‘Festival street’ plan for West Seattle YMCA expansion: Comment time

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(Rendering courtesy West Seattle YMCA)

It’s time for your comments on part of the soon-to-start West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor) expansion project – one that isn’t part of the building itself. This announcement from the Y explains:

As part of the West Seattle YMCA’s upcoming Expansion and Renovation project, the Y is coordinating the process for the proposed Triangle Festival Street designation on SW Snoqualmie between 36th & 37th Ave SW.

The idea for a community festival street came out of the city’s 2009 – 2011 Triangle Planning Committee. The Y Board decided to incorporate the concept in our expansion planning by shifting the Y’s entrance to SW Snoqualmie and incorporating some key improvements in the right of way, access and utilities.

The Festival Street designation allows closure for community events throughout the year (most will be in summer, on weekends or evenings). All adjacent landowners have given their support to the proposal.

Most of the time, this will be a regular street with cars driving, bikes, parking, and pedestrians on sidewalks. When active, the Triangle Festival Street could host outdoor concerts, dances, games, festivals and other community events.

A public presentation with opportunity for questions and public comment will be held at the Southwest District Council meeting on March 2nd, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center, 4217 SW Oregon St. As part of the designation process, the SWDC could vote on the proposal two weeks after the presentation, which then would go to the SDOT director.

You can review more detailed information and submit online comments at OurNewY.org until March 18th.

3 Replies to "'Festival street' plan for West Seattle YMCA expansion: Comment time"

  • S February 18, 2016 (7:52 pm)

    Interesting but seems like that need is already fulfilled by the Alaska Junction, which shuts down nicely for farmers markets, street fairs, concerts, etc, and is very accessible via public transit.

  • Greystreet February 19, 2016 (7:31 am)

    I would only be opposed if it meant less parking, it is already a horrible challenge to try and park at the Y and I surmise that with an expansion parking will be further reduced, I don’t think this is necessary if they want to keep attracting new clients.  Busy times means that parking spills into residential parking around the Y and I am sure this angers residents of that neighborhood.  

  • Ryan February 29, 2016 (1:52 pm)

     You would be very correct live right there across from the Y with my only available parking being street parking, and it is rather infuriating coming home from work an not being able to park anywhere close to my apt. If this does end up happening they need to include some sort of parking garage since the Y already can’t handle the parking for the customers they currently have.

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