Westwood – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 27 May 2018 04:02:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 FOLLOWUP: Southwest Athletic Complex work begins http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-southwest-athletic-complex-work-begins/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/followup-southwest-athletic-complex-work-begins/#comments Thu, 24 May 2018 01:44:57 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=917509 <(WSB photo substituted Thursday for original district-provided image)

Back in March, we wrote about renovation work planned this spring/summer at Southwest Athletic Complex – and now Derek McCloud from Seattle Public Schools (which owns SWAC) sends word that work has begun:

Construction has started on the track at SWAC … most of the old track has already been torn up. It looks like the installation of the new track will begin next week! Graduation for Chief Sealth (5 PM on the 21st and West Seattle on the 21st @ 8) will still take place at the complex.. After graduation the field, will be torn up, and our hope is it will be ready by mid- to late August/early Sept for high school football practice. We would like to let the public know the field will be closed most of the summer, and to please stay out of the complex (which is locked) during the construction project!

District documents say the $1.5 million project “will include replacement of the existing synthetic turf at football, softball, and baseball fields using cork infill, refurbishing the existing rubberized running track, and associated work.”

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Why police are at Chief Sealth IHS http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-why-police-are-at-chief-sealth-ihs/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/05/west-seattle-crime-watch-why-police-are-at-chief-sealth-ihs/#respond Mon, 07 May 2018 16:15:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=915906

If you are in the Westwood area and noticing police at Chief Sealth International High School: They’re questioning three students in connection with what was first reported as an assault – another student hit and knocked down near 26th and Thistle – and then changed to a report of “strong-arm robbery” (no weapon). Police spotted someone described as a possible suspect and two companions walking into the school. We went down to find out more; police say they’re still talking to everyone involved to sort it out, and principal Aida Fraser-Hammer tells us school is proceeding normally. We’ll check back with SPD later.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! 13 years for Wyatt’s Jewelers http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/happy-anniversary-13-years-for-wyatts-jewelers/ Sat, 21 Apr 2018 22:17:35 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=914578

You still have some time to get over to Wyatt’s Jewelers (WSB sponsor) in Westwood Village and wish the Keppler family a happy 13th anniversary! Wyatt’s is an independent family-owned business but as is traditional for many businesses celebrating anniversaries, they’re offering you the gifts – they’re having a sale! Open today until 5 pm. If you haven’t been there before, it’s in the middle of the shopping center, a couple doors north of Barnes & Noble. Tomorrow, by the way, if you’re going to WestSide Baby‘s CommuniTea, you’ll see Wyatt’s proprietors Kirk and Joni Keppler, who are the chairs of this year’s fundraiser. (WSB is a media sponsor, and we’ll be there too.) Their older son Wyatt is the shop’s namesake – he’s in the pic above too, as is brother Ryan.

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IT’S BACK: Drive-up/ride-up mailbox returns to Westwood Village post office http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/its-back-drive-up-ride-up-mailbox-returns-to-westwood-village-post-office/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/its-back-drive-up-ride-up-mailbox-returns-to-westwood-village-post-office/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:25:31 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913516

9:25 AM: Thanks to Josh for the tip! We just confirmed via a trip to the Westwood Village post office that its drive-up/ride-up mailbox is being reinstalled, almost four months after removal last December. The removal came more than a week after it had been taped off, with a handwritten sign declaring it “broken and unsecure.” Its last removal, in 2015, also lasted about four months. As you can see in our photo, it’s just arrived, so don’t go rushing off to use it just yet.

10:36 AM: Just went back to the post office to check; the mailbox is operational.

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See SDOT’s final design for Chief Sealth Walkway Improvements Project in Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/see-sdots-final-design-for-chief-sealth-walkway-improvements-project-in-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/04/see-sdots-final-design-for-chief-sealth-walkway-improvements-project-in-westwood/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:10:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=913247 SDOT has announced the “final design” for the Chief Sealth Walkway Improvements project in Westwood, which you’ll recall was at one point going to be reduced, and then was restored to full size. From SDOT:

This project will improve connectivity, walkability, and safety for residents and students who currently use two unimproved and overgrown paths on 25th and 26th avenues SW, between SW Trenton and SW Cloverdale streets.

