@ Morgan Community Association: Park-expansion update, side-streets traffic, sidewalk work, elections, more…

An update on the Morgan Junction Park expansion topped a busy-as-ever agenda for the quarterly Morgan Community Association meeting on Wednesday night:

(WSB file photo)
The city has owned the commercial site north of the park since last year and, according to MoCA president Deb Barker, hopes to have the current tenants, a mini-mart and cleaner, out by the end of May. A week or so of “remediation” (cleanup) work will follow. Development money was part of the plan for the Park District ballot measure, but design/development is still a ways off. One new possibility: Designating SW Eddy, which goes through the site, as a “festival street.”

Speaking of streets …

SURVEYING SIDE STREET TRAFFIC: MoCA has been working with SDOT to check perceptions of increased side-street traffic. Numbers attributed to SDOT’s Jonathan Dong:

37th: 150 extra cars a day, average speed of 20 mph
38th: 225, averaging 21 mph
39th: 365, averaging 24 mph

The typical nonarterial street carries about 500, and, MoCA was told, it’s not considered excessive until you get 1,000-1,200 vehicles a day. So SDOT recommended that 39th can pursue traffic calming. “The increase in traffic is real, but there’s no negative impact, according to the city, on the way the streets are supposed to work,” MoCA’s past vice president Chas Redmond said.

SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS: Full funding has been approved by the city for sidewalk repairs/improvements from California/Fauntleroy southward to the Ivy Court building (about a block). This will mean tree removal and replacement because the mature trees there now are “the wrong trees in the wrong place.” The project was pursued by Ivy Court’s owner “as a private citizen” applying for a grant, said MoCA president Deb Barker.

SETTLEMENT $ FROM ‘NO PARKING’ BUILDING FIGHT: A grant program is being set up to administer the $25,000 donation received in a settlement related to the 6917 California “30 units, no parking” apartment building, which is under construction. MoCA will vote on applications and manage them much as the city manages its neighborhood-grant programs. The money is being held by the Admiral Neighborhood Association as fiscal agent for MoCA, which is not an incorporated nonprofit.

CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE SITE PROJECT: A small update on the townhouse project planned for Church of the Nazarene-owned property next to the church at 42nd/Juneau, to raise money for its renovations. As previously noted, it requires a Comprehensive Plan change because the site is currently zoned single-family. This change is part of a citywide plan that has been appealed because of a different component, not related to this project, so that entire package of plan changes is on hold for a bit until the appeal is worked out.

NEW BIKE RACKS … Nine new bicycle racks are on the way to the business district, said MoCA’s Cindi Barker. Meantime, in the ongoing matter of whether a Morgan Junction Business Association might eventually be formed – MoCA’s Eldon Olson is point person and says it hasn’t quite started rolling yet, but local businesses are expressing an interest in some sort of frame work for them to work within.

PRECINCT ADVISORY COUNCIL: Cindi Barker mentioned that MoCA was not in the first wave of “neighborhood policing plans” but will eventually be in line for one.

MORE QUICK UPDATES (aka MoCA Moments): The new Little Free Library in Morgan Junction park was mentioned by Joe Paar, who built it … The 10th anniversary of the Morgan Junction Community Festival is coming up June 20 – the Bite of Morgan food tasting, the Bark of Morgan pet events, food trucks will all be part of it … April 25th, 1-3 pm, come help clean up Morgan Junction Park, followed by a post-cleanup celebration at Beveridge Place Park next door … …

EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION HUBS: MoCA’s Cindi Barker provided a refresher on the hub set up for Morgan Junction. She says it’s no longer a matter of “be prepared for three days” – the city says, be ready for at least 7 to 10 days of self-sufficiency. The hub would be “a gathering place for information” among other things. Training is coming up – stay tuned. She also mentioned the city SNAP program’s upcoming training – two sessions in West Seattle about earthquake retrofits.

DESIGN REVIEW: The city is seeking to revise the Design Review program and the City Neighborhood Council was looking for some neighborhood input to give to the city as part of that – so it’s hoping to hear from district councils and neighborhood groups. MoCA feedback was sought on the spot – the first thing mentioned, it’s confusing that DR doesn’t accept feedback on parking and traffic issues. Also suggested: Avoid non-conversational terminology. P.S. If you have something to say about Design Review – take this survey ASAP.

YMCA EXPANSION: Josh Sutton from the West Seattle/Fauntleroy YMCA (WSB sponsor) gave a quick update on the planning for expansion. He talked about the “festival street” plan for SW Snoqualmie along the Y site in The Triangle. The Y is seeking a $100,000 city matching-fund grant and MoCA voted to endorse that effort. He thinks the “festival street” might be used 15 to 20 times a year – not by the Y, but by organizations that would want someplace they could have a festival in the street.

