West Seattle, Washington
10:36 PM: Big police/fire response arriving in the 40th/Alaska area for a reported stabbing. More to come.
10:45 PM: The location has been changed on the SFD log to Fauntleroy/Alaska.
10:59 PM: We’ve talked with police at the scene. The victim has minor injuries. The weapon is believed to have been a screwdriver or something similar. They have taken one person into custody for questioning. What exactly happened and why, they are still trying to sort out, from multiple witness stories.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
With both walking tours for the Fauntleroy Boulevard project over, big decisions are ahead for the project.
We covered both tours – Thursday afternoon (here’s our report) started in sunshine; this morning had an even bigger turnout – “impressive,” as one SDOT staffer deemed it –
despite starting in steady rain.
The route and the stops were the same – from outside LA Fitness at Fauntleroy/Alaska/39th to West Seattle Brewing at 4515 Fauntleroy Way. The fact the project is focused only on that stretch is a disappointment to one of today’s participants, René Commons from the Junction Neighborhood Organization, who lives near the 35th SW entrance to the West Seattle Bridge and had been lobbying for pedestrian and landscaping improvements extending that far – not currently in the 60-percent-designed plan to transform Fauntleroy Way through The Triangle:
One of the decisions to be made about the entire stretch is what will happen during construction, which project spokesperson Kate Cole – who, like Thursday, led about half the participants on the tour, while her colleague Rachel McCaffrey led the other half – said is more likely to start in early 2018 than late 2017.
“It’s still early,” they stressed, repeatedly. And yet it’s not so early in the design phase, which got to 60 percent before the project was shelved in 2014 pending funding.
The full-route decision to be made involves detours during construction, which is expected to last at least a year. Right now, SDOT is mulling two options: Keep Fauntleroy open one lane each way, which could stretch construction out to 15 months, or keep it open to westbound traffic only, while eastbound traffic is detoured onto SW Alaska. Asked whether left turns would be allowed during construction, SDOT staff said yes. But limiting Fauntleroy to westbound traffic would be a challenge for businesses who have eastbound customers in the morning:
The other decision to be made is about the right-turn pockets currently proposed for elimination – onto SW Oregon on the westbound side, onto Avalon Way on the eastbound side:
With three years passing since the studies that led to the elimination decision, SDOT is doing new studies now, and McCaffrey says the results should arrive in about a month. When those studies for the 2014 design were done, project team member Peter DeBoldt said, they showed a “slight increase in congestion” with the removal of the turn pockets. But as tour participants pointed out, conditions in the area have changed – anyone who drives SW Oregon between California and Fauntleroy knows how much busier it’s become; the residential areas lining it have densified, with hundreds of apartments added by projects including Oregon 42 and Junction Flats, and townhouse/rowhouse projects replacing some of the single-family houses in the area.
So the traffic-study results will be awaited with interest; how those results will be communicated to you is still being decided, she said when we talked during the tour-end event at West Seattle Brewing.
And they’re still planning what they’ll do when the final design is complete, likely “early summer,” according to McCaffrey. (We of course will continue reporting on this, but she also suggested you join the project e-mail list.)
Right now, they’re also urging businesses to talk with the city Office of Economic Development, which had a rep at the end of the tour again today.
City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, who was on today’s tour (photo above), had said during the recent Fauntleroy Way Association launch meeting that she wanted to see OED get more deeply involved. But so far, there’s been no talk of possible business compensation, as was eventually offered during the controversial 23rd Avenue project in the Central District/Capitol Hill area.
“We’ve learned from the 23rds of the world,” McCaffrey said today, as she had on Thursday.
If you’ve missed the general summary of the Fauntleroy Boulevard project, here’s how Cole summarized it at the start of today’s tour:
That’s SDOT project manager Norene Pen at left in the video, in which Councilmember Herbold also gave a quick explanation of why utilities are being “consolidated” rather than undergrounded in the project.
The two big decisions we mentioned above aren’t the only ones remaining – along the route, SDOT acknowledged the request for a break in the median in the 37th SW vicinity, and said they have to evaluate the “tradeoffs” that might generate. And they continued to clarify project points along the way today; someone asked about curb bulbs, and project manager Pen said they’ll be used on side streets to shorten crossing distance, not to narrow Fauntleroy, where the travel lanes will be “about the same” in width, another question was answered.
