West Seattle Blog... » Triangle http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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:


*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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Followup: New location found for 2 of 3 businesses leaving Triangle building that will be home of Rudy’s Barbershop http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-new-location-found-for-2-of-3-businesses-leaving-triangle-building-that-will-be-home-of-rudys-barbershop/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/followup-new-location-found-for-2-of-3-businesses-leaving-triangle-building-that-will-be-home-of-rudys-barbershop/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:24:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280939 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Two of the three businesses told to clear out of 4480 Fauntleroy Way in The Triangle have found new locations nearby.

We first reported Sunday night that Diva Espresso, Maestro Motors, and Ace 1 Computer Repair had been told by the new owner of 4480 Fauntleroy Way that they had to be out by the end of August.

Though the new owner, a SODO real-estate broker, didn’t respond to our inquiry, we discovered a document on file with the city indicating that Rudy’s Barbershop, long seeking a West Seattle location, would be the new tenant.

Rudy’s has since confirmed that to WSB. But first – an update on the longtime businesses that have to move.

Just this morning, Maestro Motors’ owner Richard Reed signed a lease for a spot barely a block to the west, where he tells us that Ace-1 is moving to, too. We found out the news while stopping by 4480 Fauntleroy to photograph him as part of our planned followup (even before we learned about the new location).

Reed says it’s the building behind Fauntleroy Chiropractic (WSB sponsor) in the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way. Previously, an Ace 1 spokesperson had told us by e-mail that they indeed had a location, but they didn’t specify the address, saying only, “We will be moving to a new location in West Seattle. We were happy to have served at this past location for the last 16 years, though! Also looking forward to keep serving our local clients.”

This is all new, so stand by for further details.

Meantime, Diva Espresso president Greg Hamper confirmed to WSB: “We indeed have been looking for a new location, but nothing has come up for now. Any input about possible available locations should be addressed to Greg Hamper at greg@divaespresso.com. We are sorry to go, and we will indeed miss our loyal customers for the past 18 years.” He added that Diva needs storage for its equipment while searching for a new location, so even if you can’t help with the latter, maybe you have an idea for that? Same contact, if you have a suggestion. Diva’s last day will be Sunday, August 17th.

Now, back to the building’s future. As noted here in multiple previous reports, it went on the market last fall – with the listing saying that its tenants wanted to stay but were currently on month-to-month leases – and was sold in April. While its 6300+-square-foot location is zoned for a much-denser/taller use than it has currently, it is NOT proposed for teardown/redevelopment. Instead, we learned from a “site plan” sketch in the city files labeled “Rudy’s West Seattle,” it’s proposed for remodeling into the first West Seattle outpost for the Seattle-based chain, which first confirmed to WSB almost two years ago that it was trying to find a spot here.

Some commenters asked if Rudy’s really needs all the space in the Fauntleroy Way building. Spokesperson Katie Trent replied regarding that and our overall request for confirmation:

At this time we cannot comment on the full scope of the project, but can confirm that we will be opening a Rudy’s Barbershop in the building, with opening projected for early 2015. Many of our longtime employees and customers are West Seattle residents, so it’s been our hope to find the right location for some time, now. The owner of the 4480 building is also our landlord at the Capitol Hill Rudy’s location, our very first shop which opened in 1993. We are excited to continue working with them as we join the West Seattle community in a building with great heritage and character.

More as we get it.

(Follow WSB business coverage here – and if you have a tip about a business that’s opening, closing, changing, please let us know – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!)

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Changes ahead at 4480 Fauntleroy Way: Diva Espresso, Maestro Motors, Ace 1 Computers out; Rudy’s Barbershop apparently in http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/changes-ahead-at-4480-fauntleroy-way-diva-espresso-maestro-motors-ace-1-computers-out-rudys-barbershop-apparently-in/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/changes-ahead-at-4480-fauntleroy-way-diva-espresso-maestro-motors-ace-1-computers-out-rudys-barbershop-apparently-in/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 03:05:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=280684

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The other shoe has dropped following the sale of 4480 Fauntleroy Way SW in The Triangle – the three businesses in the building have been given notice to leave.

And a document filed online with the city suggests they’ll be making way for a business that’s been promising a West Seattle location for almost two years.

At least two of the existing businesses – Diva Espresso and Maestro Motors – are looking for new West Seattle spots.

Here’s what we have discovered so far, following research that started with e-mail tips this morning (thank you!):

Diva, Maestro, and Ace 1 Computers were already on month-to-month leases, according to the flyer featured in the real-estate listing we first mentioned here last November. The listing also pointed out the businesses were interested in staying.

The site was sold in April, as mentioned here last month, bought by an LLC registered to a SODO real-estate broker. It was status quo for a while, apparently, but now, two of the businesses say all three have been told to clear out by August 31st.

The business with the biggest space in the building, Diva Espresso, will close after August 17th, according to this notice posted at multiple spots in the coffee shop:

A Diva staff member told us today that they’ve been looking for another location in West Seattle or vicinity, but haven’t found one yet. (As the notice says, Diva has other locations around the city.)

Maestro Motors next door is also looking for a new location, according to a member of its staff. As for Ace 1, the computer-repair shop on the west end of the building, we haven’t made contact yet, but will check in next time they’re open for business.

So what’s happening to the building after they go? Apparently NOT a development project, though the 6,380-square-foot lot could hold more density than it does now – it is zoned NC3-65. While no permit applications of any kind are showing on the city website, we looked a little deeper, and found a “site plan” filed this month with one big clue: The name at the bottom of the otherwise-simple drawing showing the site’s current layout – Rudy’s West Seattle.

Back in September 2012 – almost two years ago – we confirmed and reported that the Rudy’s Barbershop chain was working on a West Seattle location. We’ve checked in from time to time, and the answer has always been, nothing to announce yet. Rudy’s still has a webpage saying a West Seattle location is “coming soon.”

We won’t be able to contact Rudy’s management until tomorrow for confirmation – we have a message out to the building’s new owner, too – but here’s further circumstantial evidence: The aforementioned “site plan” document carries the name of Mallet Architecture, whose website includes an entire page about Rudy’s:

Mallet has completed design and construction work on several of Rudy’s Barbershop stores in Seattle. In addition to new finishes throughout, the character of the stores is defined by their combination of found, salvaged, and vintage objects, along with modern details.

That might explain the apparent choice of 4480 Fauntleroy. (The Mallet website also has a page for the work it did to transform the building holding West Seattle Zeeks Pizza [WSB sponsor].)

We’ll be following up on all of this tomorrow, both with Rudy’s and with the current 4480 tenants, and will report whatever else we find out.

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New look at Fauntleroy Way ‘Boulevard’ in-progress design http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/see-what-fauntleroy-way-might-look-like-as-a-boulevard-through-the-triangle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/07/see-what-fauntleroy-way-might-look-like-as-a-boulevard-through-the-triangle/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:37:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=279458

That’s a “typical cross-section” from a brand-new update on the long-in-the-works Fauntleroy Way SW “Boulevard” project, focusing on Fauntleroy Way through The Triangle, between 35th SW and SW Alaska. Right now, the plan is more than halfway still in the early stages of the design process, and SDOT is stepping up the public communication. Spokesperson Maribel Cruz tells WSB they’re meeting with property owners and community organizations in the area. Here’s the brand-new fact sheet from SDOT:

(Click here if you can’t see the embedded version above.) While $1.3 million for design was worked into the current city budget (as reported here last year), the construction funding isn’t yet nailed down, nor is a timeline. But the design is scheduled for completion early next year, and a community open house is planned (no date yet) for this fall. Watch the official project webpage for updates.

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