West Seattle, Washington
Story and photos by Jason Grotelueschen
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
It’s a time of change for the Westwood-Roxhill-Arbor Heights (WWRHAH) Community Coalition, which met Tuesday night at the Southwest Library to discuss issues and to talk about the group’s future.
As previewed here, it was the last WWRHAH meeting to be led by coordinator Kim Barnes, who is stepping down to focus on other endeavors such as her work to make Delridge Triangle a safer and more usable space for the community, as well as involvement with Roxhill Park along with her fulltime job. She said it “has been an honor to serve our community” and would still be available and ready to help answer questions in the future.
Attendees thanked Barnes (and gave her a hearty round of applause) for her two years of service leading the group, which she has led since Amanda Kay Helmick (who also ran for City Council) stepped down. Although nobody in attendance on Tuesday night signed up to immediately lead the group (at least one person expressed potential interest), several attendees pledged to attend the next two already-scheduled group meetings at Southwest Library on the first Tuesdays of the month (July 2 and August 6) and to see how things go. Group members also committed to keep the WWRHAH email list active, and Barnes noted that their website and Facebook page would remain accessible and would just need someone to maintain it.
Neighborhood news from the meeting:
Thanks to Alan for the tip: Looks like another crow-vs.-transformer power outage, this time centered in the 3800 block of 41st SW. The Seattle City Light map started off showing just one customer but is now up to nine. If you’re out but beyond what’s shown on the map, call to be sure they know (206-684-3000)!
Shredding events are always popular, so we do our best to share the announcements as soon as we get them. Just got word that John L. Scott Westwood (WSB sponsor) is presenting free shredding one week from tomorrow – Saturday, June 15th, 10 am-noon in the northwest parking lot at Westwood Village (2600 SW Barton). Bring a nonperishable food donation for the White Center Food Bank. See the event flyer here.
As featured in today’s highlight list, packet pickup/semi-last-minute registration for Saturday’s Loop the ‘Lupe continues until 7 at West Seattle Runner (2743 California SW; WSB sponsor) – that’s where we photographed Veronica and Brian. But even if you can’t get there before then and you’re not already registered, it’s still not too late – you can sign up before the event tomorrow, starting at 10 am at Walt Hundley Playfield (34th/Myrtle), which is just east of the Walmesley Center, whose social-outreach work the event supports. Saturday’s schedule:
11:00 AM – Loop The ‘Lupe! Obstacle Course Challenge
11:45 AM – 5K Family Fun Run/Walk
12:15 PM – Senior Saunter
1:00 PM – Youth Dash
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
Kurt Niemeyer has a degree in marine science.
His love for sealife is visible throughout his new restaurant/bar on Alki, the Pacific Room.
The ex-Hawks Nest West/Bamboo space at 2806 Alki SW is now totally transformed into a classy – but not overly high-brow – dining, drinking, and entertainment space, three months after we reported the Pacific Room was on the way. Until its grand opening next Tuesday, it has soft-opened by reservation. We stopped by this afternoon for a preview.
Kurt, a West Seattle resident, explains that his restaurant career started as something he did between maritime gigs from diving to piloting. He found himself in management, and eventually had a idea for his own place – now the Pacific Room.
If you visited the space in its previous incarnations, you wouldn’t recognize it now.
From the “dumped and likely stolen” file – Mark found that bicycle abandoned in an alley off SW Henderson. He plans to turn it in but in the meantime sent us a photo in case the owner is a reader. Yours? Contact us and we’ll connect you.
We mentioned this last weekend when visiting Seattle Yarn to see the local knitters who made it into the semifinals of a big competition: Tomorrow (Saturday, June 8th) is Worldwide Knit in Public Day. The shop has some festivities planned, co-proprietor Destiny Itano tells us:
We will have Knit In Public Bingo cards that anyone can pick up and take with them – they can be returned later to be entered in a drawing
We will have an excursion to C&P Coffee from noon-2 pm. We and C&P have a special available to folks who join us at both businesses.
Weather permitting, one of our regulars is going to lead a walk-and-knit trek to Morgan Junction Park, probably around 3.
You’re invited to take part in any or all of the above. Seattle Yarn is at 5633 California SW.
