West Seattle Blog... » Triangle http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 02:40:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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Fauntleroy Boulevard update: Design at 60%, with ‘changes to meet specific business-access needs’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fauntleroy-boulevard-update-design-at-60-with-changes-to-meet-specific-business-access-needs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/fauntleroy-boulevard-update-design-at-60-with-changes-to-meet-specific-business-access-needs/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:46:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295856

SDOT announced today that the ‘Fauntleroy Boulevard’ project proposed for Fauntleroy Way between 35th and Alaska is at 60 percent design, but still isn’t scheduled for construction until and unless funding is found, so there’s no chance work would start any sooner than fall 2016. Here’s the official update:

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is continuing design work for the Fauntleroy Boulevard Project, an improvement project along Fauntleroy Way SW between SW Alaska Street and 35th Avenue SW.

We recently reached the 60% design stage, and we anticipate completing project design work in spring 2015. The project is not currently funded for construction. In order to advance the project into construction, the Seattle City Council would need to allocate construction funding. If construction funding is secured, the earliest construction would begin is fall 2016.

We have been meeting one-on-one with area business and property owners and members of community organizations since early design work began in the summer of 2014. The 60% design reflects changes to meet specific business access needs raised during the outreach process.

We compared the cross-section above with the one that was circulated when the project was at 30 percent design three months ago – no major differences that we can see. We have a followup question out asking for elaboration on the “changes” SDOT says it made, and will add whatever we find out.

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Weekend transit/traffic alert: Tower-crane arrival at 4435 35th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/weekend-transittraffic-alert-tower-crane-arrival-at-4435-35th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/weekend-transittraffic-alert-tower-crane-arrival-at-4435-35th-sw/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 22:04:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=294855

(WSB photo, added Thursday)
2:04 PM: If you ride Metro, you might have seen this just-sent advisory, warning that southbound C Line, 21, and 50 buses will be routed off 35th SW between Avalon and Alaska this weekend between 5:30 am Saturday (December 13th) and noon Sunday (December 14th). We just confirmed that southbound 35th will be blocked in the area because of the tower-crane installation for Trinsic Residential‘s 159-apartment mixed-use development at 4435 35th SW (south of KFC). Northbound traffic on 35th will NOT be affected, according to the alert, but whether you bus, drive, bike, or walk, you’ll want to avoid southbound 35th in The Triangle until the installation is over. (We’ll check on it as the weekend goes.)

3:25 PM UPDATE: Metro has updated its advisory to say this will affect BOTH directions. And Trinsic says its expected hours of work will actually be 7 am-5 pm *both* days.

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West Seattle weekend scene: American Legion Post 160′s Veterans Day ‘thank you’ dinner http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-american-legion-post-160s-veterans-day-thank-you-dinner/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-american-legion-post-160s-veterans-day-thank-you-dinner/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 04:48:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291598

The doors at American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle were open for three hours tonight for those who have served or are serving to come enjoy a free “thank you” dinner, as Veterans Day approaches. In our photo above are Post 160 Commander Keith Hughes and Linda Cox. Dinner was an Italian menu again this year:

Post 160 has one more invitation: Everyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces, or is serving now, is welcome to be a member. The post (3618 SW Alaska) has a general meeting every second Wednesday, 6 pm, which means the next one is coming up in just three days, on November 12th. Questions? E-mail wslegion160@gmail.com or call 206-932-9696.

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West Seattle traffic-alert update: Fauntleroy/Oregon light fixed http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-light-out-at-fauntleroyoregon/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-traffic-alert-light-out-at-fauntleroyoregon/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:50:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290303

10:50 AM: Heard this on the scanner and just checked it out. The signals at Fauntleroy/Oregon are out – a truck is believed to have taken out part of the equipment. People are zipping through the light rather than treating it as an all-ways stop as they should be. No sign of a repair crew yet.

11:37 AM: Just added two photos, including the pole that was knocked down on the north side of Fauntleroy. If you’re in the area, please let us know (206-293-6302 text/voice or editor@westseattleblog.com) if you see a repair crew; we’ll otherwise be checking back in an hour or so.

3 PM UPDATE: We went by within the past hour; the light’s back on and other repairs were being completed:

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West Seattle demolition watch: Arbor Heights, Genesee Hill, Whittaker updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-demolition-watch-arbor-heights-genesee-hill-whittaker-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-demolition-watch-arbor-heights-genesee-hill-whittaker-updates/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 19:45:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=288367 Went out this morning to check on the three largest demolition sites working in West Seattle:

ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY: At the Arbor Heights site, the buildings are now all gone. Teardown work here started the Friday before Labor Day, but didn’t really rev up for another week. Seattle Public Schools says work will stop down for much of the winter before the second phase, construction, begins. A decision is also pending on whether the new $42 million school will be built to 500 or 650 capacity. During the two-year construction period, AHES is sharing the Boren Building with K-5 STEM.