LEARNING ABOUT THE CITY’S FINANCE & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES DEPARTMENT: MoCA schedules periodic guest presentations for a closer look at various departments/agencies. FAS is the result of a merger between two departments a few years back and has 600 employees. They operate the Neighborhood Service Centers, for example (West Seattle now has one, at the Southwest Teen Life Center/Pool building in Westwood). FAS also operates the city hotline at 206-684-CITY. They regulate taxis, handle business licensing, fleet management, and more. And they handle building projects – such as the new Fire Station 37, complete almost five years ago, she mentioned, and new Station 32, about to be built, currently in the bidding phase, with construction expected to start in June, lasting about 13 months. Side note on that: MoCA president Deb Barker is on the art committee for the project and said that the artist chosen, Sean Orlando, who has a “‘Burning Man’-type background” and was chosen from among 400 applicants, has chosen a “toy fire truck that’s going to hang off the side of the building.” (See it here.) MoCA had asked about any surplus city parcels in the area and was told of one at 7018 Lincoln Park Way SW – north of the Murray CSO project – that includes a wetland and steep slope; it’s scheduled to be preserved as-is TFN.

ELECTIONS: City Council District 1 candidates Lisa Herbold, Phillip Tavel, and Tom Koch each got five minutes to speak to MoCA. If you’d like to hear from candidates between official forums, stop by just about any community-council meeting between now and the election.

MoCA ELECTIONS: A majority voted for the slate of five who stood for election or re-election: president Deb Barker, vice president Jason Wax, secretary Jennifer Whip, board members Cindi Barker and Tod Rodman (who also will represent MoCA at Southwest District Council). Chas Redmond was thanked for his years of service – he stepped down as vice president to focus on his City Council campaign.

WEST SEATTLE LAND USE COMMITTEE: Rodman reminded everyone that the WSLUC meets at 6 pm, last Wednesday of the month, this time at Southwest Branch Library (35th/Henderson).

NEIGHBORHOOD CONSERVATION DISTRICT PROPOSAL: (We covered the West Seattle meeting about this last week.) “It’s all concept, but it’s on this fast track,” is how Deb Barker described it, as well as adding “like a homeowners’ association that’s regulated and administrated by the city.” But there was a caveat that this might not go forward because it could conflict with the affordable housing recommendations due out in May.

‘THINGS TO KNOW NOW THAT YOU’RE 50’: MoCA was one of several community meetings this week to get a pitch on this series of classes coming up at the Senior Center of West Seattle. Go here for information and registration.

The Morgan Community Association usually meets the third Wednesday in January, April, July, and October – between meetings, keep an eye on morganjunction.org. That’s also where you’ll find more information about the Morgan Junction Community Festival on June 20th when it gets closer!

25 Replies to "@ Morgan Community Association: Park-expansion update, side-streets traffic, sidewalk work, elections, more..."

  • Morgan April 17, 2015 (10:20 am)

    The city also owns the Eddie Street Ravine, why not make the connection, Morgan to the Lohman Beach via a new trail through Seattle’s green ROW?

    I know this idea was roundly opposed by the Eddie Ravine homeowners a decade ago but it would be a tremendous addition to West Seattle walking trails.

    I would love to hear some of the Council Candidates weigh in on this issue with Chas in the lead?

  • Ron Swanson April 17, 2015 (10:23 am)

    Ah, another two small businesses pushed out for more “open space” in an area one mile from one of Seattle’s largest parks. Gotta love the Seattle process.

    If the new space isn’t a dog park, I’m going to feel even less guilty letting mine run off leash at Lincoln.

  • MorganRes April 17, 2015 (12:27 pm)

    Oh, no – not the Short Stop. Where am I supposed to by cheap booze in a brown bag to go hang out at the park next door? Looking forward to getting that dump of a building out of there. Maybe set it up as a bon voyage bonfire for the Morgan Junction Community Festival.

  • I. Ponder April 17, 2015 (12:56 pm)

    This sounds amazing. With all the development, public spaces will be a great amenity for all.

  • quiz April 17, 2015 (1:14 pm)

    @Morgan, This is the firs I’ve heard of the Eddie Ravine/Lowman connection. If that’s true it’d be amazing.

  • M April 17, 2015 (1:23 pm)

    I know there was at one point discussion that some of the local businesses would pay to install “fancier” bike racks than the old plain bland ones. Did that end of happening?

    • WSB April 17, 2015 (1:26 pm)

      I don’t know about individual businesses but there was brief mention that those racks turned out to have a very high price tag. Or, high for a small business to have to bear.

  • M April 17, 2015 (1:39 pm)

    As a Morgan Junction resident here’s my vote for two of the items for what it’s worth:

    1) Add Bocce courts to the expanded park to add a community activity

    2) Use a small portion of the $25k from the “no-parking” settlement for public art. For example, I’d love to see the ugly metal transfer boxes painted by a commissioned artist

  • Trevor April 17, 2015 (2:23 pm)

    I like your ideas M.

    I think a bocce court would be a great addition to the expanded park and would go a long way to activating the space.

    I also like using the 25k settlement for public art. How about putting something in the triangular piece of land between Morgan/Fauntleroy/42nd? Maybe something to signify entering into the Morgan Community or something that gives us a unique identity and sets us apart from the other neighborhoods on this peninsula.

  • t April 17, 2015 (2:33 pm)

    So Ron Swanson, would you rather see another 7 story ugly (because that’s all developers know) condo project? I know I would rather see more green space.

