‘Holding Patterns’ idea for The Hole: Beer, dogs, movies, sculpture

The Seattle Design Commission has just announced its finalists in the Holding Patterns competition, first reported here two months ago – asking people citywide to pitch ideas for stalled development sites, such as “The Hole” at Fauntleroy/Alaska/49th. They received 83While nothing obviously from West Seattle made the finalist cut, there was one proposal we thought you’d like to see, after SDC’s Valerie Kinast pointed us to it. It’s a “Beer Garden, Dog Park, Outdoor Movies, Sculpture Mound” concept for The Hole – check out the entire five-page proposal here (with some even-more-whimsical drawings) – and you can see all the finalists and honorable mentions by going here. Kinast tells WSB that even though this wasn’t chosen as a finalist, the SC might still help try to make something happen with The Hole: “We are considering all of the major stalled project sites, so just because this didn’t make the cut doesn’t mean that the site isn’t still on our radar. We will be working through which sites have potential in the coming weeks.”

16 Replies to "'Holding Patterns' idea for The Hole: Beer, dogs, movies, sculpture"

  • Mr Matt June 25, 2010 (1:44 pm)

    Hah, I applaud his use of Moai for the “sculpture mound”.

  • oliver little June 25, 2010 (2:04 pm)

    Let’s do it!

  • Jill Loblaw June 25, 2010 (2:47 pm)

    Let’s go for it!

  • Noelle June 25, 2010 (2:51 pm)

    Yay an update! I hope its a park for everyone to enjoy!

  • nearalki June 25, 2010 (2:59 pm)

    What we got here is… failure to communicate. What’s your hole doin’ in boss mans dirt…you better filler up.

  • el-grego June 25, 2010 (4:01 pm)

    I want this in West Seattle. Everything I could ever want, all in a hole in the ground!

    Seriously… it’s way better than another store/condo.

  • Cheryl June 25, 2010 (4:03 pm)

    Oh how lovely a park would be!!

  • lenguamor June 25, 2010 (6:26 pm)

    I hope we’re not spending any money on this.
    What am I saying…of COURSE we’re spending money on it.
    I hope at least the owner is paying for it.

  • Ella Sharp June 26, 2010 (11:37 am)

    A park would be so awesome, but I still have concerns about safety ie: cars and stuff. Any clear plan for keeping vehicles from accidently careening down into the hole? Heavy duty guard rails or better yet maybe some giant aesthetically pleasing concrete planters/barricades around the corner? just wondering, does anyone know?

  • Susan June 27, 2010 (8:47 am)

    Does this mean that the Whole Foods store and other retail, and housing is not going to happen-ever?

    • WSB June 27, 2010 (9:14 am)

      This was a city competition to see if people could come up with ideas to use stalled sites until they get going again someday. Completely independent of property owner participation, of course, so there are many steps that would be required before something like this (or, if you click through to the city site, any of the other ideas) could actually happen. – TR

  • grr June 27, 2010 (1:15 pm)

    Susan…pretty safe bet that Whole Foods is thanking the stars that they don’t have to build there now. They’ll be out of their contractual obligation soon and will move on.

    Their lease was contingent on having an actual building to move into. No building, no lease. Hope the company didn’t lose a lot of money because of the moron contractors and idiotic Design Review nightmare. I’ll just go downtown when I need to go there. Contrary to what most people think, it’s NOT that much more to shop there.

  • wolfbain June 29, 2010 (10:34 am)

    fiil it with dirt for a pea patch

  • child first June 29, 2010 (12:59 pm)

    OH yes more food! Just what is needed, does no one have kids West Seattle need more for kids to do. Indoor activities are a good thing in Seattle as well as outdoor hello.. I have some great ideas who could i contact.. oh um this might need a cover or a very big drain for it is a HOLE.

  • Milo June 30, 2010 (8:55 am)

    Why try to beautify a hole that belongs to someone else? Don’t use my money for this.
    If having a hole there is a problem, the owner needs to step up and take care of it.
    Invest our tax dollars in a bridge in South Park, instead of a hole in West Seattle.
    BTW It’s nice to see the State, County, and City politicos “step up” with money for a South Park bridge…….It’s OUR tax dollars they’re talking about, and now want kudos for giving some back?
    Go Figure!!!

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