West Seattle, Washington
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Seattle Yarn has found the new owners it needed to keep its doors open.
As we reported in May, store proprietor Ruth Bowen wanted to sell the business by August so she could pursue other interests.
Enter new owners-to-be Cheryl Lea and Destiny Itano, who will soon assume ownership of Seattle Yarn, assuring that the shop which has served local knitters for more than two decades will continue.
(WSB file photo)
One more reminder that tomorrow also brings this year’s Delridge Day – with kids’ field games planned along with music, cultural performances, vendors, community organizations, SPD’s Southwest Precinct Picnic (with free treats!), and skateboarding demos/competitions. It’s all happening at Delridge Community Center Park and the adjacent Delridge Skatepark, 11 am-3 pm Saturday, free! From our calendar listing, here are some of the scheduling specifics:
Main Music Stage
11 am Mode Music Studios students
12 Quarter Past 8 (rock)
1 pm Burley Mountain (country)
2 pm Moon Girl (ballads)
12 Dance Brazil (will be an adult and a youth performance)
1:15 Arabaka Trio
2:15 Otoqui Reyes e Hijos de Agüeybaná
The park is along SW Genesee between Delridge Way SW and 26th Avenue SW.
More than three years after first word of a self-storage facility to replace a century-old warehouse at 3310 Harbor Avenue SW, the building has been demolished. We noticed the pile of debris when passing through tonight for another check on SPF30 preps a few miles west. We first reported on the plan in March 2015; West Coast Self-Storage obtained a street vacation for part of the site, which includes the former tow yard north of the ex-warehouse.
The setup continues at Alki Beach, where as many as 30,000 people are expected tomorrow afternoon/evening for the SPF30 mega-music festival in honor of Sub Pop Records‘ 30th anniversary. Interspersed with our photos (the first four are from early Thursday evening – breaking news got in the way of us publishing them sooner) are updates and followups:
ROAD CLOSURES/TRANSPORTATION/TRANSIT UPDATES AND ANSWERS: On Tuesday, we published the map and plan for road closures, transit, parking, and other issues related to getting there and back – if you’re going and you haven’t seen it yet, please check it out. Some readers had questions that we took to SPD Lt. Tom Yoon of the Traffic Unit, which is managing the closures and restrictions:
*Hard closures will begins at 6 A.M. on Alki Ave SW between 57th and 63rd. Absolutely no vehicles will be allowed in this area. This includes residences or business employees. This area will be for crowds to enjoy the concert.
*Soft closures (local access only) will begin at 9 A.M. This will be from California Ave SW / Harbor Ave SW and along Admiral Way (north bound access) to 63rd Ave / Admiral Way.
*Local access is for verified residents and their guests. Make sure the guests know who and the address of the residents.
The closures were also mentioned on a postcard sent to area residents, one of whom sent us this image.
FOOD TRUCKS/VENDORS/NONPROFITS: We’ve updated the list we published Thursday – see it here.
HUSKY DELI ‘SOL’ ICE CREAM: As mentioned here earlier in the week, Husky Deli and C & P Coffee (WSB sponsor) will be vendors by the Punky stage (kid music, Whale Tail Park/Alki Playfield). At the Husky Deli booth, a special flavor will support the “Save Our Lots” Junction parking fundraiser: “A luscious blend of rich chocolate with nuggets of exciting and surprising cookie dough.”
JUNCTION AFTERPARTY: SPF30 ends at 10. But there’s still lots of Saturday night left. West Seattle Junction venues invite you to “afterparty” with them. Sub Pop’s shuttles will continue running that way until midnight, notes Lora Swift of the West Seattle Junction Association, so that’s a good safe start for getting there. Anything more special than usual? That’s up to bars/restaurants to decide, but Lora does point out that West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor) will have a DJ!
P.S. Speaking of music – as you might have noticed in our top photo – the stage banners list the acts and set times, so look for those and other signage at the event. They’re on the SPF30 website, a little ways down the right. And we have them here.
More than a week after a Coleman Oil tanker truck spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline at the West Marginal/Chelan/Spokane/Delridge intersection, a cleanup crew was still on scene when we went through the intersection Thursday afternoon. We’ve since obtained more followup information from Seattle Public Utilities:
The responsible party hired an environmental consultant and cleanup contractor. SPU monitors and advises on their activities. SPU’s goal is to ensure that pollution in the stormwater system doesn’t leave and is cleaned out.
The Oil and Water Separator (OWS) is still operating. There is also a large pneumatic plug in the stormwater pipe downstream from the spill. The plug blocks polluted flows from heading downstream and into the Duwamish. The contractor will also be pressure washing our pipes between the spill and the plug.
Most of the spilled fuel went into the oil water separator (OWS). The contractor has pumped out both the OWS and the pipes behind the plug. Collected materials have either been recycled or are being processed as hazardous waste. Early numbers indicate that we’ve recovered over 2000 gallons of gasoline, but we won’t know the final amount until the responsible party reports and Department of Ecology verifies.
Ecology and SPU have monitored related outfalls along the Duwamish and have seen sheen. Department of Ecology has taken samples to determine the environmental impacts.
We will bill the responsible party for our time and materials, and we will investigate the incident under Seattle Municipal Code 22.800.
We’ll continue checking back, with the Department of Ecology too.
No one was hurt when one of the truck’s tanks went sideways the night of Wednesday, August 1st, with an early police assessment noting it happened during a “sharp right turn.” The incident kept the intersection closed – with West Seattle “low bridge” access blocked – for almost 12 hours.