  • WSobserver April 17, 2015 (2:38 pm)

    What will happen to the encampment behind the store?

  • G April 17, 2015 (2:39 pm)


    I hear you; you’d think West Seattle was a concrete jungle the way some people plead for more open space. These small parks, especially right next to a noisy arterial, are always under-utilized, just as the current park is. It’s prime retail space, develop it.

  • DB Coop April 17, 2015 (3:01 pm)

    A week of remediation clean up of an old dry cleaners site?

    Huh, I don’t think so! Once the state dept of ecology gets a hold of this it will be closer to a year, at least.

    ‘G’ that’s one reason they opted for open space because to remediate a polluted site for development would take years, mostly from legal battles and enviro assessments even before the clean up begins.

  • Chuck & Sally's Van Man April 17, 2015 (4:13 pm)

    As a Morgan resident, I have mixed feelings about developing this site. While it’s nice that Lincoln Park is nearby (albeit “underused”–what, you were thinking it should be like Central Park?), I do think a larger green space will make this neighborhood more liveable. However, I hope this park does not become a convenient “camp” being so close to the bus line. Getting rid of Short Stop should help greatly cut down on the brown-baggers who end up snoozing on the benches. If this can be a true family park, I’m all for it. And Ron, thanks for sharing once again what entitlement looks like. It smells a lot like what your dog leaves behind.

  • Ron Swanson April 17, 2015 (6:14 pm)

    I always pick up my dog’s waste, thanks. But if the city cares so little about West Seattle’s dog owners that it can’t find a few thousand square feet for a dog park, instead choosing to add more benches for addicts to hang out on, or truly insane ideas like bocce courts that will never be used, I’m not especially disposed to value their rules.

  • Dan April 17, 2015 (6:45 pm)

    I hope the sidewalk work isn’t too invasive for the store fronts along that stretch. Though it is great in the long run it can be hard to pay the bills if it is a few month project!

  • lockitupRon April 17, 2015 (6:46 pm)


    You do know that Westcrest is 10 minutes away, and is a gigantic dog park right?

  • Hp April 17, 2015 (9:21 pm)

    I’m a Morgan Junction resident. I don’t take my kids to the park since it is on the arterial, but I think the bocce court is a great idea. The park is near 3 adult-only establishments. Sounds like a fun place to have some tournaments.

  • Sara April 17, 2015 (9:22 pm)

    I love short stop cleaners!!! Lee is the man! I’ll have to ask him tomorrow what his plans are. As a business owner myself in the Morgan junction (the skin butik) I am always supportive of improvements in the area, however, larger park space for more loitering? I would rather see a new one story building replace the short stop corner with some higher end business, next to the existing park.

  • AmandaKH April 17, 2015 (10:05 pm)

    It’s really too bad that the Morgan Junction area doesn’t have a neighborhood space for kids to play. But this area is to busy for that. What about a space for outdoor concerts? Plays? With Feedback Lounge, Beveridge Place and the Bridge right there, your audience is built in.

  • Sunuva April 18, 2015 (8:26 am)

    DB Coop, you are probably right to be skeptical about the dry cleaner remediation cleanup to take just one week. Near my previous residence in Green Lake, there was an environmental cleanup of a former dry cleaner there that took well over two years but was originally supposed to be only a few months. For that entire time it was a big open pit filled with ugly dirty green water. It was a major eyesore and took much longer than the original estimate. Maybe they don’t plan on cleaning this site as thorough or maybe the site used newer and less-harmful cleaning methods, but I’d still say a week is very optimistic.

    • WSB April 18, 2015 (8:40 am)

      Just FYI, this isn’t the full “demolition and remediation” – this is some sort of preliminary step. We’ll be following up with Parks next week. They have already acknowledged at multiple points in this years-long process that the site will require extensive cleanup.

  • trickycoolj April 18, 2015 (11:00 am)

    Isn’t Short Stop official parking for Kokoras? It’s bad enough trying to get something to go in the evening down there I usually have to park at Thriftway or the Bank (when they’re closed) and walk over. Too bad they might lose business because of that. Not very walkable/bikable from High Point.

  • ted April 18, 2015 (2:15 pm)

    @tricky. Just use the CalMar parking.

  • miws April 19, 2015 (7:16 am)

    Having worked in the parking business several years ago, I would caution against parking in any lot not directly associated with whatever location you are going to, even during that business’ closed hours, unless there is signage indicating parking is okay specifically for wherever you are going to, or, you know from a 100% reputable source that such is okay.


    Also, don’t assume that just because Business “A”, also allows clients of Business “B”, to use their lot, they may not allow clients of Business “C”, “D”, or anyone else to park. And even if you have gotten away with parking in another business’ lot for years, don’t be surprised if one day you are impounded. You may have just been lucky up to that point, or, perhaps for some reason, the business/property owner stepped up enforcement.


    Finally, Cal-Mor Circle used to, and I’m sure still does, have signage clearly indicating that parking is for their Residents (and possibly Residents’ Guests ONLY.



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