West Seattle Blog... » Triangle http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:09:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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Flag to retire? Bring it to American Legion Post 160′s Flag Day ceremony in the West Seattle Triangle http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/flag-to-retire-bring-it-to-american-legion-post-160s-flag-day-ceremony-in-the-west-seattle-triangle/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/06/flag-to-retire-bring-it-to-american-legion-post-160s-flag-day-ceremony-in-the-west-seattle-triangle/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:18:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=276469 Tomorrow is Flag Day, and you are invited to observe it at West Seattle’s American Legion Post 160 in The Triangle, with flags accepted for retirement as well:

The American Legion Post 160 of West Seattle will hold a brief Flag Day Ceremony at noon on Saturday June 14. The ceremony will be held at the flag pole located at 3618 SW Alaska St.

Flag Day is a commemoration of the adoption of the flag of the United States which happened in 1777. President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14th as Flag Day in 1916 by official proclamation.

Post 160 will also accept any worn or un-serviceable American flags for proper disposal at that time. A small, voluntary donation will be accepted to help defray the costs of the flag retirements.

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Fire Station 32 rebuild: Temporary home chosen on 40th SW http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/fire-station-32-rebuild-temporary-home-chosen-on-40th-sw/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/fire-station-32-rebuild-temporary-home-chosen-on-40th-sw/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:40:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=266474

Saturday’s open house at Seattle Fire Station 32 in The Triangle was intended mostly to display the final design of the $15 million FS 32 rebuild, but there was other news – the station’s temporary during-construction home has been chosen. David Kunselman, administrator of the city’s Fire Facilities & Emergency Response Levy program, says it will be set up on the 40th SW site the city has purchased for a future park.

Construction of the new FS 32, he said, could start by the end of this year – so the station might be moved by then. The temporary site is flanked by the sites of development plans – 4745 40th SW to the south, 4755 Fauntleroy Way SW across 40th to the east/northeast – where construction might be under way by then.

Back to the new Station 32 itself (read project details here) – images of the design by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson were displayed around the bays of the station during the open house:

That’s the side facing 38th SW, same side that currently looks like this:

Looking southeastward toward the SW Alaska side:

And southwestward:

The rebuilt Station 32 will be headquarters to the area’s Battalion Chief (B7), currently based at Fire Station 29 in Admiral, which also had a design open house Saturday. FS 29 has a $3.5 million project on the way, mostly seismic upgrades (details here). When that begins in about a year, its temporary home will be the one where Station 36 is now – at Harbor SW/SW Florida. A similar upgrade is also on the way for Highland Park’s Station 11, but it will not have to leave its 16th/Holden site during the $2.7 million project, which Kunselman says is currently out to bid.

ADDED: Here’s the PDF with a clearer look at the renderings shown above.

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Neighbor Appreciation Day tomorrow: 3 fire stations to tour http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/neighbor-appreciation-day-tomorrow-3-fire-stations-to-tour/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/neighbor-appreciation-day-tomorrow-3-fire-stations-to-tour/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 07:05:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264314

(Neighbor Appreciation Day at Station 37, photographed in 2011 by Cliff DesPeaux for WSB)
Going through football withdrawal? There’s lots to keep you busy this weekend. One thing we’re reminding you about quickly right now: Three West Seattle fire stations are open for tours 11 am-1 pm Saturday as part of the city’s Neighbor Appreciation Day: Station 11 in Highland Park at 16th/Holden, Station 32 in The Junction at 38th/Alaska, and Station 37 in Sunrise Heights at 35th/Holden. It’s your chance to get an up-close look WITHOUT having an emergency in your neighborhood!

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Are you a veteran? Know one? West Seattle forum tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/are-you-a-veteran-know-one-west-seattle-forum-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/are-you-a-veteran-know-one-west-seattle-forum-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=262322 Just received this from Kyle Geraghty of the West Seattle Veteran Center:

Fellow Veterans, Caregivers, and Family Members,

The Department of Veterans Affairs, Seattle Regional Office will be holding a Town Hall forum at the West Seattle Veteran Center on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 7 pm-9 pm.

The purpose of this event is to provide feedback and personal/individual experiences regarding the veteran claims/compensation claims process.

If you are a veteran or family member/caregiver of a veteran who has sustained injury and have applied for VA compensation, this is an event you should attend to share your experiences.

The WSVC is at the historic American Legion Post 160 building in The Triangle, 3618 SW Alaska.

