West Seattle, Washington
The New Year’s Eve/Day section of the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide continues to grow – from New Year’s Eve dining (including the special dinner at Itto’s Tapas [WSB sponsor]) through New Year’s morning fitness – plus we’ve just added another tree-cycling option for the first weekend of New Year’s. Browse it all here – and if you have an event, New Year’s holiday hours, etc., to add, please let us know!
8:41 PM: Thanks for the tip – the inside eastbound lane of the West Seattle Bridge is closed for a stretch east of the Fauntleroy entrance because of yet another crash knocking the jersey barrier out of place. No SFD dispatch, which indicates no serious injuries.
9:04 PM: Per scanner, the lane has reopened.
Catching up on high-school basketball – first, it’s been a winning week for West Seattle High School‘s varsity teams:
BOYS: They’re playing at the Surf ‘n Slam tournament in San Diego, going for three victories in a row at 9 am tomorrow vs. Alameda, after an overtime win today over Woodinville (62-58) and yesterday’s win over Granite Bay (64-58). They’re 6-4 so far this season. Next home game: 4 pm January 5th vs. Eastside Catholic.
GIRLS: The WSHS girls are 6-1 after a Thursday victory, 72-41 over Kingston, and have the weekend off. Next home game: 7:30 pm Thursday (January 3rd) vs. Sequim.
(From the packet by Cone Architecture)
New on the city website today: The updated design packet for 3084 SW Avalon Way [map], planned as a 7-story building with 37 “small efficiency dwelling units” (microapartments) and no offstreet (vehicle) parking spaces. This project is going through Administrative Design Review, which means no public meetings, but you can send feedback to the project’s city-assigned planner, Joe Hurley, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the second and final review phase for this proposal; you can find the first-phase report by going here.
Though the New Year’s Eve forecast looks calm – looks like we have to clear a blustery hurdle before we get there.
The National Weather Service has a Wind Advisory up for 10 am-4 pm tomorrow (Saturday, December 29th). The wind is forecast to be “southerly 20 to 35 mph with gusts 45 to 55 mph.”
Get everything charged just in case!
Thanks to Keri for the tip! For the first time since we broke the news in September 2017 that the West Seattle Whole Foods Market plan was back on, there are signs of activity – literally – at the future store’s space in The Whittaker (4755 Fauntleroy Way SW).
The window signage apparently started going up yesterday – Keri’s tip came in late last night – and more was being added when we went by this morning.
As shown in the top photo, Whole Foods is still projecting it’ll open in fall of next year (when we last checked in April, the company told us “latter part of 2019”). The West Seattle Whole Foods saga is a long one – dating back almost 13 years, to the original February 2006 announcement that they would open in what was then Fauntleroy Place, a project later idled (post-excavation, so it was nicknamed “The Hole” for 4+ years), eventually becoming (under different owners/developers) Spruce, with LA Fitness in the commercial space instead. Then in November 2012, developers of The Whittaker announced WF as their anchor tenant, to open in 2015. That timeline kept sliding until the plan was officially shelved for half of last year, then revived.
As for when Whole Foods’ Whittaker build-out will start, city files verify that permits are in progress. We have inquiries out to WF, though the looming holiday could delay the response.
CLOTHING DRIVE: Christmas is over but the clothing drive for the West Seattle Helpline continues at Dave Newman State Farm Insurance (WSB sponsor) until New Year’s! Gently used coats and other warm-clothing items are welcome, plus: “For undergarments and socks, please donate only new and unopened packages of clothing items. … For those who have donations but are unable to transport their clothes, coats and shoes to the donation location pickup may be available. For further information, contact the State Farm office at 206-932-1878.” (3435 California SW)
WINTER CRAFTS – MARBLING PAPER: 3:30-5 pm at South Park Library. “Make beautiful stationery, gift tags, or bookmarks for yourself or for gifts. Marbling is a process that turns plain paper into a work of art!” (8604 8th Ave. S.)
RACHEL HARRINGTON: Singer-songwriter performs live at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. (5612 California SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: OIXOI, Crown Villains, Maurice and His Thing, Sonic Duo all on tonight’s live-music slate, 9 pm. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
LOOK INTO THE FUTURE … via our complete calendar.
2:47 AM: Seattle Fire is dispatching a “full response” to a house fire in the 2100 block of 41st Avenue SW.
2:51 AM: First units on scene say the house is “well involved” in flames.
2:56 AM: Still fully involved, per radio communication, but sounds like they believe everyone got out OK. Firefighters are also dealing with what are reported to be downed power lines.
3:06 AM: The command on scene is calling for two more engines to be dispatched.
3:21 AM: Added photos. Fire just declared under control. Also noting that the burning house is NOT the house whose address is shown on SFD’s real-time 911 log – as we’ve said many times before, that happens sometimes, the address might instead be whomever called it in, for example. Meantime, still no word of any injuries.
3:41 AM: Firefighters are calling the fire “tapped” (albeit with hot spots). Meantime, our crew at the scene will be talking shortly with the public-information officer who was sent.
3:49 AM: Briefing concluded – we have video to add when uploaded (added – here it is):
(As explained in the briefing, one person was home when it started; he is OK. SFD spokesperson Hilton Almond says the smoke detector awakened the man; he got out and alerted the neighbors to the north, whose house was also damaged.)
Too soon to say what ignited the fire – investigators have arrived.
4:17 AM: Just added the top photo sent by neighbor Katy, who says, “My husband & I were woken up around 2:35 am to loud booms to find the house across the street from us fully engulfed in flames with no fire department on scene yet” – they arrived moments later, she says.
3:01 PM: New information from SFD – the cause remains under investigation; damage to the house and contents is estimated at $350,000, while damage to the house next door is estimated at $50,000.
We asked SFD’s Almond about the 911 outage and whether that factored into any possible response delay. “The occupant did try 9-1-1 but could not get through,” he replied, but says he doesn’t have information on whose call (we heard the dispatcher say multiple calls had come in) got through or how long that took – he explains that the number advised as a backup, 206-583-2111, goes to SPD, which then would have transferred the call to SFD. (We’ll be following up with SPD.) Once SFD got its first call, he said, “units were dispatched within 31 seconds.” The incident log shows the first unit to arrive, Engine 29 (based blocks away), arrived 4 minutes after dispatch.