Project elements include:

• Two 10-foot-wide asphalt walkways on 25th and 26th avenues SW connecting SW Trenton St and the cul-de-sacs to the north
• Pedestrian lights along the two paths
• Removal of overgrown vegetation and installation of new trees and plants, where appropriate

This document has backstory from the original community proposal. Construction could start as soon as mid-May, says SDOT, which also says the final design is available for another NSF project, Harbor/Spokane, but as of right now still has not updated that project website to show it. Also, both projects will be handled by the same contractor, and SDOT says the bid/award process isn’t complete yet.

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DEVELOPMENT: Neighbors appeal 2222 SW Barton approvals http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/development-neighbors-appeal-2222-sw-barton-approvals/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/development-neighbors-appeal-2222-sw-barton-approvals/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2018 19:05:05 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=912627 Today’s city-circulated Land Use Information Bulletin includes the notice for a hearing appealing the approval of plans to build a 66-unit, no-offstreet-parking apartment complex at 2222 SW Barton, just uphill from the southeast edge of Westwood Village.

(Image from Design Review packet by Cleave Architecture)

According to documents in the online files, the appeal was filed by residents who live a block away from the site, saying they don’t believe the city adequately addressed concerns including crime, traffic, and parking, and alleging that the site is incorrectly characterized as being in an “urban village.” Lawyers for the developers have filed a request to have the appeal dismissed, showing that the site is indeed in the middle of the Westwood-Highland Park Urban Village as well as calling other concerns “without merit on their face.” Regarding the parking concerns in particular, they note that the city has no authority to require it because the project is close to “frequent transit.” They cite a traffic study as showing that the project could result in a “peak demand” for 66 parking spaces on the street, but that, they say, would still not come close to maxing out what’s available now. Unless the motion to dismiss is granted, the hearing is set for the city Hearing Examiner‘s chambers on the 40th floor of the Municipal Tower downtown at 9 am May 3rd.

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Tackling the triangle, park, road, and more @ Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/tackling-the-triangle-park-road-and-more-westwood-roxhill-arbor-heights-community-coalition/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:34:28 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910701 By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Council continues to evolve.

Co-chair Kim Barnes says it’s now meant to function as more of a “support group for committees” – each one, small now and hoping to grow, taking on a particular area of interest. If any are of interest to you – or if there’s something else you’d like to help make happen in the area – jump in!

Among those areas of interest discussed at this month’s WWRHAH meeting:

ROXHILL PARK: The recent kickoff meeting for getting Roxhill into the Park Commons project went well. This would be a two-to-three-year project, Barnes said, “for us to develop ways and means” – some through assistance, some through guidance – “to create more interactive activities in the areas of the park that are less utilized and need ore positive activities in them.”

That would get more people flowing through the park and could dovetail with the ongoing project to rescue Roxhill Bog. The more committee members working on this, the more possibilities they have – art installations, for example. They talked about reaching out to other park constituencies – even into White Center, as the park is close to the city-county line and is of interest to the south too. More discussions are planned, including starting simple, such as senior-geared programs that could involve people from the Daystar retirement center on the park’s east side.

DELRIDGE TRIANGLE: In this case, the triangle refers to the public space adjacent to the bus stop near Delridge/Barton.

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A Friends of Delridge Triangle group is being created, and will likely apply for a city grant until later in the year.

Related to the area near the triangle, – Barnes went to the recent Southwest Design Review Board meeting for a future storage complex at 9201 Delridge Way SW. She told the board that the proposal she describes as a “giant box” is not desirable for the neighborhood goals, though she knows the zoning allows it. She said “the board ran with” her request that they at least “scrutinize the options thoroughly” for it fitting into a walkable, safe neighborhood, “turn(ing the building) more toward Delridge.” She also said the architect talked with her outside the meeting and wanted to know more about the community’s concerns, interests, and plans for the area.