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West Seattle scene: No problem, just practice for Ladder 11 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-no-problem-just-practice-for-ladder-11/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/west-seattle-scene-no-problem-just-practice-for-ladder-11/#comments Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:38:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=260897

Thanks to Anand for sharing the photo of Seattle Fire Department‘s Ladder 11 at Link Apartments in The Triangle earlier this afternoon – right across the street from L11′s home base at Station 32. Noting that no fire calls were on the log for that area OR for L11, we checked with SFD spokesperson Kyle Moore, who verified that the crew was practicing: “Ladder 11 was drilling on aerial placement and rooftop ventilation. This is a relatively new building, so the crew worked with the building’s management to practice, in case a fire ever occurs at the property.”

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West Seattle Veterans Day: Dinner invitation for Sunday http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-veterans-day-dinner-invitation-for-sunday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/west-seattle-veterans-day-dinner-invitation-for-sunday/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 03:57:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255344 Again this year, West Seattle American Legion Post 160 and Auxiliary are inviting local veterans and their families – all branches, active duty or reserve – to a free dinner commemorating Veterans Day. The gourmet Italian dinner will be served 5-8 pm this Sunday night (November 10) at the West Seattle Veterans’ Center (longtime home to Post 160), 3618 SW Alaska in The Triangle. Here’s more info via the official flyer.

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Medical-marijuana growers meeting in West Seattle to save their industry http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/medical-marijuana-growers-meeting-in-west-seattle-to-save-their-industry/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/11/medical-marijuana-growers-meeting-in-west-seattle-to-save-their-industry/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:12:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=255059 As the state’s newly legalized recreational-marijuana industry gets closer to launch, the medical-marijuana industry says it’s fighting for its life – and a new group of growers is organizing, with its first meeting scheduled for West Seattle this week. The group is calling itself the Association of Cannabis Breeders and Growers, and organizer Chris Kelly of Green Lion Farms says they are inviting anyone and everyone interested in saving the medical-marijuana industry to come to its kickoff meeting at 8 pm Wednesday (November 6th) at the VFW Hall in The Triangle (3601 SW Alaska). (There’s a Facebook event page for the meeting here.)

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West Seattle Halloween 2013: Costumed visitors at Fire Station 32 http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-halloween-2013-costumed-visitors-at-fire-station-32/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/west-seattle-halloween-2013-costumed-visitors-at-fire-station-32/#comments Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:18:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=254471

The location of the Bright Horizons-West Seattle child-care center right across the street from Seattle Fire Department Station 32 in The Triangle presents some opportunities – including this one: A costume parade.

More photos ahead:

Don’t know if Little Red Riding Hood was anywhere nearby, but the Big Bad Wolf had his own sheep in tow:

Of course there were tiny firefighters too, like the one at left below:

Excellent family photo opportunity:

Also a good chance to learn about their friendly neighborhood firefighters

BHWS says this is the third year they’ve done this, with about two weeks required to get all the logistics arranged!

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New renderings for 4435 35th SW show proposed ‘hillclimb’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/new-renderings-for-4435-35th-sw-show-proposed-hillclimb/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/10/new-renderings-for-4435-35th-sw-show-proposed-hillclimb/#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:33:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=251641

With eight days until the next Southwest Design Review Board meeting about the mixed-use development planned at 4435 35th SW, its new “packet” is out with renderings and other information for the board to consider, publicly viewable via the city Department of Planning and Development website. You can see it in its entirety here; above is a rendering by architects GGLO showing a feature that sparked some buzz at the previous meeting in June (WSB coverage here), a “hillclimb” on the south side of the site, going up to other parts of The Triangle and leading toward The Junction. According to the packet, the project is currently planned for ~159 residential units, 153 underground parking spaces (it’s in an area where the city does not require any parking at all because of nearby frequent transit), and more than 12,000 square feet of commercial/retail area. This site originally came to the board in 2009, then went on hold, changing architects and developers (now Trinsic) before returning with a new design proposal earlier this year. The Design Review meeting is set for 6:30 pm October 10th at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon); as always, the meeting will include a public-comment period.

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4435 35th SW mixed-use project: Next Design Review meeting http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/4435-35th-sw-mixed-use-project-next-design-review-meeting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/4435-35th-sw-mixed-use-project-next-design-review-meeting/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 18:57:15 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=249721 Though the official notice won’t go out until next week, the city’s master schedule now shows October 10th as the date for the next Southwest Design Review Board meeting. One project is on the agenda so far: 4435 35th SW, a six-story mixed-use building proposed for ~160 apartments, about the same number of parking spaces, and ~16,000 square feet of commercial space. Its site (map) is on the west side of 35th SW, currently holding an empty lot and The Bridge (which is moving to under-renovation 6301 California SW). The 35th SW project has had two Early Design Guidance meetings over the span of four years – after one for the original proposal in 2009, development plans went on the back burner until this year, when a new proposal passed EDG in June. The revised design proposal isn’t available yet but should be at least a week before the next meeting, 6:30 pm October 10th, at the Senior Center of West Seattle (California/Oregon).

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