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Is one of these former substations near you? Seattle City Light meetings tomorrow & Tuesday

That map, first shown here last month after a presentation to the Admiral Neighborhood Association, spotlights nine Seattle City Light-owned properties from West Seattle to Burien to Seatac that the utility doesn’t need any more. Now the city has to decide what to do with them – sell them? transfer them to another city department? or? – and here’s where you come in: Two community meetings are planned in the next week for questions and comments.

First: To see the addresses, go to this page; click on any or all of the addresses on the left side of the page, and you’ll see photos/info come up on the right.

Second: If the Andover, Delridge, Dumar, and/or White Center (which is actually located in Highland Park) sites interest you, you’ll want to be at the meeting tomorrow night (Wednesday, August 21st) at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW), 7-9 pm. If you’re interested in the Dakota, Fauntleroy, Ambaum, and/or Glendale sites, they’ll be the focus of a meeting one week from tonight (Tuesday, August 27th) at High Point Community Center (6920 34th SW), 7-9 pm. The city also promises a more-formal hearing in October in West Seattle, before the decisionmaking moves to another phase.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Stabbing suspect charged

Following up on our Monday report about the attack on a WSDOT worker posting notices in the 9500 block of Myers Way (map): 36-year-old Matthew Hadley is now charged with second-degree assault. The court documents include the same narrative we reported here yesterday (follow the “Monday report” link above) – with one additional detail: The suspect’s weapon was a folding knife with a three-and-a-half-inch blade. So far, the jail register indicates Hadley’s bail on the assault charge remains at $10,000, but he is also being held on a no-bail federal warrant dated this past May, issued for an unspecified weapons offense. Court documents say that’s the only criminal history prosecutors have found for Hadley, so far.

Design packet now online for Junction Flats project, before August 29th design review

That’s the cover image for the “packet” put together by Nicholson Kovalchick Architects for their Junction Flats project at 4433 42nd SW (map), across from Hope Lutheran School/Church in The Junction. The city uploaded it today, in advance of the project’s next Southwest Design Review Board session, which (as first reported here last month) is set for 6:30 pm Thursday, August 29th, at the Senior Center of West Seattle. The project is currently described as four stories, 78 apartments, 2 live-work units, and 52 parking spaces, set for a site that currently holds three single-family homes. You can see the full packet for yourself by going here. The project’s previous SWDRB meeting, for Early Design Guidance, was in January; here’s the final city report.

West Seattle business: Anytime Fitness moving to ex-Blockbuster

Finally an answer to a question we’re asked relatively frequently – what’s going into the former Blockbuster space in Admiral? You’ll recall it closed a year and a half ago, and then the parking lot became a pay lot three months later, suggesting a new tenant/owner wasn’t expected any time soon. But finally, someone IS getting ready to move in: Anytime Fitness is relocating from Charlestown Center.

We got the tip from WSB’er JayDee, and the move was confirmed today by Jacob Saldana, who bought Anytime Fitness along with his brothers in December of last year. He tells WSB they are starting demolition at the new location this week. “The space will be about double our current size and will give us about 6,500 square feet.” He says they’ve been working on expanding the club since they bought it: “It has always been our intention to provide a more functional, community gym that would fulfill all of the needs of our members and in order to do so we felt that we had to find a new location. We can’t wait for the opportunity to bring some of our programs that we have created at our Capitol Hill location to West Seattle. The new space will have enough room to accommodate showers, group exercise, and a more open free weight area. However, the gym will still be a manageable size that will allow us to provide excellent customer service and build relationships with our members rather than leaving them feeling as if they’re just another number.” They’re hoping to move into the new location (2222 California) by the end of the year

Highland Park Spraypark closed Wednesday for work

Just in from Seattle Parks:

The Highland Park Spraypark will be closed on Wednesday for the contractor (Vortex) to replace faulty filter valves and install a new control electrical board.  The park will reopen on Thursday at 11:00 am.

P.S. If you want to go to a wading pool instead, please note that Lincoln Park is the only one open for the remaining almost-two-weeks of summer (here’s the citywide schedule).

3.6 earthquake in South Sound; felt by some here

A text about 45 minutes ago asked if there had been an earthquake; we checked the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network‘s site, and at the time, nothing was showing – subsequently, though, PNSN has posted information on a 3.6 earthquake that did happen right about then, but nowhere nearby. We’re mentioning it because we’ve since received a few more inquiries. See it on the map here; the epicenter was equidistant from Bremerton and Tacoma, according to the earthquake’s “event page.” P.S. Are you prepared, in case something big hits? Check out the West Seattle Be Prepared website and find your nearest hub, for starters.

12:40 PM NOTE: Eric reminds us via Facebook that geologists would appreciate getting an official report from everyone who did feel it – the link is here.

Seal Sitters updates: More pups on West Seattle beaches; last call for kids’ art and stories!

