West Seattle Blog... » Triangle http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 19:50:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 SUNDAY: Veterans Day dinner with Post 160 & Auxiliary Unit 160 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/sunday-veterans-day-dinner-with-post-160-auxiliary-unit-160/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/sunday-veterans-day-dinner-with-post-160-auxiliary-unit-160/#comments Sun, 08 Nov 2015 03:03:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328494 Just a quick reminder in case you missed the first announcement and/or won’t see Sunday’s daily preview: Tomorrow night, veterans, active-duty, reserve, and National Guard members are all invited – with their families – to American Legion Post 160 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160‘s annual Veterans Day Italian Dinner at the Legion Hall in The Triangle. Free, no RSVPs needed – just go to 3618 SW Alaska between 5 and 7 pm tomorrow.

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West Seattle food: Beloved Mexico shuts down, cites competition http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-food-beloved-mexico-shuts-down-cites-competition/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/west-seattle-food-beloved-mexico-shuts-down-cites-competition/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 22:37:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328260 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

One day after people started asking us about the disappearance of the Beloved Mexico food truck – a five-year fixture along Fauntleroy just south of Alaska, next to West Seattle Produce – we’ve found out what’s going on: It’s closed forever.

That’s what co-proprietor Christian Guerrero just told us when we reached him by phone at home in West Seattle: “We decided to shut down the doors, just yesterday. We’re really sad to shut down, but we just weren’t making enough.”

Unprompted, he cited competition, in particular, Chipotle Mexican Grill, which opened in The Junction less than two months ago (and is currently closed along with the company’s 42 other Washington and Oregon stores because of E. coli illnesses). “We don’t have the buying power of multi-million dollar companies.”

Another factor, Guerrero said: They would eventually lose their spot, since a CVS drugstore is slated to be built there, and a permanent spot for a food truck is hard to find in West Seattle.

He says they’re sad about closing and they appreciate the following they had, but financially, they had no choice. They had hoped it would someday lead to expansion into a permanent restaurant location, but that didn’t happen, and they’re not expecting to be able to open one. He and his co-proprietor brother have always had “day jobs” and that’s what they’ll be focusing on now. It’s been five years since Beloved Mexico opened – originally on the other side of Fauntleroy, as was WS Produce, on the site where The Whittaker is now being built; both moved across the street a year later.

Toward the end of our conversation, Guerrero told us he hopes West Seattleites will step up their support for the remaining small independent businesses – “to keep the flavor of West Seattle alive.”

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Veterans Day invitation: Dinner with American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary Unit 160 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/veterans-day-invitation-dinner-with-american-legion-post-160-and-auxiliary-unit-160/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/veterans-day-invitation-dinner-with-american-legion-post-160-and-auxiliary-unit-160/#comments Tue, 27 Oct 2015 03:12:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=327235

(WSB photo from 2014 dinner)
One more look ahead to Veterans Day: Once again this year, West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 160 invite “all active duty, reserve, national guard, military veterans and their families” to the annual Veterans Day Italian Dinner at the Legion Hall in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska. Free, no RSVPs needed – just stop by between 5 and 7 pm on Sunday, November 8th.

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NEXT WEEKEND: This year’s West Seattle Ski & Snowboard Swap http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/next-weekend-this-years-west-seattle-ski-snowboard-swap/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/next-weekend-this-years-west-seattle-ski-snowboard-swap/#comments Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:19:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326345

(WSB file photo)
When will the mountains get snow? Don’t know. When will West Seattleites gather for the annual Community Ski and Snowboard Swap, presented by Mountain to Sound Outfitters? That, we DO know: Next weekend. To be specific, gear dropoff 10 am-6 pm Friday (October 23rd), swap 10 am-6 pm Saturday (October 24th) and 10 am-4 pm Sunday (October 25th):

This community ski swap is a great way to buy or sell your used equipment and get amazing deals on new gear. There will be a great selection of skis, snowboards, boots, clothing, camping gear, accessories, and more!

As usual, it’s happening at the VFW Hall across the street from M2SO, 3601 SW Alaska in The Triangle.

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Why new Fire Station 32 isn’t under construction yet – more than a half-year after old one was vacated, 9 years behind original levy schedule http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/why-new-fire-station-32-isnt-under-construction-yet-more-than-a-half-year-after-old-one-was-vacated-9-years-behind-original-levy-schedule/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/why-new-fire-station-32-isnt-under-construction-yet-more-than-a-half-year-after-old-one-was-vacated-9-years-behind-original-levy-schedule/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:24:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325123

(From Fire Station 32 “schematic design” packet dated August 2013, by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The rebuild of West Seattle’s Fire Station 32 is now running nine years behind the schedule that was originally projected when voters passed the levy to fund it and a tall stack of other projects.

