West Seattle, Washington
Exactly one year ago, we covered a community meeting addressing the subject of whether “near-term improvements” would be made in the Fauntleroy Boulevard project zone while the full-scale project remains on hold awaiting light-rail routing decisions. (That decision was made a year and a half ago.) Now, the decision is final – some work will be done, and soon. The flyer above (also here in PDF) shows the plan. Here’s the announcement from SDOT:
This summer we will be making some minor improvements along Fauntleroy Way SW. While the full Fauntleroy Boulevard Project continues to hold pending Sound Transit’s alignment for light rail to West Seattle, we have worked with key stakeholders to design near-term improvements that will improve safety and mobility. For a list of improvements, please see the (above) flyer and visit the project website.
This work will not conflict, nor add to the impact of the 35th/Avalon project. Most of our improvements involve no more than one day of work at each location, and will take place during off-peak hours. We’ve also coordinated this work with the 35th/Avalon project so we don’t work when they have major impacts scheduled.
Tomorrow (Friday), we’ll begin notifying businesses and properties in the area about the expected timeline for construction and what they should expect.
We’ll be following up so we can report those specifics too.
6:58 PM: Great place to hang out in the shade – the east lawn at Hiawatha Community Center, where The Not-Its are onstage right now as the Admiral Neighborhood Association‘s Summer Concerts at Hiawatha presents its first show of the year (after last week was rained out). You still have time to get there – the concert (free!) continues until 8 pm. More photos later.
9:45 PM: Great crowd, and lots of smiles evoked by the band’s playful style:
Here’s a bit of video:
This concert had a bonus follow-up act – talented young musicians from School of Rock West Seattle:
We have some video from their performance too:
Next Thursday night (August 1), at 6:30 pm, Alec Shaw performs.
We anticipate completing work in Zone A as soon as the week of August 5!
Zone A (SW Avalon Way from SW Spokane St to SW Yancy St)
To complete work in Zone A, we are continuing work on SW Avalon Way between SW Charlestown St and SW Andover St, including:
· Continuing work on the new Rapid Ride bus stop and transit island on the east side of SW Avalon Way near SW Yancy St
· Wrapping up water utility work at SW Charlestown St and paving SW Charlestown St as early as August 5
Temporarily closing SW Yancy St at SW Avalon Way as early as Monday, July 29 to complete bus pad construction. SW Yancy St may re-open as soon as August 6.
Zone E (35th Ave SW from SW Avalon Way to SW Alaska St)
We are continuing work on 35th Ave SW from SW Avalon Way to SW Alaska St, including:
· Installing remaining catch basins along the west side of 35th Ave SW
· Continuing to demolish the roadway at SW Snoqualmie St and continuing this demolition work along 35th Ave SW from SW Alaska St to SW Avalon Way
Excavation of the road: Driveways will be temporarily impacted during this work but we will place steels plates to provide access when safe and feasible.
We are monitoring the work-site on the weekends and will implement traffic control as needed.
Zone C (SW Avalon Way from SW Genesee St to 35th Ave SW)
· As early as the week of August 5, we will begin work in Zone C
· This work will include impacts to driveways
· If your property manager or HOA board would like a briefing about what to expect during construction, please email us at AvalonPaving@Seattle.gov and check our website for updates on construction and driveway impacts
· Please share this information with others who might be interested in receiving project updates about Zone C
35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way upcoming intersection closures
· We are anticipating multiple weekend closures at 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way to rebuild the intersection
· Work is tentatively scheduled for Friday night through Monday at to reduce weekday traffic impacts and scheduled to begin in mid to late August
· Detours will be provided
We will provide more details about these closures on our website and in our listservs as they are scheduled.
Things we’ve heard from the community Each week, we’ll plan to address a few common questions we’ve heard from your neighbors:
Why was traffic so bad on my Tuesday evening commute? While working to install a catch basin on 35th Ave SW, our crews noticed unsafe road conditions next to our work site. For the safety of both people driving and our crews, we restricted traffic to one lane and had flaggers present to alternate traffic in each direction through the area. This restriction was in place from around 3 PM to 5 PM. Thank you for your patience as we continue to safely complete our work!
