North Delridge Neighborhood Council: DESC housing proposal; chicken-raising tips

Tonight’s North Delridge Neighborhood Council was the first of several the group hopes to have outdoors, weather permitting, this summer. A bit chilly – but the group braved the breeze and met in Greg Davis Park, instead of nearby Delridge Library.

The big news – and we’ll be following up on this tomorrow for more details – chair Karrie Kohlhaas reported getting a call from the Downtown Emergency Services Center, which she says is proposing a 75-unit apartment building on a site she described only as near Delridge Library. (We haven’t yet found anything on the city planning website, or elsewhere, that correlates.) DESC’s clients include people facing challenges from homelessness to mental illness to substance abuse, and they operate several buildings in other areas of the city. Karrie said DESC plans an informational meeting (later this month; we’ll verify the date when we speak to DESC), to get community input.

Concerns voiced by those at the NDNC meeting included the fact that Delridge is already short on services and businesses such as a grocery store, and has transportation challenges – particularly between east and west, getting into the rest of West Seattle. They also wanted to know more about the people with whom DESC works, and how their facilities operate. Karrie urged everyone to bring their questions to the meeting. (Tuesday morning note: Pete Spalding from the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council tells WSB this is on their Wednesday agenda as well, 7 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. And he confirms the community meeting date as 6 pm Monday, June 27, Delridge Library.)

Another major topic: Urban chicken-raising:

Iris, daughter of NDNC’s Holli Margell, got a close-up look at one of the chickens brought by Red Star Urban Farms. They provided general tips on chicken-raising, most notably security. Think cats are the biggest threat to chickens? Think again. Dogs, raccoons, and coyotes, NDNC was told. Also important: Knowing what kind of chicken is right, for what situation you’re bringing them into – for show? to be a pet? to produce eggs? or to be food? You need to make your choice before you move on to building coop.

One last topic of note: A new projected date for Delridge Day/Delridge Skatepark dedication festivities. Now it’s looking like September 17th. NDNC will be looking for food vendors and planning picnic-style games, among other things.

NDNC usually meets the second Monday of the month, 6:30 pm – watch for word on the next outdoor location!

3 Replies to "North Delridge Neighborhood Council: DESC housing proposal; chicken-raising tips"

  • dsa June 14, 2011 (12:11 am)

    There seems to never be good news out of downtown.
    The chickens are welcome here though.

  • Diane June 14, 2011 (12:40 am)

    Pretty sure Karrie said the meeting with DESC will be on Monday June 27, not June 25
    what a fantastic meeting tonight with great group of very active and passionate community leaders; and it was nice change to meet outside in the park; though it did get really chilly; we all moved across the street to sunnier part of park, still breezy chilly; then shivery cold when sun went down; next time we’ll all be more prepared with more layers of warm clothes/blankets
    the chicken presentation was super fun and informative

  • ChickenHater June 14, 2011 (3:24 pm)

    Am I the only one who hates chickens in the city? I have definitely noticed an increase in rodents and raccoons in my neighborhood since my neighbor got her chickens. Disgusting.

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