Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership: Liquor store, and more

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From tonight’s Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership meeting at Madison Middle School: First up on the agenda, the future Westwood Village liquor store, and concerns about its proximity to Seattle Public Schools-owned Southwest Athletic Complex (as shown in Google Street View above – field’s south side at left, back side of future store location at right). Westwood Neighborhood Council‘s Donn DeVore recapped conversations he’s had with State Liquor Control Board reps and said the location seemed to be a done deal before anyone in the community heard about it. If that’s so, a few attendees suggested, perhaps productive next steps would be to work to keep signage off the stadium-facing side of the building and to talk with police about patroling behind that building (also home to medical offices and Staples); Westwood neighbors say they’d been noticing an increase in empty malt-liquor bottles around 26th/Trenton and fear the liquor-store move could increase that. Delridge District Neighborhood Service Coordinator Ron Angeles offered info about other West Seattle meetings addressing such concerns – like the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council (also held tonight – our report is coming up) and the South Delridge/White Center Community Safety Coalition (this Thursday, 6 pm, St. James Place). In other efforts, it’s almost Red Ribbon Week, which will be marked at local high schools, including (as mentioned here this morning) with special decals on helmets during the West Seattle High SchoolChief Sealth High School football game Friday night; next week, students at Madison will make posters about positive choices. The Healthy Youth Partnership also is working on arranging a teen-drinking presentation by West Seattle/Vashon addiction/mental-health expert Stephen Brogan. Want to get involved with SWHYP? Contact Renae

6 Replies to "Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership: Liquor store, and more"

  • buttercream October 21, 2009 (12:59 am)

    i must be the only one thinking “sweet! a new liquor store right down the street from my house! whoohoo!”

  • Lemers October 21, 2009 (7:18 am)

    I am so excited to get a new liquor store! I hardly believe that having a liquor store close to a school or school owned properties is in issue. Don’t the liquor stores check ID? Last time I visited they did.

  • KT October 21, 2009 (8:36 am)

    “First up on the agenda, the future Westwood Village liquor store, and concerns about its proximity to Seattle Public Schools-owned Southwest Athletic Complex…” Come on, does anyone really think a State Liquor Store is more of a threat to the sobriety of WS kids than the multitude of grocery/convenience stores now selling beer & wine? Such hysteria.

  • Nancy F, October 21, 2009 (9:14 am)

    During adopt-a-street clean ups down here on Delridge, we find many, many malt liquor cans and we have no liquor store anywhere close to us, but we do have a plethora of conv. stores selling singles. Something I’d dearly love to see controlled at the source.

  • KateMcA October 21, 2009 (12:21 pm)

    Buttercream, you are not the only one. I am pleased there will be one close and with parking that’s not such a pain (the White Center location’s parking lot is awful). I really don’t think this will encourage underage drinking- and hope it won’t encourage littering any more than the dozens of grocery, convenience and fast food stores around town.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident October 21, 2009 (2:58 pm)

    If people ARE SO concerned about the proximity of State Liquor stores close to schools then where is the outcry of the store in the Junction????
    It is within 2 blocks of three private schools; Holy Rosary, Seattle Lutheren and Hope Luthern.

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