Westwood – West Seattle Blog… http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 02:40:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 West Seattle weekend scene: Westwood Village Street Fair http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westwood-village-street-fair/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/west-seattle-weekend-scene-westwood-village-street-fair/#respond Sun, 17 Jun 2018 22:42:53 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919883

From the little train to the big bouncy toys, it’s been a day of fun at Westwood Village. The annual street fair moved to Sunday this year. We even saw a hint of winter:

Among the vendors and organizations … Ginger’s Pet Rescue, with adoptable dogs:

If you haven’t been yet, there’s still time to get over to the center at 26th/Barton … this is scheduled to continue until 5 pm.

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CRIME WATCH: Early-morning gunfire? Hear it on security video http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/crime-watch-early-morning-gunfire-hear-it-on-security-video/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/crime-watch-early-morning-gunfire-hear-it-on-security-video/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2018 04:06:26 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919706

One more early-morning incident that woke up more than a few people early today – suspected gunfire heard in South Delridge, Westwood, and as far north as Sunrise Heights. This security video is from a camera near 17th and Cloverdale. We couldn’t find a police report number showing that any evidence of gunfire had been found; if anyone reading this knows of a related report number, the video’s owner was wondering how to call it to police’s attention in case the vehicle seen going by in the background was related. Meantime, just a reminder, if you think you hear gunfire, call 911, because the more calls they get, the more chance they have of figuring out where it happened and if there’s any damage/evidence.

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FOLLOWUP: Southwest Athletic Complex progress report http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-southwest-athletic-complex-progress-report/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/followup-southwest-athletic-complex-progress-report/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2018 03:27:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=919198 (WSB photo)

Renovation work continues at Southwest Athletic Complex, and Seattle Public Schools says it’s on track to be temporarily open for the June 21st high-school graduations between work phases. So far, district spokesperson Tom Redman tells WSB, the surface demolition of the existing track is complete, as is the new track’s base layer, with top-coat installation expected to have been finished by the end of the week. Here’s what’s next:

*Line painting is scheduled for the week of June 11th and the track will be complete on June 15th (minimal odor)

*Field turf replacement is scheduled to commence on June 25th

*Baseball infield will start June 25th, complete July 20th

*Softball infield will start June 28th, complete July 31st

*Utility Field will start August 1st, complete September 27th

*Project substantial completion October 3rd

Redman’s update also recapped what’s being done – “the resurfacing of the stadium track, new stadium synthetic turf field with cork infill, resurfacing of the baseball and softball infields, conversion of the overflow baseball infield to synthetic turf with cork infill, a new shotput cage, upgrade lights to the scoreboard, new high-jump mats, elevator upgrades, and new fence in security-problem areas.” Work on the $1.5 million project began in May.

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Also about to start work: Walkway improvements in Westwood http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/also-about-to-start-work-walkway-improvements-in-westwood/ http://westseattleblog.com/2018/06/also-about-to-start-work-walkway-improvements-in-westwood/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2018 20:12:23 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=918905

As promised, we have an update on the other Neighborhood Street Fund community-initiated project that’s about to start work in West Seattle, the Chief Sealth International High School Walkway Improvements. The pathways south of the school between SW Cloverdale and SW Trenton, north of Westwood Village, will be improved. From the new “construction notice,” which you can see in full here:

As soon as Monday, June 11, we’ll start construction on improvements for people walking along 26th Ave SW and 25th Ave SW between SW Cloverdale and SW Trenton streets. Work will last approximately 6 weeks. During this work, crews will:

■ Install two 10-foot-wide walkways on 26th Ave SW and 25th Ave SW that
■ will connect SW Trenton St and the cul-de-sacs to the north
■ Install lighting along the two paths
■ Replace vegetation along the two paths, where appropriate
■ Add a concrete curb bulb extension and ADA curb ramps at 26th Ave SW

The 26th Ave SW walkway will be constructed with asphalt. The 25th Ave SW walkway will be constructed with compacted gravel. SDOT crews will install asphalt on the 25th Ave SW walkway at a later date.

The 25th SW part of the project is also the one that SDOT was at one point last year going to drop entirely, relying on a potential future development to deal with it. To date, no development proposal has emerged. Meantime, as noted yesterday in our report on the other NSF project that’s about to get going, the contractor is C.A. Carey.

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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/ 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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(2017 photo)

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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