NOON: Since the 6 am hour, we’ve been covering a standoff that’s led police to close off much of Harbor Avenue SW, between the bridge and California Way. A man broke into one of the vacant buildings at the old Sea-Way site around 3 am. He has refused to surrender. For a while he was inside; you cannot clearly see him in the reader photo above, but for some time he has been outside one building’s window, on an awning/ledge section. The SWAT team and negotiators have been on site for hours trying to talk him into giving up; he’s reported to be wielding a foot-long piece of broken glass as well as a screwdriver. Harbor remains closed at the bridge and at California Way. Some bicyclists have reported that the path was closed as well as the road. Our photographer, who went to the scene for a while early this morning, is back there now so we’ll have updates from him as well as via scanner.
12:23 PM: Our crew reports this is coming to an end. The man apparently tried to bolt, and was taken into custody.
12:28 PM: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis tells us at the scene that they’ll get Harbor Avenue reopened as fast as they can – hopefully within 15 minutes or so.
12:49 PM: Per scanner, reopening now. We will update with more photos and followup info a bit later.
2:20 PM: Two more photos added above, including the man as he came down from the ledge. It wasn’t clear from radio communication at the time whether he was being taken to Harborview for evaluation or directly to jail; SPD media relations says the former.
JUNCTION RESTRICTED PARKING ZONE? If you have comments/questions about the possible RPZ, an SDOT drop-in event is under way at Cupcake Royale in The Junction until 11:30 am. Backstory here. (California/Alaska)
ELVIS AT THE MOUNT! Danny Vernon‘s “Illusion of Elvis” is what you’ll see tonight on the south side of the Providence Mount St. Vincent campus as their free summer concert series continues. Dinner (salmon caesar, or burgers/hot dogs) is available for purchase starting at 5:30; show at 6. Free popcorn and snow cones! (4831 35th SW)
ROY BOOK BINDER: The blues legend is at Kenyon Hall tonight, 7:30 pm. (7904 35th SW)
‘LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL’: Opening night for Twelfth Night Productions‘ new show, 7:30 pm at the West Seattle High School Theater. (3000 California SW)
7:15 AM: No incidents reported so far in/from West Seattle, but take note of the White Center/North Burien power outage if you’re headed that way.
TRANSIT ALERT: The 6:44 am Route 37 didn’t run today, per Metro.
STADIUM ZONE TONIGHT: Second Pearl Jam #TheHomeShows concert, 7:30 pm at Safeco Field.
I-5 LANE/RAMP CLOSURES THIS WEEKEND: Tonight until Monday morning, here’s what’s planned for northbound I-5. The eastbound West Seattle Bridge ramp to NB I-5 will be closed and you will see the 4th Avenue exit signed as a detour, WSDOT points out.
SPF30: Saturday’s big free music festival, noon-10 pm, will include road closures, detailed here with other transit/transportation notes. We’ll have at least one more preview on WSB today, and as part of it are pursuing answers to some questions from readers regarding that plan.
7:23 AM: Though we haven’t heard of a road closure, we’d advise avoiding southbound Harbor Avenue SW in the vicinity of this standoff, as more emergency resources are being sent that way.
7:35 AM: Now they’re blocking traffic both ways in that area – both north/westbound on Harbor at the bridge, and south/eastbound before you get to the scene.
7:48 AM: Scanner: “Pedestrian on eastbound West Seattle Bridge from Fauntleroy … walking against traffic along the median.” Police are being dispatched.
8:41 AM: Updates – White Center power outage is over. Harbor Avenue standoff is not – street’s still closed (bicycle/pedestrian path too, notes a commenter) and the Water Taxi shuttle is rerouted.
9:23 AM: Harbor Avenue standoff continues – still covering here.
10:22 AM: Not over yet.
7:01 AM: Thanks for the tips. Yet another big power outage in the area – this time, 4,000-plus customers in White Center/North Burien. No word yet on the cause. But if you’re heading that way this morning, you should be aware. P.S. As far as we can tell, no overlap with the areas affected by the two big West Seattle outages in the past week and a half.
8:27 AM: The map shows it’s over.
8:32 AM: City Light says this outage was caused by a tree branch falling into a power line.
6:38 AM: Thanks for the text. We just went back to Harbor Avenue to check out a different police-incident report. This is near but unrelated to the earlier call. A man broke into a nearby building and so far is refusing to come out.
7:24 AM: Additional emergency responders are being sent to the scene, per scanner, including SWAT, as well as SFD medics. If you can’t tell from our photo, it’s the former Sea-Way Marine site in the 2400 block of Harbor SW.
7:42 AM: Traffic is being blocked off on Harbor in both directions – north/westbound at Spokane, south/eastbound at California, per the scanner – until this is resolved.
9:26 AM: Not resolved yet. Thanks to the texter who sent the photo above. The suspect has been reported to have wielded various items threateningly, including broken glass and a screwdriver. Police continue trying to talk him into surrendering.
9:56 AM: As discussed in comments, the traffic closure is ALL traffic – bike/pedestrian path as well as both directions of the road.
11:26 AM: No change. Police are still trying to talk the man into surrendering. Since this has dragged on so long, we’re launching a second report shortly.
12:00 PM: We’ve launched afternoon coverage here.
12:39 AM: Now there’s another “scenes of violence” callout, this time in the 2800 block of Harbor SW. Details to come.
12:45 AM: The call has closed.
ADDED: As noted in comments, this may be related to the later Harbor Avenue standoff after all. We hope to be able to check on that with police after the standoff is over.