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DESIGN REVIEW: 4401 42nd SW gets OK to advance to next phase

(Rendering from packet by Cone Architecture)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

The Southwest Design Review Board‘s first look at 4401 42nd SW ended with approval to move to the second phase of the process, with advice including, heed the project’s surroundings – especially Holy Rosary Catholic Church, whose dramatic entrance and bell tower will be right across Genesee.

The meeting was the second half of a doubleheader (here’s how the night began) at the Senior Center/Sisson Building, and was an Early Design Guidance meeting, meaning the focus was on size/shape/placement on the site – the finer points of design are the subject of the next round of the process. The project is proposed for (under the team’s “preferred” massing) 72 Small Efficiency Dwelling Units (microapartments), 6 live-work units (all “paired and recessed”), and 36 offstreet parking spaces. The design packet by Cone Architecture is here (PDF) and below:

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SAFETY: Rally planned Friday morning on Admiral Way

In case you missed the discussion in comments following Wednesday’s report on the 46th/Admiral driver/pedestrians collision: Concerned families who have long advocated for more safety measures in the area plan to rally tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:30 am, at 45th/Admiral. They are inviting community members to join them. Here’s Hollye‘s original announcement of the rally. .

DESIGN REVIEW: 8854 Delridge Way SW gets a name but doesn’t get final board approval

(Rendering from packet by Sazei Design Group)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Two years after the mixed-use project’s first review, the second review of 8854 Delridge Way SW ended tonight with the Southwest Design Review Board voting to require a third review.

Meeting at the Senior Center/Sisson Building in The Junction, the full board was present – chair Crystal Loya, members Scott Rosenstock, Alan Grainger, John Cheng, and Matt Hutchins. (Loya is the only one who was also on the board for this project’s first review in 2017.)

Here’s how it went: Read More

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen red 4Runner (found!); store arrests

Two West Seattle Crime Watch reports:


My red ‘86 4Runner was found to be stolen this morning at 7am. It was parked in the Seaview area 4600 block between Raymond and Juneau. Last seen around 2:30am.

Lic #BAL5663
Has a celebrate diversity bumper sticker on back bumper, the bumper is also dented.
Back window has a Rogue Community College parking pass sticker on it.
Drivers side back seat window has a Dutch Brothers sticker in the form of fingers peace sign ✌️
Front bumper, drivers side is missing the black plastic bumper cap.
Top of truck is sun bleached to white.

Call 911 if you see it. (Friday Update) See comments – found!

STORE ARRESTS: From an SPD Blotter report about arrests made during “retail theft emphasis” operations, this one at Home Depot on Delridge:

(Wednesday afternoon) officers arrested two people for theft and recovered a loaded handgun from one of the suspects. Police searched the 35-year-old woman and found the weapon stashed in her purse. Police booked the woman and her accomplice, a 39-year-old man, into King County Jail.

First heating oil, now natural gas in the city’s crosshairs

Two weeks ago, when we followed up on the mayor’s proposal to tax heating oil as a way of getting it phased out faster, we mentioned a remark by Councilmember Mike O’Brien‘s remark that the city was “working on” a proposal to address natural gas. He has since gone public with a proposal – seeking to prohibit natural-gas piping in new buildings. It’ll be discussed in the City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee, which he chairs, tomorrow afternoon. Here’s the draft legislation:

It would put the ban in place starting next July, with any new-construction application initiated July 1st or later. This is an early-stage proposal – tomorrow afternoon’s 1 pm meeting at City Hall downtown is scheduled for a briefing and discussion, not a vote. O’Brien was scheduled to join environmental groups at a media event about the proposal this morning.

UPDATE: Pregnant woman stabbed in High Point, suspect in custody

1:56 PM: Sizable emergency response arriving (updated) in the 6400 block of 31st SW in High Point, where a woman is reported to have been stabbed. Police say they’re looking for a female suspect. No other information about the circumstances yet.

2:02 PM: The victim, described in radio communication as a pregnant woman, is being taken to Harborview Medical Center by SFD medic unit.

2:05 PM: Also via radio communication, police report they are talking with someone described as a suspect.

