West Seattle Thursday: Design Review for 3210 California & 4400 Alaska; air quality; DESC project; more

Phantom Orchid

That photo shared via the WSB Flickr group is by Dennis Cheasebro, who explains that it’s a phantom orchid found in Lincoln Park: “This orchid is rare and getting rarer, preferring deep, moist forests, and it’s extraordinary to find it here in the city. … If you see it, please let it be.” You can see wider views . On to the highlights for today/tonight from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: Thursdays-Sundays, it’s open to visitors, noon-4 pm. (61st/Stevens)

WADING POOL NOTE: *If* we had sunshine and 70-plus temps, this would have been opening day for Delridge Playfield’s wading pool. So probably tomorrow if the forecast is true! Here’s the ongoing wading-pool schedule (including the hotline you can always call to check on the city’s plan).

ADVENTURE RACE: Tonight, starting from Alki, 5 pm. Read about it (and how to be part of it) here.

WSDW HOSTS RON SIMS: The former county executive is the special guest at tonight’s meeting of the West Seattle Democratic Women, 6 pm @ West Seattle Golf Coursedetails here. (4470 35th SW)

AIR QUALITY MEETING: The Port of Seattle is airing a Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy update in a meeting at 6 pm tonight, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

DESIGN REVIEW DOUBLEHEADER: With the current apartment-development boom, most Southwest Design Review Board meetings are back to two projects, twice monthly. Tonight’s meetings are at the Senior Center of West Seattle (upstairs) and begin at 6:30 pm with the second Early Design Guidance session for the ~150-apartment project at 3210 California SW (here’s the official info/renderings “packet”; here’s our recent update on changes in the proposal). Then at 8 pm, the board is scheduled to move on to its first look at 4400 SW Alaska, a 37-apartment plan first reported here a month ago; here’s the official packet. Both meetings will include a public-comment period. (California/Oregon).

DESC DELRIDGE SUPPORTIVE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Though it’s not listed on the committee’s official webpage, an announcement on the North Delridge e-mail group says there is a meeting tonight for community concerns/information about the under-construction homeless-housing complex that will also include the new Delridge Grocery. Meeting’s at 6:30 pm, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

10 Replies to "West Seattle Thursday: Design Review for 3210 California & 4400 Alaska; air quality; DESC project; more"

  • Mimi June 27, 2013 (12:29 pm)

    The DESC Delridge Advisory Committee’s meeting has been posted since after it’s last meeting in March. The link you have is for the project itself. The correct link to the Advisory Committee for DESC’s Delridge Supportive Housing is:

  • anonyme June 27, 2013 (12:51 pm)

    I’ve seen a lot of blatant plant thievery in parks and public gardens recently. Announcing the presence of this little beauty is sure to bring out the collectors in droves. If a collector doesn’t get it, an off-leash dog surely will.

  • Trileigh June 27, 2013 (12:53 pm)

    By the way, speaking of pools, I believe Colman Pool in Lincoln Park is closed through Saturday because of a swim meet. Had a great day yesterday swimming in the rain, though!

  • Thomas June 27, 2013 (2:47 pm)

    I see an agenda listed for today’s meeting under the link “The agenda for the June 27, 2013 meeting” as well as “In its March 26, 2013 meeting, the Advisory Committee decided that it will meet next on June 27, 2013.”

  • JTB June 27, 2013 (5:19 pm)

    This orchid does not transplant due in part to its reliance on a complex community of fungi in the soil. Just digging it up, even with surrounding soil, will not provide the environment necessary to assure its continued growth. If anyone removes it, it will die.

  • Hoppy Daze June 27, 2013 (5:52 pm)

    It would have been nice if the DESC Advisory Committee shared the agenda with the community instead of relying on the Blog or patronage of their website. The DESC Advisory committee is nothing short of a kangaroo court, filled with elitist.

    • WSB June 27, 2013 (6:10 pm)

      Hoppy, actually, nobody is “relying” on us. No notice of the meeting was sent to WSB; I wouldn’t have had any information about this meeting if I hadn’t seen Dorsol’s note on the NDNC mailing list, one of about 10 neighborhood mailing lists we monitor (with permission of list owners) just so we don’t miss much, and I made a note to myself to at least try to mention it in today’s daily preview, not that I expect those are avidly read by anyone. I have had no communication from DESC in many months. (Though I’d also have to say, I haven’t contacted them, either.) – Tracy

  • Mimi June 27, 2013 (9:47 pm)

    The first meeting of the Advisory Committee on 3/6/2012 addressed the comment above about distribution of agendas, meeting summaries and supporting materials. A WSB representative was even present during that meeting. I copied and pasted here the part in the 3/6/2012 meeting summary pertaining to how neighbors will be informed and provide feedbacks/concerns about the project.
    e) All related documents (e.g. agendas, past meeting summaries, and supporting materials) will be published on DESC and Delridge Alliance websites for public information. Neighborhood representatives, through Delridge Alliance, who are on the Advisory Committee, will be responsible to inform the community about the Committee’s scheduled meetings.
    f) To effectively manage the process and flow of communication, the Advisory Committee will be the focal point for any community concerns and issues. All public comments, community input, concerns and questions should be directed and submitted to any member of the Advisory Committee. Neighbors may prefer to contact their neighborhood representatives to the Advisory Committee directly by emailing alliance@ndnc.org.

    The North Delridge Neighborhood Council’s website is another place to get information about DESC’s Delridge project. Please check http://www.ndnc.org. NDNC has a representative to the Advisory Committee.


  • Michael Taylor-Judd June 27, 2013 (10:43 pm)

    Well, Hoppy Daze, the Committee obviously shared it with their members — representatives from the community — who notified their constituencies — as Dorsol did for NDNC. Are you expecting the private developer or the non-profit group to send you a personal invitation? If you want to ask to be on their contact list, I’d imagine they’ll be happy to let you know. Maybe you shouldn’t be so quick to judge the volunteers taking time out of their own lives to attend?

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