West Seattle, Washington
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10 days after the owners of 5612 California SW – whose tenant has been C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) since 2003 – put it on the market, a purchase is pending. We checked in with C & P’s proprietors after a reader called our attention tonight to the listing‘s status having changed to “pending feasibility.” Co-proprietor Cameron Moores told us by e-mail that the “pending” offer wasn’t theirs – they also just found out about it this evening. But she says they’re not giving up hope: “Still seems within the realm of possibility … There are so many moving pieces.” And they “are still looking for investors,” which they had been doing even before launching a crowdfunding campaign last week. You can reach them at email@example.com.
(Rendering by Nicholson Kovalchick Architects)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Junction Landing – the apartment building proposed for 4417 42nd SW – will have to come back for a third Southwest Design Review Board meeting.
Concerns about consistency of exterior-material use were a big part of what led to the 4-1 board vote tonight to require another review.
The project plan has 58 apartments and 4 live-work units in a 4-story building, and 29 off-street parking spaces beneath it. It was reviewed by all four members of the current board, chair Matt Zinski, Don Caffrey, Alexandra Moravec, and Crystal Loya, plus past and fill-in board member Robin Murphy. In attendance from the city Department of Construction and Inspections was the project’s assigned planner, Sean Conrad.
ARCHITECTS’ PRESENTATION: Steve Fischer and Chie Yokoyama from Nicholson Kovalchick Architects presented the project (see the design packet here). As Fischer noted, the same local owners/developers built Junction Flats on the same block (separated from this site by the West Seattle Eagles‘ east parking Lot).
ORIGINAL THURSDAY REPORT: Seattle-King County Public Health announced this afternoon that it has closed Pho Aroma (5605 Delridge Way SW) temporarily because of an illness outbreak. On Tuesday, the department said, it “learned of 3 ill persons from one meal party that became ill after consuming food and beverage from the restaurant on January 13.” While visiting the restaurant on January 17th, the report continues, “investigators identified 2 employees who experienced similar symptoms after the ill customers’ meal date of January 13.” The department’s report continues:
We do not have laboratory confirmation of the pathogen responsible for the illness, but symptoms are suggestive of norovirus. Often in norovirus outbreaks, no laboratory testing is done. The exact food or drink item that caused the illness has not been identified, though this is not uncommon for norovirus outbreaks where multiple food items may be contaminated.
The Health Department adds, “The restaurant is working cooperatively with Public Health; they closed on January 17 to allow time to complete a thorough cleaning and sanitizing of the restaurant.” Department staff will revisit the restaurant before clearing it to re-open. Full details on its investigation are here.
UPDATE: As noted in comment discussion below, the Public Health website notes that the restaurant reopened on January 19th.
The “Scenario F” proposal to move part of the Genesee Hill Elementary attendance area into the Lafayette Elementary attendance area got final approval from the School Board last night. After a reader question, we just checked and just confirmed that via the recording of last night’s meeting (you can see the unanimous vote here). Current GH students in the affected area will be “grandfathered” if their families want them to stay at that school. The plan is meant to provide some relief for GH, the district’s most populous elementary and now 50+ students over “seat capacity,” per the district, while Lafayette is 100+ students under capacity. More background is in our report from two weeks ago; before the final scenario was settled on, we covered a briefing at GH last October.
P.S. Incoming kindergarteners’ families are asked to enroll them as soon as possible because schools already are making staffing and other decisions – you can do that now. GHES has two tours scheduled – 9 am January 25th and 9 am February 7th. Principal Gerrit Kischner noted in his enrollment-period announcement, “If you do have an older child currently attending Genesee Hill and you live in the zone that is shifting to Lafayette, you must apply for Genesee Hill during Open Enrollment, which runs for a short period between February 5 and February 16th.” Lafayette’s next kindergarten tour, meantime, is on the school calendar for 2:30 pm February 8th.