We’ve learned that its construction is now not expected to start until early next year – which will be about a year after its crews were moved to interim locations.

When the station’s Engine 32 and Ladder 11 moved to a temporary site early this year, demolition of the original station was supposedly imminent. But more than half a year has passed, with no sign of work. After a reader e-mailed to ask what was going on, so we started looking into it.

What we’ve learned is that it’s going out to bid again – and now it appears that Station 32′s crews will have been out of the old location a full year by the time the teardown begins, meaning they’ll be in temporary quarters for about two years. (E-32 and L-11 are now in temporary structures on city-owned land that’s set for a future park, along 40th SW between Alaska and Edmunds, while Medic 32 is currently based at Station 37 in Sunrise Heights.)

The Station 32 rebuild was part of the $167 million Fire Levy approved by voters in 2003. It was a nine-year levy, so property owners aren’t paying it any more. But the presentation given to the City Council that year promised the city would “implement the program over the shortest possible time period to minimize the risks of inflation.” Page 19, the program schedule, shows the Station 32 project as expected to be complete by the end of 2007:

And now, as the end of 2015 approaches, this project hasn’t even started construction yet.

Design started three years ago, as noted on the periodic status/schedule reports posted on the Fire Levy website. (The most recent status/schedule report, however, posted less than a month ago, shows the site as under construction, which it is not.)

Fire Levy projects are now managed by the city’s Finance and Administrative Services department. When we checked with FAS last winter, a spokesperson told us (as reported here) demolition and construction was expected to start by late February – of this year.

Responding to our latest inquiry, FAS spokesperson Cyndi Wilder tells us the project has to go out to bid again:

Initially, this project was bid out through an alternative contract method called general contractor/construction manager (GC/CM), which allowed the general contractor to assist in the design process through a pre-construction services contract. The GC/CM process, following design, allows the City the option to negotiate with a selected construction firm to determine an appropriate construction cost.

The City and the contractor were unable to agree upon a negotiated cost that fits within the City budget. This week, the City is in the process of cancelling the pre-construction contract and will quickly move to a traditional bidding process for construction, where the entire construction contract will be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. We anticipate beginning demolition on the old Fire Station 32 facility in the first quarter of 2016.

According to the project’s city webpage, the GC/CM contract had been awarded to BNBuilders (which has its own page for the project here).

We don’t know what if anything the schedule changes have cost the city. The project is budgeted at $18.6 million, according to the latest online financial report; the actual construction cost was cited at $10.6 million in various places including this solicitation for subcontractors, under the BN Builders contract. The new FS 32 was designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ), whose designs were shown to the community at this 2014 open house.

The Fire Levy has an Oversight Committee that still meets periodically, with its next meeting scheduled for December 15th. Its meeting minutes are online, but recent editions have few details other than who was in attendance and the number of projects in progress. Earlier, more detailed sets of minutes shine some light on the overall delay, first indicating that some early challenges included big project-cost inflation in the first few years after the levy’s passage, with some of the cost increases attributed to factors such as China buying much of the world’s steel and estimates having been based on “suburban” fire stations rather than “urban.” The earliest mention we found of FS 32 in meeting minutes was November 2007, when its architect was about to be announced; BCJ was described as being in “pre-design” as of the July 2008 meeting minutes. At the November 2008 meeting, several postponements were announced, and at that time, the committee was told that Station 32 would be done in 2011. The next year, the project was listed as “being deferred” due to the shortfall in Real Estate Excise Tax received by the city. Later in 2009, meeting minutes said the project would start in 2010; toward the end of that year, a new delay – a request to search for a different site. The next mention of a new schedule came in 2011 – when it was declared to be starting in 2012. Then suddenly the February 2012 minutes say FS 32 would be complete “after 2015.” Every set of minutes from that year says the same thing, and then the specific mentions cease.

P.S. West Seattle’s Station 37, mentioned above as interim home to one of FS 32′s units, was a levy project too – shown on that original 2003 schedule as expected to be finished by the end of 2007, opened three years after that. Other local levy projects include upgrades at Station 36 (North Delridge), Station 11 (Highland Park), and Station 29 (Admiral); the first two are complete, the third still under way (and, like FS 32, listed on that City Council pre-levy presentation as projected for completion by 2008).