2:15 PM: At the scene, SFD confirms the victim is a pregnant woman, adding that she’s in her 20s and the wound is not believed to be life-threatening. The suspect, police confirmed to us, is in custody.

35TH/AVALON INTERSECTION: Reminder of Friday morning-Monday morning closure and newly announced Metro plan

That’s 35th SW and SW Avalon Way, the intersection that will be completely closed 9 am tomorrow (Friday, September 6) until 6 am Monday as part of the ongoing repaving-and-more project in the area. In case you missed it at the end of our morning traffic watch, Metro finally went public this morning with the reroute plans. Check your route here:

Route 21: Reroute plan here
Route 50: Reroute plan here
Route 55: Reroute plan here
C Line: Reroute plan here

Metro also plans to run a free shuttle on this one-way loop:

The official shuttle-related advisory is here.

Important note: At one point the SDOT previews said Metro buses would be allowed southbound on 35th Ave SW from Fauntleroy between 3 PM and 7 PM on Friday during this closure – but that plan has been scrapped and Metro reroutes will run continuously starting at 9 am tomorrow. (More overall project updates are coming up later today.)

ADDED 3:25 PM: From SDOT, a bit more info about the closure:

When the intersection of 35th Ave SW and SW Avalon Way is closed, the following official detours will be in place- however, we understand there are multiple alternative routes based on where you are approaching from and driving to:

· If you are traveling Southbound on SW Avalon Way towards the Alaska Junction, you will turn left onto SW Genesee St and right on Delridge Way SW.  You will then take a right onto SW Orchard St to Sylvan Way SW to 35th Ave SW, take a left onto SW Alaska St, and take 37th Ave SW. 

· If you need to travel Northbound on SW Avalon Way from the Alaska Junction, you will go south on 35th Ave SW and take a left onto Sylvan Way SW. You will then take a left onto Delridge Way SW, a left onto SW Genesee St, and then turn right to travel north on SW Avalon Way. 

WEST SEATTLE CRIME WATCH: Stolen black BMW; break-in attempt

11:02 AM: Catherine hopes you’ll be on the lookout for her sister’s stolen car: “2011 black BMW, license plate BNB7599.” We have a followup question out asking what neighborhood it was taken from; meantime, if you see it, call 911.

11:12 AM: Adding this incident just emailed by Denny:

I was woken up this morning around 4:45 am to someone loudly banging on my front door. I knew something wasn’t right so I grabbed my firearm and looked out the peephole. It was some guy who was obviously drunk or high and I yelled at him to go away. He proceeded to try and open my door which was locked and kept rambling to himself and hanging out just outside my door. Every few secs he would try my doorknob and open my door. During this time I had 911 on the line and officers were dispatched. SPD arrived within 2-3 mins and ended up arresting the individual who also had warrants out for his arrest. Huge thanks to SPD and the Southwest Precinct. Remember to lock your doors at night! This happened on 41st Ave. between SW Edmunds St. & SW Hudson St. Incident # 19-331389.

Description of person involved – Hair: Black, Top: Denver Broncos #23 Jersey/Shirt, Bottom: Blue Jeans, Shoes: don’t know, Age: mid 20s-mid 30s, Build: average, Race: Black, Sex: Male, Other details: Was also wearing a dark blue Mariners hat.

Design Review times 2, and 5 more for your West Seattle Thursday!

(Bushtit, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

From the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:

POSTCARDS TO VOTERS: Local advocates continue reaching across the miles by mail. Read what it’s about here; drop in at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor) now through noon. More info here. (5612 California SW)

TODDLER STORY TIME: 11:30 am at High Point Library. (3411 SW Raymond)

DESIGN REVIEW X 2: As previewed here, two mixed-use projects will be presented to the Southwest Design Review Board tonight at the Senior Center/Sisson Building – 32 units @ 8854 Delridge Way SW (6:30 pm) and 78 units @ 4401 42nd SW (8 pm). Both reviews will include public-comment periods. (4217 SW Oregon)

BILL DAVIE: Singer-songwriter at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 am. No cover. All ages. (5612 California SW)

NORTH HIGHLINE UNINCORPORATED AREA COUNCIL: The community council for White Center and vicinity meets at 7 pm at North Highline Fire District HQ. Agenda info is in our preview on partner site White Center Now. (1243 SW 112th)

WEST SEATTLE SOUL: Big night, big ensemble @ Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. $10 cover. 21+. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

MORE! See the full list – and look ahead – on our complete calendar.