(Photo by Robin Lindsey)
Two updates from Seal Sitters today. Robin Lindsey says that in addition to two newborn pups in recent weeks, two newly weaned pups have shown up on West Seattle beaches in the past few days. Above is the pup nicknamed “Perky” (also shown in a reader-contributed photo on the WSB Facebook page); Robin says, “Another pup spent yesterday afternoon and night at Emma Schmitz viewpoint. The thin pup just returned to the Sound about an hour ago. We’d like everyone to be on the alert and make sure you call our hotline @ 206-905-7325 (SEAL) if you come across a pup on the beach. … As always, we need to ask people to respect the tape perimeters. It is crucial that pups are able to rest undisturbed in order to survive this challenging time!” Read more on Seal Sitters’ “Blubberblog” website.

KIDS’ CONTEST – ONE MORE CALL FOR ENTRIES! Young artists/writers in kindergarten through 5th grade have until this Sunday (August 25th) to enter the Seal Sitters’ contest for creations to be displayed during the Harbor Seal Day event at Alki Bathhouse on September 8th – great project for these waning days of summer! Read all about it, including how to enter, by going here.

Saturday doubleheader at Hotwire courtyard: Group garage/craft sale; WS Outdoor Movies finale

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Very busy Saturday ahead in the courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse (WSB sponsor), with two events on tap, and you’re invited to be part of both!

GROUP GARAGE/CRAFT SALE – WITH SPACES STILL AVAILABLE: 9 am-3 pm Saturday (August 24), Hotwire is hosting a group garage & craft sale; proprietor Lora Swift says, “We still have some spaces left, so if people would like to join in they can e-mail me, lora@hotwirecoffee.com. The spaces are FREE 10×10 spots and all are welcome. We are taking garage sales, craft booths, artists, just about anything you would like to sell.” Load-in will be at 8 am.

‘SPINAL TAP’ CLOSES OUTDOOR-MOVIE SEASON: Then on Saturday night, also in the courtyard (4410 California SW), the comedy/rock classic “This Is Spinal Tap” (trailer here) wraps up this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series. Doors open at 6:30 so you can stake out your spot (BYO chair/blanket); movie’s at dusk, 8:30ish. Free, but concessions and raffles raise money for local nonprofits, so bring a few $ if you can!

West Seattle Tuesday: Junction Neighborhood Organization; bellydancing showcase; library fun; more

(Bushtit photographed by Mark Wangerin in Fauntleroy Park – read about this bird here)
Happy Tuesday! Here are a half-dozen highlights from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

BABY STORY TIME: 4- to 12-month-olds (and their grownup chaperones) are invited to Southwest Branch Library at 11:30 am for story time – including rhymes and songs. (35th/Henderson)

CUTIE-LICIOUS FELT CREATURES: “The world’s cutest felt creatures” will be featured/created at Delridge Branch Library this afternoon, in an event for tweens and teens (12-18) – all materials supplied! 2-4 pm. (Delridge/Brandon)

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP: 3-5 pm, Hope Lutheran Church. There are other local meetings too – read about them in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

WEST SEATTLE TOOL LIBRARY: One full month left in summer – don’t put off your project(s) any longer; the WS Tool Library has Tuesday night hours, 5-8 pm, on the northeast side of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. (4408 Delridge Way SW)

JUNCTION NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION: This relaunched community council is for everyone who works and/or lives and/or is otherwise interested in the Junction/Triangle area – backstory’s in our calendar listing. Tonight’s discussion will include the 4722 Fauntleroy Way drugstore proposal first reported here three weeks ago. Tonight’s JuNO meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center of West Seattle. (California/Oregon)

BELLYDANCING AT SKYLARK: Shimmy over to Skylark CafĂ© and Club, where the monthly Alauda bellydancing showcase – free, all ages – starts at 7:30 pm. (3803 Delridge Way SW)

You can help! West Seattle Food Bank needs children’s books

Food banks aren’t just for food, as this request reminds us:

The West Seattle Food Bank distributes books of all kinds to their clients. Children’s picture books and toddler board books are especially needed right now. If you have books in good condition, please consider donating them to the Food Bank. You can drop them off Monday through Friday 9 am to 3 pm, or Wednesday until 7 pm (Monday and Wednesday are the best drop-off times) The Food Bank is on the corner of 35th Avenue SW and SW Morgan St. (enter through the garage on Morgan). YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: What’s up Tuesday

(Live view of the 1st Ave. S. Bridge, looking south at northbound lanes)
That’s a state-run camera again this morning, as we wait for the city traffic cameras to stabilize. Meanwhile, the pre-scheduled traffic alerts:

*Dumar/Orchard between Delridge and (almost) 16th still closed

Looking ahead:

*Northbound I-5 exit to West Seattle Bridge closed Friday night-Monday morning
*Alki Beach 5K route closed Sunday morning

TUESDAY AFTERNOON P.S. The city cams are back – see them on the WSB Traffic page.