FOLLOWUP: 28th/Andover RVs disappear, Harbor Avenue RVs reappear

A couple people have asked about the sudden absence of RVs on 28th SW and SW Andover in the West Seattle Health Club vicinity. We had been checking into that since seeing this on Thursday afternoon:

The RV was being towed westbound on Yancy, turning northbound on Avalon, one block west of the longtime parking area near WSHC. So we continued eastbound for a look: None on 28th, the area about which WSHC’s Dan Lehr had voiced the most concern when we talked with him a few weeks ago; one on SW Andover (whose owner is apparently a nearby housed resident, not using the vehicle as a residence). Just a few days ago, we had noted 10 in the area. The disappearance of RVs there led us to wonder about another area long popular for RV parking, Harbor Avenue; we subsequently found that stretch, where as few as three were parked in recent days, was up to 10.

Whether any of those were the same ones that had left 28th/Andover, we don’t know. But we wondered whether the Thursday tow had been part of an official “sweep,” so we took that question to Will Lemke, spokesperson for the city’s homelessness-response efforts. His reply:

It is my understanding an RV was towed in the area (Thursday), but it was not through the RV Remediation Pilot or an organized SPD event. SW CPT had tagged the area and the RV occupant ordered a private tow in order to comply with the 72hr law. I believe the vehicle did not run and was towed by the occupant to a repair shop.

SW CPT would be a reference to the Southwest Precinct Community Police Team. We went through both the 28th/Andover and Harbor Avenue areas again today before writing this and the numbers were the same in the respective areas as we’d noted on Thursday.

6 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 28th/Andover RVs disappear, Harbor Avenue RVs reappear"

  • MJ March 17, 2019 (3:17 pm)

    Yes they are along Harbor Blvd, some parked over the edge stripe encroaching on the shared car/bike lane and where there are landscaped medians a potential hazard to bicyclist!

  • sgs March 17, 2019 (8:12 pm)

    There is quite a good documentary about Seattle homelessness called “Seattle is Dying.”  Shows the breadth of this problem and offers a possible strategy that is working in Rhode Island that our city council is definitely not doing.

  • Dale March 18, 2019 (6:07 am)

    That documentary can be viewed on the KOMO website.  Everyone in Seattle should watch it, particularly the politicians and decision makers.

  • flimflam March 18, 2019 (6:10 am)

    SGS, yes that was a pretty well done documentary – i couldn’t watch the entire thing out of sheer frustration/disappointment i must say. the interview with the ex-West Seattle police officer was the last straw.

  • jsparra March 18, 2019 (3:45 pm)

    THANK YOU KOMO! Finally and honest presentation and solution that has demonstrated success! Let’s clear our city councel and get this done. This coming from someone who’s lost a loved one to heroin.

  • Mike March 18, 2019 (5:20 pm)

    It’s well done and I appreciate they actually looked for and talked with another community to find out how they helped mitigate similar issues.  I think it would be great to clean up our city AND provide legitimate help for those with addiction with the over $1B we spend every year to make things worse now.  KOMO didn’t even touch on the subject of all the kids in these camps being abused and worse

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