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West Seattle development: Comment time for projects in Morgan Junction, South Delridge

Two projects in West Seattle are going through Design Review, but at the levels that don’t require public meetings, so if either or both interest you, you’ll want to send in comments ASAP. First one is in north Morgan Junction:

6016 CALIFORNIA SW: This project [map] is going through “administrative design review.” It’s proposed for 36 apartments – thirty of them “small efficiency dwelling units,” formerly known as microhousing – plus three live-work units. No offstreet vehicle parking; 28 spaces for bicycles. Through December 21st, you can comment on “early design guidance,” which focuses on the size and shape of the project. The EDG “packet” by architecture firm Hybrid is here, including this roughed-out concept:


The official notice explains how to comment. We first wrote about redevelopment plans for this site back in August.

Now, the South Delridge project:

9217 and 9223 16TH SW: December 21st also is the comment deadline for this eight-unit, four-building townhouse project [map], which is going through “streamlined design review.”


See the full “packet” by Ryan Rhodes Designs by going here. It says the project proposes one offstreet-parking space per unit. The official notice shows how to comment.

Commemoration celebration, memorial ride December 18 for Joel Eggert

A celebration of Joel P. Eggert‘s life is now set for December 18th, one week from today, starting with a memorial ride. His friend Jamie Burton Chamberlin shares the details tonight, after this remembrance:

Joel was a very special man to so many people. He was a father, a son, a brother, a grandfather, a grandson, an uncle, a cousin, a nephew, a friend and most importantly, a lover. He was a lover of everything and everyone. Joel always had a camera in his hand as he found the beauty in everything and wanted to capture it. Joel died doing what he loved in the city he loved.

In a tragic accident, he crashed his motorcycle in West Seattle on Sunday, December 4th, on the way home from watching the Seahawks annihilate the Panthers. His motorcycle was not just one of his many passions, it fed his soul. He lived to ride and was never far from his amazing group of motorcycle brothers.

Joel was an artist. Always drawing, designing, and welding… he made incredibly beautiful things. He worked for Delta Marine and in his years there he marked dozens of amazing yachts with his beautiful designs. Joel lived for music… his soul sang to all of us. Most every night you would find him somewhere, whether it be home or out and about, listening to a new band or an old favorite, surrounded by friends, and making new ones. Joel made music as well – his guitars were his favorite tools, but he could rock the drums and even the piano. Music oozed from this man. The Seattle Music scene lost their biggest fan and will miss his presence greatly.

Joel was born in Minnesota and grew up in Rockford, MN. In 1994, he spread his love across the country to Seattle, but he stayed in contact with his childhood friends, and when he visited it was like he had never left. In his nearly 47 years on the planet, Joel touched the hearts of everyone who knew him and never left without a goodbye that included one of his amazing hugs. Even after his passing, he continues to change people’s lives as an organ donor; donating both kidneys, his liver and his beautiful, strong heart.


Please help us celebrate the life of Joel Patrick Eggert … Not enough can be said about how special he was to each and every one of us, and now we have a day to share our memories, recollections, music and stories.

Musical Performances by Darci Carlson, Kim Virant, Matt Strutynski, Ten Miles Wide, Windowpane, and many other Special Guests.

Special Patching Dedication and Toast by Parker Lundgren.

This event is open to the public and seating will be limited. Anyone with special seating needs please contact

To share photos for the slideshow presentation, please send them to: by Wednesday, 12/14/16.


A Memorial Motorcycle Ride will begin 10 am at The Orient Express, 2963 4th Ave S. All riders participating are requested to arrive and be parked at Slim’s by 11:45. For further info, contact Charlie Lorme, 206-817-3786.

PHOTOS: 2016 St. Nicholas Faire, benefiting West Seattle Helpline & Food Bank

(UPDATED MONDAY with more photos)

(Photos by Leda Costa for WSB)

4:48 PM SUNDAY: It’s a silent auction, benefit, bake sale, wine tasting, and more, a highlight of the holidays, and it’s happening now. Until 7:30 pm on the lower level of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle – this year’s St. Nicholas Faire. As noted in our calendar listing, there’s an admission charge – discounted if you bring nonperishable-food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank – and it goes to help the WSFB and the West Seattle Helpline. Don’t miss the gift baskets that are hand-assembled and up for grabs via the silent auction – they all have a theme, such as a hobby, sports team, type of toy, favorite food, etc. Go have fun while providing holiday-season help to neighbors in need.

ADDED MONDAY: More photos! First – St. Nicholas Faire organizer Lorraine King and her daughter:

Lorraine King, who put this whole event together, posing with her daughter.