In West Seattle Crime Watch today – first, a reader report:
CAR PROWL: Dennis reports a car break-in overnight on the northeast corner of 8th SW/SW Cloverdale [map]: “Nothing of value in the car.”
Next, a followup:
JUNCTION PURSE-SNATCHING FOLLOWUP: After reporting this in bits and pieces, we finally have the police report with full details of the circumstances in last Saturday night’s Junction “purse-snatching” incident. It says the victim was sitting in the Junction Starbucks with her laptop and purse on the table in front of her just before 6 pm when three people ran in, grabbed her purse off the table, and ran out with it. The first 911 call said two people including the victim chased after the purse-grabbers. As we reported, police found and arrested three suspects.
The two adult suspects are now charged so we’re identifying them: The police report says 19-year-old Alonso Roman was found about three blocks away, in the alley east of the 4500 block of 41st SW, with the victim’s purse. Police also found a felony arrest warrant for him in a residential-burglary case. In this case, he’s charged with two misdemeanors, theft and receiving stolen property. The other adult suspect, 19-year-old Delino Olebar, was found about a block further east, near Jiffy Lube, and police found three misdemeanor warrants out for him. They say he gave them a false name at first; he is charged with theft and false reporting, both misdemeanors. The juvenile suspect was found on the other side of Alaska, near Bank of America. Roman and Olebar were booked into the King County Jail, and the jail register says they’re still there now; the juvenile suspect was released to his parents. The victim told police the only thing missing from her purse when she got it back was a pair of earbuds.
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As mentioned in our coverage of the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s recent meeting, organizers of the ANA-presented Summer Concerts at Hiawatha are gearing up to plan this year’s series. This announcement is just in from Stephanie Jordan:
The Admiral Neighborhood Association (ANA) is now accepting performer submissions for our 2018 Summer Concert Series at Hiawatha Park!
The ANA Summer Concert Series at Hiawatha is a free, family-friendly outdoor concert event held outside the Hiawatha Community Center on Thursday evenings in the summer. The series is produced by the Admiral Neighborhood Association in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Associated Recreation Council, and through the generous sponsorship of community businesses. Last year’s lineup can be viewed on the ANA website.
We are seeking performers for the following dates: July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd, August 9th, and August 16th.
Interested artists should provide:
1. a brief description of your musical style
2. links to website/music/video or other resources that will help us know your music better
3. contact information, including email
4. your fee for a 90-minute set
5. preferred dates (and any dates you are unavailable)
Please send all information to HiawathaConcerts@gmail.com . The committee will accept submissions through February 28th, 2018.
If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the 2018 ANA Summer Concert Series at Hiawatha Park, please contact Dave Weitzel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would also love to hear from community members! Tell us what you’d like to see more of, recommend your favorite performer or style of music, or just say hello!
You are welcome to comment below with recommendations, and/or e-mail the same address mentioned above – HiawathaConcerts@gmail.com – to reach Stephanie and the committee. This will be the 10th year for the series, launched in 2009!
A year ago, we reported on the South Park commercial buildings bought and being renovated by West Seattleite John Bennett and business partners. One of the renovated spaces – South Park Hall – was leased and opened by West Seattle entrepreneurs. And today is opening day for another new business with West Seattle proprietors. It’s Uncle Eddie’s, and Michael Goldsmith tells us about it:
Uncle Eddie’s is an all-ages public house located in South Park at the corner of 14th Ave South and Cloverdale. It’s an independent, local family-owned business. My partner Keasa and I live in Highland Park. Keasa is a full-time architect here in Seattle (she did the plans and design) and I have worked for Elliott Bay Brewing Company for the past 17 years, most recently as their Operations Manager.
Uncle Eddie’s isn’t just about beverages – its website notes, “We have partnered up with the uber-talented Chef Jed Lutge to create an excellent menu of drool-worthy appetizers, hearty grilled sandwiches, house-made soups, and salads available for lunch and dinner.” Hours at 8601 14th Ave. S. are 11 am-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 am-1 am Friday/Saturday, kitchen open until 10 pm.