Other questions remain about how this plan will interface with and anticipate a future that is still in motion – with much of the surrounding area zoned for development much higher than what’s currently in place, even before potential HALA Mandatory Housing Affordability upzoning, and with Sound Transit light rail due to come to West Seattle in less than a decade and a half, and station-location decisions to be made long before then.
HOW TO HAVE A SAY: To tell the project team what you think about the design, landscaping, and key questions such as which detour option to use during construction (or – do you have another suggestion?), scroll down the official project page to find a form. You’ll also want to look at the boards that were shown at tour’s end – here (PDF), or embedded below:
McCaffrey says they will also come out and speak with community groups by request – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – as they did, for example, at last month’s West Seattle Transportation Coalition meeting.
The photos and video are from Roger, who belatedly discovered a package theft from a little over a week ago:
47th and Graham. Just wanted to let you know that we had a package thief on March 9th, we just tracked down that it was stolen, first time in 5 years this had occurred here.
He took the package at 2 pm, after the UPS man dropped it off at 11 am. Luckily it was just a cheap door mat that day. He was definitely on a mission looking for packages, parked his truck hitting the curb, jumped out, sprinted back and forth from our front door. Doubted he even saw our cams. …
Keep on the lookout, didn’t appear to be anyone from our immediate neighborhood but please pass around.
P.S. Next West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting – to which you are invited to bring neighborhood crime and safety concerns, so you can talk with, and hear from, police – is on for Tuesday, 7 pm March 21st, at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).
Thanks to Mike Jensen for the photo and report:
Two Seattle Lutheran High School seniors participated in today’s Washington Interstate Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game at Mountlake Terrace High School. Josh Meyer (#9) and Roberto Duenaz (#6) helped the 2B all-stars beat the 1B all-stars 132-106. Meyer scored 13 and Duenaz added 10. The WIBCA game is comprised of top players from across the state picked by coaches. Congratulations to Josh and Roberto on the conclusion of their high-school basketball career.
They also helped their team make it into this year’s state tournament.
Beautiful non-rainy night – so if you’re not already busy, get out and check out art! Above, that’s Tracy Cilona, proprietor of the recently rechristened Virago Gallery (formerly Twilight) at 4306 SW Alaska. She says the name is from Latin, for “woman warrior.” Tonight, Virago has three artists in for a reception that’s continuing until 8 pm – Jordan Christianson, below, a couturier, is showing [S]HEROES: Side B:
The focus is a series of handbags inspired by woman musicians. The theme of “women in music” also runs through art painted by Mariel Andrade, who’s there tonight too:
If you don’t recognize them – Patti Smith and Poison Ivy are the musicians on the jackets in our photo (and in the top photo with Cilona, Annie Lennox and Grace Jones). While you’re at Virago Gallery tonight, you can also meet fragrance creator James Elliott:
If you can’t get to Virago before 8 tonight for the reception, this exhibit continues through month’s end at the gallery/shop in the heart of The Junction, open Tuesdays-Sundays.
Highline Premier FC is excited to announce upcoming tryout dates. Boys and girls born in 2009 try out on March 28 and 29. Tryouts for other ages are in April and May. HPFC provides the highest possible level of soccer development training to qualified youth players. Do not miss the opportunity for your player to take their skills to the next level and train with the best!
Birth year 2009 (boys & girls)
March 28 and 29 @ Walt Hundley, 6-7:30
Birth year 2008 (boys & girls)
April 18 and 20 @ Walt Hundley, 6-7:30
Birth year 2007-2006 (boys & girls)
April 25 & 26 and 28 @ Walt Hundley
Girls: 5:45-7:15 p
Boys: 7:15-8:45 p
Birth year 2005-2003 (boys & girls)
May 2, 3, 5 @ Walt Hundley
Girls: 5:45-7:15 p
Boys: 7:15-8:45 p
High School Girls birth year 2002 -1999
May 9, 10, & 13 at Walt Hundley, 6-7:30 p
Walt Hundley Playfields are at 3200 SW Myrtle. Register for tryouts, and find more information, by going to this page on the Highline Premier FC website.
Thanks for the texted tip, wondering about people with flags at Don Armeni. We were nearby and diverted to find out. We learned this was a long-distance campaign rally supporting the incumbent governor of the Indonesian province of Jakarta, who’s in a runoff vote next month – the people in our photo (and others who were leaving as we pulled up) were taking photos to send to show international support. The big issue, they told us: Corruption, and incumbent governor Basuki’s stand against it.