First Lutheran Church pastor Rev. Ron Marshall was all smiles as he called out raffle winners:
Pastor Ron Marshall calling out raffle winners.

Always a highlight – the ring toss. If your ring lands on a wine bottle, you win!

Ring toss game. If your ring lands on a wine bottle, you win a bottle.

Also featured: A dessert table:

Dessert table.

Gina and Lily Allen browsed the silent auction:

Gina and Lily Allen browsing the silent auction.

Here’s just part of what was up for grabs:


GRATITUDE: Hiawatha says ‘thank you’ to Rob Wunder for many years of volunteer leadership and advocacy

The unsung heroes of local city-run community centers are their advisory councils – and the one at Hiawatha Community Center recently said goodbye to its longtime president, and wanted to publicly share words of thanks:

The Hiawatha Community wishes to thank Rob Wunder on his 25 years of service to the West Seattle community as President of Hiawatha’s Advisory Council.

Rob grew up in West Seattle and spent a great deal of his childhood enjoying the activities offered at Hiawatha’s Community Center. As an adult, he felt that it was his calling to give back to a place that provided so much enrichment to him during his youth. Rob, in his capacity as President, has been instrumental in leading positive change for the community and the Seattle Parks system. All his actions were driven by his view of the big picture and his passion to make a difference for the community.

Rob was instrumental in two special projects that families will enjoy well into the future; The Hiawatha Field Replacement Project and Dakota Place Park Project. Do you remember when the beautiful turf and track was just dirt? Or when Dakota Place Park was an old City Light station? We now enjoy these beautiful amenities because of his countless volunteer hours, his ability to speak for positive change, and his passion for equity and access with affordable programs across the community, expanded programs in West Seattle, and support of our youth.

During Rob’s tenure as President at Hiawatha, important programs were implemented and grew, such as child care, athletics, preschool, tween, recreation, ballet, summer camp … the list goes on and on! Hiawatha’s special events attracted thousands, such as summer concerts, Halloween carnivals, and pancake breakfasts, because Rob was a strong advocate for his community.

While this is a short list, it doesn’t come close to covering Rob’s hard work or expressing our gratitude to him, as he is truly an exceptional individual. His selfless commitment to community, hard work, and strength as a leader has created a lasting legacy upon the residents of West Seattle, past, present and future. We thank him for all that he has done for our community over the years.

(The Associated Recreation Council partners with Seattle Parks and Recreation to provide lifelong learning opportunities and advocating for the success of recreation services at Hiawatha.)

TUESDAY: Renters’ advocacy on Admiral Neighborhood Association agenda

Amplifying the voices of Seattle renters is the spotlight issue on the Admiral Neighborhood Association agenda this Tuesday (7 pm, December 13th). Here’s the announcement from ANA president Larry Wymer:

Zachary DeWolf – a communications, policy, and community-development professional – is both director of communications and education with Pride Foundation, and president of the Capitol Hill Community Council. Following Mayor Murray’s cutting of formal ties with the neighborhood district-council system, contending that they don’t adequately reflect the full diversity of their neighborhoods, Mr. DeWolf (along with Joel Sisolak, who launched the Capitol Hill Renter Initiative and hosted the Capitol Hill Renter Summit) will describe his and Joel’s efforts to lead a citywide effort to initiate a renters’ commission that would help assure that city policymakers considers the effects on renters who typically are younger, less wealthy, less white, and less car-dependent than their home-owning counterparts.

Ultimately, this is about including voices that are all-too-often left out of the critical conversations that are shaping the future of our city.

We will also complete Nominations for Admiral Neighborhood Association officers for 2017, with Elections to follow (hopefully) at this meeting, or a meeting in the near future.

The ANA meets at The Sanctuary at Admiral, at 2656 42nd Ave SW. Our monthly meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

West Seattle wildlife: Bald eagle found dead


The photo and report are from Seal Sitters volunteer David Hutchinson:

Last Tuesday, Seal Sitters was involved in an unusual situation. While on a routine check of the Don Armeni boat ramp, we came across a dead bald eagle on the beach. Contact was made with US Fish & Wildlife in Redmond (425-883-8122) and permission was given for us to retrieve the carcass and keep it on ice until the next day when it would be picked up by an enforcement officer. We were informed later that the eagle had been checked very closely and that it “appears to be a natural death”. Please be aware that it is illegal to possess dead eagle parts or feathers, except in certain cases – see the links below. Birds can transmit diseases to humans – protective gloves should always be worn when handling sick or dead birds.