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More service: The Mission Continues & friends, @ American Legion and VFW posts in The Triangle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/more-service-the-mission-continues-friends-american-legion-and-vfw-posts-in-the-triangle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/more-service-the-mission-continues-friends-american-legion-and-vfw-posts-in-the-triangle/#comments Sun, 13 Sep 2015 16:55:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322707

In the West Seattle Triangle, the headquarters of two organizations for veterans and active-duty servicemembers are almost directly across SW Alaska from each other: American Legion Post 160 (home of the West Seattle Veterans’ Center) and VFW Post 2713. On Saturday, volunteers of all ages gave both a boost with repairs and renovations via The Mission Continues.

TMC is an organization helping veterans readjust via new “missions” – as the slogan on the T-shirts says, “Reporting For Duty In Your Community.”

Both buildings needed lots of help – the indoor painting you see is at the VFW, which also had tangles of weeds to clean up.

Debris, trimmings, and old junk from both locations filled this trunk:

Volunteers from companies including Starbucks, Nordstrom, and Safeway joined in, we’re told. Also in the midst of it all, below: Kyle Geraghty from Post 160, with daughter Ana, and Joshua Arntson, national resource specialist from The Mission Continues:

Here’s how to get involved with TMC’s Seattle 1st Service Platoon.

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West Seattle YMCA announces it’s downsizing the expansion plan http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-ymca-announces-its-downsizing-the-expansion-plan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-ymca-announces-its-downsizing-the-expansion-plan/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 16:26:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322271 Almost exactly one year after announcing an expansion plan for its HQ in The Triangle, the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) has a major update today: Construction costs have gone up, so the plan’s size has to go down. From the announcement:

…With rising construction costs and after careful consideration of fundraising efforts thus far, the original design will be modified with a focus on delivering the expanded Y in 2016.

Factors impacting the revised scope include:

• A booming Seattle construction market that has boosted the original project design cost to an estimated $12 million (including underground parking).

• $3.5 million has been raised to date from 240 generous local donors, putting the West Seattle YMCA on track to raise $4 million. The YMCA of Greater Seattle is matching this amount dollar for dollar, currently allowing for a project that costs approximately $8 million.

• Even with our continued plans to raise funds for the expanding West Seattle YMCA, board and staff leadership does not see a timely pathway to $12 million in funding.

Leadership staff and volunteers are working closely with donors and the project team to provide alternate plans that better fit the YMCA’s financial capacity. “We’re working with the project architect, Miller Hayashi, to keep focused on community need as we revise our expansion plans.” said Dave Kehle, Chair of the Building Committee.

Key components of the revised project will include:

• Expanded Fitness Space
• Family Programs Wing
• Family Changing Rooms
• Community Meeting Room with Healthy Eating Kitchen

The community will have an opportunity to view these plans at meetings in October. Dates for the meetings and updated information will be shared on OurNewY.org.

Fundraising continues in earnest with every dollar making a difference. New donors pledging $1,500 or more can double their impact by having their gift matched dollar for dollar by the Nucor-Pigott Community Challenge. …

The West Seattle YMCA will serve thousands more people annually with the expanded facility. The building will remain open during construction, with improvements happening in phases and completion expected in 2016.

Read the full announcement here. Full details of the revised plan haven’t been worked out yet, so there are no specific drawings or details yet.

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Also happening today: Need your vehicle washed? http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/also-happening-today-need-your-vehicle-washed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/also-happening-today-need-your-vehicle-washed/#comments Sat, 15 Aug 2015 18:50:07 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320010 The sun’s out and two vehicle-wash fundraisers happening right now in West Seattle, both by donation:

WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS: Until 3 pm, WSHS cheerleaders are washing vehicles at Les Schwab, Fauntleroy/Alaska (map).

TRINITY WEST SEATTLE YOUTH: Also until 3 pm, a fundraising vehicle wash is under way to send Trinity and Skate Church youth to camp. It’s at the church, 7551 35th SW (map).

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HAPPENING NOW: Pop-up art show/sale in The Triangle http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/happening-now-pop-up-art-showsale-in-the-triangle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/happening-now-pop-up-art-showsale-in-the-triangle/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2015 18:36:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=318675

Thanks to Sheila Lengle for the photo – she’s one of several local artists having a pop-up art show/sale right now at the southeast corner of Fauntleroy/Alaska (Les Schwab lot) in The Triangle. They’ll be there until 4 pm. (Datapoint: Sheila and Gretchen Flickinger, another of the participating artists – who also just messaged us about the sale – are both past winners of the West Seattle Garden Tour poster contest!)