Will my driveway be impacted when you begin work in Zone C? There will be driveway impacts as we complete work throughout Zone C. We will be in touch with more information as we get closer to construction and will continue to share updates through our email updates and on our project webpage. Why is construction so loud? We recognize that construction can be loud and disruptive. The City of Seattle allows crews to do certain work activities at night with a noise variance so that we can keep traffic moving during the day. When we complete night work, crews are working with a noise variance to allow that late work. This is necessary to keep the project compliant with City of Seattle regulations and to allow us to complete the project on schedule.
4:57 PM: Almost nine years after Vigor Industrial took over Harbor Island’s Todd Shipyard, Vigor has announced a sale and merger. Here’s the full announcement:
THE CARLYLE GROUP AND STELLEX CAPITAL MANAGEMENT TO ACQUIRE, MERGE MARITIME AND DEFENSE COMPANIES VIGOR INDUSTRIAL AND MHI HOLDINGS
Transaction to Create Bicoastal Platform of Scale Serving Defense and Commercial Customers
The combined company will create a bicoastal leader in critical ship repair services and commercial and defense-related fabrication services. Key customers include the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, Boeing, cruise lines, fishing fleets, barges and ferry services for local and state governments, and other key commercial and defense customers.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of the third quarter 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Frank Foti, President and CEO of Vigor, said, “Through this transaction, Vigor gains responsible, forward-thinking investors who will seek to build on our current platform while maintaining a values-driven culture. In addition, we are excited to join forces with a company of MHI’s caliber which has a history of delivering strong results and shares our mission to serve the people who protect our country every day. This evolution takes us where we want to go, growing sustainable jobs into the future. I’m excited to be an investor in this adventure and to be a part of what’s to come.”
Tom Epley, President and CEO of MHI, said, “MHI is stronger than it has ever been, and we’ve successfully executed our strategy of delivering cost effective maintenance and repair solutions to the U.S. Navy, a job we take very seriously. We are excited to continue our partnership with Stellex and look forward to working with The Carlyle Group and our new colleagues at Vigor. The MHI leadership team and our 800 employees across MHI Ship Repair, Seaward Marine and Accurate Marine remain committed to our mission.”
Derek Whang, Principal at The Carlyle Group, said, “We look forward to working with our partners at Stellex, Vigor and MHI to create a stronger combined company of scale, capable of providing differentiated, coast-to-coast services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and other defense, infrastructure, and maritime customers. Together, Vigor and MHI are well positioned with their unique, national assets to grow in the highly attractive ship repair and fabrication markets, supported by compelling sector dynamics.”
David Waxman, Managing Director at Stellex Capital, said, “We are thrilled to have partnered with the MHI management team to grow the business over the last four years, including through the acquisitions of Accurate Marine and Seaward Marine, and look forward to working with the combined management teams as we expand our geographical and customer mix. MHI’s commitment to its customers and its employees has been the foundation of its growth, and we welcome the partnership with Carlyle and Frank Foti in this next stage.”
The Carlyle Group will become majority owner of the combined company. Equity for the investment will come from the Carlyle U.S. Equity Opportunity Fund II, a $2.4 billion fund that focuses on middle-market and growth companies in the United States and Canada. As part of the transaction, Stellex Capital, MHI’s existing owner, will contribute new equity to the platform, while Vigor’s CEO Frank Foti will roll a portion of his existing Vigor ownership stake into the combined company.
A CEO search is underway for the new company. Tom Rabaut, former President and CEO of United Defense and a current Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group, and Admiral James Stavridis, a retired 4-star U.S. Navy officer, former NATO Alliance Supreme Allied Commander, and a current Operating Executive at The Carlyle Group, will both join the Board of Directors. Mr. Foti will also join the Board of Directors as Vice Chairman and will continue as Vigor’s CEO until a new CEO is retained. Tom Epley will continue to lead the MHI business.
Vigor Industrial LLC, majority-owned by CEO Frank Foti, is a provider of complex fabrication and ship repair services. It employs 2,300 people and operates eight drydocks across the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, including the largest floating drydock in North America. Vigor excels at ship repair, specialized shipbuilding, and other complex fabrication projects in support of aerospace, defense, and infrastructure end markets. While the company is widely known for building ferries, it also builds high-performance military craft for the United States and other allied foreign governments.
MHI Holdings LLC, owned by Stellex Capital, is a leading provider of full-range ship maintenance, repair, and modernization services to the U.S. Navy and Military Sealift Command in Norfolk, Virginia. MHI also provides hull cleaning, ship husbandry services, underwater painting and inspections, wastewater treatment, and chemical cleaning services globally. MHI is one of the only private shipyards in Norfolk that can service large surface combatants and amphibious ships.
Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to The Carlyle Group and Stellex Capital Management. DLA Piper served as legal advisor to MHI Holdings LLC and Stellex Capital Management. BofA Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, and Credit Suisse have agreed to provide debt financing for the transaction. Capstone Headwaters served as exclusive financial advisor to Vigor Industrial LLC, and K&L Gates LLP served as Vigor’s legal advisor.
We have a question out to Vigor regarding whether a name change will be part of the deal.
5:52 PM: Vigor spokesperson Athena Maris tells WSB, “No name change is anticipated. The acquisition is the culmination of a recapitalization process Vigor leadership began in early 2018 to replace existing investor capital with new long term capital with a global reach. Our shared goal is to create a stronger combined company of scale, capable of providing differentiated, coast-to-coast services to the infrastructure, aerospace and defense, and maritime markets.”
Next Tuesday’s tour of West Seattle’s historic murals – featured in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – is sold out, but now we’ve received word that a second one has been added, 6 pm August 21st:
With their origins tracing back to the late 1980s, the murals of West Seattle depict glimpses of long gone local history, from Elliott Bay’s once-thriving “mosquito fleet” to the “Old Mud Hole” of Lincoln Park.
Join Atlas Obscura for a fascinating, fact-filled tour of these large-scale artworks found around the Alaska Junction neighborhood of West Seattle with Clay Eals, former editor of the West Seattle Herald and former executive director of the Seattle Southwest Historical Society. You’ll get the whole story of how these murals were created by civic leaders and a team of world-class artists, discover the tricks of their trade, learn which local luminaries were depicted in various scenes, and get more inside scoop on these unique achievements. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the West Seattle Junction Association’s mural restoration project.
Don’t wait if you’re interested – go here to get your ticket(s)!
Now that we’re back in a multi-day stretch of warm, dry weather, there’s a chance – especially in light of algae blooms like the one shown above – that “the stench” could recur along West Seattle’s west-facing shores. Fauntleroy-residing writer Judy Pickens shares some backstory and coping strategies:
After a seven-year hiatus, the summer “stench” was back in 2018 and is again evident to residents near Fauntleroy Cove and along Beach Drive. Sea lettuce is flourishing with heat from the sun and ample nutrients in the water and, when the green mats dry on the beach at low tide, they give off hydrogen sulfide gas.
First documented in the early 1980s, the noxious gas can irritate eyes, cause headaches, and even prompt vomiting. Heavy and colorless, it can persist in basements and other low-lying sites.
After years of seeking relief at local and state levels, the Fauntleroy Community Association gained an understanding of the situation but little more, including why we had no stench for those seven years. Now the State Department of Ecology has a unit monitoring algae blooms and accepting reports.
Here are precautions to take if you turn out to be in the stench zone:
*Avoid being outdoors and close windows and doors an hour or so either side of low tide.
*Use a large fan to clear the air in bedrooms before retiring for the night.
If the stench is especially strong, leave home for a few hours if you can.
Thanks for all the tips! Longtime customers are sad to hear that Jan’s Beauty Supply in the West Seattle Junction is closing – proprietor Sheri Wallace is retiring after more than three decades. We went over to talk with her after readers forwarded this email announcement sent to customers:
It is with extreme mixed emotions that we have decided to retire and close Jan’s Beauty Supply.
There are so many beautiful memories we have created together in the 36 years we have been in business. First and foremost, is the joy that Jan and I had working side by side for so long. She originally started this business and I was lucky enough to be able to join her after a few years. We are not only sisters but best friends forever!
To the hundreds of customers who have become close friends and have shared their life’s stories with laughter and tears, I will always treasure the many deep conversations we had. The most difficult part of this life transition is walking away from these relationships.
Some of our employees became family like our Alissa Cullen. She is and always will be a cherished member.
My two dear ladies now working with me have been a Godsend. They have supported me through some difficult times both physically and emotionally. Maile Hudson and Raelyn Barton will always have a special place in my heart and my life. They also have become like daughters to me.
Remembering the fun events we participated in like the Street Fair, Wine Walks, Holiday Happy Hours and many more will always leave me smiling.
We will be forever grateful for the wonderful customers who have allowed us to serve them. If I could reach out and hug every single one I would! There are not sufficient words to express my personal thanks but know I will never forget the love and support given to me by so many.