Based on a comparison of photos, it is believed by Seal Sitters that this eagle is the same as the one seen frequently over the last few months, perching on light poles and on the beach along Alki Ave and at Duwamish Head. That eagle had damage near the pupil of its right eye – as shown in the included photo taken back on September 3rd . This damage was confirmed on examination by USFW.

Just a reminder that as part of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Seal Sitters responds to live or dead marine mammals on the beaches of West Seattle. Please contact our hotline at 206-905-7325 to report these cases. Seal Sitters is not responsible for responding to reports of dead or live birds. Please check out the following links for the appropriate contacts and additional information.

US Fish & Wildlife Service
Another interesting site for information on the National Eagle Repository
PAWS – Progressive Animal Welfare Society, in Lynnwood

(We believe the eagle shown in three photos in this WSB item from September is the one David’s referring to.)

Ways to enjoy your West Seattle Sunday


Thanks to artist Mindi Katzman for today’s featured photo, one more from our snowy Friday. She says her dinosaurs in the snow are Ziggy, M Rex, and Bébé, all made from powder-coated steel. Now, whats up today/tonight, starting with highlights from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:

FINAL DAY FOR HOLY ROSARY TREE LOT: ****9 am-6 pm**** is the last scheduled day for the Holy Rosary Tree Lot, north of the school. Part of this lot’s proceeds benefit West Seattle Helpline, Hickman House (domestic-violence shelter), and West Seattle Food Bank. (41st/Dakota)

And now .. Santa’s appearances today!

SANTA AT MY THREE LITTLE BIRDS: Today IS really the day that “Santa Al” is at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor) in Morgan Junction, 11 am-2 pm. Bring your own camera – OR a professional photographer is there and will take a pic for $5. (6959 California SW)

SANTA AT CAPERS: 9 am-noon, at CAPERS in The Junction. Photos free but $ donation requested for West Seattle Food Bank. (4525 California SW)

SANTA’S HOUSE IN THE JUNCTION: Today and next Sunday, 10 am-2 pm, you’ll find Santa’s House in The Junction as part of Hometown Holidays (co-sponsored by WSB), by KeyBank. (California/Alaska) P.S. While you’re in The Junction, show your local independent shops some extra love, to help them catch up from Saturday’s outage!

PATHFINDER WREATHS: Pathfinder K-8 School is selling its famous handmade wreaths again in The Junction by the Farmers’ Market, 10 am-2 pm. (California/Alaska)

ORNAMENT WORKSHOP: Ornament workshop, tree-trimming and lunch at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, 11:30-1:30 in the Parish Hall. “Everyone is invited to help make Christmas ornaments for our Parish Hall Christmas tree. We will be serving a festival punch and hot spiced cider. Come and get creative and decorate our 10-foot tree! Make and take a few home to trim your own tree.” (3050 California SW)

HOLIDAY POP-UP: West Seattle Moms’ Holiday Pop-Up, 2-6 pm at Pinwheels Playspace in White Center. Handmade goods & more. (9988 15th Ave SW)

ST. NICHOLAS FAIRE: Charming and unique evening holiday bazaar and fundraising event at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle, to raise money for the West Seattle Food Bank and the West Seattle Helpline:

We offer appetizers and spiced cider or mulled wine; silent auction of gift baskets featuring beer, wine, coffee, kitchen items, games, puzzles, art activities, Seahawks & Mariners gear, baked goods, children’s books, etc, and gift cards from local merchants and restaurants. Plus a ring-toss game and wine tasting.

4:30-7 pm on the lower level of First Lutheran Church of West Seattle. $5 donation per person with non-perishable food item or $15 per family with food donation for each member. If no food donation, $10 per person or $25 per family. (4105 California SW)

GUNGOR ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS SHOW: 8 pm @ Hope Lutheran Church, more info here. $18 general admission; buy tickets here. (4456 42nd SW)

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: Matinee today for the Twelfth Night Productions presentation of “Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Radio Play.” 3 pm at Kenyon Hall. Buy your ticket(s) online at this Brown Paper Tickets link or before the show at the box office. (7904 35th SW)


And from the year-round WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and inbox:

WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm today and year-round (but remember it’ll be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day since those fall on Sundays this year), in the street, in The Junction. (California SW between SW Oregon and SW Alaska)

GRAND OPENING: Lil’ Bug Studio opens in White Center today, with a 2-5 pm community event. Details on our WC site White Center Now. (10007 13th SW)

LADIES’ MUSICAL CLUB: Free concert, voice and piano, at West Seattle (Admiral) Library, 3 pm. Details in our calendar listing. (2306 42nd SW)