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HAPPENING NOW: Party in The Triangle for Rudy’s grand opening http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-party-in-the-triangle-for-rudys-grand-opening/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/happening-now-party-in-the-triangle-for-rudys-grand-opening/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 02:29:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309653

It’s an indoor-outdoor party at Rudy’s Barbershop (WSB sponsor) in The Triangle right now – above, DJ King Midas is spinning at the grand-opening party; below, the Tasty Vibes food truck is out front with eats:

Even indoors, the garage doors are up as the stylists do their thing:

More details in the party preview published yesterday – it’s on until 10 tonight, at 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW, with The Wimps due to start playing around 8.

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HAPPENING NOW: Big turnout @ West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ big benefit sale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-big-turnout-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-big-benefit-sale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-big-turnout-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-big-benefit-sale/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:15:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308249

The place to go if you’re looking for kid stuff today – the West Seattle Co-op Preschools‘ benefit consignment sale, raising money for the schools’ scholarship fund. If you haven’t already been, you have until 1 pm, at the VFW Hall (3601 SW Alaska), to find clothes, toys, and more, big and small:

Find out more about the Co-op Preschools program, which serves kids from infancy through kindergarten, by going here.

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HAPPENING NOW: Healthy Kids Day @ West Seattle YMCA http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-healthy-kids-day-west-seattle-ymca/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/happening-now-healthy-kids-day-west-seattle-ymca/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:01:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308243

The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) is looking to its future, with the upcoming expansion, so it’s no surprise we found an “astronaut” there as Healthy Kids Day got going this morning. Even the dunk tank has gone high tech:

That’s Josh Sutton from the Y, who’s wearing a GoPro camera to capture the dunk-tank action this time around. Healthy Kids Day is on for another hour, until 1 pm, and along with a long list of free, fun activities, you can meet some local business folks like the West Seattle School of Rock (also a WSB sponsor):

The Y’s at 36th SW and SW Snoqualmie in The Triangle.

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TOMORROW: West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ kid-stuff sale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/tomorrow-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-kid-stuff-sale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/tomorrow-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-kid-stuff-sale/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:32:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308148 It’s the season for sales! Early reminder about a big one on Saturday in The Triangle:

Tomorrow the West Seattle Co-op Preschool system will be hosting a spring/summer kids’ consignment sale on April 25 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the West Seattle VFW Hall, 3601 SW Alaska St., to help fund scholarships for families in need.

This sale will be a great way for families to purchase gently used baby/kids gear, spring/summer clothing, toys and books for terrific prices. Currently, 4,529 items are registered for consignment for a total value of $19,732! It’s going to be a sale you won’t want to miss! All proceeds from the sale benefit the scholarship program, helping local needy families send their children to preschool.

More info on the official sale website, and sneak peeks on its Facebook page.

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Reel Paddling Film Festival: West Seattle screening Friday night http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/reel-paddling-film-festival-west-seattle-screening-friday-night/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/reel-paddling-film-festival-west-seattle-screening-friday-night/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 19:10:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307932 Right in time for Earth Day week, you have the chance to enjoy a film festival celebrating the beauty of our world’s waterways and the joy of exploring them. Mountain To Sound Outfitters is hosting a tour stop of the Reel Paddling Film Festival, 7 pm Friday (April 24th). The screening venue is just steps from M2SO’s shop in The Triangle, at Pershing Hall (inside the West Seattle Veterans’ Center/American Legion Post 160 building at 37th/Alaska). We just checked with M2SO proprietor Greg Whittaker and he says tickets are still available – buy online or at the door.

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West Seattle restaurants: Health inspectors close KFC – temporarily http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-health-inspectors-close-kfc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-restaurants-health-inspectors-close-kfc/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 21:17:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307863 2:17 PM: Just in via the King County Health Department:

KFC #332 located at 3501 SW Avalon Way, Seattle 98126 was closed by a Public Health food inspector on April 20, 2014 at 3:30 pm due to the imminent health hazard of sewage backup into the facility. The inspector will reopen the establishment after all issues have been resolved.

Sometimes that happens quickly, so we’ll be going over to check soon to see if they’re still closed.

2:34 PM: The restaurant is open for business. We’re trying to see if we can find someone to confirm that the problem announced by the Health Department is fixed. (Added: The KCPH webpage now says they approved the business for reopening at 11 am … hours before this alert was sent.)

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