Another day/night with several chances to jump into (more) community involvement – among other possibilities. From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
RAPIDRIDE H LINE ROUTE ART WALK: The conversion of Metro Route 120 into RapidRide H Line in 2020 will include public art. This afternoon you’re invited to join neighbors and the chosen artists for a walk/ride along part of the route to brainstorm. Meet at 2:30 pm at Roxhill Elementary School (30th/Roxbury) and/or 3:30 pm at Delridge/Henderson – with a bus ride to Delridge/Trenton inbetween if you want to be part of the entire event. Details here.
TRIANGLE ROUTE TASK FORCE: The Washington State Ferries citizens advisory committee with reps from Fauntleroy, Vashon, and Southworth meets at Fauntleroy Church‘s Fellowship Hall, 4:30-7 pm. UPDATE: Here’s the agenda. (9140 California SW)
DENNY/SEALTH JAZZ CONCERT/FUNDRAISER: 6-9 pm, enjoy the work of talented student musicians from Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School at Great American Diner and Bar in The Junction. Free admission; food and beverages available for purchase, and donations accepted, but not required – more info here. (4752 California SW)
WRITING CIRCLE WITH HUGO HOUSE: 6-7:30 pm support for writers @ West Seattle (Admiral) Library. (2306 42nd SW)
DESIGN REVIEW FOR 4417 42ND SW: Second and possibly final Southwest Design Review Board meeting for ~60-unit apartment complex in The Junction, as previewed here. 6:30 pm at Senior Center/Sisson Building. Includes a public-comment period. (4217 SW Oregon)
ALKI COMMUNITY COUNCIL: 7 pm at Alki UCC. Agenda includes an update on the Alki noise-enforcement project, SDOT changes at 59th/Admiral, possible signage improvements at Constellation and Alki Beach Parks. All welcome. (6115 SW Hinds)
PUNK ROCK AEROBICS: Second Thursday night for this new 7 pm class for “all bodies” at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)
OPENING NIGHT FOR ‘PEERLESS’: New play at ArtsWest, 7:30 pm curtain, a few seats left as of publication. (4711 California SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN TONIGHT: 9 pm-midnight, Horse & Tiger – “soul music with absolute power. Featuring members of True Loves.” No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
AND THERE’S MORE! Check our complete-calendar page.
We’ve been featuring registration announcements for youth-sports programs – and today, we have two from the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor):
Youth Basketball: 6th – 8th Grades
Extend the winter basketball season and continue to advance your skills with the Y! Master the fundamentals of the game while focusing on sportsmanship, teamwork and building healthy habits that last a lifetime. Sign up here.
Indoor Soccer: Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grades
Indoor soccer is an exciting, fast-paced sport played in a gymnasium rather than on grass or turf. In this league, players will have the opportunity to sharpen their soccer skills in passing, dribbling, shooting, defense and teamwork. Sign up here.
The seasons run from February 26 through April 21, with one practice during the week and one game on Saturdays. Take advantage of early registration rates by signing up soon!
6:48 AM: The weather has calmed considerably since the early-morning storm; as noted here, almost 100 Arbor Heights homes are without power. As for traffic, we’ve checked around and no incidents are currently reported in/from West Seattle.
POST-COMMUTE NOTE: We monitor traffic around the clock and appreciate hearing about trouble if you see something that’s not already being covered here – when you can call/text safely and legally, our 24-hour hotline is always the best way to reach us immediately, 206-293-6302 – thank you!
1 AM: Just in case you wondered … yes, that was thunder, and lightning. So far we’ve seen at least two big bolts to the west, not long after a short but major downpour. While the basic forecast didn’t mention thunderstorms, they were in the regional “forecast discussion.”
6:40 AM: Thanks for the tip – the City Light map says almost 100 Arbor Heights homes lost power overnight because of a downed tree. The current projected restoration is around 8 am.
7:22 AM Power’s back.