Yes, the Luna Park businesses are open, even as the SDOT repaving-and-more project continues right out front. But they need your support to stay open. We heard this week from a team member at The Shack Coffeehouse (2920 SW Avalon Way) who asked if we could remind you of that. Since we’ve already mentioned it multiple times, we asked, what more do you want people to know? The reply included a reminder that new owners have been rebuilding the business since taking over two years ago, adding, “There isn’t a cooler spot in West Seattle in my opinion. This place is quirky, used, cozy, old and has such a RICH history in West Seattle.” But that’s in danger right now:
Construction commenced in Front of The Shack/Luna Park on 5/17. We immediately experienced a 30% drop in transaction volume on Saturday May 18th (as soon as the signs and barriers went up); this increased to 40% on Sat 5/25 and 50% on Saturday 6/1 – this is a material loss of sales that the business cannot absorb. It isn’t just a small hit – it’s a death sentence to The Shack if it continues at current levels.
After experiencing such great growth in both sales and transactions over this past year, sales and transactions are back down to what they were when they first took over The Shack over a year ago in what seems to be overnight. The hurt is real, and it is not sustainable. The Shack, the owners and its employees are at an impasse. We’re cutting service hours back to 7-Noon, opening up our pre-order text line “Hangryline” to everyone who wants to order in advance, and we’ve got a pickup space reserved. We hope that once construction is complete that we’ll be back to normal and back on an upward trajectory, but that is unknown. We need the support of the community! Stop in with your friends and family, grab some breakfast or lunch. Text in your coffee order and swing by and grab it! None of us will really know the full impact of the NEW Avalon design, until it’s complete. Let’s just hope we can make it until then.
As our photo, taken this morning, shows, the parking area on the SW Orleans street end between The Shack and Luna Park Café/Avalon Glassworks next door remains open; our photographers reported the crew was very helpful in making sure he got through. There’s also parking under the bridge, a short walk away.
P.S. So how long will work continue in that specific area? We asked the SDOT project team. “Work on the west side of SW Avalon Way in front of Luna Park is substantially complete. Our remaining work includes top paving and other miscellaneous activities, which will take place later this year for most of SW Avalon Way. Currently, we are completing sidewalks and base repairs on the east side of SW Avalon Way across from Luna Park. We anticipate this work wrapping up by the end of June. We will then continue to work in Zone 1, south and north of the Luna Park area through July. While work will not be directly in front of Luna Park, traffic control will remain throughout Zone 1. We anticipate opening parking as feasible as we move throughout the Zone.”
Wondering what’s happening? All this and more, for the rest of today/tonight:
JOB FAIR: Jobseekers ages 16-24 are invited to the Peace N The Hood Job Fair at the Steve Cox Memorial Park Log Cabin, 2:30-5 pm. (1321 SW 102nd)
LOOP THE ‘LUPE PACKET PICKUP/REGISTRATION: 4-7 pm at West Seattle Runner (WSB sponsor), pick up your packet for tomorrow’s Loop the ‘Lupe if you’re already registered, or sign up if you’re not! WSB is this year’s media sponsor. (2743 California SW)
ROSE TASTING: At Sound & Fog, taste six rosés for $7, 5-8 pm. (4735 40th SW)
‘THE JUNGLE BOOK’: Second night for Lafayette Elementary‘s school play! All welcome to attend. 6:30 pm curtain at West Seattle High School. By donation – info in our calendar listing. (3000 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Spring finale “Out of This World!” 7 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Program details here. Here’s a preview of the Intermediate Orchestra rehearsing “Anthem to Courage”:
Free, but donations always appreciated. (2600 SW Thistle)
THE DERELICTS: Live in-store at Easy Street Records, 7 pm. Free, all ages. (California/Alaska)
HIGHLINE BEARS: Game 2 for the semipro summer baseball team (WSB sponsor), 7:10 pm first pitch at Mel Olson Stadium in Steve Cox Memorial Park, vs. the Everett Merchants. Ticket info here. (1321 SW 102nd)
UNPLUGGED! Live music at Great American Diner and Bar, 9 pm. No cover. (4752 California SW)
3 BANDS: 9 pm at Parliament Tavern. $7 cover. 21+. See who’s playing by going here. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
OUR FULL CALENDAR … shows you what else is up today/tonight/tomorrow/beyond!
We reported last week that 5051 Fauntleroy Way SW, where three townhouses and four rowhouses are planned to replace a 70-year-old duplex, is in the city’s Early Design Outreach program. The builders have since announced an open-house meeting for early feedback. Brilliant Homes invites anyone interested to High Point Library, 5:30-6:30 pm on Monday, June 24th. These informal drop-in meetings are generally the only ones for projects in this program; other feedback opportunities will be via email or postal mail.
6:49 AM: No traffic incidents or transit alerts reported in our area right now.
Reminder for tonight:
HIGHWAY 99 TUNNEL CLOSURE: One more mention that the Highway 99 tunnel is scheduled to close both ways 10 pm tonight through 8 am Saturday morning.