SPORTS: No Sundodger cross-country meet at Lincoln Park this year

(2013 Sundodger photo courtesy Karen)

What’s usually one of the biggest events of the year at Lincoln Park will not be happening this year. The Sundodger Invitational cross-country meet usually brings hundreds of student-athletes to Lincoln Park each fall. But while doing some research for the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, we noticed it seemed to have vanished from the calendar at the University of Washington, which presents the meet. So we checked with the UW; spokesperson Michael Bruscas confirms, “This year the coaches were looking to adjust the timing of the Sundodger but there turned out to be a schedule conflict with the dates they were looking at so it just didn’t work out. But it certainly may return in future years.”

TRAFFIC/TRANSIT TODAY: Thursday watch, with advance alerts, plus 35th/Avalon reroutes

(SDOT MAP with travel times/ Is the ‘low bridge’ closed? LOOK HERE/ West Seattle-relevant traffic cams HERE)

6:57 AM: Good morning! Second day with all schools back in session. No current traffic incidents (but in North Delridge, be mindful of the 25th SW fire response).

Road work scheduled to continue today:

Charlestown hill surfacing work west of California – the hill is closed east of 48th

Tomorrow and beyon:

35th/Avalon intersection closure 9 am Friday-6 am Monday. Though Metro had said it would make bus-reroute info public yesterday, as of this morning, still nothing.

Alki Beach Sunset Run – Friday evening 5K at the beach; watch for some closures and parking restrictions 5-8 pm Friday

CAMERA NOTE: While the still images for many SDOT cameras – including the ones on the high bridge – are still not working, the video feeds are, SDOT notes. They’re not directly linkable but if you choose a camera via this map and then choose “video” beneath the image box, it’ll bring the feed up.

9:22 AM: Finally in, the Metro reroutes for Friday 9 am-Monday 6 am during the 35th/Avalon closure. The “shuttle” will cover some of the missed stops:

Rt 21:
Rt 50:
Rt 55:
C Line:

We’ll publish a standalone story later, too.

UPDATE: House fire in North Delridge

September 5, 2019 5:52 am
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(Added: WSB photo)

5:52 AM: Seattle Fire is at a house fire in the 5000 block of 25th SW [vicinity map]. Everyone is reported to be out safely. Updates to come.

5:57 AM: Firefighters are reporting that the fire is under control.

6:12 AM: Our crew at the scene says that while the operation is clearly winding down to some degree, smoke is still visible from the back of the house.

(Added: WSB photo)

6:16 AM: SFD is calling for Red Cross assistance “for eight adults.”

6:32 AM: Firefighters have found a hot spot in the attic. This photo’s just in:

7:06 AM: Our crew at the scene has confirmed no one was hurt. A cat that was missing has been found, too. The fire’s cause is under investigation.

8:26 AM: Wanted to also say thanks to everyone who texted about this shortly after the fire broke out – several also sent photos like this showing that the initial smoke was visible from blocks away:

10:36 AM: Still awaiting word on the cause. Meantime, we asked SFD about something we noticed at the scene – the SFD crews ‘decontaminating’ the firefighters coming out of the house were in hazmat-type suits:

SFD spokesperson Kristin Tinsley explains, “We are trying to implement a new ‘Decon Policy.’ We’re testing different deployment models and one of them is as you saw today having firefighters in ‘class B’ hazmat suits. They offer tremendous protection for the firefighter that is doing the washing. This is a test and we are working out how this is best going to be implemented.”

8:01 PM: Fire cause determined. From SFD’s Tinsley: “Ruled accidental, estimated loss $250,000. Caused by malfunction of power strip and extension cord located on deck.”