West Seattle, Washington
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Two days remain until Sound Transit closes the “scoping” period – the last round of official public comment before a decision on which light rail routing/station locations to send into environmental study.
The West Seattle-to-Ballard project’s Elected Leadership Group met Friday for a bonus briefing/discussion on the Delridge and Chinatown/International District station options. This is the group that will meet in four weeks to decide on what to recommend to the Sound Transit Board, which has the final say on everything from what to study to what to build.
And members expressed concern on Friday that it’s a rush to the finish line – with Stakeholder Advisory Group members (all community volunteers) scheduled to make their recommendation to the ELG two days after getting an outline of “themes” from the scoping comments, and the ELG itself getting a full report on those comments two days before its own decision is due. Here’s the timeline:
More on the time concerns ahead. First:
7:24 PM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo and word of a car fire on Highland Park Way and Portland just as SFD was arriving.
7:35 PM: Just went by. Emergency responders have all left; the vehicle that had the fire is on the side of the southbound lane. Lots of roadside foam.
6 PM: Seattle Fire has dispatched a sizable “rope rescue” response for an incident toward the south end of Emma Schmitz Overlook. The situation has been described via radio communication as a woman having fallen from the seawall. Updates to come.
6:17 PM: Firefighters have rescued the woman, who is being taken to Harborview, and are wrapping up.
9:31 PM: The injured woman is 67 and was described as in stable condition when taken to the hospital.
The photo is from Lisa at Tin Dog Brewing on the west side of South Park, just across Highway 509 from southeast West Seattle. It’s one of many West Seattle, South Park, and White Center venues that send listings for the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, and the photo is from an event we featured yesterday. Lisa wanted to share this followup: “Thank you to all those West Seattleites who came to see the baby goats at Tin Dog Brewing! We had so much fun. If you want to contact the goat farm, it is Left Foot Farm, 31510 44th Ave East, Eatonville.” (You might also know LFF from the West Seattle Farmers’ Market.)
Though the West Seattle 5K run/walk is still seven weeks away, you have just hours to register at the discount early-bird price! Again this year, WSB is a community co-sponsor of the annual run-walk benefiting West Seattle High School students via the PTSA. So we’re reminding you that if you’re thinking about being part of it this year – running and/or walking along Alki on Sunday, May 19th, starting just after 9 am – you might as well get in on the deal and sign up now. We’ll see you there!
2:35 PM: Thanks for the messages and photos (the one above is from Carolyn Newman). That’s the U.S. Navy Littoral Combat Ship USS Manchester, as identified the number 14 on its hull. It was commissioned less than a year ago.
3:31 PM: As for the question “why is it here?” SeaWaves Magazine tweets that the Manchester is at Vigor on Harbor Island for its “Post-Shakedown Availability,” explained here as “an industrial activity availability assigned to correct deficiencies found during the shakedown cruise or to accomplish other authorized improvements.”
More than a year ago, we reported on the plan for Outer Space Seattle – a space-themed indoor playspace for which proprietor Caitlin Huertas has been seeking a location. She’s finally found it – the ex-Marée Bistro space at 2820 Alki SW, where the LEASED! sign went up almost two weeks ago. (It’s been exactly a year since Marée closed.) She’s just taking the ex-restaurant space for now, “but we hope to expand into the market space [next door] in the future,” she tells WSB. “Opening date to be determined.” Watch for updates at outerspaceseattle.com. (Thanks for the tip – we took the photo 12 days ago after the initial tip about the LEASED! sign but hadn’t turned up the tenant’s identity until now!)
Back in January, Harry’s Chicken Joint (6032 California SW) posted a somewhat cryptic message on social media: “Thanks to everyone as we enter our 7th and final season. No regrets, no reruns, no spin-offs.” Last night was the season finale, according to this post on Harry’s Instagram page pointed out to us this morning by a texter (thank you!):
(If you drive that stretch of California at night, you know the neon sign was usually on, even after-hours, so the turning-off clip carries extra weight.) The little hole-in-the-wall eatery named after its proprietor’s dad had proceeded slowly toward the exit, cutting back to two nights a week earlier this month, six years after its debut. Pre-Harry’s, the space was long home to Jade West, not-so-long home to Meander’s. As for what’s next – nothing in the permit files yet …
(Surf Scoter, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
Our later-than-usual look at highlights for your Sunday, all from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
WEST SEATTLE FARMERS’ MARKET: 10 am-2 pm in the street in the heart of The Junction. (California SW between SW Alaska and SW Oregon)
BLUEGRASS JAM: 7 pm at Parliament Tavern. Come sing and play! Or – watch and listen. No cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
PREVIEW THE WEEK AHEAD … by browsing our complete calendar.
12:48 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent that photo from a crash that SPD and SFD are handling right now at Fauntleroy/Oregon. Two vehicles involved; no major injuries reported.
1:14 AM: The flipped vehicle is in the middle of Fauntleroy and traffic is being allowed around it both ways. An officer at the scene said he couldn’t comment on whether anyone had been transported or whether a second vehicle was involved (none was obvious).
2:42 AM: Police just radioed, “Fauntleroy is clear and open to traffic.”