ROXHILL ELEMENTARY: Friends of Roxhill continues working on the playground project for the school’s move to >EC Hughes in the fall, and will have options soon to be voted on, with a construction bid to be awarded soon, too. The community will have opportunities to help with the project build in early June.

26TH SW: Earl Lee had an update on the ongoing problems along the stretch north of SW Barton that sees hundreds of bus trips daily, damaging the road and shaking houses. He says a new environmental study is planned, and that a subterranean study was done recently.

ENCAMPMENT MEETING: Those in attendance were urged to go to the city meeting tomorrow (6:30 pm March 20th, Joint Training Facility) about whether sanctioned encampment Camp Second Chance will get a permit for another year at the Myers Way Parcels. Overall, it was noted, less unauthorized camping had been observed in the area recently.

HALA APPEAL: WWRHAH is part of the citywide coalition appealing the Environmental Impact Statement for HALA’s Mandatory Housing Affordability component, and Barnes noted the hearing before the city Hearing Examiner is now scheduled for June. She reminded those in attendance that the appeal is not in opposition to affordable housing: “We are for affordable housing, very much so – the basis of the appeal, just to remind everyone, is that the appellant believes the EIS was not (properly done),” that it is “one size fits all” and needs to take neighborhoods’ unique characteristics and challenges into account.

The Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights Community Coalition meets first Tuesdays, 6 pm, at Southwest Library. Check wwrhah.org for updates.

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WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: About the police response at Westwood Village http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-about-the-police-response-at-westwood-village/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/west-seattle-crime-watch-about-the-police-response-at-westwood-village/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2018 00:03:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911801

5:03 PM: Thanks for the tips about a police response on the east side of Westwood Village. It was wrapping up when we got there but the sergeant on scene was able to tell us that it wasn’t an incident response – they were there to arrest someone on a warrant. We don’t yet know who or what kind of warrant, but we’ll be watching the jail roster.

P.S. Crime concern/question? Tomorrow night is the monthly West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster), 7 pm. The briefing/Q&A with local police precedes the featured guest – this month, find out about regional drug trends from Steve Freng of the Northwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

ADDED TUESDAY: According to online records, the person arrested is a 19-year-old man wanted in connection with an assault case. He got out of jail less than three weeks ago after two and a half months behind bars.

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CLOSURE EXTENDED: Southwest Pool won’t reopen Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-extended-southwest-pool-wont-reopen-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-extended-southwest-pool-wont-reopen-saturday/#comments Fri, 16 Mar 2018 22:01:00 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911572 FRIDAY: Just heard from Southwest Pool – it was originally expected to reopen tomorrow after almost three weeks of maintenance, but they won’t be ready to go because it’s not heating up fast enough for the water to be warm enough for Saturday swimming. They’re hoping to be able to reopen on Sunday, instead. (We’ll check in again tomorrow.)

2:26 PM SUNDAY: As noted in comments, we’ve verified that the pool did reopen today. (Here’s its schedule.)

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UPDATE: About the police search in Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/about-the-police-search-in-westwood/ Wed, 14 Mar 2018 23:18:18 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=911397 FIRST REPORT, 4:18 PM: After-school activities like athletics were in shelter-in-place mode for a while at the Chief Sealth International High School/Denny International Middle School campus but it’s just ended. Police were searching in that area of Westwood, they tell us, because of a secondhand report that someone might have been seen in the area with a gun. Nobody found, and again, the shelter-in-place is over.

