changes and closures last decade. But the decision to make the move in fall 2018 has been made, and renovation work will start this spring.

And members of the Roxhill community seem ready to make the best of it.

Following up on a briefing last fall, this month’s PTSA meeting was moved to EC Hughes, pre-renovations, one week ago tonight, for a briefing and tour with reps from Seattle Public Schools and architects DLR Group.

“This is going to be our school,” declared PTSA president Amanda Kay Helmick.

She told the ~30 people on hand that the PTSA is working on grants for the Hughes playground – one thing they’ll miss about Roxhill is being next to a park, and they also want to talk with the students to see what they want the new school’s playground to include. (Appropriate enough, given that the school’s history began with the site being acquired for a community playground.)

SPS’s Paul Wight started the pre-tour briefing about what’s in the works for EC Hughes, after what he described as a year and a half of planning and design work. The school is a city landmark now, built in 1926 with a south-end addition in 1949.

The project (previewed here last October) is out to bid right now, with $9 million budgeted, and work expected to begin in early May. (What’s being done right now – covered here last month – is separate from the renovations.) After one year of work, it’ll be on target to open as Roxhill’s new home in fall 2018.

Project manager Ariel Mieling from DLR Group pointed out that since the landmark designation for the school protects its exterior, that won’t look much different. The cafetorium, where the meeting/tour began, also is protected.

She discussed the changes planned for the area just beyond the school’s entryway, saying that Roxhill’s “community feel” near the entrance was important to those who met in the design-team gatherings, so the changes there will emphasize that.

Instead of facing “a big wall” when you enter, you’ll see spaces including a room for families, space for the Roxhill health clinic, a reception area, spaces for specialists to work with students, and more. There will be a lot of glass replacing that wall.

The building has 14 classrooms, and eight more in the portables purchased from Westside School (WSB sponsor), which moved out after building its own permanent campus in Arbor Heights. “They’re a lot nicer than the ones the school district buys,” Wight said with a smile. They have plumbing and restrooms, for example.

The Hughes classrooms will retain their size and shape, including their high (14-foot) ceilings, and wood floors, which will be refinished. Modern features will be added – teaching walls, projectors, outlets for the classrooms – and upgrades are planned for the basics, such as hydronic heating, all-new restroom fixtures, and LED lighting. Some additions will be low-tech, like ceiling fans to keep the air moving when it gets warm. And others will be high-tech, including security features. One more safety addition: More seismic upgrades, though the building went through one earlier in the decade. Its “unreinforced clay-block tile” walls will be demolished and replaced (those are largely in corridors).

The entire school will be ADA-accessible, Mieling added. Overall, she described it as a “beautiful building with good bones,” saying they hope everything they’re doing will be clear improvements.

Before heading off for a look at a few of the rooms in the school, Mieling and Wight answered a few questions:

What will the school be called? Roxhill at Hughes, or … ? Wight did not have the answer and suggested checking with top-level district management. (Which we’ll be doing.)

What will happen to the murals painted at Roxhill? They can’t be relocated to the historical/protected parts of Hughes, said Wight, but maybe there would be room in the addition, which is not protected.

What will become of the historic wood trim in the classrooms, and how will storage for students be handled? It’ll be kept – no cubbies, but there will be nooks. The existing lockers are staying, Wight added.

After a few questions, it was time to head off for a closer look at those classrooms, and a few more questions came up while the tour was under way.

Standing in the first one, principal Patrick enthused, “I’m really excited about the opportunity – for the kids and for the teachers.”

The group trooped down the flights of stairs to the gym, which isn’t expected to change much – aside from Roxhill’s climbing wall being added when the move is made in summer 2018, and the upgrade of its lighting.

Wight was asked about hazardous materials; those would be removed during demolition before the renovations, he said, particularly the asbestos that’s mostly in pipe insulation.

Next stop, the library, which will “expand a bit,” tour participants were told.

And then it was back toward the door. We’d seen more during our tour last October, but this was the first chance for Roxhill families to take a look inside and start thinking about the future. It’s still more than a full school year away, but never too soon to start planning, especially those playground possibilities mentioned at the meeting’s start.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS: Toward the start of the meeting, Roxhill principal Tarra Patrick spoke for a few minutes about what’s coming up at school – this week’s midwinter break, an upcoming clothing exchange, and some tests. In particular, at testing time, she reminded parents, it’s vital to ensure their children are well-rested and well-fed, and also that they’re not overly stressed about the tests – “This is not defining (their) life,” as it did not define the lives of her kids, now 17, 19, and 22, she said. She also mentioned that work is coming up on SW Roxbury alongside the school and it will mean some temporary changes; we subsequently checked on that and will have details in an upcoming report – it’s the project to build two blocks of missing sidewalks along the south side of Roxbury, between 28th and 30th SW.

(Editor’s note: Spelling of Paul Wight’s name corrected, 7:10 am Tuesday)

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NEIGHBOR DAY: Fire-station tours in West Seattle Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:29:13 +0000

11:29 AM: Until 1 pm, you’re invited to a centerpiece of Neighbor Day – touring a local fire station. In West Seattle, two stations are open for tours, recently renovated Station 29 in Admiral (2139 Ferry SW) and relatively new Station 37 in Sunrise Heights (35th SW/SW Holden). As our photo (taken a few minutes ago at Station 37) shows, all ages are welcome – it’s your annual chance to meet local firefighters outside times of emergency! (Other Neighbor Day events are in today’s West Seattle Saturday highlights list.)

2:16 PM: Two more photos added – above, neighbors getting a closer look at Engine 37; below, a REALLY close-up look for some:

You might just get another chance for a fire-station tour this year – we’ll be watching for completion of the new Station 32 in The Triangle.

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