Now to the district’s other big WS project:

ON GENESEE HILL: The future home of the Schmitz Park Elementary program is now five weeks into the demolition phase. As shown in our photo, just a bit of the main building of the former Genesee Hill Elementary is still standing, toward the east side of the site. This school will be built for 650 students.

And on the private-development front:

‘THE WHITTAKER’ SITE UPDATE: Back on Wednesday, we reported on the start of abatement and demolition work at the site of West Seattle’s biggest current project, The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW). The work has focused so far on the middle section of the site, between 40th (above) and Fauntleroy – yesterday, that included the wooden building that was the original home of West Seattle Produce (which has long since moved across the street):

A project spokesperson tells us the major demolition work is likely still more than a week away. The site also holds a former auto dealership, former used-car lot, former gas station, and former funeral home. The mural on the side of the dealership is to be digitally re-created on a wall of the new development, which will have almost 400 apartments over street-level retail, plus almost 600 off-street parking spaces.

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From land-use land: Comment time for West Seattle YMCA expansion, Fire Station 32 rebuild http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/from-land-use-land-comment-time-for-y-expansion-station-32-rebuild/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/from-land-use-land-comment-time-for-y-expansion-station-32-rebuild/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:53:29 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287977 The official comment period has opened for two major local – but not residential – projects in The Triangle, according to notices in today’s city-issued Land Use Information Bulletin:

(Rendering of the future northwestern corner)
YMCA EXPANSION: As first reported here one month ago, the West Seattle Y (WSB sponsor) plans to expand on its current site at 4515 36th SW. Here’s the land-use-application notice; here’s how to comment – deadline is October 19th.

FIRE STATION 32 REBUILD: The fire station at 4700 38th SW in The Triangle also is expanding, with a total rebuild, and a City Council land-use action is required for permits, as well as other steps outlined in today’s notice. This notice also opens a comment period through October 19th; here’s how to have a say.

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Miss the Fauntleroy (Way) Boulevard open house? Here’s what you missed, and what’s next http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-questions-about-fauntleroy-way-boulevard-project-go-ask/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/happening-now-questions-about-fauntleroy-way-boulevard-project-go-ask/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:20:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286712

6:20 PM: As of 6 pm, midway through the two-hour SDOT open house for the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard project, about 45 people had dropped by. You still have until 7 pm to go to the Senior Center of West Seattle and get a closer look at the newest renderings for how this project would change Fauntleroy Way between SW Alaska and 35th SW (they’re also now available on the official webpage), with project manager Thérèse Casper and others standing by to answer your questions, as well as several ways to comment (from sticky notes to computer terminals).

The project is on its way to 60 percent design; if the $500,000 that’s in the mayor’s budget for the remaining 40 percent is approved, that will proceed, and then the city has to figure out how to pay to build the project’s features.

7:02 PM: Here are the renderings that were up on boards around the room at the meeting:

This is the official updated project info-sheet:

Something to say? Say it sooner rather than later – here’s one way to do that. Casper says they’re continuing to meet with local businesses and organizations and have already met with some businesses multiple times, to go over points of concern.

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What’s along ‘Fauntleroy Boulevard’? Highlights of JuNO’s briefing, before you get a look at next Tuesday’s community open house http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/whats-along-fauntleroy-boulevard-highlights-of-junos-briefing-before-you-get-a-look-at-next-tuesdays-community-open-house/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/whats-along-fauntleroy-boulevard-highlights-of-junos-briefing-before-you-get-a-look-at-next-tuesdays-community-open-house/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:43:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286280

It’s been six years in the making, but the “Fauntleroy Boulevard” plan is still in the “early design” phase – which is why, if you are interested in the future of Fauntleroy Way between the bridge and SW Alaska, you’re going to want to go to next Tuesday’s community meeting.

SDOT’s Fauntleroy Boulevard Project manager Therese Casper and consultant Mike Hendrix (from Perteet) came to this week’s Junction Neighborhood Organization meeting for one last community-council-level briefing before that meeting, which, by the way, will be in open-house format, so don’t worry if you can’t get there right when it starts at 5 pm – drop in for a look at the plans any time before 7 pm.