UPDATE, 7:35 PM: We’ve just received from Denny principal Jeff Clark the letter that he and Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer sent to families about the incident:

At approximately 3:30 pm today, two hours after Denny scholars had been released and one hour after Chief Sealth scholars had been released, we had a report of someone driving erratically on 27 Ave SW. School staff went up the hill to assess the situation. As a part of this disturbance, a car had hit a parked car. The police quickly arrived. As the police investigated, a report was made that someone had possibly seen a gun. As a safety precaution, the schools went into a shelter-in-place, securing the exterior doors and bringing in scholars who were still in the area. The shelter-in-place was lifted after the police had searched the neighborhood and deemed that the situation was now safe. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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CLOSURE REMINDER: Southwest Customer Service Center floor work next week http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-reminder-southwest-customer-service-center-floor-work-next-week/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 20:03:39 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910962 If you pay bills at, or have other business to transact with, the city’s Southwest Customer Service Center (2801 SW Thistle), just a reminder – it will be closed for floor work next week, Monday 3/12 through Friday 3/16. This is scheduled to be concurrent with the last week of the maintenance closure at adjacent Southwest Pool; co-housed SW Teen Life Center will be closed too, per Seattle Parks.

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UPDATE: Arson detectives investigating car fire at Southwest Athletic Complex http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/suspicious-car-fire-by-southwest-athletic-complex/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/suspicious-car-fire-by-southwest-athletic-complex/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2018 11:34:58 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910848 (UPDATED 11:28 AM with more info from SPD)

3:34 AM: SPD and SFD are investigating that car fire, reported about an hour ago in the Southwest Athletic Complex area. In radio discussion, the car was described as having been found fully engulfed in flames – as shown in the photo tweeted by Pat – with no one inside and no one around.

11:29 AM: SPD confirms that its arson detectives are handling the investigation. The car was a 1996 Toyota Corolla – not reported as stolen, in case you wondered (we did). But given the circumstances, it was impounded after the fire was out.

ADDED TUESDAY: In a West Seattle crime discussion at the Fauntleroy Community Association meeting, Southwest Precinct Lt. Ron Smith mentioned that investigators believe an accelerant was used in this fire.

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UPDATE: ‘Full response’ fire call in Westwood, downsized http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/full-response-fire-call-in-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/full-response-fire-call-in-westwood/#comments Sun, 04 Mar 2018 01:59:29 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910472 5:59 PM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” going to a possible house fire in Westwood, in the 8400 block of 25th SW.

6:04 PM: First units to arrive are seeing light smoke. But the call is being downgraded, with just a few units to remain.

6:07 PM: SFD confirms that the fire is out and was small. Though it was dispatched as a “single-family residence” fire, they say it turned out to be an apartment.

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CLOSURE ALERT: Seattle Public Library locations closed March 7th http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-alert-seattle-public-library-locations-closed-march-7th/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/03/closure-alert-seattle-public-library-locations-closed-march-7th/#comments Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:30:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910242 Now that this is less than a week away – in case you haven’t already heard, the city library system has a one-day closure coming up next Wednesday:

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at Central Library will be closed Wednesday, March 7 for a staff in-service day. Regular operating hours will resume Thursday, March 8.

West Seattle has four library branches, and South Park’s library is just a bit to the east. The map and list of all SPL locations citywide is here.

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DEVELOPMENT: 2222 SW Barton project gets key approval http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/development-2222-sw-barton-project-gets-key-approval/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/02/development-2222-sw-barton-project-gets-key-approval/#comments Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:17:38 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=910033 (Image from Design Review packet by Cleave Architecture)

From today’s Land Use Information Bulletin: The apartment project just uphill from the southeast edge of Westwood Village has received key land-use approval. 2222 SW Barton [map] – a project first reported here almost two years ago – is planned as a 4-story building with 39 apartments and 27 “small efficiency dwelling units” (microstudios), no offstreet-parking spaces. Southwest Design Review Board members gave their final approval at a meeting last September (here’s the city report). The decision (PDF) published today opens an appeal period – the official notice explains how to file one; March 12th is the deadline.

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