West Seattle Blog... » Triangle http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:34:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 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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Followup: $ for 47th/Admiral signal, Fauntleroy ‘green boulevard’ design advance in council committee http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/followup-for-47thadmiral-signal-fauntleroy-green-boulevard-design-advance-in-council-committee/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/followup-for-47thadmiral-signal-fauntleroy-green-boulevard-design-advance-in-council-committee/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 18:37:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=155302

(WSB photo looking east toward 47th/Admiral, 2011)
City money for a full traffic signal at 47th/Admiral just advanced one step closer to reality, after the City Council’s Government Performance and Finance Committee voted to send a package of midyear budget changes to the full council. We reported Tuesday on the council’s decision to go for the full half-million-dollar signal, which neighborhood advocates have requested for years. No councilmembers voiced opposition.

Immediately after that signal was discussed, another six-digit West Seattle item popped up – another $200,000 for designing “Green Boulevard” changes for Fauntleroy Way through The Triangle.

(One of two “green boulevard” options shown by SDOT last year)
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, long an advocate of the concept, described it as a “slowly progressing project” and yet one that’s needed as the area continues to develop as a residential/commercial area. The city’s 2012 budget, as reported here in 2011, included $250,000 to start design; if the additional $200,000 is finalized, that will get the design process to 60 percent. The “boulevard,” Rasmussen noted at today’s meeting, involves “primarily pedestrian improvements – sidewalks, curb bulbs, etc.” We’re checking for updated design documents, since it’s been almost a year since the last public discussion (see materials from that July 2012 open house here). Today’s committee meeting, meantime, was not a final vote on these and other spending proposals, so if you have something to say pro/con/otherwise, you can find contact information for councilmembers here.

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Fire Station 32 opens its doors for a preview of its future http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/fire-station-32-opens-its-doors-for-a-preview-of-its-future/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/fire-station-32-opens-its-doors-for-a-preview-of-its-future/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2013 03:10:18 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=153372

For kids, today’s Fire Station 32 open house in The Triangle was a chance to get an up-close look at Engine 32, otherwise only publicly viewable when roaring down the street with lights and siren. For other visitors, it was a chance to preview the station’s future:

Renderings on easels and cardboard models on tables were used for an early look at what the all-new Station 32 will be like.

It’ll be a three-story structure, designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, built on the same site as the current one at 37th and Alaska:

The construction is still a ways off – about a year and a half, according to the timetable the city gave us for this story we published three months ago; the station will have to relocate during construction. Once it’s done, it’ll have an expanded role in SFD operations, as explained on the project webpage.

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Power problem closes West Seattle YMCA until at least 9 am. http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/power-problem-closes-west-seattle-ymca-until-at-least-9-am/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/05/power-problem-closes-west-seattle-ymca-until-at-least-9-am/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 13:28:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=149976 The West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) closed early last night because of a power outage on its block in The Triangle, and the Y’s Josh Sutton tells WSB it won’t be able to reopen until at least 9 this morning – we’ll update when there’s word it’s ready to open. (This is just the Triangle location; the Fauntleroy location is open as usual.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: Healthy Kids Day at the Y http://westseattleblog.com/2013/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-healthy-kids-day-at-the-y/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/04/west-seattle-weekend-scene-healthy-kids-day-at-the-y/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2013 19:33:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=149471

The chillier, cloudier weather did NOT mean a break from dunk-tank duty for Josh Sutton from the West Seattle and Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor), but as usual, he was smiling anyway. The rain isn’t expected in till later, so the bouncy toys and other outdoor activities remained available too:

Indoor fun, too! If you see this right after we publish it, you have till 1 pm to get over to the Y’s main location in The Triangle; one component of HK Day – no joining fees for new memberships – does continue all weekend.

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