We’ve written about it before – going back to 2008 – and Casper noted that its origins go back even further, to the West Seattle Junction Plan of 1999, and now the Bicycle Master Plan‘s goals have been folded in, designating this as an area for protected bicycle lanes, as well as the “community needs” in the Triangle Streetscape Plan, and enhancement of Fauntleroy Way’s role as a gateway to West Seattle.

The Fauntleroy Boulevard plan has reached 30 percent design, and has funding through 60 percent design. The city budget process that kicks into high gear next week, with Mayor Murray presenting his proposal on Monday afternoon, will determine what happens next – will there be money to finish the design and build the project?

Its typical cross-section is the same one we first showed in July: 6′ sidewalks, 6′ protected bike lanes (asphalt), landscape strip, outside lanes of roadway maintained at 12′ (to facilitate freight needs), 10′ travel lane inside, then middle turn lane OR planted median. You can see it and the block-by-block concept on this info-sheet, also from July:

Here’s the latest on some key points – with many more details promised at next Tuesday’s open house:

*Casper told JuNO that they had just received approval for trees in the median island. The space for that will not come from existing travel lanes but some street parking will be removed, Casper said. There’s a water main down the middle, about 17 feet underground, and the type of trees that’ll be approved will take that into consideration.

*The “free right turn” at Oregon will be removed.

*Median midway through Trader Joe’s to 38th.

*At every intersection they will realign, to tee up, minimize crossings for pedestrians at side streets and increase safety

*At 38th, a fire-station signal – will be converted into a pedestrian signal

*Median island between 38th and Oregon

*Another median island between Oregon all the way up to Avalon

*At intersections of 37th, will again “T-up” those intersections – the protected bike lane connects to Avalon and will connect to future greenway on 36th – sidewalks and raised median up to 35th

*Avalon will become fully signalized

*The Whittaker‘s commitment to a crossing of Alaska between its corner (where the former gas station is now) and Spruce’s corner will be part of shortening the distance that pedestrians will have to cross, Casper said. She says they’re working with Spruce – though pointing out, it’s already got a permit to build what it’s buiding – to try to change the configuration.

In addition to briefing community groups, Casper said, they’ve been talking to businesses all summer, with some “expressing a lot of concern about some of the driveways we’re eliminating as well as the medians, affecting the flow.” They’ll continue to meet with some businesses, “with some, we’re on our third meeting,” says Casper.

They expect to reach 60 percent design next month.

“Is anything going up that would be ‘welcome to West Seattle’?” asked one attendee. Not in the plans, was the reply.

Again, the open house with full details on the Fauntleroy Boulevard’s project is next Tuesday (September 23rd), 5-7 pm, at the Senior Center of West Seattle – drop in whenever you can. Since the project is still in “early design,” this is the time to comment.

P.S. The JuNO meeting this past Tuesday included one other major agenda item, a discussion of the Junction-area “walkshed,” with two Seattle Planning Commissioners who are both West Seattleites. We’re writing that separately; look for it here this weekend.

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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:

WHAT’S NEXT

*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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West Seattle traffic alert: Fauntleroy/Edmunds crash http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-fauntleroyedmunds-crash/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/west-seattle-traffic-alert-fauntleroyedmunds-crash/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:46:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283932

Avoid Fauntleroy/Edmunds for a while. The northbound side is blocked by emergency response for a two-car crash right in front of the pawn shop. No major injuries; an ambulance has arrived for one person.

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Fauntleroy ‘Boulevard’ plan update: Community meeting set for September 23rd http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fauntleroy-boulevard-plan-update-community-meeting-set-for-september-23rd/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/08/fauntleroy-boulevard-plan-update-community-meeting-set-for-september-23rd/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:21:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=283091

The date is now set for the promised community open house about the Fauntleroy Way SW Boulevard Project in The Triangle, currently in “early design,” tentatively scheduled for construction late next year if city leaders approve project funding: 5-7 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, is the date for that communitywide discussion of the project, proposed for Fauntleroy Way SW between 35th and Alaska. SDOT’s Maribel Cruz tells WSB they’ve had briefings in recent weeks with:

· Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board
· Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board
· Freight Advisory Board
· Washington State Ferries
· West Seattle Transportation Coalition
· West Seattle Bike Connections
· West Seattle Junction Association

We were at the WSTC/WSBC briefing last month, along with one member of each of those groups. No major new details emerged, but the question that arose in comments on our July 15th report, “what about the Trader Joe’s onstreet loading zone?” was asked, and the reply was that they’re still discussing options. As a “boulevard,” that section of Fauntleroy will have “no loading zones and no parking,” the project team said.

Background on the project, as well as details of its status, are on the official SDOT webpage. The September 23rd meeting will be at the Senior Center of West Seattle (Oregon/California).

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