I am looking forward to more time with my husband, Pat and our Puppy! In addition to being able to create more memories with my grandsons, my supportive sister Holly and daughters, Stacy and Janny. I am incredibly fortunate to have had their support and I can now give them more of mine.
Sheri tells us that she’s expecting to remain open about another month – until late August. The shop’s been in the same location at 4517 California SW since her sister opened it, and she stresses – as detailed in her announcement – it’s simply “time.” They plan a variety of sales in the weeks ahead and are working on a schedule for those; we’ll publish a followup with that announcement when it’s available.
(Leucistic crow, photographed at Lincoln Park by Susan Whiting Kemp. Reminds us of “Leucy”)
Big day/night ahead, including:
WADING POOLS & SPRAYPARK OPEN TODAY: Another “open” day for the pools: Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) is open 11 am-8 pm, EC Hughes (2805 SW Holden) is open noon-7 pm, Hiawatha (Walnut/Lander) is open noon-6:30 pm, South Park (738 S. Sullivan) is open noon-7 pm. And the Highland Park Spraypark (1100 SW Cloverdale) is open 11 am-8 pm.
DESIGN AN APP: 1 pm at High Point Library: “Youth will work in small teams, facilitated by UW students.” It’s part of the Summer of Learning program. (3411 SW Morgan)
4401 42nd SW PROJECT MEETING; We first reported 2 months ago that an apartment building is planned for 4401 42nd SW. Your early feedback is welcome 5-6 pm tonight, as project architects invite you to an early-design outreach meeting. Meeting’s at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. If you can’t get there, you can still provide feedback here. (4217 SW Oregon)
THE NOT-ITS @ SUMMER CONCERTS AT HIAWATHA: 6:30-8 pm, the Admiral Neighborhood Association-presented first free fun concert on the east lawn of Hiawatha Community Center (since last week’s scheduled series-starter was rained out). Kindie-rockers The Not-Its will be joined by guests from School of Rock-West Seattle. Bring your own chair/blanket. (Walnut/Lander)
WEST SEATTLE TRANSPORTATION COALITION: 6:30 pm at Neighborhood House High Point. Agenda highlights:
6:30 pm – Call to order; Welcome & Introductions
6:40 pm – A Conversation with Brendan Kolding, Candidate for City Council, District 1
7:05 pm – Discussion of SW Barton Street Rapid Ride stops and crosswalk at Westwood Village
7:35 pm – Delridge Way SW – Rapid Ride H Outreach Team
8:15 pm – Legislative Priority Update
8:30 pm – Adjourn
All welcome. (6400 Sylvan Way SW)
AT THE SKYLARK: Bradley Palermo & Sim Williams w/TBASA and Pineola, 8:45 pm, $8 cover, 21+. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
AT PARLIAMENT TAVERN: Into the Cold + guests, 9 pm, $5 cover, 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
SEE OUR CALENDAR FOR MORE … go here.
How About A New Pocket Park for South Delridge? Feedback Closes Sunday Night!
Over the past several months, The Friends of the Delridge Triangle and community members have worked with the contracted landscape architects Makers, to gather and create a community generated plan to redevelop the Delridge Triangle at 9201 Delridge Ave SW.
Check out the key ideas in support of a safe and accessible urban green space and let us know what you think!
The final of feedback for this phase of the project will close midnight on Sunday night, July 28th: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DelridgeTriangle
7:15 AM: Good morning! No alerts or incidents in our area.
STADIUM ZONE: The Mariners start a series against the Tigers tonight, 7:10 pm. That means the West Seattle Water Taxi runs into the late night.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 12:20 AM: Police have closed northbound 16th SW at Brandon while investigating what was initially described via radio communication as a robbery or carjacking attempt. The would-be robbers are reported to have fired into the air as they fled; police found at least one shell casing in the street. A K-9 team is helping search right now. No further details but we’ll follow up.
ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: We obtained the police report; this was classified as an armed robbery. The three victims told police they had been parked on 16th SW when the robbers walked up to the passenger side of the car and said, “This is a robbery, give us all your s–t! Get out of the car!”P Police say the victims thought that the two robbers – who appeared to be juveniles – were joking until one pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them. The robbers then grabbed a victim’s backpack. The unarmed robber jumped into the car at one point. Eventually after a struggle over the backpack, the two robbers ran away. The one with the gun fired a shot in the air first; nobody was hit. Police searched but didn’t find them.