One more countdown note while we’re in the heart of a quiet-so-far Saturday: The 2017 edition of West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is exactly eight weeks away – always the second Saturday in May, and this year, that’s May 13th. WSCGSD is one big day with sales of all sizes, all over West Seattle, depending on who decides to have sales that day – your garage, your yard, your courtyard, your school, your block, wherever! Registration opens on April 5th – you’ll be able to access the signup form here on WSB as well as on our official WSCGSD site, westseattlegaragesale.com. This, by the way, will be the 13th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day – the tenth one we’ve presented/coordinated – person-to-person recycling and neighbor-mingling, all over the peninsula, the region’s biggest sale day of the year!
Local businesses give a lot to the community in ways you might not realize … sponsoring walk-a-thons and youth-sports teams, donating items to school auctions … and here’s a way you can partner with dozens of them to help: The West Seattle Junction Association will have its second annual Day of Giving six weeks from today, on April 29th. As announced by WSJA this week, 10 percent of the proceeds from your shopping and dining at participating Junction businesses that day will go to a variety of causes; watch for more information as the date gets closer. More than 30 businesses for the first Junction Day of Giving last year.
(Bushtit, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Lots to do from morning until night … starting with some giving opportunities:
SCOUTING FOR FOOD: Local Scouts are collecting food in a variety of ways – these are the troops we’ve heard from:
–Cub Scout Pack 799 in Arbor Heights will visit homes where they left doorhangers last weekend, to pick up donations.
–Cub Scout Pack 284, based at Our Lady of Guadalupe, will also be picking up in their doorhanger zone – details here.
–Cub Scout Pack 793 is picking up too – North Admiral area – details here.
–Cub Scout Pack 282 will be at West Seattle Thriftway (California/Fauntleroy/Morgan; WSB sponsor) 10 am-2 pm to accept food donations.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIE SALES, FINAL WEEKEND: Today and tomorrow at multiple West Seattle locations, it’s your last chance to buy this year’s cookies from local troops! Find them via the online lookup.
SHELTER WORK PARTY: 10 am-2 pm, volunteers are invited to help Mary’s Place finish getting the new White Center Family Shelter ready for its first guests – it opens next Tuesday. (10821 8th SW)
FAUNTLEROY BOULEVARD PROJECT WALK-AND-TALK TOUR: 10:30 am, meet outside LA Fitness for the second of two walking tours with SDOT, to find out, and ask questions, about the Fauntleroy Boulevard project. Here’s our coverage of the first tour back on Thursday. You’ll walk eastward along Fauntleroy Way, ending at West Seattle Brewing. (Starting point: 3900 SW Alaska)
FREE KINDERMUSIK: 12:30 pm at My Three Little Birds (WSB sponsor). Ideal for babies and toddlers, but all kids welcome. (6959 California SW)
VISCON CELLARS’ SPRING WINE RELEASE: Come try and buy the newly released 2013 vintage of two wines that Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) have been consistently winning awards for – 2013 Unforeseen – Cabernet Franc and 2013 Long Road Red – Cabernet Sauvignon.
Viscon Cellars is open 2 pm-7 pm today. (5910 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE HS BASEBALL TEAM PLAYS @ SAFECO FIELD: Free baseball at Safeco Field, with West Seattle HS in the High School Baseball Classic again this year! 4 pm, vs. Auburn Mountainview HS. Just show up! (1250 1st Avenue S.)
ARTISTS’ RECEPTION: 5-8 pm at Virago Gallery in The Junction, reception for “S/HEROES: SIDE B” by Jordan Christianson, running through March 31st, also featuring West Seattle artist Mariel Andrade. (4306 SW Alaska)
DINNER, AUCTION, FUN WITH CONCORD PTA: 7 pm at Highland Park Improvement Club, show your support for the Concord International School PTA and the students they’re fighting for, by enjoying dinner and an auction – ticket info here. (12th SW/SW Holden)
ROO FORREST AND FRIENDS: Live music at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm.
GIRLS JAZZ BAND: Free concert – first of its kind! – presented by the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra as the culmination of two months of working together, 7:30 pm at Madison Middle School. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Little Edie, 9 pm-midnight. $5 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AT WHISKY WEST: Tonight at 9 pm, Rachelle DeBelle & The Jamfest Miracles with special performance by Linden Wood. No cover. 21+. (6451 California SW)